Hello! I’m Jamie, a mom of three boys (Henry, 5, George, 3 and Louis, 10 months), a blogger, cake decorator, and even a baker’s wife.
Some girls dream of being a mom their entire lives and staying at home with their kids. I was not this girl. In fact, in my senior year book, my math teacher kindly wrote that she hoped I’d reconsider having kids someday. I did reconsider. When I started dating my husband everything changed. I realized that kids would definitely be a part of my life, and now I have three boys and absolutely love it! I have even decided to stay at home with them where I get to (yes, I really get to!) play and teach them, as well as learn a lot myself.
Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about doing hands on activities with my kids. I made it a New Year’s resolution for 2011 to start doing these hands on activities and I started writing online as a way to document it and hold me accountable.
We do activities that are easy and quick to prepare, fun for the kids, and I sneak in learning opportunities whenever possible. I’m excited to share some of our learning activities with PBS Parents here on Adventures in Learning!
- Cut an apple out of a piece of red scrapbook paper. I then taped a brown paper stem and green leaf to it to get the full effect. It was worth the small effort, since George told me later that it was a stem and asked what the leaf was — we had a little apple anatomy lesson too!
- I used a marker and wrote uppercase letters all around the edge of the apple. Several As, and other letters randomly mixed in.
- I also wrote “Aa Apple” in the center of it, just so he would see the letter he was supposed to find as see a word associated with the letter.
- I grabbed as many paper clips as I had A’s on the apple.
Time to Find the Letter
Using a paper clip is really hard for the first time. I took some time showing George how to clip it onto the paper.
Then I asked him to find the letter A all around the apple and clip on the paper clips where he found them.
When he found the letter A, he showed me (very excitedly) and then tried very hard to get the paper clip on it. It was a great way to sneak in fine motor skills while learning letters.
More Adventures in Learning
- Toddler Reading & Literacy Activities
- Mix up the learning with an apple seed math game.
- Heart Apple Chips: Get in the kitchen with the kids and make these cute heart apple cutouts for a fun snack!
- Literacy Development: From learning the ABCs to learning to read. Learn about your child’s path to reading fluently.