Sometimes allowing kiddos to explore means letting go of even more control. Yesterday I showed the kids a picture of some acorns someone had painted or stained on pinterest . Today – they decided we should paint our acorns.
Sometimes toys are over rated . We like boxes and tarps.
One of the easiest way to ” teach” littles without ” teaching ” them is to play games. Today I took out a memory game. These are the skills that playing a game like memory helps with.
1- Healthy exercise to your brain.
2- Improve concentration.
3- Enhance the cognitive skills.
4- Boost the brain functionality.
5 – Train your visual memory.
6- Increase short-term memory.
7- Prevent memory-related illness.
8- Help to keep focus.
9- Increase attention.
10- Playing memory games against the clock forces us to think fast
But there are others also. Like back and forth conversation and turn taking. Following rules like — you only turn over 2 cards and not 3. And counting.. how many cards do you have ? Also math concepts like more, less, equal and least. And last but not least… how it is ok to not have more cards and be happy for your friend. I had NO ONE upset today that they didn’t ” win .” I didn’t use the term win or lose but stressed the math concepts. It was a fun day. Playing games with preschoolers takes patience and a good humor. ( Hint for games like this.. only use 1/4 of the playing cards. The whole stack would be overwhelming. )
I feel like I am finally recovering from the lack of rest and conference planning. The fog is lifting.