Friday, March 25, 2011


My best friend Selma told me months ago that I should do "stations". You put a different activity in each room for the kids to do and have them rotate every 15-20 minutes. I've had intentions of trying this, but never got around to it.

Yesterday morning I decided we were going to give it a try. So while I was in the shower, I decided what the stations were going to be. This is what we did.

Station 1: Craft Station - I cut a bunch of shapes out of different colored paper. I had them make a picture out of the shapes. Both decided to make a house. So that there wasn't a huge "glue mess", I put glue on a paper plate. They used a Q-tip to apply the glue to their shapes.

Station #2: Pretend Play Station - I set up their Pl*yMob*l Animal Clinic and they played with that for the 15 minutes.

Station #3: Building Station - At this station, they built with L*g*os for the 15 minutes.

Station #4: ABC Station - I put several toys/tools in a basket that help teach ABC's, their sounds, and how to write them.

Here are the rules:
1. One kid per station. I assigned one station to each of them to start, then rotated in a circle.
2. Stay at the station until the timer goes off. I set the timer for 15 minutes.
3. Clean up station before moving on. When timer goes off, it will be set again for another 2 minutes. This allows for finishing up and clean-up.
4. Do not ask Mommy to help. I wanted them to figure things out on their own. (Plus I wanted to get a couple things done.) They still wanted to show me their projects, etc. And I still got to "praise" them. But I didn't have to sit there and help the entire time.

The kids LOVED it! Princess of course wants to do it again today, "but with different stations". Buddy sometimes had a hard time staying at a station for the entire 15 minutes. Like, he built his L*g* tower and was done. So I had to help him think of something else he could build.

I will definitely be doing it again because the kids loved it AND because it was over an hour of "no fighting or tormenting each other".


Grammy said...

That's an awesome idea, Thrills! Kudos to Selma for sharing such a cool activity!

I'll have to stock up on some stuff so we can try that when they're here.

TCC said...

That Selma is one smart cookie. :)

You are pretty amazing to do this too. This is really preparing your Princess for next year when they have 'centers' in Kindergarten. I wouldn't be surprised if she tells the teacher that she's already done that at home. What a great Mom they have!