Some time ago, I had a discussion with some mummies who were interested in doing home practice, but were concerned about the investment needed to buy all the materials necessary to do so. This prompted me to do a short post on some ways we can DIY our own home practice material at very little cost, using items that we have.
In class, this is done in various ways:
- Flashing a picture, then asking the child which picture he saw
- Flashing a picture, then asking the child to replicate the arrangement of the items on the picture
- Placing cards in the order of the story told (Story memory/ linking memory)
At home, we can either replicate what was done in class, or use what we have at home:
- Use lego. You’ll need 2 sets of bricks – one for yourself, another for your child. Arrange the bricks and show the child, then give him his own set to replicate what he saw.
- Play peek-a-boo with his soft toys. Remove one of them and ask him to identify which is missing.
- Tell silly stories using items that you have – be creative! An example of a story that I did with G just before he had snacks.
One day, G was driving his car (toy car) when he saw piglet (piglet toy). He decided to throw and eraser (eraser) at him to get his attention. Piglet was very happy (happy face sticker) to see him and they both decided to eat grapes (a few grapes) and raisins (a few raisins). They went to the zoo and saw Mickey Mouse (Mickey soft toy) and said hello to the panda (a panda biscuit). It was a hot day so all of them had water (a cup of water). Soon stars (star sticker) came out and they went home.
G had an incentive to do it, because he got to eat grapes, raisins and panda biscuits after 😉
ESP practice in class is usually done using pictures – guessing the hidden item, shape, etc
At home, household objects/toys can be used:
- guess the colour of the spoon in the bag by touch – place similar spoons but of different colours in an opaque bag or box and ask the child to touch
- use poker cards to guess the shape (clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades)
- place animal stickers under bottle caps and ask them to “see” which bottle cap has a specific animal
- using coloured pom-poms
The list goes on.
Home practice need not necessarily involve printing/laminating. Sometimes using real objects that are familiar can be more interesting to young children. Hope these tips will be useful!
Do you have any DIY ideas for home practice? Do share them in the comments below!