Object Matchup

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Veronika loves spotting her own outline in her shadow, so today I thought it would be fun to teach a bit about how objects have shadows too, not just people. Recognizing shadows and outlines can help with skills like puzzle-solving down the line; plus this game is great for vocabulary!

Simply trace a variety of household items onto index cards. I used things that were familiar to Veronika, including: a key, a heart-shaped cookie cutter, scissors, and a crayon.

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If you want this game to be more permanent, cover each card with contact paper for durability.

I then laid the cards out in front of her, along with the pile of objects. It was time to see if she could match them up! At first she didn’t quite understand, because she wanted to color the crayon’s outline with… the crayon.

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But then she looked at the scissors in her hand and the outline of the scissors on the card, and declared, “Scissors!”

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Soon she was matching up the spoon to the spoon card, the heart to the heart card, and so on. A simple but nice activity for cognitive development.

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Flying Saucers

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Travis is just learning to toss a Frisbee, so today we played this quick take on H-O-R-S-E. I suspended a hoop from a tree (which was actually a play tunnel folded up, but it worked in a pinch), and then handed Travis the Frisbee.

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Each player takes a turn tossing. If the disc goes through, the other player must make the shot from the same spot, else he or she earns a D. Continue play until somebody spells out D-I-S-C, and the other person wins!

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The spelling element meant this game was not just physical activity, but also a quick learning activity!

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Meanwhile Travis enjoyed honing his Frisbee skills. We’ll be playing this one again soon!

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