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Mini Log Cabin

Log Cabin
(an activity suggestion from the book, "100+ Parenting Mistakes" by Gregg Prescott, M.S.)

What you’ll need:
Some small sticks

How to Play:
Find some small sticks (or toothpicks, pipe cleaners or popsicle sticks). Try to make them all about the same length.

For this example, we’ll use sticks that are about 4” long.
Lay two sticks horizontally parallel to each other, with each stick about 3 inches apart from each other.
(see figure 1)

Figure 1

Lay to more sticks vertically parallel at the ends of the first two sticks.

(see figure 2)

Figure 2

Continue this pattern and see how tall you can build your log cabin!

Log cabin teaches your child:

Hand-eye coordination
Visual-spatial intelligence
Dimensional analysis
Teamwork (if you take turns building layers)
The development of new life experiences

*Please note*: Always watch your child and be sure your child is old enough to play with sticks. This may seem like a silly request, but some sticks have sharp ends and some children like putting everything and anything into their mouths. Please use your own discretion in regard to safety while playing these games.

This game costs nothing but time, which is time well spent for what your child will learn while bonding with you!

Games should be fun for children. It’s even better when they’re having fun while creatively expanding their imagination and being taught important cognitive skills they’ll need when they begin school.

The message your child receives is: “I can find things to do by using my creativity and imagination.”

Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your child!


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