Spoons and Forks



Spoons and Forks is one of the fun preschool kids matching games.

This educational kids activity teaches children the importance of helping out at home.

An added bonus is it teaches them sorting skills.



Before You Start

Ages: 2 - 5
Need silverware

Play

Once the dishwasher is ready to be emptied, or the hand washed silverware is ready to be put away, let your child take over.

Lay the knives, spoons and forks all out on the table. Have your child match them up, putting all the same utensils together.

Once everything has been sorted, let your child help you put them in the drawer.

Talk to your child about what utensil is used to eat what food. Explain why soup would be eaten with a spoon and not a fork.

Tell him why we use a knife to put butter on the bread and not a spoon.

Tell her we usually stir things in a pot with a spoon.

If you have different sizes of knives, spoons and forks, have him sort the smaller ones in a separate pile from the larger ones.

Tell him why you have larger spoons. What are they used for? What is a salad fork? Why should you use it?

You can also show your child how to place a spoon, fork and knife on the table beside the dinner plate.

Let her set the table for your next family meal.

It's giving her responsibility, and she'll learn how to correctly set the silverware on the table.

Bet you never thought of knives, spoons and forks as a learning tool for your child!


Stickers Game

Before You Begin

Ages: 2 - 5
Need index cards, stickers

Go!

You will need 12 index cards and 12 stickers - 3 separate sets of 4 of the same kind of sticker. (Example, 4 dog stickers, 4 cat stickers and 4 horse stickers).

Separate the index cards into 3 piles of 3 cards each.

On one set place the same sticker, another set a different group of 4 stickers, and the last set another different group of 4 stickers.

Mix the cards up and lay them face down on the floor by your child.

Have her pick the first card on top of the deck and lay it on the floor.

She'll keep drawing cards, either starting a new pile (there will be a total of 3) or placing a card on top of a pile that matches the card she's chosen.

When the deck of cards has been overturned, you can mix them up and play again.

Let your child pick out the stickers from a dollar store or craft store.

She'll find flowers, cartoon characters, fruit and more.

These are easy to make up and fun to play.

It'll help your child learn matching and things that look alike in no time! And it's fun!

You can also use colors and just have her draw a circle or square on each card.

She'll want to pick 3 cards with the same color on them.


Yard Game

Pre-Fun

Ages: 2 - 5
Need construction paper, tape

Start

This is fun in the fall when the leaves are off the trees and are all different colors.

You can play this in your yard or at a local park.

Tell your child to collect different things that are found outside.

Some ideas are leaves, twigs, small stones, straw, flowers and whatever else she can find outside.

Let her tell you what she's gathering up. If she's not sure, explain to her what they are.

When you get home, set her items on the floor. Let her tape them to the construction paper to make her own nature art.

You can get a marker or pen and write underneath all the names of her objects.

Have him say them and then you can write them down. Have him describe what color each of his objects is.

After all the words have been written down, give him crayons to color the empty spaces on his paper.

Tell him to match the crayon colors to the objects on the paper and to name each crayon as he uses it.

If grass is one of the objects on his paper, let him choose the green crayon that is the closest to the grass color.

Let her pick out a brown crayon to match the little twig she has on her paper. Or a gray crayon that matches the pebbles she found in the yard.







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