SPINNER GAMES

Children learn best when playing games.  For some time, I used the pencil and paperclip method for the games that I made.  Unfortunately, it didn’t always work the best, especially with young children or those with fine motor delays. My daughter who has Down Syndrome always struggled with the pencil – paper clip method.  The game just became frustrating for her.  So I set out on a mission to make the best DIY spinner hack with everyday materials and let her test them all.  We came up with a winner!

DIY Spinner Hack
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ALPHABET NAME GAME

Have you ever wondered what letters you should teach your child first?  Teaching young children the letters in their names is a great way to introduce the alphabet. Young children need frequent practice to learn their ABC’s.  Using children’s name as a starting point for teaching letters will help motivate them.  After children are successful learning the letters in their name, choose other members of their family, friends, or pets.  You can even choose their favorite movie character.  Hint:  Think Frozen characters. Olaf is a great one!
Teaching Young Children the Letters in the Their Names
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MATCHING GAMES WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT

ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT – WHAT IS IT?

Environmental print is everywhere!  Show any young child a picture of these labels: McDonald’s, Chickfila (mmmmm), Toys R Us, or Frozen and most will be able to read it.  Identifiable logos help build emergent literacy skills and provide young children with an “I Can Read” confidence.  Turning these logos into games is a wonderful way to learn and play.

Environmental Print Game
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NURSERY RHYME PRINTABLES

Learning nursery rhymes can help children learning crucial emergent literacy skills and oral language.  Babies benefit from hearing your rhythm, pitch, and fluency as you say these nursery rhymes.  Toddlers can join in by repeating and saying the words with you.  Pre-K and kindergarten children can learn to say them independently while learning to manipulate the words within the rhyme.

SPIN A NURSERY RHYME

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SIDEWALK CHALK ACTIVITIES

Here are some chalk activities that will promote fine motor, gross motor, prewriting, literacy, and math skills too.  I love to take my grandchildren outside to play with chalk.  There are so many different activities to do.  Exploring with chalk and water provides young children with sensory play.  Outside Fun Chalk [Read more…]