I thought I would share something non-sewing related with you all. We live in an area where there are not a lot of educational or cultural resources. Besides running around outside that is. My grand daughter does go to preschool, but I often wonder about the quality of the activities that are offered. Their strength is more in the area of socialization with other kids. I have decided it is up to us to provide more exposure to learning, literature and art activities here in our home.
I browse a number of blogs and online sites that are aimed at families who home school their young children. One of them that I have gotten so many wonderful ideas from is Teaching 2 and 3 year Olds. They have scads of ideas for activities and projects age appropriate for the young child. They also have links to other sites for even more ideas.
One brilliant idea that I gravitated to is pictured above. These are daily Activity Boxes full of art, number, pre-reading, and just plain fun activities for the young child to do on their own quietly, or with a grown up sitting with them. You do have to switch out the activities weekly to avoid boredom, so there is some effort required beyond the basic set up.
Here is one of the daily boxes pulled at random. This is the bottom layer of choices for the child: a couple of books, some number flash cards, a lacing game, a small puzzle, some matching cards, a couple of finger puppets (lady bug and turtle).
Next layer: a stamp set.
Top layer: Unifix math cubes.
We had a lot of these items stashed away in the closet of Eva's bedroom, and did pull them out now and then. These activity boxes cause us to pull things out in a regular rotation and really make good use of them. When I decided to create the daily boxes, I did purchase quite a few additional materials (mostly through Amazon). I now feel that our selection of art, number and pre-literacy materials rivals what is found in most pre-schools. That being said, a big monetary investment really isn't necessary. I have found loads of activity ideas that call for things commonly found at home. With a bit of imagination, you can create wonderful activities on your own.
Eva is enthralled to see what each daily box contains. She prefers that I sit with her while she goes through the box and plays with each activity, which I don't mind at all. I can oversee the way she uses the materials and make suggestions on ways to use them more effectively. Besides, it is just more fun to do it together!
The other day, as she was blearily waking up from her nap, she cracked one eye open and mumbled "Nana, can we do 'tivities now?" I think she likes it.