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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!

Materials for April 23-27: Baby Week

21 Apr

Try out some simple ideas for babies and toddlers with Brenda. Here’s a list of what you’ll need this week.

Monday

  • 18″ x 18″ piece of heavy cardboard
  • 9 Things that have different textures (Home Depot has several, small samples of flooring, carpet and paint that work well for this activity.)
  • Tacky glue
  • Colored duct tape (optional)

Tuesday

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring or Kool Aid packets
  • Sauce pan
  • Bowls
  • Glitter (optional)

Wednesday

  • Apple
  • Sweet Potato

Thursday

  • Nothing needed

Friday

  • Nothing needed

Musical Instrument: Rainstick

23 Mar

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Musical Instruments: Sand Blocks

22 Mar

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Musical Instruments: Guitar

21 Mar

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Thanks for your patience!

Musical Instruments: Shakers

20 Mar

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Musical Instruments: Drums

19 Mar

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Music can build your child’s literacy and build pre-reading skills. You can get information about music and literacy for children of different ages by clicking here.

P.S. Sorry about the static. 😦

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