Remember trying to solve riddles back when you were a kid? No, not the riddle of how to tease your bangs taller than Lisa Turtle’s or how to do that two-man Kid N’ Play dance without falling flat on your face.
We’re talking about those brain-bending word puzzles that force you think about a problem from more than one angle – and sometimes for more than one day – until eventually, enlighteningly, you finally figure them out.
Now that you’re a parent, you can get a whole new perspective on riddles. Because riddles are not only amusing mental games – they’re also a great way to get into your kid’s head!
Who It’s For: Kids ages 3 and up
What They’ll Learn: Problem solving, flexible thinking, how to be playful with language
Think helping your child learn something always has to be serious business? A priest, a duck and a sandwich walking into a bar would totally disagree. Try this awesomely addictive activity with your family, and your kids will be cracking wise – and getting wise – before you know it!
Who It’s For: Kids ages 4 and up (plus their younger siblings, if they’re into it like ours)
What They’ll Learn: Language, memory, creativity
What You Need: A sense of humor, or if you don’t have that, a book of kids’ jokes that you found for like five bucks in that weird “gift items” aisle nobody ever goes down at the grocery store
We even showed you this pretty cool chart that lets you know at which ages many common mispronunciations tend to disappear:
What did we tell you? Pretty cool, right?
Then we discovered a couple of really funnyposts over on the Mommy Shorts blog featuring a whole bunch of words that have been “totally butchered by toddlers.” And that made us think that our handy-dandy chart would be the ideal tool for figuring out exactly when each of those adorably erroneous kid-ism would sadly be lost, forever replaced by the boring old correct pronunciations we adults have all mastered.
Kids say the darnedest things. And when they’re still little, they usually say the most poorly enunciated things too.
The guy who wrote all those Family Circus comic strips back in the day made his entire living off this fact. Pasghetti and meat bulbs? Sounds like the perfect punch line to me!
But sometimes parents get a little stressed when their young kids mispronounce the words they’re trying to say, thinking that these errors are abnormal or that they might be warning signs of a permanent speech impediment.
If that sounds like you, you can probably relax. Odds are, you have nothing to worry about.
Want an easy way to get your kids to help out around the house more?
Of course you do. We all do.
That’s why the Baby Mop exists. (Too bad it stops working as soon as your baby starts toddling.)
And for the life of us, we just can’t understand why they’ve yet to make a toy vacuum cleaner that actually vacuums. Your kid likes pushing that noisy, annoying thing around. How hard would it be to stick a dustbuster inside of it anyway?
Yeah, yeah, we know there are a couple of toy sweepers out there that claim to have “suction” capabilities. But the reviews all seem to indicate that this underwhelming feature really just “sucks.” [↩]