Make Education Fun – Even in the Hospital with Disney Junior Games

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Make Education Fun with Disney Jr Games

If you’ve not been following me on Facebook, you may not know that my 8 year old daughter is in the hospital with pneumonia, a complication of her asthma.  She’s having to be on continuous breathing treatment in the PICU, where they give her albuterol, steroids and regular chest percussion treatment to hopefully rid her lungs of all the fluid and mucous within.  The first  58 hours, she wasn’t allowed to eat or drink.  You can imagine how bored she was getting.  Thankfully, I had bought these Disney Junior games and they have really saved us, when we thought we were running out of things to do.

Savannah in Hospital

I had previously purchased these educational Disney Junior games at Walmart for my 5 year old daughter.  We homeschool and I thought she’d have fun practicing her writing and math skills with them.  After all, what little girl doesn’t like Mickey Mouse or Doc McStuffins?

Disney Junior Games - In Store

 

I bought the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Learning Schoolhouse Activity and the Doc McStuffins Alphabet Learning Activity.

Disney Jr Learning Schoolhouse Activity Doc McStuffins

We used the Learning Schoolhouse Activity here at the hospital.  When I first opened it up, I was a little worried.  It’s actually supposed to be for a Pre-K to K aged child, and here I was trying to occupy my 8 year old with it.  While some of the activities were a little young (like the ABC flashcards), we were able to improvise and have a great time with it.

 

Features of the Learning Schoolhouse Activity

 

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  • Learn to Tell Time
  • Practice Handwriting
  • Build Math Skills
  • Learn the Map of the U.S.
  • Letter & Word Recognition
  • Pretend & Play School

 

We used the US Map to quiz her on her states.  I would think of a state that we’ve been to before or one that someone we know has moved to, and she would use her pointer to show me where that state is on the map.  She’s not very strong on her geography, so this was a great educational activity that also proved to be fun, as we told stories about these different places.  You can see where she’s pointing at California, the state I was just in last month for a blogging conference.

Disney Jr Learning Schoolhouse Activity 4

 

She also used the word and picture magnets to make stories on the built in dry erase board.  In fact, that spurred her imagination even further and she decided to make more stories and books for her siblings to give them when she got home.  You can see one of her short stories here.  Her handwriting is pretty messy as her hands were shaking the whole time, thanks to the medicine.

 

Disney Junior Games - Where to Buy

 

She practiced her time telling skills.  We have a clock in her hospital room and I noticed how she was doing really well at knowing what time it is.  We’ve done time telling with her math programs in the past, so this wasn’t new to her, but since we haven’t really practiced it this summer, it was a good chance to go over her clock skills and see if she could figure out what time it was.    She did great and is now almost a pro!

 

Disney Jr Learning Schoolhouse Activity 3

 

We’ve been in the hospital for 4 full days now and we’ve done so many things, we had thought we’d run out of fun stuff to do.  Even watching TV was boring her.  These Disney Junior games saved the day and I’m so thankful I accidentally left them in the van at the perfect time!  Savannah says she can’t wait to get home, so that she can play school with her little sister, Avery.  Since these were originally purchased for Avery, our 5 year old, she’ll get a lot of use out of them in our school year, while the older children are doing their own school work.  I love that they can use these to have fun AND learn.  After all, learning doesn’t have to be boring, does it?

 

If you’re interested in purchasing some, you can find them in the school supplies section at Walmart.  In addition to the ones that I mentioned above, you can also find:

 

  • Learning Easel Activity Center
  • Counting Learning Activity
  • First Words Learning Activity
  • Rhyming Learning Activity
  • Numbers Learning Activity
  • Colors & Shapes Learning Activity

 

 


Donating School Supplies: One Way Our Family Can Serve

Disclosure: “I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.”

 

Many of you know that I’m a homeschool mom.  I don’t actually send my children off to school, but we do love it when school supplies get cheap.  We always feel the need to stock up, so we don’t have to purchase them the rest of the year!

Donate School Supplies - One Way Our Family Can Serve

Just because I don’t send my children to school, doesn’t mean that I think that all children should be homeschooled.  In fact, I know that there are many who definitely should not be.  This year, I decided that I wanted to do my part in helping the community children who can’t afford the school supplies, to get the supplies that they need.

 

Did you know that more than 16 million American children live in poverty?  It makes sense that these children’s families would have a hard time purchasing the items that they’re expected to bring.  I am definitely one who thinks education is very important, and these supplies are the tools that the children need, to begin getting that education, one that can eventually bring them out of poverty if they so choose.  That’s why it is important for us to join together and help them get the supplies that they need for the upcoming school year. 

 

Champions for Kids - Donate Supplies to Local Students

 

I was at Walmart with my husband, shopping without my kids.  I spotted these backpacks from Champions for Kids.  It’s full of many of the items that a child would need for his or her school year and they’re nicely placed inside a backpack.  The cool thing about these backpacks is that they cost only $19.95, but they have a coupon book attached to the outside for you to take off before you donate it, that can save you up to $50!  You could easily save the money you spent on the backpack, when using the coupons!

 

Champions for Kids Back to School Backpacks

 

I decided to go ahead and purchase the backpack, so that my kids and I can donate it.  That way they would have the experience of getting to donate something to the local community, as I believe this is an important thing for children to learn.  While I was out shopping that evening, I got the call that my 8 year old was not doing well with her asthma and we ended up taking her to the hospital that evening and haven’t left since.  When we get back home and settled, I will be taking my children back to Walmart, so that they can make our family’s donation.  Will you join me?

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