Kids go through phases where they like different cartoons and tv shows, personalizing games like we did with this memory game and "Super Why" (animated educational program) helps keep novelty in the activities, gets kids motivated to participate keeps them engaged in the task.
Here's a great way to have your kids move around and get some of their gross motor work done at the same time! Here are some additional ideas for kids to do:
-Spin three times
-Jump on one foot 4 times
-punch the air three times
-Touch your toes 5 times
- Crawl like a bear to the wall and back
-give yourself three big hugs
-walk like a crab for 4 steps
Here is a great idea from intellokids of what to do with that popping wrap left over from Christmas presents!! Cut it into squares and have kids jump on them by number. You can also give them as many toys as the number they have to jump on, to make it more fun. Jump away!!
What a great way for kids to practice counting while having fun. You can change the game for girls and have them count flowers, barbies or marbles. The dice can easily be made with a small box or felt toy.
Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make a game at home. Just a few paper plates (which your kids can color) along with a paper-towel roll. Have the kids play in a long hallway or in their rooms.
You're going to need a water gun and a couple of pingpong balls and draw a finish-line with chalk. Have kids "push" the ball towards the finish line. Another great adaption is to use a straw in the bathtub, to push the ping pong around in the bath tub.
(This is a great idea from therapy fun zone, feel free to look around at other great ideas they have)
This is a great way to have kids and adults work on their pencer grip as well as hand-strengthening in general. Cut a slip into an old tennis ball and have kids push the slit open to put marbles into it. You can paint some eyeballs onto the ball have the "monster eat". To make it a little easier, for kids who can't grasp the marbles well, have them place some popsicle sticks into the ball.
Remember the game "memory"? Well, this is the same concept, but with noises. You can fill old film cans with rice, beads, jelly beans, etc. and have kids see if they can match the noises! Great sensory activity.
A great idea from moneysavingmoms blog! Get a noodle form the dollar store, cut it up and have your child bead them, this could even be done in the bathtub!
Save your toilet paper rolls and go find some twigs!! Actually, you can also do this with bottle caps, pompoms, crayons... etc. This is a great way to help kids learn how to count. Make it extra challenging by having the twigs at one end of the stairs and the buckets in the other, so they get a workout at the same time. :) Other great ideas can be found on pinterest.com