Home Activities Using Multiple Intelligences





Interpersonal Cook with another person. Intrapersonal Talk about which

are favorite activities,

flavors, recipes.

Review how you

did what you did.

Bodily/ Kinesthetic Let child use hands & feel textures. Pay attention to weight of various ingredients, pans, bowls, spoons, how hard it is to stir. Visual/ Spatial

Note colors & textures of ingredients. How they look during mixing. Emphasize decoration & presentation of food & table.

Logical/ Mathematical Plan how you will make the recipe, get all the ingredients prepared, then cook. Explain each step & why you are doing it. Musical

Be aware of sounds when chopping, spoons in pans, oven door opening. Listen to music.

Verbal/ Linguistic Tell a story about another time you made this recipe.

Up A Room




Help each other clean up & use the opportunity to visit & chat with each other Ask child what he wants to clean up first, next…Let him lead & eventually initiate. Create a movement sequence to help remember what needs to be done. How can you clean it using the fewest or biggest steps possible? Make a poster of pictures of what goes where, the stages of clean up, how to clean up & what it looks like when it is cleaned up. Use a chart with visual clues for each step. (1) Decide what needs to be done (in order of importance), (2) Plan out the steps, (3) Have a place for everything. Have a check list & track each step. Create a "pick up the room" song with each verse being another step in the process. Create a story & tell to child while cleaning. "Broadcast" what the child is doing or have child "announce".





A Story




Stop while reading & ask child how is character feeling now. Encourage child to have an imaginary conversation with character. How does child feel about events in story? Have child paraphrase what you just read. Act out the story or create hand gestures to go along with words. Make up body stances for the different characters. Read stories with illustrations & photographs. Draw a picture of what is happening in the story. Note characters’ behavior patterns -how they help or hinder the character in the story. Talk about why child thinks events happened. Make up sounds to go with the action in the story. Play quiet background music while reading. Explain new words & vocabulary. Read poetry, books, magazines.



Discuss day with parent: activities, playmates, good/bad points. Talk about favorite things, quiet things, dreams Write/draw/

dictate to adult journal entry w/thoughts & feelings of the day. Evaluate day’s accomplishments & set goals for next day

Give child a back rub. Make sure child has favorite blanket / animal to hold/snuggle Prepare a poster with sequence of steps to get into bed. Once in bed, visualize walking in a field, snow falling or favorite dreams Use check list or chore chart to remind child of all tasks & sequence of steps to get to bed. Create musical routine with sound cues. Sing lullabies together. Play relaxing music. Establish a get ready for bed song, & choose music for going to sleep Have child tell a story about his/her day. Read to each other.



Play communications games: Gossip, Dress Up & Role Play Play mental focusing games: Concentration. Remember the time when we… Play games requiring physical movement: Twister, Charades, Tag, Hide & Seek, Statue Maker Play games that use visual skills: Pictionary, "Eye Spy with my Little Eye." Play logical thinking games: Clue, Jeopardy, jigsaw puzzles. Play music recognition games: Name that Tune, Listen to music & talk about which is favorite & why Play word games & learn about word meanings: Scrabble, Boggle, Crossword puzzles, hangman



Notice all the different roles &

tasks of employees-butcher, checker, vegetable person. Focus on other shoppers in the store. Note facial expressions, body language.

Make agreement before going to the store about expected behavior. Let child have some choices of their favorite foods, tasks at store & how they can help. Touch & compare items. Look for size, texture, weight. Have child help look for items & put in cart. Send them on errands in store. Look for items &/or containers of a certain shape, color, size, texture. Draw shopping list instead of words. Give empty old boxes to child & have them find in store. Plan trip through store. How will items be grouped. Reorder/write list as necessary. Tell a store about all the steps to get to the store. Sing the list. Sing a song about items in the cart. With permission, explore sounds of items in the cart. Listen & sing to piped-in-music in store. Point out words on boxes, signs, shelves. Sportscast (play by play) the whole trip. Give child words on index cards to find in store.

Getting Out

On Time

Participate in family meeting about getting out on time. Be aware of grown-ups’ stress levels & when the boiling point is reached, persuade others to cooperate. Set up a signal to alert it is getting time to leave, with another signal for the actual departure time. Ask question-What do you need to do next to get ready? Have child discuss his/her feelings & stress factors & listen to what they like to have happen. Let him/her co-problem solve. Build in physical/active time before leaving. Make sure the car is comfortable. Avoid having child need to hurry or wait. Plan enough time & be prepared for things to do while waiting. Make a poster or chart of the sequence of events to get out. Make a timeline/

sequence line of the steps to take before leaving. Tell why you need to leave.

Play music with a steady beat to keep the pace while leaving. Sing or play special tape in the car. Give sounds for cues for 15,10,5 minute warnings. Create a verbal routine with special cue words with time periods built in. Tell a story/have child tell you a story of what could happen if you don’t get out on time (can be humorous).


Tell Me

Tell how you work with others to accomplish a task. Who do you like to cook with, play with, read, fix things with. Talk about sad times, happy times, lovely times, together times with families. Act out what each person does during the day with movement only. Role play different family members. Draw/sketch how each member looks or each member’s favorite activity. Make photo albums or scrapbooks. Describe how everyone gets up in the morning. Tell what each eats for breakfast. Who is oldest, shortest, funniest? Sing a song describing each person in a verse. Discuss & share favorite songs, music videos, artists. Tell a story about each person in the family.

Developed by Connie Hine and Margaret Lewis Crosby, l996.