I read a lot of blogs. A.LOT of blogs. Many of them have activities to do with young children. I watch what those women do with their children and think “I could totally do that!” and then I don’t do it.
So, today, I’m starting a new schedule for us. I’m adding more learning activities into his daily routine. I should have already been doing this, but I’m a lazy mother, so I haven’t yet.
Today, I came up with an activity off the cuff. (which is a nicer way to say “I pulled it out of my you-know-where”) Jack already knows his colors very well. He sometimes mixes up pink and purple, but other than that, he’s got all his colors down pat. So, I decided to start with an activity where I knew he’d have success right away.
I traced a roll of masking tape onto plain white drawing-pad paper. Then I had him color each circle (which I also asked him to name for me since I knew he knew it) a different color. I handed him a crayon and told him which circle to color. Next time I would let him pick which circle to color, but I was moving things right along today.
After he colored each circle a different color, I put the paper on the living room/play room floor and said, “Now go find a red toy and put it on the red circle.” He did! He did the same for all of the colors. It was pretty quick, but he did have to go searching a bit for a few of the colors.
I cleared the paper, and asked him to find another red toy for the red circle. You could tell by the look in his eye that he wanted to use the same toy he’d already used, but I’d put the toys in my lap so they were ‘out of play’ for this round. He found a new round of toys without much trouble at all.
We did it a third time, which I could tell was the last round for him. When he put a plane down on the red circle (for it’s red wheels), the plane wouldn’t stay on the circle. Jack said It kept flying away.
He was so proud of himself and what he was able to accomplish. I only had to help him find one toy through all the rounds.
I think he’s going to love his new learning activities thrown in throughout his days. Now, Mommy has to learn to plan ahead. It’s like writing lesson plans all over again! AAAAAHHHHH!!!