# Pair of Words

Pair of Words is one of the good educational kids games and problem solving games.

Your child will learn word combinations in this.

2 - 5

## Ready . . . Go

Explain to her that sometimes she will hear words paired up with each other such as peanut butter and jelly.

Ask her why she thinks peanut butter and jelly go together and make good combinations (explain what a combination is).

Give her a PBJ sandwich if she's never had one and ask her if she thinks those words make a good pair.

Ask her if she can think of any words that go together.

Other examples to teach your child include: hammer and nails, salt and pepper, chips and pretzels, shoes and socks.

Explain why each of these words are paired with the other word.

Ask her some words that she knows that go together. Maybe it's her hair ribbons and bows.

Maybe it's his toy trucks and cars. Or his baseball mitt and ball.

Ask why these things go together. Both ribbons and bows can go in hair or on packages.

A baseball fits into a mitt. Trucks and cars are both automobiles.

How about spaghetti and meatballs? Do they go together? Why? What about toothbrush and toothpaste?

Look around the house together and see how many pairs you can find.

Washcloths and towels go together.

Bring up an unlikely combination to your child, such as shoes and hats and see if he thinks those are a good pair!

Have fun playing pair of words!

# Paper Airplane Game

One of the fun toddler craft ideas for preschoolers.

#### Before You Start

Ages 2 - 5
Need: paper, ruler or yardstick, crayons

# Play

Help your child to make the plane, describing how you FOLD the paper in HALF, fold two flaps DOWN, then fold two flaps down HORIZONTALLY.

Explain the difference between vertical and horizontal to him.

Let your child color his paper to make his own unique plane.

Once it is assembled, give it to your child so he can fly it.

When it's soaring in the air, talk about how FAR you think it will go.

When it lands, measure how far it flew then talk about distance and what it means to your child.

Let her tell you what she thinks distance means - be sure to use words like FAR, NEAR, AWAY - to help her learn those words.

Say things such as, "Which is farthest away, your plane or the door?"

"What is nearest to you, me or the wall?"

Ask her how close she thinks the wall is to her, or how far the chair is from the couch.

Show her how to measure with a ruler or yardstick.

Make a couple airplanes and have a race to see who can fly their plane the farthest.

Play a set number of rounds and see who the winner is. Let the winner keep all the airplanes.

Give him crayons so he can color and make his plane special.