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Flashlights

Flashlights are cheap! You can get them for a dollar at many stores, and cheap batteries are readily available. If you are on a wilderness hike, then of course you need to "save the battery" but otherwise, why does it matter? Kids can't resist flashlights and with good reason - they are full of opportunities for learning and fun. Try a game of flashlight tag, both in the house and outside, or practice making letters and pictures on the ceiling.

ORGANIZATION, PLANNING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Taking a flashlight apart and putting it back together strengthens thinking skills and ability to figure things out, and provides real reinforcement (when the light works again!), rather than fake reinforcement (such as stickers or grades). Make sure your children have the chance to experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from learning how to reassemble a flashlight. Even children as young as three or four years old can learn this entertaining and useful skill.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
It takes some practice to learn how to get the pieces apart and back together. This develops hand and finger strength and coordination.
VOCABULARY
An extensive spoken vocabulary is one of the best predictors of future success in school. Be sure to use accurate terminology when describing flashlight parts (ask your handyman friend, if you aren't sure what the parts are called.)
SCIENCE
It is never too young to start learning the idea that science processes happen in an organized way and for a reason. Basic lessons in electricity can start with a simple flashlight at home.

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