Updated: Mar 21
Are you going to be cheering on your favorite college team this year? Or not a fan of college basketball? Whether or not you will be, I have an educational tip for your kiddos during this time of year, but could also fit in with any basketball game you are watching
March Madness. I feel there are two kinds of people in regards to this— those that love this time of year and those who hate it. Anyone else missing a husband for the month of March? Just kidding— well, kind of!
In all seriousness, our local NCAA team is doing great this year so in my area, we are actually looking forward to seeing the tournament this year.
But you’re probably thinking- this is supposed to be a lifestyle and family blog and what does that have to do with college basketball, right? Well stay with me here because I want to give a little tip to all those mom’s whose kiddos might not be into the game itself, but are looking for something to entertain them throughout all this MARCH MADNESS!
Last week, on a day when my 6 year old son was particularly full of energy that day, he was either going to spend the game (that we were watching at the grandparent’s house) that day bouncing off the walls or asking repeatedly to play a game on the tablet.
I don’t know about the rest of you mamas, but I feel I spend SO. MUCH. TIME. Saying no to the tablets. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the benefit of technology and know the value it has added to our lives, but at the same time, I don't want my kids glued to “video games” as much as they would like to be.
So I was impressed to see that my mom had come up with a game for my son to play with her related to the basketball game that was on that night. His “job” for the game was to predict which number player from our team would make the next basket. Then once it was made, he had to run over to her and let her know whose number it was that made it and if his guess ended up being right or wrong.
The key to this was that he only was reporting for our team so it gave him several things to keep track of, which color Jersey to watch for, a guess of a number jersey that was on the court to make the shot and then which number made the shot. It also allowed him to get his energy out while he ran back and forth to report on what he found. He also decided on his own to report the score to her throughout the game as well.
This was so incredibly effective to keep him moving to burn some of the energy up, but also to make sure he was using some mental skills to keep his brain and memory working. I think it was also a huge perk for him that he was spending quality time with his grandma as well. They have such a special bond so he is always ready to spend time with her in any way he can.
So try it out mamas and tell me if this works for your children who are there while a basketball game is on, but aren’t necessarily engaged in the game itself. I’m hopeful that it will be a great educational tool to sneak a little bit more learning in.