Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ghostbusting (a sight word game)

I think we can all agree that those Pinterest-y moms are a super annoying breed of mom. AmIright? You know - the ones that regularly come up with creative ways to engage their children in movement and learning and then brag share via social media - giving the rest of us a bad name. Ugh. I can't even keep on top of regularly cutting my toenails lately.

Okay, fine. I'm not fooling anyone. I am completely envious of those moms. There are some really great ideas out there on those crafty blogs. And I would love to get it together and do fun things with Nate. So forgive me if I want to copy their ideas and then document the one day out of 30 that we did something beyond watch television and collect items for our Doomsday closet.

So here is our Halloween themed, get your kid moving (and learning!) activity from the other day - "ghostbusting."  Not sure where I saw it originally, but no doubt it was through the Toddler Approved Facebook page, which is awesome. I tossed Caroline in the stroller 10 minutes before Nate got home from school, found a soggy piece of chalk in the garden (I'm not even exaggerating) and drew some simple ghosts with some sight words on them. The idea is that the parent calls out the word and then the kid finds the appropriate word and blasts the word away with a water gun. When Nate got home he was very excited to discover that I was not just sanctioning, but encouraging, the use of his water blaster.

Once he blasted away all of the words he drew pumpkins and wrote his own words. Then he turned the tables on me and called out the words for me to step on (since I was holding his sister).  It was a fun change of pace. Now excuse me while I think about cutting my toenails...
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