I remember a contest our school had when I was in the fourth grade. The challenge was to see which person in each grade could write out the multiplication tables by a certain date, beginning with the ones and going through the twelves. Looking back, I can see I was pretty competitive even then. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. And I
This is a fun sound game you can play with just one child or with a group. It takes a little time to prepare, but it will get the kids listening! Before You Start Find a recording device, such as a tape recorder or a voice recorder on your phone. Go through your home and record familiar sounds. They might include: A squeaky door
If your child needs a little extra help with geometry and learning shapes and angles, or if he or she just needs a quick review, this activity is a fun one to try. Here’s what you’ll need: Supplies Cardboard Shapes: These should include whatever shapes your child is learning, such as circle, right triangle, equilateral triangle, square, rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus, octagon, pentagon, and trapezoid.
My children have all been part of a soccer program at one time or another, and it was always a really good experience. My nephews have played soccer every year from early elementary all the way through high school. It’s no wonder they loved watching the World Cup games! Soccer is a great sport for almost any child, whether the child is athletically inclined or not.
Re-gain Some Self-discipline This summer, all of my kids have been working. The older two have summer jobs; the younger two help me set up and clean up for my art classes, and I pay them each time for their efforts. Everyone has been really busy, so we’ve become quite lax in regards to cleaning the house. It was clear everyone needed to re-gain some
This summer, we have been on the go almost every day. With summer classes and activities, errands, and visiting with friends and family, each day seems so full. So when we had a rainy day and nowhere we had to go, it was a welcome change. For me, anyway. How to Create an Activity Board But my children got bored. They did a few
Some of our favorite games when my children were younger involved dancing. No – it wasn’t formal dancing, and it didn’t matter that I had two left feet. It was a move and jump and twirl and fall down and laugh kind of dancing – the best kind if you just want to enjoy some time with your kids. Here are some ideas to
My youngest loves Legos, and it seems like he has a room full of them. Almost every Christmas and birthday since he was about four years old, he has asked for a lego set. At first, he’ll build the set following the instructions. Then, over time, the set becomes dismantled and turns into something else. Lego Gifts This holiday season was all about Legos
If you’re looking for a fun family activity for the holidays or any day, organize a progressive dinner. It’s not only an enjoyable way to spend an evening, but you’ll get to know your child’s friends and their parents better as well. A progressive supper involves a meal made up of several courses – all at different locations. Because you’ll be progressing along with
One of my family’s favorite board games is Ticket to Ride. We were first introduced to the game by my niece’s husband. He’ll spend a long time strategizing on each turn, and he almost always wins. If any of us can just beat him, we feel we’ve won the game! The box says it’s for ages eight and up, though my eight-year-old got a