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Driving with five of my grandkids last week, I enjoyed lots of fun chat time with them as we waited in the car for mommy to run her various errands. It’s a nice treat for her to get to do them quickly and a nice treat for me to spend quality time with my grandkids.
We had a fun time talking but eventually they started getting a bit wiggly and giggly. “Time for a Grandma game,” I thought. Wracking my brains, I came up with an old favorite from when my kids were young.
Animal Alphabet! With younger grandkids like mine, we just worked our way through each letter of the alphabet. For every letter, we thought of as many animals as we could that started with that particular letter. Since their ages range from 2-8, I gave each child one chance per letter to think of an animal to make sure all got turns. I also gave clues to any who needed them, using the sounds the animals make, descriptions of the animals, and phonics clues for the name itself. For older grandkids, they’d each be on their own and you could all have fun keeping score to see who gets the most animals.
They, and I, enjoyed it thoroughly and continued to play it when mommy rejoined us. All in all, Grandma and grandkids had a wonderful time and enjoyed some phonics practice as well. (Who says homeschooling programs always have to be done in the home? 🙂 )