Here are some tricks to turn laundry time into a great learning experience! Children can practice sorting and classifying skills that are so important to their reading and math development.
- Give your child all the socks with instructions to find the “matches.”
- Children can carry all the stacks of folded clothes to the appropriate room.
- Give them washcloths, undershirts and panties, show them how to “spread, smooth, fold” — If the folding isn’t perfect…who cares?
- Give the child one piece of laundry (a sock, shirt, etc.), and ask him/her to tell you everything they can about it (color, size, function, etc.). Play detective – “Who does this sock belong to?” “How do you know?”