My son really wanted to play with our Scrabble game the other day so we made up a 3-year-old version. I would yell out a letter and he would have to find all the tiles with that letter on it. Afterwards, he would count how many letters he found to get points. If you don’t have a scrabble game you could use Boggle or another letter game or just cut out pieces of paper and write letters on them. What is not fun about this game is when the 3-year-old beats you.
Indoor Slip ‘N Slide is a fun, and quite dangerous activity to do when you can’t go outside. Fill a bucket with a small amount of water and add a lot of dishsoap to make bubbles, then let your kids dump it on the kitchen floor. I told my kiddos to stay on their knees or hands and knees when on the bubbles. They had a blast. The one time my 3-year-old stood up and walked toward me he ended up on his rear, so just a fractured ego was the only injury we sustained.
Cleaning tip: You pre-wash your clothes and pre-soak your dishes so why not pre-soak your kitchen floor before mopping?
Kick the Fish is a modified game that originated in Asia. The original game is called Kick the Bird. The bird is made out of a sock or other material and decorated with feathers. The object of the game is to keep the bird in the air. It is similar to American hacky sack. You can only use your feet or head to hit it. I made the fish out of an old slipper sock. I turned it inside out and filled it with rice (or you could use beans). Then, tied a knot. I cut the end to be more decorative. I used felt and tacky glue to attach the eyes and fins. Sharpie markers filled in the detail. I decided to make a fish instead of a bird for two reasons. First, I felt better about kicking a fish than a bird. Secondly, I didn’t have any feathers.
It is probably because I am a tactile learner that I teach things with things instead of using pictures or videos, but my sons seem to have inherited that from me. Also, the younger the child the harder it would be for them to sit and be still while you teach them something. My 3-year-old made this bridge so we played the game “Over and Under.” Simple. You yell out one of the words and have them act it out. Word of caution: Two kids might try to go under at opposite ends at the same time and collide. I speak from experience.
I really do like my in-laws. This was just such a great idea I had to try it out on them. I used Washable Dry Erase markers to sketch hats, glasses, etc. on my in-laws. You can also make your family seasonal. Winter scenes. Halloween drawings of spiders and scary faces. Valentines day hearts. The ideas are endless.
Alphabet Bingo is a fun way to learn letters. When I’ve read about teaching your children the alphabet experts say that it is important to show the uppercase and lowercase letters together and mix them up since children memorize their order.
Tip: Don’t use animal crackers like I did, unless you want the game to go on forever since the Bingo pieces disappear.