Listen, Learn, and Create! Great

beadsTip 81 – Use art and creativity as a fun way to enhance your child’s listening skills.

Here are two easy ways to do this: Stringing Beads and Creating Artistic Designs. You will probably think of others.

Stringing Beads

Tell your child to string a few beads at a time in a certain order. Here are some examples:

  • Blue and then red
  • Yellow, blue, and then red
  • Blue, yellow, green, and then red

Keep adding colors to your directions up to a level of difficulty that is appropriate for your child. Three is usually plenty. Four gets hard.

Creating Artistic Designs

Give crayon or markers directions by color in whatever order you decide… something like this:

  • Color with blue and then purple
  • Make straight lines with red, pink, and then green
  • Add circles with yellow and then orange

Same as before, three usually provides an appropriate level of both challenge and success.

Parenting Insight…

If you do not have beads available, you can use painted noodles, colored empty spools, or something else you find for stringing. Creativity is it. Children love it, especially in today’s times which can be so very “virtual.”

*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, pp. 187-188

August! The Month of Dignity

How dignified it is to sit down together with your child for some good old-fashioned interactive play. When you are enjoying your time with your child, you can be pretty sure that your child is enjoying his or her time with you. That is a good deal!

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