Super Parents

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Parenting is hard work. You will find no one who will fight you on that statement. It is one of those universally accepted facts. There are some parents who use the inspiration given to them by their kids to start something amazing – even if it is only a debate. Did you read the news about the dad who made a Big Hero 6 costume for his little girl when he found out Marvel didn’t make merchandise for girls? Absolutely inspirational! Then there was the mom who, in a bid to bond with her kids, drew masterpieces on lunchbags. I wish I could draw!

I have tried (and failed) to imitate some of the pancake art I’ve seen going around on the internet. Some parents are just naturals at making a career out of it and of inspiring millions and millions of parents like me world-wide. And then there are parents who invent things to make the parenting journey easier, who capture our imaginations and our hearts.

Here are my most favorite parenting success stories –

Mother Invents Harness Allowing Parents to Walk with their Disabled Children

Creative Dad Invents A Tool That Can Fill 100 Water Balloons A Minute

Stay-At-Home Mom Makes Creative Lunches For Her Kids, Becomes Internet Star

Preschool Game Ideas that Don’t Cost a Penny!

That the best things in life come free is undeniably true – human minds are sensitized to appreciate freebies and the more freebies they acquire, the happier they get! So we give you reasons enough to up your happiness quotient with these free preschool game ideas that will have both you and the little one on your toes – you don’t have to pay for the ideas which makes them absolutely free and your child and you will bond over these games which will make both of you happy!

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The Bingo Game

Bingo makes any adult happy, let alone kids! Indulge in the fun with your preschooler with this version of Bingo.

You will need printable Bingo alphabet cards, printable Bingo caller cards, and plenty of marshmallows. You can choose to replace the marshmallows with healthier options such as cereals.

How to play:

Play it the usual way like you play Bingo, just have the kids place marshmallows on the alphabets that have been called out instead of crossing them out. Remember you intend this to be a fun preschool game, so show your child any alphabet that she may not recognize when you call it out. This will help your child find the matching letter on his bingo card, besides helping her learn the letter. Don’t forget to shout out ‘Bingo!’ when a child gets a full house!

Red Rover, Red Rover

The classic game of “Red Rover, Red Rover” gets an interesting twist to suit preschoolers.

You will need different colored construction papers, scissors, safety pins, and an open space to play this free preschool game.

How to play:

Cut out different shapes from the construction paper examples being three yellow triangles, three red circles, four blue squares, etc. Pin a shape each on the kid’s shirts. Now divide the kids into two teams and draw a line to allot each team its place. Have each time line up by forming a chain. Whichever team starts the game, calls out “Red Rover, Red Rover, Send the yellow triangles over”. The kids with the yellow triangle rush over and try to break into the other team’s chain. If they succeed, they get to choose a player and bring her back to their home team. If not, the “rovers” must join the opposing team until there are no players left. Change the color and shape callout with each new round.

Math Ice Cube Tray

If you’ve got empty ice cube trays at home, put them into good use. If your ice cube tray is not empty, it’s time to melt the ice and get started with this fun preschool game!

You will need an ice tray, a strip of small, blank stickers, and any small objects like M&Ms, woolen pompoms, cereals, etc.

Write one number each on the stickers and paste them on the back of each cavity in the tray. Get another preschooler to play the game with your child. Have the first player toss the small object that they’re playing with into a cavity and have the second player guess the number underneath the cavity. You play the judge! Continue playing as long as the preschoolers don’t get bored.

Engaging preschoolers in activities that let them have fun while teaching them important lessons is a good practice. So make some time from your busy life and get playing one of these free preschool games with the kids.

Dream Playrooms for Kids of All Ages

We’ve been thinking of doing some spring cleaning and re-decorating. Usually we just clean stuff up and rearrange furniture so it looks different and more organized. The room gets pretty messy from kids playing around – art work in various stages of falling off from the wall, floorboards being scratched, walls bearing all sorts of crayon art. You know what it’s like to have a bunch of preschoolers with endless energy running around.

This time instead of doing the same things we were thinking of renovating it in a way that makes the classroom be a place that the kids are dying to get to. A little bit of chalkboard paint here, replacing crayons with dry erase markers, that sort of thing. For inspiration, we have scoured our beloved Pinterest. Some of the ideas we found has made us wish we never googled ideas in the first place. I’ve had my fair share of dream playrooms but this took things to a whole new level.

While we won’t be able to recreate some of these fantastic ideas, some of them are too mind-blowing to not share with you guys. Some of these I wish I had in my own house!

A Library Treehouse Trap Door Space Pod Rock-Climbing Wall Rock Climbing Wall and Slide Narnia Passage Lego wall Entire Jungle Gym Cocoon Chairs A pirate ship

What do you guys think? Which one of these is your favorite?