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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Raise Your Play IQ – Common Household Items = Tools for Learning?

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Many of us are familiar with reduce, reuse, and recycle—but don’t forget repurpose! You might be surprised to know that many items you have laying around your house, or even those tucked away can become tools for learning. If you have any of these items, consider using them to engage in learning fun:

Clothespins and Coffee Filters

Learning = Lifecycles, imaginary play, pre-literacy, and fine motor development
How?

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1. Draw on the coffee filter with a marker and spray with water.
2. Dry. If not too wet, this does not take long!
3. Scrunch or fold the filter several times back and forth.
4. Use a pincher grip to open the clothespin around the folded filter.
5. Spread out the colorful wings.
6. Tell the lifecycle story or one of your own!

An Egg Carton and Old Buttons

Learning = Early math and science through sorting and classification, pre-literacy, and fine motor development
How?

1. Inspect the collection of buttons with your child.
2. Describe the buttons. Discuss size, shape, and/or the number of holes in the buttons.
3. Decide what attribute you will use to sort the buttons—by color, shape, or size will do!
4. Sort buttons into several different compartments of the egg carton. Note: Younger children will enjoy using just a few compartments; older children will enjoy using many!
What other learning tools do you have tucked away?

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Mollie H.M. Willis
Mollie H.M. Willishttp://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org
Raise Your Play IQ™ is written by Mollie H.M. Willis, M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, an early learning consultant to Dupage Children's Museum. Ms. Willis has more than ten years of experience in early learning including preschool administration and teaching. She can be reached through the museum at admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

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