Friday, September 21, 2012

Teaching with Play: Two New Ideas from the Blogosphere

 by John and Diane.

We recently posted a blog about Teaching through Play along with the instructions for Frying Pan Match, which teaches kids with short attention spans the basics of math in a fun new way.  If you missed it, check it out here:

There are, of course, many ways to teach through play, and recently while browsing some fellow blogger contributions online, I came upon two I thought I would share with you.

The first comes from Smiles and Snuggles Blog and involves bean bags with the letters of the alphabet on them. You make them yourself, so you can save money and personalize them to suit the visual needs of your child. Once made, use them to toss and spell words, identify letters or make up games to challenge your young ones like a three dimensional Boggle type game. 

Check it out...

Alphabet Bean Bags

One of my September Pinterest Projects was to make an alphabet bean bag set for the boys. I have been obsessed with this project and I'm so excited it's finished! The Husband can't wait to throw them around with the boys. It was actually a pretty lengthy project but I think in the end, all the blood, sweat and tears will be worth it!

alphabet bean bags
Hope you can follow these steps and if you have any difficulties just email me and I'll see what I can do to help!
Read the rest of the blog here at : Smiles and Snuggles Bean Bags:

The second Teaching through Play idea comes from the True Aim Education Blog and mixes flash cards with a carnival game.

Educational Carnival Games: Cups and Card

Although I don't like to encourage gambling, the old Shell game can be very educational! Instead of taking your child's money, you will be improving their memory, concentration, and general knowledge.  Once you turn plain old flash cards into this exciting new game, you will be amazed at how eager your children are for learning time.
Read the rest of the game here: True Aim Education: Shell Game

Of course, adapt games to  your kids age and educational level and participate with them for the best results. 
If you have any great learning games to share, please do. Post the link here.


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  2. Those bean bags are awesome! Wish I was as talented.