We all know that I am an advocate for play!
It is okay for children to be bored.
Play with other children is more important than play with an adult.I know in our world right now, playdates are not happening as frequently. You may not have access to preschool, either. But if you are able to arrange for play with similar aged peers, do it! Playing with other children gives your child the opportunity to practice important social emotional skills. When you are playing Barbies with your child, you may not insist that YOU get to be the mom or you are "not playing anymore." The friend next door may do this. And it presents a wonderful opportunity for children to problem solve and fix social conflicts on their own.
You can't quit cold turkey.
Start with small increments at first. Just take 2 minutes away, and then check back in. Over time you can increase the time you step out of play.
Exiting during car play:
Do your children play Among Us?
What you need:
How to play:
Bingo Family Game Night is a great way to spice up your weekend! Especially if you are stuck inside with nowhere to go!
- Toy guitar
- Little light brite type toy
- Paint with water books
- Flavored chapsticks
- Fake fingernails (both my girls go crazy for these)
- Movie theater boxed candy
Are you ready to play BINGO?
These four Dollar Tree items will make a great addition to your play centers.
Foam Alphabet Puzzle
- Take out the letters and throw them in the bathtub! They will float and stick to the side of the tub.
- Place the letters in your sensory bin. Children can dig through the rice, sand, or pasta to find the letters and match them to the puzzle board. You can use different utensils (tongs, spoons, tweezers) to grasp the letters.
- Use the puzzle board as a stencil in your writing center
- Dip the letter pieces into tempera paint and use them as stamps
Wooden Shape Puzzle
- Empty all the shape pieces into a basket for loose parts play. You may want to buy a couple puzzles so that you have more pieces.
- Use the puzzle board as a sorting tray for small pieces. You will have 9 compartments.
- The puzzle board can be used as a cupcake tin for pretend cooking.
Brickston was very excited to find this, because we lost our timer from one of our games. You can make anything a game by adding a timer.
- Use the timer to show children when to give someone else a turn.
- Set the timer to see how many of the letters or shapes your child can find in the sensory table.
- Set the timer to see how many jumping jacks your child can do.
- Place the timer in your child's calm down kit/corner. Watching a sand timer can be soothing.
You know I love these scissors for beginners! The little "lift assist" lever helps the scissors to self-open..
Create a cutting box. Head over to this post to see how I made an open-ended cutting box for children.
Hang a piece of wrapping paper between a doorway and have your child cut the paper. This will help your child to develop correct thumbs up scissor holding.
How else would YOU use these items?
Read a Chapter Book Each Month
I have always wanted to make the habit of reading a chapter book out loud with my kids. I just have NEVER been consistent. Now we are home everyday doing virtual school. No better time to do it than now! We are planning to read The Boxcar Children. We are doing this right after lunch, because when we wait until bedtime it just does not happen.
Keep a Prayer Journal for the Year
Be Outside for 15 minutes Each Day (at minimum)
Make Sure No Family Member Eats Alone
What are your goals for 2021?
Tomorrow starts the 24 day countdown to Christmas! Last year I created the Play Your Way to Christmas book, and my family is excited to participate in all the sensory and play activities again. Last year, I loved seeing teachers and families participating. You can get your copy here!
The Christmas Baby board book
Watch me read it here!