We love being outside and having unstructured playtime. But we also like to try & get in some structured learning sometimes. These last few days we did this with sidewalk chalk.
We are working with A to practice her reading. And we notice that if there is a break between days she is fairly resistant to it right now. So, to offer her opportunities for success I am trying to make some short interactive options. Keep reading to see some of the ways we have incorporated chalk.
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” 🎈
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.
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!
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. 🙂
Categories: Art, Books, Homeschool, Science
Tags: Activities, Art, Cooperation, Events, Fine Motor, Follow Directions, Friends, Homeschool, Kids
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.
A really likes most aspects of art, so today we played Roll A Monster. (From Twin Dragonfly Design). But instead of using Felt, we drew our monsters.
Categories: Activity, Art, Homeschool, Imagination
Tags: Activities, Art, Colors, Counting, Creating, Drawing, Follow Directions, Homeschool, Imagination, Learning, Taking Turn
Thanks to The Dad Lab we tried this Lego Dice Game. We have played it several times lately and the kids are enjoying this. We each picked a Lego person, and then rolled the dice. Whatever number came up we stacked that number of legos on top of each other. We took turns rolling & stacking. We kept going & saw who had the highest tower. (Only stopping when either: the tower fell, it was time to go, or we ran out of single Duplo blocks.)
Categories: Activity, Homeschool, Numbers, Uncategorized
Tags: Activities, Colors, Counting, Homeschool, Learning, Matching, Patience, Pattern, Taking Turn
You’ve got to try this! All you need is: milk, food coloring, cotton swab, & rubbing alcohol!
We got the book Exploring Kitchen Science for Christmas. Last week I pulled it out & let A look through it & pick out some she would like to try.
Today we tried the Rainbow Explosion. This was a great experiment because: we had all of the ingredients at home, prep was little, & results were immediate. Before we started we made predictions about what would happen.
This week we are learning about Heavy/Light. So after a quick Pinterest search I created our own simple balance scale. This included: a plastic hanger, tension rod, & 2 small paper bags.