Monthly Archives: November 2012

DIY Counting Box with Sticks

This is a homemade activity that is easy to make. I tweaked this idea found on Pinterest by adding bottle caps. Your little one can choose one bottle cap at a time then find the numbered stick that corresponds to the number on the cap. Finally, they can place the stick in the corresponding numbered slit. When A.J. places the stick in the slit of the box he is also working on his reasoning and fine finger skills. (That’s a bonus because I didn’t expect putting a stick in the slit would be that difficult. But once he figured it out, he was on a roll.)

Here are a few other activities we did over the past few weeks.

We painted pumpkins

 

 

 

 

 

counted pumpkin cut outs

 

 

 

 

 

and counted pennies.

 

 

 

 

 

We also wrote to a few people on our wellness list found in our church bulletin. It’s a creative and fun way to express care for others.

What homemade counting games excite your little ones?

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

Bowling Pin Counting Fun

My homemade bowling pin scoreboard is a fun way to count and learn what numbers represent. A.J. enjoys bowling and this is a great way for me to “edutain” him.

I use six pins when bowling, so I made 5 numbers each to velcro on the board. Tape divides the poster board and space is left at the bottom to eventually add the number of pins. I made the pin pockets from construction paper. Then found a bowling pin printable and colored, laminated, and cut the pins to place in the pockets.

Seeing A.J. smile, count, and learn made this project so worth the effort!

What creative ways do you use to teach your children about numbers?

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

Homemade Sporty Fun

A.J. is full of energy and loves to drum. When he isn’t drumming, I try to channel his energy in sporty and other creative ways.

He’s currently enrolled in gymnastics.

His Tee Tee Gee Gee bought him a T-ball set.

His grandparents bought him roller skates and he has a soccer ball that he likes to kick around outside.

He also enjoys bowling inside the house and at a real bowling alley.

Even with all his toddler sports equipment, there is nothing like simple homemade sports fun such as:

walking on his hands with daddy holding his legs

tossing socks in a basket

swatting a balloon to see how long he can keep it in the air

or crab walking.

Incidentally, these are gross motor skill activities that’s helping him in many other ways; from teaching him to wait his turn in gymnastics class to learning to create his own fun with items around the house.

How do you have homemade fun with simple items around your home?

Pray, Persist & Prosper!