The following Rockstar Sunday guest post is written by a woman whose third language is English and who has two little ones and two rockstar blogs.
Birute Efe writes Playtivities which is full of fun toy-making, learning, and creative parenting ideas, and she writes Attach From Scratch, a blog full of attachment parenting, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and all that fun stuff.
Pretty impressive, I know.
Today, Birute is sharing a quick and fun way that you can help your kiddos learn a little during the hot summer months.
- Play with Letters or Numbers–Cool Summer Learning for Kids, by Birute Efe
Summer is for fun. Fortunately learning can be fun and full of laughter too. It’s all how we present it to the kids.
If you are trying to teach your little one letters, sight words, numbers, beginners math this playful educational activity will be a hit in your house for sure.
Things you will need:
- Plastic Ice cube tray. (the more you have the more letters and numbers you will be able to write on). You can get them really cheap at flea markets or garage sales.
- some letter, number stickers or markers
What to do:
It’s so simple.
Depending on how many ice cube trays you have and what you want to teach your child just stick stickers in/on/near every ice cube holes.
You could also use markers.
The rules (they can be very customizable):
Kids learn faster through songs. I have noticed it a lot. So encourage them to sing or pick some kind of rhyme while they are dropping marbles in the ice cube tray holes.
- Name the letter/sight word/number you just dropped marble in.
- Name the word that starts with the letter you just threw marble on.
- Find a rhyming word for the letter you just dropped marble on. (e.g. A – I may, Z – just like a bee, etc)
- Try juggling few marbles.
Just a thought
You could try using real ice cubes for this activity. Make sure to write on the ice cube holes with permanent marker. Those splashes from melting ice cubes will make learning cool for sure.
Things kids will practice:
- motion coordination
- letters, numbers, rhyming and singing
I hope I got you inspired to help your children learn through a fun activity.
For more fun DIY Toys that encourage child’s creativity and promotes fun learning follow my Pinterest Board Playtivities. So you won’t miss a thing.
Birute Efe has daily fun at her kids activities blog Playtivities and the farm where she lives with her family. She loves creating activities and toys for her 2 kiddos by up-cycling household items. She she will never walk pass by a big cardboard box or a pile of old magazines. She believes the best learning comes from exploring and creating.
Looking for more fun ways to sneak in some literacy or math learning into your day? Stop by and follow these great educational Pinterest boards:
- Educational-tivities | Playtivities
- Fun-tivities | Playtivities
- Home-tivities | Playtivities
- literacy | teach mama
- math | teach mama
- summer fun and cool for kids | teach mama
This post is part of our new Rockstar Sunday posts. Each week, I will highlight one ‘rockstar’ in the parenting and education field. These posts? Seriously awesome.
The response to our Rockstar Sunday feature has been overwhelming. I am in awe of the ideas, submissions, and shares!
Having been in the blogging space for 5+ years, we know for sure that our readers are always up for fresh and fun ideas on literacy, math, technology, parenting, and learning in the every day. They love crafts, hands-on teaching ideas, printables, cooking with kids, and anything that makes their job as parents easier, better, and more fun.
You don’t have to have a blog of your own–just cool ideas to share! We look forward to hearing from you!
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