Have some old magazine’s lying around your house? Why not turn them into a fun learning activity for your kiddos to play with?
When a friend mentioned she was getting rid of a bunch of old magazines, I was quick to snatch them up.
Setup is simple. Go through the magazines and cut out great images. I focused on people, animals, buildings and musical instruments. Gather them all up and then go wrangle the kids. It’s time to have some fun!
When I showed Loopy and Lumpy the pictures, they couldn’t help put “Ooo” and “Ahh”. First I just worked on their communication skills by asking them to describe what they saw in each picture. Obviously Lumpy couldn’t do much more than “PUPPY!” but Loopy learned how to paint better word pictures.
After a while, I spread the images all over the floor and asked the boys to find specific pictures. Some questions were easy, “Can you find the red house?” and other questions were a little more abstract, “Can you locate a picture with food in it?” We even worked on emotional intelligence when Loopy was asked to find clippings of happy people or worried people.
Our last little game was a sorting game. Loopy would have to find all the animals, or all the house. For a little added math, we’d count, add, and subtract our findings. Sometimes I’d make it trickier and ask him to gather all the green images or things with hair. It was fun to see him make connections and ask questions about what qualified to be included in the category.
I think the best part of this activity was that little Lumpy could be included since there was no need to fret if the pictures were ripped since this was a FREE project. Of course, I could have laminated these so they could be used for years. But you know me, if it takes more than five minutes of prep, it’s over my head.
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