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The Snack That Smiles Back®
After school snacking is a regular routine in our house. Whenever I stop by Walmart to pick up our groceries, there will inevitably be a box of Goldfish® crackers in my shopping cart. Goldfish® crackers are the perfect solution for my kids snacking, and I am more than happy to feed it to them because I trust the quality and wholesomeness of its ingredients. They’re a win-win for parents and kids.
ABC Kids Games
Being aware of snacking and eating habits is just one facet of my job as a parent. Another job I have is to ensure that what they’re learning in school stays with them. My girls are attending traditional public schools, and, as a family, it has been an enjoyable year for us. Does that mean it has been a perfect experience? No, but that’s OK. It’s my job to take what they’ve learned at school and help reinforce those ideas at home. One of the ways we are learning to learn is by mixing up our methods. Games are a great way to incorporate learning and activity without making it feel like a traditional school setting.
We recently had a ton of fun playing a scavenger hunt for letters that spelled out a word. This game was so easy to create, and my favorite part of it is how well it travels! You can literally take it with you anywhere. Here’s what you’ll need to create your own DIY ABC Kids Game:
- Foam Letters
- Craft Magnets
- Metal Cookie Sheet
- Goldfish crackers
How to Play
Decide what word, or words you want your kids to learn how to spell. You can use the entire alphabet, but it’s more fun to only use a few letters to encourage critical thinking. If the weather is good, use your outside space to hide the letters. Indoor spaces can work too if you can’t get outside.
- Hide the letters for your kids to find. Limit them to a few letter each for fairness.
- Have them bring the letters to the cookie sheet 1 by 1 for added fun and competition!
- Once all the letters are found, allow them to work together, or separately, to discover the word the letters spell.
- For additional practice, have them spell other words with the letters by asking how many 3 letter words they can spell (4 letter, 5 letter, and so on).
- Reward them with a great snack of Goldfish crackers at the end!
Kids Games as Teachable Moments
Making learning fun and easy is one of the best ways to teach your kids. Whenever I teach my girls through fun activities, they always seem to grasp the concepts better than through traditional methods. To make this DIY game go even further, put the foam letters in a zip top bag and attach it to your cookie sheet via magnets or binder clips. You can also pack up a to-go snack of Goldfish crackers in another bag and attach it to your cookie sheet in the same way.
How do you bring fun and learning into every day moments?