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I’ve really got to give all the credit to Loopy on this one. He turned a boring kitchen utensil into a fun and versatile learning game. In the month of March, our unit topic for preschool was cooking and baking. It’s been a blast, but I’ve noticed that I need to be more easy going in the kitchen. I make a big enough mess myself, so it’s hard to let him do the same. I’m glad I let him raid the utensil draw this time. Who knew that grabbing something with big “pinchers” could be so much more entertaining than your own hands?
All you need are some large tongs and the Alphabet Memory Game or some other kind of sturdy flash card-esque game. Loopy is beginning to learn about uppercase and lowercase letters so this is the perfect manipulative for him.
I ask him questions like:
- Which letter makes the “fff” sound?
- Can you find the letter “C”?
- Grab the letter that is capitalized.
- Find the letter that Daddy starts with.
There are really no end to the questions you could ask. Normally, there’d be no way I’d be able to ask more than one of these questions without Loopy running away to go break something. But with the tongs… yes, I’m afraid of my eye being gauged out, but he’s totally into the activity. Might even get a whole five minutes of “structured” learning in.
Hope this gets your mind spinning with ideas!
Have you or your child ever turned a normal household object into an educational treasure? Share in the comments below!
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