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Activity: Sponge Water “Balloons”

It is summer & it is hot & humid, so we need ways to stay cool. Today we headed to a BBQ & thought it would be a great time to try this activity. Sponge Water “Balloons” 🎈

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Activity: Sit Spot

Bonus: no prep or materials needed!

Today we did a Sit Spot at home. This is where you have each kid pick one spot to regularly sit and look, listen, smell, & feel the surroundings. This is a great way to connect with your surroundings.

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Activity: Hole Punch

Today we did this simple yet complex activity. We took a piece of paper, drew a line, then asked S to punch holes on it. It took a lot of hand strength to punch the holes and then a lot of concentration to punch the holes along the line.

Modifications: This is an easy activity to change how easy or hard it is. Simplest: punch random holes in paper. Harder: create a picture & punch holes to follow the picture. Numbers: ask them to punch certain number of holes. Use punches to work with adding or subtracting. Shapes: ask them to punch out a shapes. (Either draw a shapes & ask them to follow it or ask them to punch it out on their own).

This is an easy activity I’m sure we will do again!

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Weather Unit: Rain

We have had some crazy weather lately, so we decided to do a unit on weather.

Today was no exception. Sunny & warm 1 minute, then dark & bad storms the next. And then not even 10 minutes later back to sunny & clear like nothing happened.

So we took these moments of rain to come in & start our unit. As expected today we started with rain.

We started with a basic “what is weather”. Then who studies weather. Next we talked about how they use tools to make their predictions. Next we talked about rain, precipitation, and how it is measured. And then we ended by making our own rain gauge.

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(Caption: Tools. Rain gauge. And a picture of our rain gauge.)

Instructions for the Rain Gauge:

Materials:

* 1 – 1 liter bottle.

* Sharp knife

* Tape

* Ruler

* Sharpie

Steps:

* Cut off top of bottle (around 4″ or so)

* Turn the top upside down & place it into the bottle.

* Line up the edges & tape in place.

* Use a ruler to mark intervals on the side of bottle. (0 at the bottom & go as high as you like).

* Place it outside & wait for rain.

A did a great job paying attention and engaged. (Took about 20 minutes). But of course the sun was back out by the time we were done. But now we are prepared for the next rain!

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Craft: Teacher Gifts

Our school year is about over, so I got a last minute creative ideas and got to work. I headed over to school to take a picture of our school house. (And spent sometime playing with the soccer ball & doing a kite).

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Craft: Reading Nook

A has been working on learning to read. So we decided to create a little reading nook area in her room. So we looked at some ideas on Pinterest. And then we headed to the stores.

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STEM 3 Little Pigs

Today after school we decided it would be a great day to do our 3 Little Pigs Activity.

To prep for this I wrote down my ideas, did a bit of searching, and came up with my ideas. Here I have a few options depending on time & how it is going. The nice thing about this is I now have some ideas set for future days if needed. 🙂

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File Folder Activities

With our part day school we find ourselves with some small chunks of time that are enough to do something but not enough time to really go home. Or, we need an activity to help them as I am making dinner. So I have created some File Folder Activities. These are things that they can do which are all contained within a file folder.

I printed off different activities (found a lot of ideas on Pinterest), laminated the pieces, taped them to the inside of a file folder, and then used Velcro dots so the pieces can move around but also stay in place.

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Art: Valentine’s Day Hearts

Today we had a friend come over and did some crafts for upcoming Valentine’s Day.

We got the Hand Made Modern Hearts from Target, then I used my Cricut Maker to cut hearts out of the Adhesive Foil.

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Craft: Star Wars Pillow & Matching Blanket

So A realized the other day that it was almost Christmas and she didn’t have anything for her friend. So, she thought about things he likes and settled on Star Wars. Then she decided she wanted to sew him a pillow like she made for herself. So off to Joann Fabrics we went. She found some fleece Star Wars fabric she liked. Easy decision!

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