Anyway...I did come away with a few educational bargains and can happily say that I have been able to use everything I got that day. One item in particular has me especially happy and I'm going to share it with you today.
You can find "The Bath" by Mary Cassatt.
There is a sheet in the box that has pictures of all the paintings with information listed. You can find info like: the artist, the type of art, the size of the canvas, the year it was created and what museum has the art.
One of the games they suggest is Concentration. Now K loves that game. I put a little twist on the game. We can only play with the cards that she knows the name of the painting. Whenever we make a match we have to say the name of the painting to claim the cards. After we played a few times with 10 pairs, I told her that I would play again when there was 12 pairs. And then after a few games with 12 pairs, I upped the minimum again. She is now at 19 pairs and is ready for another jump next time. :) Once she knows all the names of the paintings we will work on knowing the artist. When she has accomplished that we will then start looking at the individual artists starting with whichever painting she likes the most. This is what I call "Learning on the Sly". She is learning and we are partially covering our art requirement...but it is all a game.
The best part is that you can apply this strategy to a lot of different games that you can buy or make.
No stress...no boredom...no tears. It's just F.U.N!
How can you not like a game that includes "Sunny #4" by Alex Katz??