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Our older kids love playing together, but sometimes their ages make this hard.  When the younger siblings feel left out it can be hard, so it is important to encourage the older siblings to include the younger ones.   I want to give you five scenarios and 5 ways that you can let the younger ones join in.  Today was the perfect opportunity as part of this sponsored campaign by VTech as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

1- Bike Riding:  If we are biking, we put them on a tagalong or in a wagon.   We also let the older ones ride their bikes in our cul-de-sac, while our younger ones will draw “roads” on the street for them.   Our daughter isn’t quite big enough to ride her own bike, but she does ride around in her little car and plays with her brothers.

2- Video games- The older kids love to play, but often it leaves our younger ones out.    This year, we found a solution that everyone loves.  It is the new InnoTV Educational Gaming System from VTech (designed for kids ages 3-8).   It  gives preschoolers the opportunity to join in, too.   They can play games of their own (and the best part is that they are fun & educational)  with some fun learning games of their own.

Our three year old couldn’t wait to get her hands on this game!  It was a game for her, for her age (but I have to say that her brothers each took a turn and loved it as much as she did!)   Your little ones will love it because the remote is big enough to make it easy to be controlled by them.  Plus,  like the boy’s iPods, this also has built in WiFi so we can download other games for her.

innotv kids
3- Board Games: If we are playing a board game, we let the younger kids roll the dice or pick up the card for us.

4- Doing homework.   Our daughter ALWAYS wants to do homework with her big brothers!  When they do homework, so does she.   I print out pictures of her favorite characters and she colors them, or I print out a letter from Letter Land and she draws on it.

5- Putting together legos.  This is probably the hardest one.  They want to build an actual set, and she doesn’t understand at all.   In this situation, we give her a box of “misfits” – the legos that have lost their sets.  We have a shoebox full of these and we let her build her own creation using her legos.  The only rule for the three older boys is that when she shows them her “car” or “train” (that doesn’t look like a car or train), they have to tell her that she did a great job and encourage her.

6- Use your Cotton Ball Reward System to encourage kindness.  I give out cotton balls when the kids are nice to their siblings without being told or asked.

reward jars


So, for the holidays so close – VTech is offering one of their InnoTV Educational Gaming System for one of my readers.  YAY!!    (Oh- and I forgot to tell you, but this controller is great- it can switch from right handed to left handed!) To be entered to win – just enter herea Rafflecopter giveaway

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. My little one loves to be ‘in control’ of things – the remote, the Wii, and enjoys getting into games as much as he can. This looks great for him!

  2. Wonderful ideas!!! Our little one isn’t so little anymore, but she gets left out because of spina bifida (she can’t walk–is in wheelchair, and she has learning disabilities). ALL of these will work with her even though she can’t walk. I don’t know why, but I never thought of the cotton ball reward system to help with this (not leaving her out) in particular. Excellent!!!!

  3. My kids love the idea of video games, but they don’t quite know how to play yet, so this would be the perfect way to introduce them! 🙂

  4. My little one wants to do whatever her big sisters are doing. She would love to have a video game

  5. My niece would love this. She is at the perfect age for this and with older siblings who play with the big kids games that she just doesn’t understand. This would be a perfect fit.

  6. My children would love this game because they love games and love to learn.

  7. What a neat idea. This game is amazing. My son would love this and be having fun while learning.

  8. My son would love that the remote is a size he can work with. His fine motor control is behind, so he can’t always play with the things he wants to.

  9. I have 3 kids that I think would really enjoy playing this together, this is definitely a great idea! My youngest daughter especially would feel like such a big girl.

  10. My daughter loves watching me play games and she always tries to play mine but she doesn’t quite get them yet. I think she’d absolutely love playing a game designed for her! Thanks so much for the chance!

  11. Because they can get the favorite characters in games for it like pawpatrol and frozen

  12. my toddlers would love this i am a stay at home mommy blogger and when im busy there toys are just not that fun and they would love this while i am working.

  13. My little girl would definitely love this. She always wants to play PS4 video games with her older cousins. She would be able to play and learn at the same time.