As we get ready for our new baby to arrive in Feb/March; I am constantly looking for ways to encourage independent activities, that are done solely by Aarya. We are starting slow, hopefully he will get the idea and start working on these soon.
Here are this week’s activities, I helped him in most of these, but as I said we are starting slow and hopefully in the coming months, he will be able to do more independent work.
1)Letter Sound Activity Cards from Prekinders.com. Aarya needed a lot of help doing this so I included only the alphabets that we have done so far. We will be working on this again next week.
2) Lego Duplo Number cards from One Beautiful Home blog – This one was not easy for him, I realized that he could not rightly do it at all (maybe because he was distracted). After doing 0-3 with my assistance, he wanted to do it on his own, that was cool. This also stays on our shelf next week and I am going to add the next set of numbers.
3)We were focusing on letter “W” this week (more on that in my next post), so I created this simple counting “Windows” activity for him to do with bottle caps I made. This was easy for him and he did all the numbers till 9. (This is hand-drawn and you can see I am not good at it at all).
4) Simple counting cards from Shannon’s Tot School with Bottle cap numbers – Aarya absolutely loved these printable (maybe he loved the simple images) and was quick to complete these counting cards. I did not get a shot yet, may be I will add it when we take it out again this week.
5) Maze from Mr. P- I found this via Pinterest, where I find almost all of my ideas I figured Aarya would love this one because it involved a car and roads, he has not tried it yet, lets see maybe this week, he will pick it up.
My heartful thanks to all the wonderful blogs and sites for sharing all these resources and ideas
D is for Dump-Truck and we used some amazing printables from Royal Baloo’s Zooming-Moving Alphabet series; they are a HUGE hit with Aarya. To accompany that we did a very simply maths activity involving his favorite Dump-Truck.
All you need is
1 Dump truck,
few cubes ( it can be oother things as well such as Dinosaurs(?))
Number tiles, blocks (anything , really)
What I did?
I placed a number a cube in a tray, I asked Aarya that the office on the other side requires 5 cubes, could he please deliver them fast (you can also name the cube something else like cargo, box etc – get creative). If your kiddo needs help, help his gently with counting out his blocks and let him deliver them and come back for the next lot.
I also used this activity for a adding 1 and subtracting 1 -
“what happens if you deliver one more to the warehouse, how many do they have now?”
“one of the boxes you delivered is broken, bring it back – see how many do they have now?”
Aarya was not interested in the adding and subtracting, but the counting was just fine He can now count objects till 5 without help but in his excitement jumbles up 6 to 10 ; we are slowly working on that too.
We had lot of things going on in our lives and the important thing is I am expecting our second baby.. and hopefully with God’s blessing, baby will be here in Feb-March. We changed our residence, Aarya’s school and my husband’s job…. just roller-coaster ride kind of year Now that we have finally settled down into a routine, I feel I can get back to blogging.
Here are a couple of favorite activities of Aarya from across the web (tried and approved by my 3 and a half year old boy)
#1>Dominoes Parking Freebie from Teachable Moments. I do not have dominoes but I used just the 1-12 parking sheet and made my own dominoes with card-stock and crayons. Aarya LOVED this game. He wanted to play it again and again Thanks to Pinterest for leading me to this gorgeous site.
#2> Doodling in his sketchbook following the Tinkerlab, #tinkersketch prompts via Instagram. We are never on time, but this has become such a favorite activity these days Thanks to TinkerLab for the inspirations and ideas.
#3> Playing Memory using the new Memory Game we got as a gift from our lovely relatives. This set came from Zephyr.
Aarya still needs a little help once in a while, but is getting good at it.
#4> Catch a Bug! game from Picklebums blog. I do not have a color printer, so I printed out the bugs onto colored sheet and made 2 dices from the wooden blocks we own. This was a fun game and Aarya played this the whole day today and even wanted his father to join in on the fun
So what is your favorite set of activity this week?
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