“Grandma! Grandma! There are snakes in the pine trees!” our grandson shouted excitedly running to the house. Knowing that we do have at least one snake I thought to myself, “Drat, that snake had babies!”
So, I grabbed my camera and asked our grandson to show me the snakes. (Yes, I grabbed my camera! LOL) Off to the pines trees we went.
As grandson was pushing his way through the pine boughs, he was telling me to be careful. Once through, He stopped, pointed and said, “See!?”
I poked my head through the pine trees ever so carefully fully expecting to see an active nest of creepy snakes. When I didn’t see anything slithering on the ground, I asked grandson where are the snakes? And that is when he pointed up into the pine trees! “OMG,” I thought to myself growing even more creeped out. I scoured the tree branches up and down. Didn’t see a thing except needleless pine branches.
I asked him again, “Where are the snakes?”
“See! Right here!” he answered pointing to touch one of the bare branches.
“So, this is pretend, right?” I asked.
He looked up at me with a puzzled look on his face and answered, “Yeah.” (Duh, Grandma!)
Then off he ran through the pine boughs toward the house screaming excitedly, “Monster! Monster! Come on Grandma, run!”
“Imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” Walt Disney
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” Henry David Thoreau
“Play is the work of the child.” Maria Montessori
The Counting-Action Dice game is a big hit at our house: grandparent-parent tested, child approved and low tech (easy for this grandma to make).
The Counting-Action Dice game is a gross motor math game perfect for preschoolers. Kids can practice counting and one-to-one correspondence while doing fun body movements like clapping, jumping and spinning.
This math game is so simple to make and loads of fun for the kids! And because it gets them moving, it’s perfect if you’re stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day.
Also, check out Peggy Kaye‘s time-tested book Games For Math. The book addresses some basic math concepts for kindergartners through third grade. I found her book to be easily incorporated into our home school. The games are tangible ways to enjoy math. (Yes, the word “math” and “enjoy” in one sentence!)
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Mr. Rogers
Play is such an integral and natural part of childhood. It is how all children learn. Play was one of the main reasons we decided to home school our children.
Sara wrote an excellent blog post on why kids need messy, free, unstructured, REAL play time. And some tips for making it more manageable. Check it out at Happiness Is Here: Why Kids Need Real Play