Hi! I’m Kristina from Toddler Approved and I am so excited to be guest posting today while Jenae takes care of her pregnant self and rests! Can’t wait to meet her cute little baby girl.
Today I am going to share a simple movement activity with you. My kids don’t ever seem to stop moving. I love to channel their non-stop energy and do simple and active learning games with them! My oldest son just started kindergarten and I am trying to find ways to extend his learning at home each afternoon.
One of our favorite afternoon activities is a sight word target practice game using paper plates.
Little Sibling Version:
My daughter always likes to get in on the fun too, so we give her a ball and she tries to hit paper plate words that start with a specific alphabet letter.
We have also played this game using the materials from our paper plate name game (featured over at NurtureStore). My preschooler practiced saying the letters on the paper plates and throwing a ball at the different letters in her name.
This is activity is great for building hand-eye coordination and for practicing simple throwing skills. You could also adapt it in a variety of ways depending on which learning skill you are working on (word family words, alphabet letters, numbers, shapes, etc.).
If you are a fan of movement activities that teach simple skills, make sure to check out the posts from our Move and Learn series that we are participating in with The Pleasantest Thing, Hands On: As We Grow, and Coffee Cups and Crayons. We even have a Move and Learn pinterest board filled with cool ideas.
Do you have a favorite move and learn activity you can share with us?
Kristina is the author of Toddler Approved, a blog where she helps parents capitalize on teachable moments in everyday life and motivates them to discover, create, and learn with their children. She is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher and Curriculum Specialist. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. She also hosts a monthly Virtual Book Club for Kids online and a Mommy & Me Book Club with friends offline. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest.