A parent wants nothing more than their children to learn and a kid wants nothing more than fun and playtime. What if they went hand-in-hand? Good thing they do and they’re called learning games. Math and spelling come more naturally for kids when they don’t feel like they’re learning at all; this is where games come in! Learning can be fun with educational games, making it an interactive, imaginative and fun experience for kids. Instead of buying expensive games, we’ve decided to create our own so come DIY with us!
- Letter Matching Ice Cream Cones: Gather 24 finished toilet paper rolls and 24 small balls. Use a permanent marker and write the alphabet in uppercase letters on the balls (A on one ball, B on the other, etc). Now do the same thing on the toilet paper rolls, but this time write the letters in lowercase form. Your kids will have a ball (literally) matching the rolls and balls. The finished product is 24 ice cream cones! This will help children recognize the lowercase and uppercase forms of each letter in the alphabet.
- Letter-Object Play: Print out the alphabet, then cut each letter. You should have 24 squares, each with a letter. Gather your child’s toys from around the house and put them into a big pile. Lay out the alphabet in order and have your child match the first letter of the toy to its paper letter. They’ll learn their letters and words and associate objects and sounds.
- Cereal Name Sign: Write your child’s name on a piece of paper and give them glue and pieces of cereal. Have them cover each letter of their name with glue and cereal. In addition to practicing their letters, they’ve also got a new sign for their room!
- Connect 4– Reimagined! Take the original Connect 4 game and re-invent it with words and stickers. Write different words on the stickers and put a sticker on each coin. The object of the game is to create a sentence using various words. Kids will have a blast playing the game and putting sentences together!
It’s important for kids to know that learning can be fun; it can include games and even your favorite toys. Your child will be excited to create a DIY game, and they’ll better their skills in the meantime! Talk about a win-win situation.