All in Breakfast Invitations
I’ll be the first to admit that Tetris is pretty addictive.
There is something about mixing the sizes and spaces that keeps me up all night wondering how it all fits together. Call me crazy, but Tetris changed the way I see the area and volume of a shape.
So, when I first saw this idea on @bare.nutrients I knew that I needed to add it to our collection of Breakfast Invitations. There was something so compelling about finding the right sizes and shapes to fit into the empty space similar to a Tetris game. Talk about a game that generated thinking and conversation!
Remember the number line?
Here is a simple way to introduce, and play with, a number line at home!
If we begin learning math concepts by doing, the better they will stick. Here, your child can move and count the objects as they are placed. It’s a hands-on way to better understand the sequence of numbers.
And I know what you are thinking!
Here she goes with that painter’s tape again. Well, you’re right! Painter’s tape is my ultimate supply and can pretty much liven up any old game that used to be done with pen and paper. It is hard to pick favorites, but I am pretty sure it is right up there with the counting bears.
This number line game makes a fun Breakfast Invitation to help you drink your coffee and pop the bagels in the toaster in peace! Set it up in 5 minutes the night before and watch it unfold. Join Us!
Are you drowning in stickers?
Try this fun activity to use up all those half used sticker sheets stuffed in your junk drawer.
One of the main reasons I love stickers so much is that each one prompts my boys to tell a funny story. The boys are quick to tell me what’s on the sticker, or how they plan to use it. Stickers offer opportunity for conversation and this Breakfast Invitation is sure to get them talking.
It’s quick. It’s fun. And it offers an opportunity for a quick chat at breakfast that may surprise you, like it did me!
Here is a fun, sorting activity that will also help your preschooler better understand which letters belong in their name.
Why Practice Name Construction with your Preschooler?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to write their own name, recognizing that it must begin with a capital letter.
They will also be asked to recognize (and print) upper- and lower case letters.
This is a great game that you can use to work with your preschooler when recognizing the letters, and order of letters, in their name.
Begin to practice name recognition with this DIY Name Construction Game.
What do you do when your children love hot lava as much as they love snacks?
You make fine motor hot lava games, of course.
My boys love hot lava.
I find that it can sneak up into our living room, and also make it’s way into the cracks of the parking lot. Hot lava seems to be everywhere. And who knew? I am thinking that hot lava and kids seem to be this unspoken language that unites them all. Apparently, it’s a thing and I am determined to run with it.
Want to teach your phone number?
Start with this simple and fun phone number activity!
I know the importance of my preschoolers knowing my phone number, and yet I continued to put it off.
Perhaps I was intimidated by the fact they would have to memorize a sequence of numbers, or if I felt like they weren’t ready. I am not sure why I was hesitant to start.
But you know what?
It literally took this introduction, plus a followup simple tactic to make it stick in a matter of days. Here’s what we did.
Ready to get your child moving? Try this prewriting activity.
Now, I know, writing and moving your body are not typically seen together.
It’s a little like me asking you to add pickles to your ice cream.
But put the two together to help encourage your child to move left to right, along with seeing lines as straights, zigzags and curves, and you’ve got magic.
Ready to practice counting? Grab your dot stickers and markers to get started.
We all know that counting is important.
However, what is more important is that children are touching the objects as they count.
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
Beth, what does this mean?!
What this means is that we want preschoolers to practice pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
How we do this, is we ask our children to TOUCH THE OBJECT as we COUNT ALOUD. You don’t want to miss this super fun Breakfast Invitation.
Ready for a fun Valentine Breakfast Invitation?
Try this Rainbow Valentine Heart activity and create a handful more for classmates!
“Who wants to come play a game with hearts and rainbows?”
Rainbows and hearts. I had them at hello.
Once my boys, 3.5 and 5, heard rainbows and hearts they both came running. Bummer, I thought. I should have made more. Not a bad problem to have because you can whip this up in minutes!
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! I’ve got your Breakfast Invitation secret weapon.
Kids love seeing their name. Like, loooooooooove seeing their name.
And so do we. We use our names to mark our success at workouts, sign off on an email, and to simply identify which Starbucks frappacchino is ours. We find it especially funny when it gets written incorrectly.
Names are a beautiful representation of who we are.
Let’s use names to help our children grasp a marker, identify letters, and hold their hand steady to design a circle as they find their name.
Kids and Socks, Math and Graphs.
Anyone else seeing this powerful connection? They just go together.
Graphs are simple to make, and have a strong impact with learning.
Graphs offer a visual that shows your preschooler a clear understanding of how many, and which object has the most. - These are key concepts that will continue to be discussed throughout their life.
You know when you have these moments where you preschooler REALLY gets it?
Like, adrenalin rush, super excited to complete the task?
It all began with Color Sort on our Breakfast Invitation Cards.
As my preschooler eagerly sorted shades of blue and different shades of green, it led to a couple questions.
“Which shade of blue is the darkest?”
“Which shade of blue is the lightest?”
And Whamo! - This quick and easy Breakfast Invitation was born. Quick and easy, use what you already own.