Education Games

July 26, 2011

I often find myself playing educational games with my children; games which are not so educational that they are tedious but rather just enjoyable learning.  Activities such as “Go Fish”, “Concentration”, or any matching games really help my kids with memorizational skills. When I was a teacher, I’d use these games with my students and they proved so effective, easy, and fun that they’ve become part of regular play at home. These games, by their very nature, are repetitive. Memorization comes from repetition in seeing and thinking about an association.

Today, instead of using a regular deck of Poker cards, I decided to switch it up a bit to provide variation. I made my own “deck” out of index cards (construction paper or cardboard would work as well), and wrote matching words on them. I thought that showing pairs in words may be more age appropriate for my girls. We played “Go Fish” with these word cards just as we would have with regular cards and the kids caught on instantly. Depending on the age of your children, numbers, words and/or pictures may be great choices.  

Below are some examples of potential categories.

If anyone has any other creative ideas for matching games, I’d love for you to share! 


A Card

Its Match


Go to the potty

Wipe, Flush, Wash





Leave a room

Turn off the light

Math Addition

3 + 5 or 2 x 4


Language – Rhyme words


Sock, knock, dock, flock, lock…etc


George Washington

Lost all his teeth


Abraham Lincoln

On the penny



25 cents





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Activities that Distract Children And Give You A Break

July 28, 2011

All parents can relate to the feeling of needing a break from their children.  I admit that sometimes I hide in the bathroom just to get a few minutes of quiet time.  Here are some suggestions for keeping your children occupied.



  • Get Out Some Puzzles.  If your children are old enough to do puzzles by themselves, they can stay busy for a while.



  • Have them “surprise” you by building something with blocks!  Tell them you can’t look until they are each done with their structure. You are not allowed to participate because it’s a surprise.




  • Take out toys they haven’t seen in a long while.  I used to have an emergency bin of toys they could only play when I was desperate for a break.  My children would be so excited to reunite with the lost toys and it kept them busy for hours.


When all else fails, call someone for help. 


Share any ideas that work for you and your children.


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