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Anyone else enjoying some olympics? I know me and my sweeties have been caught up in all the games, and rooting on our favorites!
While planning a little learning activity for my oldest I knew I wanted it to be active and maybe a little competitive. So I present to you the Learning Toss!
First you’ll want to find some large paper to draw your shapes on. I used brown butcher paper, click here. You could use a cardboard box broken down. Or you could use multiple pieces of printer paper, taped together or near each other.
Next draw some shapes. I stuck with some simple shapes: diamonds, circles, squares, rectangles, hearts, ovals, and pentagons. Do each in a different color. Next write either a letter or a number in each shape. We haven’t reviewed teen numbers since preschool so I focused on those numbers. Pick something you want to work on: letters in their name, lower case alphabet, large numbers, small numbers or even leave it blank if you are working with a younger child and don’t want it to be too overwhelming.
Next introduce the mini athletes! We taped a line on the floor so we would know where to stand.
Then we tossed and rolled the ball…or a pair of socks. When the sock would land on a shape I would ask my 4 year old the shape and number. In the beginning I would just have her tell me the 2 numbers that made up the teen and I would remind her of the name. Then I would write it down on our whiteboard.
After 5 hits my daughter and I swapped roles. I tossed and she wrote down what I got. We added up the numbers and figured out who won. This was a great way to get her to work on writing numbers, but she felt she was doing an important job, not a boring task.
To keep her interest we decided to swap it up. We hung the paper up on the wall and moved the line up. This time we decided what number would get her a bronze, then a silver, then what number would get a gold. Then she started chucking her sock!
This added a new element. After the sock would hit the paper she wasn’t always sure where the sock had hit. I would tell her to find the green triangle, then I would ask her what number is inside it? After playing this game for 10 minutes she remembered all the numbers and I no longer had to help her. After writing down 5 hits we would add them up and figure out what metal she would get. That was her favorite part.
I had hoped this activity would draw the attention of my almost 2 year old. She enjoyed throwing the sock for a bit, then got completely distracted with the tape on the floor. Next she realized how important the score keeping was so she took over that. She was completely entertained, just not quite how I thought she would be. Classic.
Tomorrow we are going to try to set up a car ramp so the cars can run and land on our shapes. I’ll post an update on how that activity goes. (I LOVE when I can make an activity stretch in different ways!)
UPDATE: CLICK HERE to see how to set up this activity for some car fun.