Oooo day one of my personal 365 blogging challenge, and I am starting on an easy one… My Family
Now, one of the most stressful things we have to do as a larger family, is waiting. It doesnt matter where it is, or how long it takes, waiting is very stressful with 6 kids trying to run in a million directions or wanting to pull each others hair out. If you have ever tried to keep water in a sieve using jelly, thats what it is like waiting in line with 6 kids.
This is a great way to get their attention and get them concentrating on something other than what they shouldnt be doing.
“But my child is only 2, they dont know what letters are”
Yes, this is a problem for traditional I-Spy, but not Rilly Style.
“I-Spy, with my little eye, something that is YELLOW”
Its a great way to teach little ones colours, and looking at the world around them too. From there you can move onto shapes. 6 (who is nearly 3) loves looking for shapes, and he is getting pretty good at it too. 5 who is in reception, we started using his letter sounds at the start of the school year. “I-Spy with my little eye, something that starts with CH” you could see his little brain buzz as he is saying out the letter sounds of the world around him.
The best one has to be our favourite ‘Oh darn here we are in the denist waiting room again with 6 kids’ game. Most waiting rooms have posters on the wall, and our dentists has LOADS of them. This one entertains the readers “I-Spy with my little eye, the word TEETH” the kids then have to scour the posters for the right poster and point out the word. Its funny watching other folks in the waiting room with us trying desperately not to join in, but you can see them looking for the word too (Just so you know, if you ever see a family of 8 staring at posters in a waiting room looking for random words, you are welcome to join in)
I-Spy is the oldest game in the book, but you can make it work for all ages.
So next time you are in a queue and you spot the signs of the kids starting to get restless, invite them in to an age appropriate game of I-Spy 🙂