Thanks to the Corona outbreak, my kids have now been out of school for going on three weeks. My older kids are still waiting for the school to finalize their plan for continuing education, but my toddler is BORED. She doesn’t understand that we won’t be going back to school this year. So, I decided this is a good opportunity to put my Early Childhood Degree to good use.
The biggest thing to remember with young kids (and probably older kids too now that I think of it) is that they learn so much through play. I will not be sitting my three year old down to work on a bunch of worksheets. We may throw one in here and there but the most important thing I can do is let her play!
This activity is super easy. Here’s what I used:
- A plastic tub
- Letter magnets
- A piece of paper
- Page protector (optional)
- A marker
- Shovel and sifter
I had all of these things on hand. If you don’t have sand you would use rice or rocks or beans or dirt or whatever you can find. Be creative!
I started with writing her name on the paper and covering the paper with a page protector. This isn’t necessary but it’ll make the paper last longer.
Then we dumped the sand in the tub, and added the letters. I stirred them around to bury them.
Then I explained what we were doing and let her go for it!
Also, remember that their attention span is not super long so if they don’t actually finish it’s OK. My kid gave up after finding a few letters and now she is burying herself in sand. 🤷🏻♀️ The point is that we played, and we did something new. (And it wasn’t on the iPad! Score!)