I was recently listening to a speaker that was talking about success. He asked the question… “What is success?”
The definition of success can vary from person to person. Some say success is accomplishing goals; others might say success is living a happy life; many include wealth as being a key indicator for success.
Whatever your definition of success is, we as parents have 1 thing in common…
We want our children to experience success!
This is one MAJOR reason why I started Teacher to Home! To help parents find good quality resources so their children learn and grow in order to be successful!
FUN & SIMPLE learning activities can pave the way for kids to find success at home, in school, during extra curricular activities, etc.
Although one small learning activity at home might not be a life changing event, these activities can help kids get on a path towards success.
One of my favorite quotes… “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass”
With that said, let’s jump into a FUN & SIMPLE activity that you can do with your kids at home.
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Learning Activities with Uno Cards
Uno is one of the classic card games that many of us grew up playing. Although the traditional game of Uno can be a perfect family night activity… these Uno cards can be so much more!
Learning benefits using Uno cards include:
- Number recognition
- Counting skills
- Color recognition
- Memory skills
- Fine Motor skills
Counting & Number Recognition Games
Instead of wasting extra money on counting flashcards… buy a pack of Uno cards that can be used for more than just counting!
Using Uno cards to help toddlers recognize and learn their numbers is a perfect visual.
Kids Ages ~ 2-3
You can start by simply holding up the numbers 1-9 and telling them the name of each number.
Ask them to count along with you as you show them each card. It helps if you count in order from 1-9. Eventually you can add 10…11…12… and so on. (Kids love counting their fingers, so that is also another way to get all the way to 10)
Later as they begin to understand and recognize numbers you can ask them what number each one is.
Kids Ages ~ 4-6
You can start by holding up any card 1-9 in a random order and have your child name them. This helps solidify number recognition.
Ask them to count with you all the way up to 20… as this typically indicator that your child is ready for kindergarten.
Have kids create numbers beyond 9. For example you can put a 1 and 2 together to create the number 12.
This can be as advanced you really want to make it.
With my 2 year old I have been using the Uno cards to help him recognize different colors on the cards. Uno uses Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow.
Try playing the game of Uno by only using colors to match. I have been able to simplify the normal rules of the game Uno to focus only on color recognition.
How to play:
I deal out 4 or 5 cards to my 2 year old (because that’s all he can handle for now) and the same amount to myself. I place the draw pile in the center of the table and flip the top card over… starting a new pile. (Just like the typical set up to Uno)
I let him go first by asking him if he has the same color as the card that was turned over.
If he has the same color he will lay it on top, if not he will draw from the draw pile. (Because he is 2 he doesn’t understand the full concept of “the game”… but remember we are just going for color recognition… so it’s fine!)
We continue till the last person runs out of cards. Make sure to praise your child for the good work they do. They may make mistakes… and that is ok! It’s all about learning and having FUN!
A great way develop thinking skills is to play a FUN & SIMPLE memory game. The best part is… you can implement color recognition OR number recognition!
Matching Game by Colors
Perfect for Ages ~ 2-4
Start by laying out 12 cards in rows of 4. Make sure you pair the cards by color so you have 6 pairs.
Have them flip over 2 cards. If the colors match… they get to eliminate them from the group.
Here the goal is for them to remember the color of cards they have flipped over prior… so they can make a match!
Matching Game by Numbers
Perfect for Ages ~ 4-6
Start by laying out 12 cards in rows of 4. Make sure you pair the cards by number so you have 6 pairs.
Have them flip over 2 cards. If the numbers match… they get to eliminate them from the group.
Here the goal is for them to remember what number was on the cards they have flipped over prior… so they can make a match!
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