Get your child engaged with learning using a DIY toy garage to match letters, numbers, and words from our Member of the Month Krystyna!
Parenting isn’t easy. It’s lots of sleepless nights and so much
“I had a newborn, and going out wasn’t as easy anymore,” explains Krystyna. “It was easy to put on the TV. It’s a crutch that we rely on too much.”
One late night Googling session ended with our Member of the Month, Krystyna, finding Hands On As We Grow.
“I’m glad I stumbled upon the Facebook ad at 2 am,” Krystyna shares. “It has helped keep me motivated to be an active parent, especially during times when TV would just be easier.”
For a mom juggling a toddler and a newborn, like Krystyna, it’s easy to get totally overwhelmed.
“(The Activity Room® is) less daunting than Pinterest,” says Krystyna. “You get lost in the vortex of Pinterest. All of a sudden you’re cooking chicken!”
The Activity Room® provides structure and support for busy parents who want to make hands-on activities a priority.
“It’s been nice because there are times when I’ve been stressed out and I needed something,” shares Krystyna. “I go to Facebook and there’s always something.”
Activity Room® members get tons of hands-on support and motivation to be active, involved parents. ROOM is a virtual space where parents can share their wins and seek support on their parenting journey.
“Someone else has done the activity of the day or something previous,” says Krystyna. “It’s just seeing other moms doing it. Being in the community is how I get over my challenges.”
Let’s Meet Krystyna
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
Son, 2.8 years old and Daughter, 5months
How long have you been in The Activity Room®?
What is your favorite activity you’ve done in The Activity Room®?
The Obstacle Courses – they are always a win.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you get a few moments?
Throw a dance party.
What’s your best tip for doing activities with your kids?
Do the activity with them. The more involved they are with you the better the success rate.
If you were to tell a friend about The Activity Room®, what would you say to them?
The Activity Room® is a great community of women and men sharing ideas and supporting each other as they raise their high energy children. It’s a resource and a support group.
Share your favorite quote
“To play with a child is to love a child.” – Vince Gowmon
DIY Toy Garage Matching Game for Preschoolers
We love working our current learning and skills into our play. I created a fun matching game with a DIY toy garage (or stable).
You’ll be matching the letters, numbers, sight words, and anything else your child is learning.
The DIY toy garage is easy to make and fun to play with. Plus, you can swap out the things you’ll be matching really easily.
To make your own DIY toy garage, you’ll need:
- Marker / Pens
- Collection of cars or favorite toy
Have your child find the toys to use in this activity. This helps your child engage more authentically with the activity.
First, write letters, words, and numbers on small pieces of paper. You could also use colored paper to match with colors.
Then, tape the letters, words, numbers or colored paper to cars or toys. You could make each your words, letters, numbers
Draw a parking garage, or stable if you’re using toy animals, and write the letters, words, numbers or tape the colors in the parking spots. No need to be fancy, just draw sets of parallel lines on a piece of construction or poster paper.
For added fun, invite your child to decorate their garage with markers, crayons, and stickers.
Have your child drive their cars into the garage! Or walk their ponies into the barn and match them up.
Take your activity outside! Use sidewalk chalk to map out your garage on the pavement.