We love blocks! Building works on fine motor skills, hones critical thinking and, most importantly, it's just a lot of fun. But even the most ardent builders can get bored with just one material. Lucky for us there are so many other options - and most are probably already lying around your house, just waiting to be put to a new use!
So when I found myself with a growing collection and needed something to do with them, I turned to creative bloggers, of course. These toys are all made from, you guessed it...shoeboxes!
I have a secret. I can not throw away a good shoebox. There, I said it. Actually, any cardboard box. They're so full of opportunity and I might need them...one day in the distant future.
Summer gives me a headache.
Well, that's not entirely true. Sunscreen gives me a headache. Picking out the right one - UVB, UVA, SPF...huh? - and then remembering to use it, chasing the kids and smearing it on (especially wiggly toddlers!)...THAT gives me a headache.
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I mean, really, just how much fun is it to shop for babies?! Those adorable little outfits, the bibs with the witty sayings, the toys that Kay presses all the buttons on and then walks away (okay, those I could skip...)
So when I was asked to make a gift basket for my 6-month-old niece Maddie and share it with my awesome readers, it didn't take me long to give a resounding yes!
Math as I remember it was boring. Math with games can only be fun! Try these with your preschool or kindergartner (they can all be adapted to whatever level your child at at!).
Kay, like most kids her age, learn best when it's something hands-on and presented in a fun way. I love this idea from I Can Teach My Child because it's active and a learning activity, all in one.
The set-up is simple - write the sight words you want to practice on paper, any shape will do, and then tape them to the wall. Then comes the fun part.
Kay is a bit late with some things. She's more of an active girl, so the fact that she's on the later end of average in writing her name or drawing recognizable pictures may not be a surprise. She's just started drawing people (faces with stick legs - no head, the body parts sort of just float there, but I love it!).
For something that took all of 10 minutes to put together, this one is just too much fun - especially for kids who like marble runs. I first saw it on another blog as a ramp for matchbox cars but I can't find the original post to share. (If it's you, let me know so I can give you credit - this idea rocks!)
I thought this was a delightfully simple idea. Leave out straws and glue, see what Kay would come up with.
I usually do an activity right alongside Kay because otherwise she doesn't have any interest, or if she does, she doesn't stick with it very long. When I'm doing it with her, she tends to focus better. Plus, it's just fun to do this stuff together.
Remember MadLibs, those fun word games you would play on road trips or in waiting rooms? It occurred to me that there must be a way to turn them into sight word practice. I had my "Aha!" moment and got to work.