For most of us, kids are back in school at this point which means time to dust off the Encyclopedia Britannicas and get down to academic business. Or something. So maybe our preschool pack isn’t ready for times tables and spelling tests, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in some legit learning-related stuff, right? Welcome to #WednesdayPlayday!
Here are my Top 5 Sneaky Smart Kids Activities:
1. DIY Geoboards
I love Geoboards for all sorts of dorky reasons. They teach shapes and spatial awareness. They encourage your child to make pictures and designs with shapes… that’s higher level thinking right there. And… there’s a little fine motor skill and coordination required to get those rubber bands just right.
2. Dice + Bingo Dauber = Fun Number Recognition
You can use a coloring book page or just free hand a design here, but the gist is simple. Give your child a die and a bingo dauber and for every number they roll, have them ‘daub’ a number on their picture. Eleanor loved this and I need to remember to do it more often!
3. Alphabet Practice
This one post has two great (and simple) alphabet activities. The first involves writing the letters around a paper plate and letting your child find them somewhere around the house. The second lets your child search the house to gather items for a personalized set of alphabet flashcards.
4. Fill-In-the-Blank Drawing
I snuck this in a while ago, and it’s one of my secret favorites. I used to love this activity in my workbooks growing up so being able to make my own with old book illustrations is the best!
5. Laminated Heads
Let your kids draw all over each other… kinda sorta. Print out and laminate some headshots and let them add expressions, accessories, and more with dry erase markers! Sure, this is lots of fun, but it can easily be adapted to address feelings (how would you make the mouth look angry?)… and fine motor skills (can you add circle earrings?).
Good luck with week #1 of school everyone! And don’t come asking me for help with tuition when your kids get accepted to Oxford or Stamford or something! Also, I’d love a comment with some of your sneaky smart kids’ activities!
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