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Follow My Design

At dinner, play a game with your child to see if he can follow your design of flipping, sliding, or turning a fork.

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Extending this activity

  • -Ask the child to give you directions using the terms flip, slide, and turn. Use a barrier between you (such as the menu). After he has given directions, remove the barrier and see if you have the same design.

    -Visit your local library. Many books are interactive and have flaps that “flip” up, tabs that “slide,” and wheels that “turn.”

Adjust for an older child

Instead of setting up the initial design for him, have the child mimic your design to reinforce spatial reasoning. As you are giving instructions during the game, you can be more specific with the directions such as “slide your spoon to the left.”

Adjust for a younger child

The younger child will need more time watching you flip, slide, and turn the objects. Therefore, do not use the menu between you. Continue to reinforce the language of flip, slide, and turn as you manipulate the objects and assist the child as needed.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Geometry

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