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Fishing for Goldfish Snack

Fun Goldfish Snack - Ideas for Moms

Fishing for Goldfish

I’m not sure where I first saw this one, but my kids have loved it for years.
You put pretzels (the straight kind), goldfish crackers, and a bit of peanut butter on a plate.

The kids eat the snack by “fishing.” They dip the end of a pretzel in the peanut butter and then catch a goldfish by sticking the peanut butter end to it.  It makes for a quick, fun, and fairly healthy snack that they will love.

TIPS
• Those with peanut allergies can substitute cream cheese to get the fish to stick to the “pole.”
• Warning- never give a young child a gob of peanut butter as it is a choking hazard.

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Sight Word Path – Game for Kids to Study Sight Words

This is a twist on the standard flashcard method and worked well for my son to get those first 100 words.  (What are Sight Words?)

Instead of just flipping through the flashcards over and over, he takes the words that he knows and lays them out to make a path down the hall. We go through the couple of new words that we are adding a few times (the regular flashcard way) until he starts to “get” them. Then, we mix them in with the others in the path.

He chooses his favorite toy (usually a car or a little plastic animal) and the toy drives/walks/hops down the path and reads each word as it lands on the card.

We make a big deal over how long the path is getting and, wow, if he keeps practicing it will go all the way down the hall. He loves this. He practices so much longer and with a much better attitude than if it were just flipping through the flashcards the normal way.

The toy also “reads” the words as it picks up the cards when we are finished. (Extra practice and clean up all in one!)

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Creation Box

Creation Box - Kids Craft IdeaMake a “Creation Box”  You fill a large box with left over containers, cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, beans, yarn and any other interesting recycled stuff. Then, when it’s time to create, you give the kids glue, tape,scissors (if age appropriate), crayons and markers and encourage them to use their imaginations. This idea comes from my son’s classroom.  They have a box like this and the kids absolutely love it!  They even use it as a reward for earning good behavior points.

Some kids might need a little encouragement at first, but once they get creating, they usually really enjoy it. And the ideas never seem to stop flowing! It’s great because it encourages creativity and lets them re-use things — oatmeal jars become “rockets,” boxes and tubes get put together with beans inside to become musical instruments, paper towel rolls become binoculars.

The Creation Box makes a great occasional or rainy-day activity or even a reward.

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Pig Pancakes

Breakfast Fun - Ideas for Moms

I’m always looking for ways to make food fun for the kids.  I saw this idea on the Betty Crocker website and had to try it.

You make one large pancake and two smaller pancakes.  The large pancake is the head.  One of the smaller pancakes becomes the nose. You cut the other small one in
  half and tuck the halves under the large one to make the ears.

I used the top of a wooden spoon to poke holes for the nostrils.  The Betty Crocker site suggests blueberries, chocolate chips or raisins for the eyes.  We didn’t have any of those (It was the day before shopping day, what can I say.) So the kids decided to use a few Smarties candies for the eyes.

The kids thought they were cute and cleaned their plates.  Simple, cute, fun!
If your kids are reading Olivia, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, or Charlotte’s Web these pancakes would go very nicely.

What are Sight Words?

Sight words are words that your child needs to quickly recognize in order to read fluently. The “fry words” are a list of the most common sight words ranked in order of frequency.  (There is also the Dolch list of 220 words, but our elementary school uses the Fry list.)

Most “fry” lists I’ve seen have a total of 600 words. The first 100 words on his list are the most common words and make up about ½ of everything that we read. So if kids learn to read these common words on sight, it makes reading so much easier for them.

My kids get bored with doing flashcards over and over, but repetition is what helps kids be able to recognize the words instantly. I found that I needed a way to keep the kids interested while learning. I will be posting some of the sight word games that have worked for my kids. Hopefully one or more of these will work your kids.

Sight Word Game Ideas
Sight Word Path
Sight Word Path – Dice Variation
Sight Word  Go Fish

More coming soon . . .

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