Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Educational Activity: Making a Cardboard Carnival!


Making a cardboard carnival

by Samantha from LittleHandsBigWork.com
for children ages 2 years and up with Adult Participation

"Use cardboard, makers, tape, glue, and construction paper to create carnival games! Encourage logical thinking and problem solving skills as your children try to make their creation work!" ~Samantha

We love playing with cardboard! There are so many fun and creative things we can make. My boys wanted to make a race track first so we used a long box and drew lines with Melissa & Doug Non-Roll Magic Markers and used construction paper to make a finish line.
We taped legs on it with packaging tape and began racing!!  


Once they were finished racing we turned it into a color-sorting ski ball game. The kids used the construction paper to color code three sections at the bottom of the box. They used the glue to secure it in place and then we used two pieces of cardboard to separate the sections.


We gathered 9 balls (3 yellow, 3 red and 3 blue) and started rolling. The idea was to try and roll the balls into the right color. The red in the middle was the hardest!




My five year old was the only one able to get all of the colors rolled correctly, but it took him several tries:)


When just my 2 oldest (4 and 5) and I were hanging out during nap time we decided to make a pinball type game that we had to work together to play. They both came up with obstacles (I helped carry their ideas out) and then they each got on one end or the other and started tilting. They had to talk to each other and decide what goal they were trying to accomplish before they could work together to get there. They used markers to write how many points each goal was and decided the hole in the middle means they lost!

Cardboard Carnival Pinball!

Our Cardboard Carnival was super frugal, creative and fun! Try your own :)



Samantha is a stay at home mom of five children under the age of five. She teaches preschool from her home and loves it! She loves coming up with unique ways for her children and students to learn because when kids are having fun they learn so much better! You can find more activities and fun stuff at Samantha's blog Little Hands Big Work.



5 comments:

BabyANNe said...

1. Activity toys
Activity toys that enhance reading habits of little children include alphabet blocks, numerals and alphabet kits, baby laptops, and talking toys like talking parrots, animals etc that can also sing some interesting rhymes. There are many other activity toys that will engage your kid into some fun-based study activity and especially the talking toys are regarded as the best teachers to make a kid learn to speak, read and sing faster.

2. Educational stationery
Educational stationery includes colorful crayons, color sketch pens, pencils, writing boards, science kits, etc are available. Bringing home some of these interesting stationeries will not only excite children but they will also be very helpful in making the kids get involved in whatever they are doing. a kid who uses a writing board can learn, read, and also write alphabets, words and terms sooner when compared to kids who are just orally trained

BabyANNe said...

1. Activity toys
Activity toys that enhance reading habits of little children include alphabet blocks, numerals and alphabet kits, baby laptops, and talking toys like talking parrots, animals etc that can also sing some interesting rhymes. There are many other activity toys that will engage your kid into some fun-based study activity and especially the talking toys are regarded as the best teachers to make a kid learn to speak, read and sing faster.

2. Educational stationery
Educational stationery includes colorful crayons, color sketch pens, pencils, writing boards, science kits, etc are available. Bringing home some of these interesting stationeries will not only excite children but they will also be very helpful in making the kids get involved in whatever they are doing. a kid who uses a writing board can learn, read, and also write alphabets, words and terms sooner when compared to kids who are just orally trained

Sarah S. said...

Great idea! I want to do a carnival birthday party for one of my girls next year and this would be a great game to add to it!

Party Bags said...

The positive effects of games like that can be enormous. Besides the obvious entertainment benefit there are other great benefits that parents and educators must consider.

Beth Gorden said...

What a fun clever idea! I bet your kids had a lot of fun playing with your carnival game =)

What a fun week. I LOVE your pirate hand art - too cute!

I featured this at TGIF this week - http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/06/tgif-linky-party-81.html. I hope you pop over and link up today =)

Have a GREAT weekend,
Beth

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