I've managed to avoid Chuck E Cheese this far, but last week we went to a birthday party there and my arcade-free streak was broken. Little A3 *loved* playing a Whack-A-Mole type game, so I tried to recreate that as well as I could with a little activity at home this morning with Do-A-Dot markers (Amazon affiliate link).
It goes something like this:
"Find the letter that says "ffff"" I prompt...
"Ah ha ha ha ha ha" from the baby!
The point I'm trying to make is... Sometimes homeschooling with a baby has it's challenges, but sometimes a baby can make an activity more fun.
This is a super simple activity that that takes just seconds to prepare and seconds to clean up.
Write some letters (or the second version, CVC words) on paper. I used a large sheet of construction paper for each game board, because it's what I had on hand. I almost always use pink or purple paper for throw-away activities like this because the kids never pick "girl colors" for projects. Never. Ever. I probably have a lifetime supply of pink and purple paper! I wrote some letters and CVC words using a fat Sharpie.
Put the paper on a table. I planned to tape it down but couldn't find my tape, and it worked just fine.
Call out a letter (or CVC word) and watch your little preschooler whack the letter with all his might. Baby on the table to observe, optional. The more dramatic the "whack" is, the more laughter you'll get out of the baby.
Grab a baby wipe to clean little man's hands.