I've mentioned before that this little fella of mine does not sit still for two seconds. So, naturally, the way I work with him is much different than the girls at his age. The girls would sit for hours doing workbooks, art projects, and the like. Oliver, however, is not the same. Teaching him is always a creative exercise for me because I have to combine learning with movement. He also LOVES toys, so if I can add that in, even better. In my world wide web travels, I've come upon some really great ideas on Pinterest and also Playdough to Plato. The latter is a wonderful source, especially with active kids. So, I gathered some ideas and altered them so they would work for us. Up first is using cars.
Activity One: Alphabet Parking Garage
I took a box, labeled it with the alphabet, putting each letter in it's own parking spot. Oliver picks up a car, I say a letter he tries to find it, and parks the car in the right letter spot. A variation on this is to hold up a flashcard, have them say it, match it with the corresponding letter, and place the car in the right parking spot. He LOVED this game.
Activity 2: Car Color and Number Races
In my best car announcer voice, I say a color and a number and Oliver has to line up the right number of cars and the right color. For example, "It is now time for 2 red cars and 1 green car to race." He happily finds the corresponding cars. The only materials I used were the cars we already owned and a racing track Oliver got last Christmas. He loved this one, too. He still asks to play this everyday...I think it has to do with my terrible announcer's voice!
Oliver and I have 2 hours to ourselves in the afternoon and I'm just so very happy to spend this one on one time with him. Yes, half the time I'm dodging ninja kicks or sword swipes, but once in a while, I can squeeze some learning time in and in all honesty, I love that this little dude keeps me on my toes.