You don’t need expensive educational toys to engage and educate children. Making opportunities for purposeful conversation and learning through everyday tasks is more meaningful and fun! Remember; monkey see, monkey do.
Try these activities with children to support their continuing development of reading, writing, and math skills…
- Find objects around the house that start with any chose letter of the alphabet (Ex: “C” – couch, cat, car, chair, clock) Discuss the phonetic sounds that the chosen letter can make).
- Find objects around the house that rhyme (Ex: Cat, Hat or Lamp, Stamp or Bed, Red)
- Identify a few sight words (the, is, are) and have your child circle the words in the newspaper.
- After grocery shopping, sort foods by colour, size, weight, food group.
- Sort, count and roll coins.
- While washing dishes, fill a cup with water and have them guess whether or not the next cup or bowl to be washed will hold the same amount of water.
- Measure how long a piece of furniture is by counting their “feet” (toe to heel), have them guess if a table is longer or short by their “feet”. (Do the same with perimeter)
- Cut out sticks and half circles from construction paper and ask your child to create different letters using the shapes (EX: one stick and two half circles make a “B”, or three sticks make an “H”.
- Read with your child everyday. Ask questions such as, “How would you feel if you were this character? Is it fair that ‘this’ is happening the character? Why or why not? What is your favourite part of the book and why?)
- Count the days on the calendar. Ask questions like, “How many days until the end of the month?”