Color Sorting with Melty Beads

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We love melty beads! This activity was a fun twist with using our jar full. We colored toothpicks with markers then stuck them into playdough so that we could then sort the beads by color.

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This activity required great concentration while practicing color recognition and fine motor skills.

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Shape Sort

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My little guy is terribly ill and my tot is just busting at the seems to do anything, but self occupy. She was in desperate need of an activity that she could do on her own while I rocked her baby brother nearby. All that I was required of was conversation on shapes and a little quality time.

Miss Grace knows most of her shapes, but she loves to sort objects so this was a blast for her. If you don’t have foam shapes like we used you could always cut shapes out of paper.

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Numbers Sensory Bin

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Numbers Sensory Bin:
-colored rice
-4 different types of magnetic numbers (1-9)
-a set of invisible numbers (info at end of post)
-a set of dry erase tracing cards

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1. Number Sort: excavate all the numbers and sort them in order.
2. Go Fish: With a magnet wand fish for the numbers. To keep the number you must correctly identify it or it gets tossed back into the bin.
3. Number Hunt: Seek the invisible numbers.
4. Find & Trace: Once a number is removed from the bin you must trace the number on the correct tracing card.

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Hot Glue, Invisible Numbers via I Can Teach My Child

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They are so fun in the bin 🙂

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5 Ways To Play With Old Maid Cards

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We love getting out our deck of Old Maid cards and just playing with them. Truth is… we have NEVER actually played Old Maid with them.

Here are 5 different ways we play with them at our house:

1. Matching: We shuffle our cards, spread them face down then take turns flipping over 2 cards at a time trying to find a match. (Remove Old Maid Card)

Play w/ Old Maid Card: If a player turns the Old Maid over they get an extra turn that round. Be sure to remove the Old Maid once it’s been found.

2. Memory: For this memory game I take 8 pairs of cards that match from the Old Maid deck, split them up into two decks making sure that there are no pairs in each deck, then I place one of the decks in a particular sequence. I let the kids analyze the cards for a bit then I stack the deck back up and they use their deck to make the sequence of cards that I made. This can be very tricky at times, but if it gets easy for your child just add more pairs of cards to your deck to add more difficulty. (Remove Old Maid Card)

3. Sorting: Our Old Maid cards consist of different poses from all the Disney princesses so my girls greatly enjoy when I shuffle the deck and let them sort the cards into different piles of each princess. (Remove Old Maid Card)

4. Slap: We use the whole deck for this game, but remove the old maid card. Before we start we decide which princess we want to “slap” (wow, that sentence sounds harsh!!!). I then shuffle the deck and deal the cards one by one until the deck is gone. One of us lays down a card in the middle and we take turns until the princess we agreed upon is laid down then we must slap the deck. Whoever slaps the deck first gets the pile of cards. The winner is the person who ends up with the most in their “slapped” pile.

Play W/ Old Maid Card: You can also slap the deck when the Old Maid has been turned over AND steal another player’s slapped pile.

5. OLD MAID: Play it like your supposed to 😉 That’s on our bucket list for the week IF I can talk the kids out of playing the other “games” we play with our Old Maid cards!