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Review – Sequence Letters Game for Kids

Sequence Letters Game Reivew

Sequence Game DFW Homeschool Resource On a rainy day, I brought out our Sequence Letters game. If you’re familiar with the adult version, it’s got a similar goal. Instead of stretching the board, you’re just trying to connect four. The game can be played with up to 6 people, but that makes 3 teams of 2. In our case, we played 1 team of 2 and 2 teams of 1 each. The game box says ages 4-7. My 6 and 10 year old played on their own teams. I played along with the four year old. (This post contains affiliate links)

How to play:

Each player earns a square by matching a letter card in their hand to a picture. The pictures are also color coded with the squares to help the very young to narrow down the choices. My big two know their letters and sounds and it was pretty easy to match up. However, it did cause them to have to think, “What starts with the letter L?” Players are able to block each other which amused my big two and made the youngest mad. The letter X allows a player to remove a chip already placed on the board. Letter Z card allows them to place a chip on any square they want.

For my 4 year old non- reader and non-phonics child, I would show her the card and tell her the letter. The big two then would tell her what picture to look for. The game is definitely for children in between my 4 and 6 year old in letter and phonics abilities.Sequence Game DFW Homeschool Resource

The game took longer than I thought it would. Mostly because there was a lot of discussion on where they were going to put a chip to block someone. The youngest got mad if someone “took” her favorite pictures. I would not recommend playing the game with a bunch of 4 year olds! It probably is easiest with a mixed age group. If the ages and abilities are varied then there are different ways to learn from the game. If you want to buy your own, head over to buy it HERE!

(I was not asked to review this game. I did so because we enjoy playing it! Affiliate links are present but they’re at no cost to you! They help keep the lights on around here from the small commission we get)

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Marble Paper – Craft Time Activity

We did a new craft this week: making marble paper. My middle one was looking over my shoulder while I scrolled through a craft group I am yesterday. Someone posted a video on making marble scarves. If you’ve never seen the process, you must check out this video on the art. So cool! Her eyes lit up and begged to run to the store for the supplies. (This post contains affiliate links)

 

Because I like crafting so much as well, I had to oblige. I didn’t have any silk, but I did have some sketch paper, acrylic paint, and a pan! We ran out to the store quickly and grabbed some liquid starch and alum. We were pretty impressed with the results. The first papers we did turned out better than subsequent ones. The starch got muddled pretty quickly, I think we put way too much paint in the pan. I also think we should have diluted the paint a lot more so that it didn’t sink to the bottom. As we did more paper, the globs of paint under the surface mixed with the paint on top.

Another thing we learned is that if you’ve dragged the design vertically, pick up the paper in the same direction so that the excess runs down with your design. Also, when you rinse off the starch, some of the muddled paint will disappear leaving your design behind. One more thing, don’t keep the water focused on one part of your paper. The water will wash the paint off, so gentle water while continuously moving the paper is best.

Here is what you need to make marble paper:

Liquid Starch (in the laundry section)

Alum (found with the spices)

Acrylic paints 

Pan or drawer about 9X13

Paper with texture…don’t use copy paper

Popsicle sticks, wide toothed comb, nail, hair pic, etc.

  1. The starch and alum need to be mixed together in your pan with a ration of 2 cups starch to 1 tsp alum. You may need to double it to make it at least 1″ deep in your pan.
  2. Dilute your acrylic paints in cups. You don’t want them as thin as water, but straight out of the bottle will cause the colors to sink.
  3. Drip your paints onto the starch pan however you like. Big drips, small drips. marble paper DFW Homeschool Resource
  4. Take one of your tools like the popscilcle stick and drag it through the paint making it swirl together. Don’t mix too much because you don’t want the colors to blend together. marble paper DFW Homeschool Resource
  5. Carefully lay your paper on the surface of the starch.
  6. Carefully pick up the paper from two corners.
  7. Rinse in gentle water from the tap.
  8. Lay down to dry. It’ll take about 2 hours for it to dry.
  9. Admire your work! marble paper DFW Homeschool Resource

This craft is even great for little ones. They can help drip the paint and swirl it. You’ll need to help by laying the paper down and picking it up.

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