There’s more to mealtime than food. Try sneaking in a little learning between bites by using the packaging on the cereal boxes and juice cartons to do a word hunt with your early learners ages 5 to 7.

They can look for the letters in their first name and count how many times they find it on the box. To encourage learning words and sounds, ask kids what sounds they hear at the beginning and ending of a word like “raisin.”

Then get them to look for those letters they hear on the cereal box.  Switch out the spelling lesson for a math lesson the next time. Have your kids look for their ages on the boxes and cartons or count the number of times they find the words “new” or “flake” on the box.

Playing these games a few times a week at mealtime keeps learning fun and not forced.

Content provided by Oakland University.


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