So it’s been a while but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been learning and doing stuff at home. Going back to work fill time and working towards a promotion is really taking a toll on my free time and my brain is pretty mooshy by the time I get time for myself!
A’s favourite game at the moment is The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game! It’s pretty fun even for adults.
Each player gets a log, and we take turned spinning the dial. If you land on a colour you get to pick up an acorn with the squirrel tongs.
On the dial are also an opportunity to get 2 acorns, to steal from someone else, a miss a turn, and a storm which means you loose all your acorns.
A sometimes struggles with the sad ones - like he hated me stealing his acorn and he almost had a trantrum but we talked it through. I’m guess I’m not frightened of hurting his feelings because he’s learning and I’m with him.
But he is a little cheater lol! He tries to sneak the arrow on the dial into the good options 😂
Space Match from The Learning Journey International
What is not to like about this game right? It has space rockets on it! And shapes! I bought this at the perfect time for A, and it was cheap!
I bought off Catch of the Day but it doesn’t look like it’s available from there anymore.
What does it come with?
4 thick cardboard boards with shapes and rockets on them
A heap of thick cardboard coins with individual shapes printed on them
A yellow plastic dispenser
How do we play it?
We don’t follow the rules on the box. I don’t like the idea of teaching A to snatch at things but hey, life is a choose-your-own-adventure, and if that’s how you roll you do so.
We each select a board.
We take turns at using the dispenser which is actually pretty cool to use.
If you can match your coin to a shape on your board the. you place it over that matching shape. Otherwise, it goes back into the dispenser.
Sometimes we take the coins out and give them a shuffle if we don’t seem to be getting any matches.
This game has helped A learn his shapes.
The shapes are: circle, ellipse, octagon, rhombus, star, triangle, and circle. I think that’s all.
So there are a few unusual shapes which get over looked normally.
Playing it in the manner we do also means that A learns about taking turns. He doesn’t always win, and some turns are disappointing because he doesn’t get a match.
I bought this 2 months ago, so A was 2 years and 7 months.
The first time we played, A wanted to pull the lever on the dispenser over and over again. It’s fun so I can’t blame him.
He also didn’t really understand that we each had our own boards.
His concentration wasn’t long enough to finish a game either.
It only took a couple of rounds though for him to get the hang of it. He then wanted to play it a lot! Now he pulls this one off the shelf to play once a week.
During one of my late night Pinterest reads I found a great article about a method of home schooling that I have fallen in love with, simply because it’s where I’m at in my own classrooms and in our house. Click the image below to read the actual article by The Mulberry Journal which is a bit of a how to and faq so head there and read it.
But basically Gameschooling is using games to teach.
My husband and I have long loved card and board games as well as puzzles, so it was natural for us to want to include A in this.
But seeing as though A is still little I’ve found that board games for under 3s are a little hard to source.
I’m planning on doing a series of posts about what games we have - and I also want to get buy some more off my wish list to review as well.
2 Year’s 4 months
A’s babysitter bought him a set of second hand dominoes from our local Christmas fete.
He also bought A a few toys from the lucky dip as well. A is pretty spoilt 😆
I was trying to teach A how to get out the dominoes other then just overturning the box and dumping them out. Impossible task right now because he’s all about the dumping out at the moment.
We tried lining up the dominoes by matching the animals, but this was as far as A got before he lost interest in that game. So I let him free play.
He built ‘towers’ and a ‘snake’.
But at least we talked about animals, which is one of his favourite topics at the moment.
Hi, I'm Pamela. A nail crazy lady with green hair. I live in outback Queensland with my toddler and my husband. I love books, writing and crafting. For more info about me go to my 'About' page.