This first one was a way that I updated Chutes and Ladders. The boys game of Chutes and Ladders was still in really great shape but they had outgrown it. Since it was still in great shape I did not want to get rid of it. I decided to give it an up grade, and it was really simple. First I left the board completly alone, I just changed the spinner. To start I covered up the numbers with some white label stickers. Then I took out the spinner so that I could laminate the board of it. This allows the board to be dry erase. That way Sam and Gabe can both use it for math. To finish it off I put the spinner back on. A brand new game and it cost nothing.
My big guy allows loving to learn. History being his favorite subject to learn. I love the look of "Oh that is interesting!"
Gabe had a puzzle to build for math. He spent time with his dad building this. Dh wanted me to tell everyone about this puzzle because it is one off the better kids puzzles he has seen. See Dh loves to do puzzles as a bonding thing. The thing with kids puzzles that Gabe can do it is a little easy (boring) for him. This one was great for him though because it is made up of two different sized puzzle pieces. The bigger set that is good for kids, then the smaller set for adults. I tried to look for a link for you but I could not find one. Dh did say that he saw one at Target if anyone wants one. I left a picture for you though so you can see what the puzzle looks like. If you click on the picture you can see the two different size pieces that I was talking about.