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Play and Learn Game Board

14 Jun

This simple and inexpensive game board is easy to make at home with things you have around the house. You can use it to have fun reinforcing skills your kids learned at school.

Materials

  • File folder
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Index cards

Open your file folder and draw a wiggly line with the markers. Make a “Start” and “Finish”. Add stickers along the line for places to land on.

Decorate the front of the file folder for added interest. We used markers, jewels, sequence and wiggly eyes.

Make game cards using index cards. If your child needs to work on recognizing letters, write one letter on each card. If your child needs to work on addition or subtraction, write one math problem (without the answer) on each card, etc.

To play the game, have each player select a marker (coins work well). Place the game cards face down. Player One rolls the die, selects a card and tries to answer the question. If the answer is correct, Player One move the number of spaces on the die. If the answer is incorrect, the player stays where he is. First one to the finish wins.

 

Making Chores Fun

18 May

  • Work together.
  • Fill a squirt gun with water and a drop of dish soap. Have them shoot at the baseboards.
  • Clean or pick up items by color.
  • Play basketball with the laundry. Set up three baskets; lights, whites, and darks. Have the children shoot the clothes into the correct basket. This works for toys too.
  • Give them the tools. Little kids like kid-sized tools and can use them easier. Older kids can use adult size cleaning tools. What kid doesn’t love a Swiffer?
  • Blast the dance music.
  • Create a special name for your cleaning crew.
  • Allow your child to be the “inspector”. They can look at your work and give you a pointer or two.
  • Put socks on little hands for dusting and wiping windows. You can even decorate them to be “dust monsters”.
  • 10 minute clean ups are great for the end of the day. Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much you can get done before it rings.
  • Take a “coffee” break after completing some chores.
  • Use pretend play. If you want your child to help with dishes, play restaurant. If you want your child to deliver things to different rooms, play post office.

Don’t forget to have a special treat for a job well done!

DIY Sensory Box for Baby

23 Apr

This activity is also great for older kids who like to touch things as a way of learning. Special needs kids also love sensory experiences.

Gingerbread Man Treasure Hunt

15 Dec

Gingerbread is a holiday favorite and it’s decorating gingerbread men is a winner for kids. Make a fun holiday gingerbread hunt for kids after reading classic storybook, The Gingerbread Man.

Decorate some gingerbread men then hide them somewhere in the house. Write some clues leading your kids around the house that will lead them to the hidden gingerbread men. Tape the first clue to the back of the book.

Once you’ve hidden the clues, read the story, The Gingerbread Man to your children. Read the first clue to your children and begin the treasure hunt!

This is a fun activity for a holiday party. The adults at the party can hold the clues and the clues can lead them to another adult. The final adult can have a bag filled with gingerbread men to give to the children.

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