Red Mustang Convertible

Red Ford MustangWhen my oldest son was a baby, we would watch for Daddy to come home. We live on a busy street, so as we watched for Daddy, we would watch the vehicles go by. I would name the color and type of vehicles that passed by, such as red car or grey SUV. Being a boy, my son loved this game. We played it almost every day. By the time my son could talk, he was naming the color and type of vehicles that we saw. I believe that he knew his colors even before he could talk because of this daily game we played.

As my son grew older, the game evolved into more complicated descriptions. Instead of red car, it became red mustang convertible with a black top. At times we have added location or direction like yellow school bus by the stop light or white pickup truck going east. I believe that as this game evolved, it not only helped him learn his colors, but also develop his language.

I have played this same game with all of my children at their different levels. Now, my oldest sons play it with their younger siblings. They all love it! Even my 5 month old daughter loves to watch the cars go by and hear me talk to her. As she grows, I’m sure she too will learn her colors the same way her oldest brothers have.

What fun educational games have you invented for your children?



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I am considering

I am considering hoilschooemng my children and I ran across this article while researching the subject.Now I grew up with no cable. Only channel 2. My mother believed if there was nothing on one channel then you needed to do something else. I still managed to watch tv and play video games.But I have to say that there is a sense of reality, hard reality, in tv that children should be aware of. And by not allowing them to watch any tv. And no video games you are sheltering them too much from that reality.They might as well be made aware of the terrible world that surrounds them while you are around them to talk about it. Before they just get thrown into it later in life.And no I don't believe in rotting their brains on the boob tube. Or letting a 7 yr old play war video games. But I would not shelter a 12 yr old from a somewhat graphic show. Or not let them play a game with guns. But I would explain that in real life a person doesn't get up when shot. And that sex is part of life but not something you do with every tom dick and harry.

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