Harleen, from Toronto, sent in this great learning left from right idea. Let’s take a look at it…

What did you do?

You put your right hand in, you take your right hand out, you put your right hand in and you shake it all about …yup, we are learning about right and left!

This activity took a few supplies: construction paper, scissors, markers, sealing tape (use a laminator, if you have one), painters tape and contact paper.

Steps to execute:
(1) Trace hands on construction paper. We did the entire family to make it more personal. It also becomes a bit of a keepsake!
(2) Cut out all hand tracings, and mark whether they are ‘left’ or ‘right,’ and on the other side the family members name.
(3) This is where you use your laminator! I used sealing (packing) tape. This took a bit of time, but if these hands are going to make it past 5 minutes …this step is a must! You’ll need to do a few rounds to make sure it won’t rip a part.
(4) Get your contact paper and draw 2 columns – label them left ‘hand’ and right ‘hand.’ Tape the contact paper to a surface with painters tape, and remember sticky side up (for the contact paper).
(5) Introduce the activity to your tot and talk about fingers, hand sizes, left vs. right for hands and feet, tricks how to remember, do the hokey pokey…haha..so much fun!

The fact we traced our own hands and made it personal, it almost became a 2-in-1 activity with a keepsake at the end!

Tell the Housebound With Kids community a bit about yourself…

My name is Harleen. I am from Toronto, Canada. I have 2 girls (2.5 years old and 1 year old). I was trying to find different ways to keep my tot learning and having fun! I soon realized I did quite a bit with my kids, and thought it would be a great idea to share these ideas with other parents!

Do you have any tips for other parents?

Keep it light, have fun and let your child lead. Some activities will work and others will fail, and that’s okay! Chances are if you try again at another time, your child will become interested!

What are your family’s favourite board game(s)/card game(s)?

We love playing memory with our self-made memory cards!

What are your children’s favourite books?

Where the wild things are
The very hungry caterpillar

We are also a big fan of all the critter books by Mercer Mayer!

What toys would you recommend to other parents?

Wooden blocks are great for learning. We are also a huge fan of wooden puzzles from Melissa & Doug toys.

Has this website and community helped you?

It’s great to see what other activities parents are doing with their kids!