With remote learning be in full swing in our casa for a few weeks now it has made me have to be even more sneaky, I mean thoughtful, when it comes to supplementing JustaBXgirl’s education. I’ve decided to find different ways to keep the learning going when she logs out for the day. Here are a few of the ways that we have worked on mixing it up a bit.
Tile Blox – JustaBXmom adores building. These are a wonderful way to let littles have some free play while finding ways to introduce new concepts. These can be used for tandem puzzles, to teach little, littles shape and colors and so much more.
Mixy Squish Textured Air Dry Clay – This is perfect for an art class. JustaBXgirl’s school doesn’t offer art so it’s always about finding ways to help her meet her love of creating. This air-dry clay is awesome. You can add mix-ins like glitter and foam balls to it to add on to the fun. I like to remind families to use art projects as a way to cement in other lessons.
Kids First Crystals, Rocks and Minerals – This is a fun weekend project. You can grow three different kinds of crystals. It is a fantastic way to supplement science class. Earth science has never been so fun.
Story Magic Tea Set
BFF Bright Fairy Friend – I know, I know, you’re wondering how a doll becomes a teaching tool. These fairy friends are perfect to discuss nature. You can even go on an evening nature walk using the light up fairy home they arrive inside of. If you’re not feeling that brave then you can use the fairy friend to take you on fairytale adventure during reading time, research where the tale of fairies come from, or even learning about fireflies and hypothesize on their relationships to fairies.
Elegoo Smart Robot Car Kit – This is so freaking cool! We get to build a car!!! Yup, it’s a working robot car. This is a fun way to introduce programming and electronics to littles. This is designed for more of the middle school minis.
NASCAR Crash Circuit Short Track Speedway – Vroom! Crash! This is so much fun. The cars charge in 10 seconds or less. They crash and snap easily back together. I promise this has learning potential. Speed, strategy and so much more. This is a wonderful way to introduce racing as a sport, discuss the different types of jobs that people working for NASCAR have beyond drivers. Then there is the math and science that goes into understanding racing. I mean, if you’re fancy, you can use this set to introduce physics!
Diamond Heist – This is a great way to practice cooperation. Remote learning means that JustaBXgirl doesn’t get a lot of time to work with other children. I think that collaborative games are a wonderful opportunity to remember that everything isn’t always about yourself. At the end of the day, accomplishing something together makes it much more valuable. This game again takes us back to physics. For me, though I like to use it as a lesson that about collective community.