Multiple Intelligences in Early Childhood
Picture Smart - Hands-On - Visual
- Magazines - Build collages; make hanging mobiles of pictures; make
badges, sashes, hats and necklaces.
- Sidewalk chalk
- Collect photographs for a kid's album
- Computer programs - graphics, drawing, making cards, making posters.
- Video - Make a movie based on a favorite story; have the child read the
story on video or retell the story on video.
- Make a scrapbook in order to build vocabulary.
- Playdough, modeling clay, beads, strings, lacing, legos, cars, trucks,
construct a town.
- Aquarium - Pet Day - Collect posters of animals, build a petting zoo;
find local playgrounds.
- Science - use a microscope, a telescope, magnifying glasses, measuring
cups, volcano kits (vinegar, baking soda), tornado (2 liter
bottle, colored water and glitter).
- Use cereal and glue to make decorations; use chocolate pudding on
paper as a paint;
- Make up household math problems. If everyone at the table gets 1
carrot, how many carrots do we need?
- Collect picture books - Teach shapes, colors, and size; Make graphs;
- Build your own Art Center - Have paints, brushes, crayons, magic
markers, plenty of paper, scissors available in one place.
- My Room - Let the child work with you arranging their furniture and
organizing the room. Draw a map of the room and teach them
the vocabulary for each item in the room.
- Arrange and plant a flower garden - Build a butterfly garden; Categorize
flowers by shape, size, and color. Take pictures of your
vegetable garden. Eat the results!
- Discuss art pictures. Go to museums.
- Arrange clothing and toy drawers.
- Build "I Spy" books from treasures discovered on nature walks.
- Build craft projects together - Collect trash and build trash crafts.
- Find special colors in the newspapers. Cut them out.
Music Smart - Teaching Rhythm, Poetry, and Songs
- Pots and Pans - Teach rhythm and tones with pots and pans.
- Tapes, CDs, Radio, and TV - Use tapes, CDs, and Radio to teach listening
skills. Have family sing-a-longs.
- What kinds of music do you have in your home? Find ways to expand
- Make homemade musical instruments from bottles, pans, baskets.
- Dancing - Go to concerts and musicals. Free dancing - dancing to the
- Provide music lessons: piano, violin, other instruments, vocal.
- Join a children's choir.
- Record unusual sounds in nature and in the city. Teach your child
- Teach nursery rhymes and poetry.
- Act out nursery rhymes.
- Make animal sounds. The other children guess the animal.
Nature Smart - Working with Plants and Animals and the Outdoors
- In the Backyard - Identify local plants; animals; look for insects; count
birds; build a bird feeder; look for dead items.
- Aquarium/Terrarium - Identify the creatures; print a list of
responsibilities; Practice caring for the aquarium; compare
living with non-living things.
- Weather - Cloud identification; proper clothing for the type of weather;
describing how rain works; how thunder works; what is lightning?
- Build an Ant Farm.
- Care for a gerbil or hamster.
- Indoor gardening - sprouting seeds, transplanting plants outside.
- Build a water table and a sand table.
- Build a bug box.
Self Smart - Building personal responsibility
- Help set up a tent outside or build a tent out of sheets indoors. Give
child a place all of his/her own.
- Set up a small partition in the room that can be a personal corner for
reading, a private spot in the house.
- Build a comfortable reading area in the house.
- Teach your child to build collections.
- Let the child plan the family field trip.
- Look at the interests of your child and plan related activities.
- Caring for a plant through all of its cycles helps a child to see the
picture of growth.
- Make a collection of famous people's faces from the newspaper. Decide
why they are famous.
People Smart - Learning to work in teams
- Get your children involved in clubs, scouts, sports teams.
- Inviting friends over to the house. Practicing hospitality.
- Finding ways to help needy families in the community.
- Planning a party - budget, decorations, games, invitations.
- Learning manners.
- Role Playing; story retelling to a large group.
- Games that teach teamwork: relay races, baseball, soccer, basketball.
- Home Helpers - Responsibilities for waking other brothers and sisters
- Take your children to community events.
Number Smart - Math Skills - Logic - Problem-Solving
- Cooking - Let your child follow recipes. Measure, pour, cut, sort, set
table, fill up dishwasher.
- Chores - Laundry sorting, feed pets (measure food), shopping with the
allowance, chore charts, cleaning room-sort toys.
- Count clothes.
- Water play - pouring water from different containers. How many cups
make a gallon?
- Play games together - Yahtzee, Monopoly, Dominoes.
- Have building blocks available for making patterns and measuring.
- Count all the change in Dad's pocket and Mom's purse.
- Measuring, cutting, and building in the garage.
- Plan out a family trip on a map. Draw a map of the route to school.
- Teach your child how to brainstorm solutions to a problem.
- Look for patterns and shapes in each room.
- Search the newspaper for number hunts.
- Cut coupons out of the newspaper and take your child shopping.
- Have your child name the steps for doing something (i.e., making a
sandwich, brushing teeth). Emphasize the words: "what is
first....what is last....what is next?"
Word Smart - Reading and Writing
- Have your child pick out things in your pantry that begin with the class'
letter of the week.
- Turn the kitchen into a store, cut out magazine pictures, sort mail,
computer strategy games together.
- Act out favorite stories.
- Quiet reading time.
- Visit the local library frequently.
- Build a collection of age-appropriate games and play together as a
family. Learn to play Junior Scrabble.
- Build up a computer software library of reading games and interactive
- Build a collection of puzzles.
- Take time to talk to each child individually every day. Listen to them.
- Help them keep a diary with drawings, photos, and pictures. Take
dictation - copy down their stories and adventures.
- Tape your child's favorite stories.
- Have children retell stories using puppets.
- Build a large library of audiotapes, picture books, encyclopedias, and
- Label objects in a room.
- Build an audiotape of the oral history of your family. Involve
grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great grandparents.
- Search for opportunities for your child to be a pen-pal with someone in
another state or country.
- Print a family newspaper with everyone contributing pictures and
- Make a box of story starters. These would be pictures or one-liners
would get a child started on writing or telling an original story.
- Build a travel scrapbook.
- Build a picture dictionary using photos from the newspapers and
- Cut out comic strips and see if the child can put them together in the
- Letter Hunt - Search for a favorite letter (A) in all shapes and sizes.
the examples out of newspapers, ads, and magazines.
- Make cards of interesting faces - Crying, laughing, smiling, angry.
if your child can guess what the person is thinking or feeling.
- Make your own family weather chart - Collect information on each day's
- Use the newspaper to make a set of famous sports figures cards with
statistics and biographical information.
Body Smart - Action, High Energy
- Expand your family's variety of activities: roller blading, hiking,
parks, walking the neighborhood, fishing, camping, yard
work, trampoline, swingsets, jump rope.
- Exercise together. Clean the house/yard together.
- Play "Mother May I?"
- Organize a regular recycling routine.
- Take bike hikes together.
- Get involved in drama classes.
- Let the children help plan the house decorations for each season.
- Build climbing and balancing equipment.
- Introduce your child to children's exercise videos.
- Build a backyard obstacle course.
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