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As a mom of three young kids I am always looking for ways to incorporate education into the everyday tasks. Let’s face it. As moms we have to be a little sneaky and crafty at times. Sneaking in vegetables at dinner time, mixing learning activities with the fun stuff and finding creative ways to make that early bed time a happy one.
Making sure my kids are being challenged intellectually is very important to me but I also want to teach that learning is a fun adventure that never ends. My oldest child was very cooperative with our at home school time. She would sit for long periods of time while we reviewed flash cards, read books and worked on educational crafts. My middle child was a little harder to keep engaged and my third child is all over the place. She would much rather be dancing, making messes and challenging my every idea than to participate in my traditional school time. So I had to get creative.
Here are a few of the ways I mix education and fun.
My daughter LOVES to help in the kitchen. She doesn’t consider this a part of our school time but I certainly do. We talk about colors, counting, letters and shapes as we cook. What color is this ingredient? Can you make a circle as you stir the soup? Let’s count as we add the sugar. She loves to make sandwich shapes for lunch. We also love making cookies together. I’ll be sharing more about that later using some of the new Betty Crocker holiday flavors.
We are on the go a lot. Trips to and from school, soccer practice, dance practice, appointments and mini vacations. This is a perfect time to sneak in a little educational time because they are confined to a small space anyway. Car games like I spy, alphabet game or my favorite box game are not only fun ways to keep them occupied but also a great way to sneak in a little school time. If you need a break and have a portable DVD player, the LeapFrog movies are a must.
I know a lot of moms who use bath time as a way to work on letters, writing, colors and numbers. If your toddler is not a fan of bath time, this may help turn that around for you as well. Bath time letters and numbers that stick to the wall, soap paint, water color tablets are all fun ways to incorporate learning in this every day task.
I wrote a post quite a while ago about some of my favorite apps for kids. Today, I have a new one to add to the list, KidloLand. We have been using this app for probably a month now and my 3 year old still hasn’t made it through all of the different activities and games. One of my favorite things about it is that it has so many different activities, songs, games and stories. They will not get bored with this app very quickly. My daughter loves the coloring the best and I have even caught my 5 year old looking through it as well. You can see in my screenshots how colorful and engaging the app is and that is not even close to showing you all they have to offer.
You can download this app from the following links.
And now for the fun part! KidloLand is giving away a 3 month subscription to one of my readers!!! To enter this giveaway simply comment on this post. I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday, November 16th. Good luck!
How do you incorporate educational time into your childs’ day? What are some of your favorite apps or games to play with your kids? Look forward to hearing from you!