Nailed it – A Pinterest Success Story!

My sister is the creative one of the family. Her house is a DIYers paradise. She takes up Pinterest projects and makes them look better than the ones on there while my attempts are more humble failures. She has a playroom for her kids with one chalkboard wall and one whiteboard wall that are filled with the kids’ masterpieces. These children are guaranteed to grow up with their creative potentials at max. It’s difficult not to be so hard on yourself when you compare yourself to a sibling who is good at everything. I mean, I am still trying to teach my kids the alphabet and failing miserably at it.

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What an average Pinterest attempt by me would look like!

Not to be deterred (and by a pure stroke of luck), I found a bunch of wooden clothes pins in the garage. One of the little stray pins had an alphabet written on it that led me to a brilliant idea, if I can say so myself. My daughter’s understanding of the English alphabet is limited and so in order for her to get more practice, I put up a rope from wall to wall in my study. From this line, I hung up age appropriate words. Then, I arranged all the clothes pins I rescued found and started writing the letters on them. I must say, I have mad sharpie skills! Her aim was to find the right clothes pin and pin it under the right alphabet on one of those word sheets.

Source - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/187603140703411394/
Source – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/187603140703411394/

Confused? I would be too. So I looked for the idea on Pinterest and sure enough, a more proficient parent blogger than I has already completed the project with style. Here is the instructional – Clothespin Fun

There are always degrees of talent. You are always better than someone or worse than someone. That day, when I saw my daughter putting the right pins near the right letters, I felt like a big Pinterest winner. Next attempt, that melted crayon art. Wish me luck!

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Word Games for Preschoolers

“Learning the alphabet on a jukebox” by Ruth Hartnup is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Learning the alphabet on a jukebox” by Ruth Hartnup is licensed under CC BY 2.0

You know how active and curious preschoolers can be. By creating the right learning atmosphere – one that is engaging and fun – we can tap into the huge potential preschoolers have to absorb everything around them. There is no time like now for word games to be introduced to preschoolers because language is such an important function!

These games are so easy to access that there is no excuse for you not to get your little one started on them. All you need is paper and pen to whip up a game right out of thin air. Of course, there are also numerous board games, and in this day where technology is at our fingertips, online word games are also within easy reach.

Preschool games can help kids develop a range of skills, even if a particular game is focused on one main subject. A numbers game can help unlock more than a mathematician in your child. It could also help him improve his motor and social skills!

The advantages of word games include improving language skills, as preschoolers can improve their vocabulary, spelling, reading and comprehension with these games. It also helps them learn to think and communicate better.

So, what are the types of word games that are out there?

Online Preschool Games

Online preschool word games are a good bet here as they are categorized as easy, difficult and moderate, and most games are designed in such a way that when kids finish playing them, they are rewarded. The sense of achievement builds their confidence and encourages them to get better.

Scrabble

This board game needs no introduction. It is a classic word game and is also available online. Kids can form simple words from an assortment of letters available and play against a timer. There are also several variations that one can choose from.

Word Scramble

Kids need to play against a timer if they play Word Scramble online. This is a word game that has jumbled letters that have to be rearranged to form a valid word.

Hangman

Hangman is a word game that has many variations. You can use this fun game to teach kids not only regular words, but also proverbs, phrases and more. Depending on the word/phrase used, the players are allowed to make around 10 guesses.

Spelling Bee

In the Spelling Bee, kids can look at an image or listen to an audio recording and spell out the word. Preschoolers can start off easy with simple words like cat, bat and so on.

Word Search

Another classic word game is word search or word find, in which a player has to find specific words in a grid of mixed letters. This popular game will also help your preschooler learn spellings.

Crossword Puzzles

Another popular word game, crossword puzzles involve a grid with some boxes shaded. Based on the clues given, kids can fill in the white squares with the correct set of words. It is a great game to help develop vocabulary and problem solving skills in kids.

These are some of the popular games out there that your preschooler can try out, but word games are not restricted to these and you will see that your preschooler will be spoilt for choice!