I think I joined Pinterest when it first started, then immediately decided that I didn’t have time for it. Last week, I was drawn back in, though I can’t say I wasn’t warned about what would happen:
@spectrummymummy you have now completed the “time suck” trifecta (fb, twitter and Pinterest)
Yay, time suck trifecta! Well, I’m still not working yet, so at least it is only my time I’m wasting.
Like Facebook and Twitter, I restrict my time on there to when I’m not needed. Usually for me that is when I’m waiting for the kids to go to sleep in the evening- the prefect time to get pinning. If you are interested, you can find me here: http://pinterest.com/spectrummymummy/
Just another piece of the internets that I’ve sprayed on, like a tom cat. Sorry.
Still, it isn’t all a complete waste of time. I found this pin that I adapted into a game for my kids. And they played. Like, together. Taking turns and everything. It was living the dream. The only reason I didn’t disturb them to take photos was because I knew that would turn into a nightmare.
Mosey over to the original poster: Juggling With Kids to see how she created this game using a car to “park” in the spaces labeled with the sight words he is learning for school.
We made our parking lot (which in my case looked more like a ouija board) using just the alphabet, and then we played a variety of games, like phonics (which letter makes the “vuh” sound?), spelling, (how do you spell cat?), and sequencing (what comes before “T”?).
The alphabet is very familiar to both kids, but they don’t always apply their knowledge so well. This game also had them practice their listening skills, and taking turns. Pudding used a doll to go and jump on the letters, while Cubby parked his ice cream van.
We got to work on the -an and -at words that Pudding is learning in her speech therapy, and Cubby got to practice his articulation that he works on in his speech therapy. I think the big factor in our success was each child having their own toy to play with- a great way of bringing special interests into learning. It definitely helped my two impulsive children to focus on letting each other take a turn.
It could, of course, be adapted for any child, and a variety of skill levels. Just off the top of my head, I’m thinking of a toy rocket that could fly to the planets, or a plane that flew to different countries. You could use colors or stickers to create your board, or maybe even use some PECS images if you are using that method with your child. And how about using a straw to blow a ping-pong or cotton wool ball on to the letter to get in a little oral-motor therapy?
You could do a much better version, I’m sure. Now that I know my kids like playing, I might make a more interesting version one of these days. This one I deliberately kept as simple as possible, as I didn’t want to waste time. After all, I do enough of that on Pinterest!