SitterCycle welcome’s Sharon Rief back to share more fun activities for kids. This week’s activity uses pipe cleaners and wikki stix and targets many different skills and concepts including: counting, identifying colors, fine motor skills, letter recognition and formation, and rhyming.
We hope you enjoy the presentation and please find a list of materials and instructions below.
Pipe cleaners or Wikki Stix
1) Stringing Fruit Loops On A Pipe Cleaner:
Tie a knot on one end of the pipe cleaner or Wikki Stick. Then help your toddler string a handful of Fruit Loops and turn it into a bracelet. While working on this activity together focus on fine motor skills, counting, and colors.
2) Form Rhyming Words:
Use pipe cleaners or Wikki Stix to practice making word families of words that rhyme. Keep the ending sounds and replace the initial sounds to make new words. This is a very important activity because research indicates that phonemic awareness, which includes knowing how to rhyme, is the key indicator of success in learning to read.
3) Build An Alphabet City:
Use Pipe Cleaners or Wikki Stix and play dough to build an alphabet city in your playroom. Then let your child drive his or her cars through the letters. Discuss the sounds that each letter makes and also words that begin with each sound.
You can find more enriching activities on Sharon’s channel at SitterCycle.com
Sharon Rief has been an educator for over 15 years. She was a special education teacher in LA Unifed for the past 10 years. And prior to that, she was a speech therapist in South Africa. She now works as a child enrichment expert and has a website called www.teacherresourcesforparents.com that provides valuable tips on how to enrich children through fun, educational activities. Sharon hosts regular workshops for nannies and babysitters that are based on the content from her site. Sharon is the proud mom of two beautiful girls, Daniella (6) and Raquel (2), who are the inspiration for all her endeavors and always the first two kids to test out all her content.
Email email@example.com for printable PDFs of any one of her activities to build your enrichment binder. To schedule a private child enrichment training for your nanny, contact Sharon at (818) 730-6820. Or you can follow her on Facebook.