Kiernan loves to play video games. On the computer, on the iPad, on the Wii – wherever we’ll let him. I try to make sure that he gets a variety of games to play. Sure he can play angry birds and where’s the water, but sometimes I want him to play something that challenges him to think a bit more.
Scribblenauts is a game that gets the player to figure out how to get through the levels by typing in words for items they need or actions they need to do. It takes a lot of thought to figure out what tools are needed and then how to spell the word.
I loved that Kiernan loved this game but the thing is, he can’t spell, at all. So playing this game became “Mommy, how do you spell tree?” “Mommy, how do you spell magic box?” “Mommy, how do you spell green potion?”
So I came up with a plan! He had to TRY to spell each word three times. If he couldn’t do it, then he would draw a picture in his newly created Pictionary and I would then print the name of the word underneath the photo for future reference.
It made me feel better about letting him play games too much because he was alternating between being creative on paper and being analytical on the iPad. Seemed like a great mix to me.
What creative ways have you come up with to turn the every day into something educational?
Lara is mom to five year old Kiernan and three year old boy/girl twins Quinn and Juliette. Between the kids and her social media consulting business, she spends most of her time running frazzled.
This snow is making for some long days. It is also forcing me to get creative. With all the activities I am coming up with to the keep the kids amused I suddenly feel like a camp counselor again. Except, you know, I’m definitely not 16 any more.
One day I decided to get crafty. Which for me means pulling out the needle and thread. And trying not to poke myself in the process.
Using some scraps of fabric leftover from the last time I felt crafty and decided to make a cover for my kid-stained couch, I sold the kids on the excitement of bean bags. We are going to make them! And fill them with beans! And then throw them! Seriously, how can it get better then that?
I had the kids trace around a square play dish and then let the four year old cut the fabric. I helped the 2 year old with the cutting. Then while I quickly hand stitched the two pieces of fabric together I had the kids fill their own bowls with dried chickpeas, dried navy beans and popcorn. This entertained them for awhile.
Once the bean bags were done, and the kids were excitedly examining them and practicing throwing them, I started taping the floor. With masking tape I created two starting lines and then filled the distance between them with squares, rectangles and triangles. I gave myself bonus points for building on the shapes and solids unit the girl is learning in kindergarten.
Days later and the tape is still on the floor. The bean bags are still being used and I have decided that masking tape is my new best friend.
Are you a bean bag player? Are there any bean bag games you can recommend?
Brie is the mom of a 4 year old daughter “the girl” and 2 old son “the boy”. You can read her blog at Capital Mom.