We took an excursion to the auto parts store, and I spent a lot of time standing around with the kids, waiting for my hubby to pick out exactly what he needed (no complaining here! The man has the patience of a saint when I insist on trying on every style of jeans that Old Navy has on sale). Sophie's been getting better at waiting in stores in the past year, but Xander is a different story. He's a wiggle worm and gets bored very easily. BUT. He loves anything that has to do with tools (oftentimes of a morning I hear strains of 'Booooob the Builder, yes I can!!' coming from his room), so I decided to turn what could have ended in me pulling my hair out in frustration, into a learning experience.
Lesson: Counting Practice
Objective: Child will practice counting items, building a grasp of one-to-one correspondence (identify that each number corresponds with each single item counted)
Materials: Any store!
- Find a set of like items (a display of wrenches, for example)
- Instruct child to point to (or touch), each item as he counts them
oil pan thingies
I think we entertained pretty much everyone else in the store.