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Have you ever felt that you don’t have any idea what new activity to try with your child? Or that you found a lot of ideas but you just don’t get to put them into practice? If you had, I totally know how it feels! I’ve gone through moments when I had no inspiration when my son wanted us to try something new. And I’ve also gone through moments when I had a whole board of play ideas for young kids saved on Pinterest but I never really put them into practice! This is why I’ve decided to start this series of regular articles on my blog to share with you some simple activities for young kids!
For me, this will be a nice journal of our playful moments! And I hope that for you the articles will be an inspiration for trying new activities with your kids! Each article will only have 4-5 ideas, so they will be really easy to put into practice!
In the third article of the series, I want to share with you 4 activities that we recently did. They are very easy to do and my son enjoyed them a lot!
1. Lego hunt with color matching
In the previous article from the series, I’ve written about how much Bogdan enjoyed the color hunt that I’ve prepared. It seems that he is a big fan of scavenger hunts, so I came up with a new idea!
This time we used Lego pieces. It was a good opportunity to talk about colors and shapes too and Bogdan had a lot of fun! The idea is really simple: I took some Lego pieces and drew their shape on a paper. I used colored markers that matched the color of each piece.
Then I hid the Lego pieces in the bedroom and invited him to search for them. Each time he found a piece he came back to the living room and put it in the right place. We will buy a new Lego set soon and I plan to repeat the activity with a lot of more pieces!
2. Washi tape car track
My washi tape car track looks terrible. 🙂 But it brought to my son hours of play, so I need to share this idea with you! I found the idea on Pinterest and I bought some pink washi tape to implement it. But I soon realized that I don’t have enough tape! Bogdan was already enthusiastic about the idea and I couldn’t postpone it for next day. So I used all the tape that we had in our house! The result is the “multi-pattern” track you can see in the picture!
Even if the track didn’t look at all as the model from Pinterest, Bogdan was very happy about it! He used it all evening long! We still have the car track on the floor and he plays with it every day. If you have a boy, I totally recommend you to try this idea! It will bring you a lot of quiet moments! 🙂
In the meantime, I’ve discovered that there are Road Tape Toy Car Track For Kids available on Amazon. So next time I will certainly use those to make the track look really nice!
3. Ball toss with numbers
One day we tried an easy jumping game in the park. I used sidewalk chalk and draw some circles. I added a number in each of them and used arrows to mark the correct route. Bogdan jumped in the circles from one to seven and burn off some energy!
At the end of the game, Bogdan wanted to play with the tennis ball so I invented a new game using the circles. I invited him to throw the ball from a starting line to a specific number. As soon as he managed to throw the ball in the correct circle we moved on to the next number and so on.
This activity was great for number recognition and gross motor skills and was really fun too!
4. Tracing numbers and counting the animals
In this period, I try to do with Bogdan a lot of activities about number and counting. He is used to them from preschool, so he is very receptive.
For practicing the numbers I use the Wipe Clean Workbook: Numbers 1-50. He is still learning to trace the numbers and I encourage him to try! I like that the book has a wipe-clean pen that allows him to do the activity over and over again and improve his skills.
To make the counting activities more playful, I’ve invited him to count the plastic animals. We placed the numbers from 0 to 9 on the table and we put the corresponding number of animals in from of each of them. Bogdan is not very good at counting at this point. But this activity allowed him to have a visual representation of the numbers and understand why some numbers are greater than others.
If you liked these ideas, I hope that they will inspire you for new activities with your kids! 🙂 I wish you a lot of lovely moments with your little ones!
Our Playful Moments (OPM) is a project to encourage simple ways of playing to make kids happy and build a strong parent-child relationship. You can find all the articles in this series here. All activities for young kids need adult supervision.