Dice - The Ultimate Educational, Portable Entertainment For Kids!

Written by Lindsay Small

How do you keeprepparttar kids amused forrepparttar 150433 long summer holidays? What do you do whenrepparttar 150434 inevitable rainy day blues strike and everyone gets fractious and argumentative? And how do you cope when you are forced to playrepparttar 150435 waiting game in doctors' surgeries, airports, or even long car journeys?

Getrepparttar 150436 dice out! Dice games arerepparttar 150437 ultimate in quick and easy entertainment, withrepparttar 150438 added advantages of being cheap, portable and educational too! You can start playing dice with children as young as 2 , as long as you are sure that they are pastrepparttar 150439 stage of putting things into their mouths. And you will find that all ages up to grandparents are happy to join in.

I offer below three particularly quick and easy games, all of which can be played with children from aboutrepparttar 150440 age of 4 up. All you need are pencil and paper and dice - a maximum of 7, which you can probably find in existing game boxes aroundrepparttar 150441 house.

Beat That! You will need between two to seven dice, depending onrepparttar 150442 age ofrepparttar 150443 players. Rollrepparttar 150444 dice and put them in order to makerepparttar 150445 highest number possible. If you roll a 4 and a 6, for example, your best answer would be 64. Using three dice, a roll of 3, 5 and 2 should give you 532, and so on. Write down your answer, passrepparttar 150446 dice, and challengerepparttar 150447 next player to "Beat That!" Play in rounds and assign a winner to each round. For a change, try makingrepparttar 150448 smallest number possible! This is a great game for reinforcingrepparttar 150449 concept of place value.

School Days - Top 10 Tips For Establishing A Good Routine

Written by Lindsay Small

Teachers know that children thrive in an environment with routines, boundaries and rules. Unfortunately, parents often forget it! And yet by establishing good routines and encouraging children to help you maintain them, you have an opportunity to set a pattern and a discipline that will stay with your children forrepparttar rest of their lives. You will make school days easier and far less stressful, reducerepparttar 150432 chances of starting your day late or dragging on forever withrepparttar 150433 homework, put an end to nagging and shouting, and have happier, more relaxed kids.

Here are 10 tips for establishing a solid, school day routine.

1. Layrepparttar 150434 breakfast tablerepparttar 150435 night before

Put everything out apart from perishables. If you keep all your breakfast things in one cupboard or one area ofrepparttar 150436 kitchen this routine will be easier to establish, and older children can take it in turns to do it.

2. Put out your clothesrepparttar 150437 night before

Lay out a complete set of clothes for each child, checking them as you do it. Older children should do this themselves - you can double check when you say goodnight. Then if something is missing (or shoes need polishing) you have time to put it right. Lay your own clothes out too!

3. Brush teeth atrepparttar 150438 kitchen sink

Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste for each child inrepparttar 150439 kitchen and brush teeth atrepparttar 150440 kitchen sink immediately after breakfast. It may not be perfect forrepparttar 150441 house-proud, but if you send your child out of your sight to do a chore inrepparttar 150442 morning, you lose control. If you lose control, he may start dawdling.

4. Set up base camp

Establish a "base camp" whererepparttar 150443 children keep all their school things. You will need room for kit bags, satchels, swimming bags, sports equipment, ballet bags, library books and whatever elserepparttar 150444 kids need! Provide at least one hook per vhild for their coats (in our house kids must hang coats up as soon as they take them off) and a basket or box for school shoes (in our house kids must put shoes inrepparttar 150445 box as soon as they take them off too - sometimes they do!) Another basket or box for each child can be used as a place to put anything that needs to go to school - gloves, letters to teachers, music, library books etc. Everything is in its place and ready to go outrepparttar 150446 door first thing inrepparttar 150447 morning without any fuss.

5. Make a list

Fill out a schedule of what is needed at school on each day and pin it up at "base camp". Check each morning before you walk outrepparttar 150448 door that you haverepparttar 150449 appropriate kit. You will find a school week planner to print here: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/school_week_planner.htm

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