Living in a small town has it’s perks (everything is within a 10 minute drive and there’s never traffic!), but it also has it’s downfalls. Our town doesn’t have any preschools! It’s kinda crazy. We have daycares, but I’m just not a daycare fan. And you have to pay for full day, even if you only drop your kids off for 2 hours. Yeah… not gonna happen.
So in lieu of preschool, we work on learning at home. Which, to be honest, we would be doing even if she went to preschool 🙂
I found this fun idea on Pinterest, where a woman wrote sight words on a bouncy ball. When they played catch, her kid had to read the word his hand was touching. We’re not quite at that level yet, so I decided to make my own version.
All you need is a bouncy ball – the light ones that are really cheap. Use a permanent marker to write the alphabet or numbers all over the ball. That’s all the prep work it takes!
The basic rule stays the same as the original one I found: bounce the ball back and forth between each other. Whichever letter or number your thumb (pick a thumb – left or right!) is closest to, you have to do something with!
Here are the different ways to play that I came up with. Feel free to make your own rules, though!
For the ball with the alphabet:
- Say the letter
- Make the sound of the letter
- Say or spell a word that begins with that letter
- Find the 2 letters both of your thumbs are touching, and think of a word with both letters in it
And then, for the ball with the numbers:
- Say the number
- Count to that number
- Find the 2 numbers both of your thumbs are touching, and add them together (or use multiplication, division, subtraction)
I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine LOVE balls. So anything that involves a ball? They’re totally on board. This makes practicing spelling and counting so much fun!