To be able to name the days of the week, and to put them in the right order, is a very important skill a child should learn at an early age, because it helps them to understand their days and throughout their scholastic careers they will need to know it. Some kids need more repetitive learning on this, and these popsicle sticks could help with that.
It is really easy, and frugal, to make these sticks yourself. All you need is 7 coloured(or plain) Popsicle sticks and a marker. (I had to use a correction marker pen on the purple, since the black did not show nicely.) Simply write the days of the week on the sticks. I used a red for Saturday and Sunday, since I only had 6 colors, but at the same time it shows that it is the two weekend days.
Ideas on how to use the sticks to learn and play:
– unscramble the sticks to place in the right order.
– memory game: turn the sticks around and try and remember where you saw the days to place them again in order.
– spell the names, using the names on the sticks as prompts.
– count with the sticks.
– use the sticks to remind your child which day it is, and what your schedule will be like. You could add a picture of an activity you always do on the day, eg. Swimming lessons on a Monday etc.
– explore the names of the days more by counting the letters, find the days that has the same number of letters, find the days that start with the same letter etc.
Such a versatile toy! And learning in a fun way with these popsicle sticks would ensure your child start to remember, recognize and even write the days of the week by themselves!