What To Do: Invite your child to participate in a conservation project that will benefit your home and the environment. Designate an empty jar to be the “Conservation Jar.” Give your child examples of environmental infractions to look for, such as a light being left on unnecessarily, a faucet being left to drip, or something being thrown in the garbage that should have been put in the recycling bin. Your child is to ask that a dime be placed in the jar each time your child catches an adult making one of these mistakes, and then see how much money your child collects over a week’s time. Be sure to limit this project to a week, after which time the whole family will be sensitive to conservation!
Distance and Direction
- What To Do:
- Hide several objects in your living or family room, then create a map or directions to help your child find each object. Your directions can tell your child exactly how many steps to take to the north, then how many to take to the east, etc. You can write the directions so your child can do this independently or you can recite the directions as your child moves.
- Materials You Will Need:
- toothpicks or wooden skewers, variety of fruits What To Do: Let your child choose several new fruits at the grocery store, (or stick with old favorites). Invite your child to help you wash, peel, and cut the fruits into bite sized chunks or slices. Show your child how to skewer the fruit onto the toothpicks in a variety of patterns. Share your healthy snack with friends or family members.
What To Do:While driving, see how many items your child can list that can be preceded with the words, “A pair of ________”. Your child might say scissors, glasses, shoes, etc. Continue to play using the words, “A gallon of __________”, “A dozen _____________”, “A bowl of _________”, “A pitcher of __________ ,” etc.
- Materials You Will Need:
- leashes, boxes, store bought doctor kit, stuffed animals What To Do: On a rainy day, have your child gather stuffed animals and create a veterinarian’s office. Your child can design the carriers or leashes for the animals as well as the waiting room. You or your child can come up with the reason that each animal needs to be examined, but let your child come up with a diagnosis and remedy.
- As your child becomes more secure and competent using scissors, try cutting snowflakes out of paper. Fold a square piece of thin typing paper into quarters and cut out shapes on the folds. Unfold the paper to reveal the unique snowflake designs.
Right and Left
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