Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Winter is in full swing, and my kids are suffering from some cabin fever. It's too cold and dreary here for them to enjoy playing outside, but they desperately need some physical activity to help them expend some energy. This is why receiving the In-Sync Activity Cards by Joye Newman and Carol Kranowitz has me so excited!
From the writers of Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow these cards are full of fun activties that engage the senses, along with an explanation of what the activity does. The authors also provide easy ways to make each activity more challenging and what to look for to ensure proper form.
The cards are divided into three color-coded sections: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Each card details what sort of equipment is necessary, but it is almost always something that you can easily find around the house.
Let's look at an intermediate activtity that looks fun and easy. It's the "People Obstacle Course." All you need is about 5 or 6 family members or friends. The child then has to position the friends into obstacles using different prepositions. For example: say, "Now, position me so you can go under me." Then, you can put together different people going under one friend, around another, and over another person, etc. The child will then go through the obstacle course he built. According to the card, this activity develops directionality, motor planning, proprioception and spatial awareness. It also helps kids understand prepositional concepts.
With more than 50 fun and exciting activities, these cards should get me through winter with my sanity intact!
And there's great news! One lucky reader can win a set of these cards!
Just go here to learn how to enter the giveaway: Family Matters PTIC