Spelling Connect FourHere’s
one that uses an old game you’ve probably got lying around the house: Connect
Four. Write letters on small pieces of paper and stick a letter to each side of
the red and yellow tokens. Then, take turns with your child to drop the letters
into the holes to spell out words. Younger kids will probably need a bit of
assistance, but older kids will have fun playing with friends or siblings.
I Spy SortingYou
probably have memories of playing this classic guessing game on long road
trips, but I Spy is more valuable than simply a tool to pass time in the car.
The ability to group things by number, shape or size helps to develop your
child’s mathematical thinking, so try “I spy with my little eye…” variations
such as “… something taller than me”, “… something round like a ball” or “… three
things in a row”. The best part? You can play it anywhere, with no supplies
needed. Duck, Duck, LuckRhyming games are a fun way
for children to increase their vocabulary and strengthen spelling skills. Next
time you host a kids’ party, try this variation on duck, duck, goose. Have the
children sit in a circle. Player A walks around the circle patting each child’s
head while saying a word (like “cat”), then chooses one child (Player B) to tap
with a rhyming word (eg, “mat”). Player B has to jump up and try to catch
Player A before they can steal his or her seating position. If Player B catches
Player A, Player A has to try again with a different word in the same rhyming
family (such as “bat”). If Player A manages to steal the spot, Player B starts
again with a new rhyming family (eg, “bear”).
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