….well, more like “less” TV. Here is my “bad mom” confession: this past year (or two) I let my kids watch a LOT of TV. As in hours of mindlessness in front of the boob tube. AK! It feels horrible just writing that (ok maybe not MINDLESS. They usually watch educational shows or Veggie Tales).
Now that my degree is over, I am home with the boys full time again. I have felt convicted about the amount of time that they spend watching TV. And even more concerned about how much they WANT to watch TV or movies. So, these past few weeks, I have been trying to turn it off around 9am (they still watch PBS or NickJr. when they wake…or should I say, as I wake up, get a shower and coffee, and make them breakfast).
I have been racking my brain for creative activities and searching the internet for ideas that are both educational and fun. One favorite activity has been to “play games” (as the boys call it) on Starfall.com. It is a great website for beginning reading skills. We use the ABC link and practice letter recognition and phonics. The boys LOVE it and are engaged and interactive the whole time.
I have also discovered ActivityMom. I am looking forward to using more ideas from this resource in the future.
Here are a few activities we did today:
We made “caterpillars” from pipe cleaners and beads. Benji did so well with this project. He was completely concentrated on stringing his beads. Plus it helps the boys with fine motor skills.
Here is a little project I got here. It was actually a link from ActivityMom. It is a bunny game where you build a bunny. Micah got creative with ear placement.