Whether you are stuck inside because of the heat or sequestered for a rainy day, we have an indoor scavenger hunt that is sure to brighten everyone’s mood.
Need something easy and fun to do with your kids? These kids activities require very few supplies, make little mess and are fun for you and your kids!
We all want our children to be creative beings and be able to explore their creativity. But sometimes life calls for following directions. Prepare your student for school with this simple How to Follow Directions activity.
Having a successful start of the school year can likely set the tone for you as the parent, your child, and the teacher. While first impressions aren’t everything, they can affect your child’s comfort level in a new classroom as well as your own. As an elementary teacher on hiatus, I have seen the situation from both sides and believe it takes hard work from the teacher and the family to work together to build a strong relationship. It’s not something that will happen over night, but with these few simple tips, you can get the year started on the right foot (and earn some brownie points!).
If you look in the backseat of my car, you will see markers… everywhere. Green crayola markers on the floor. Brown crayola markers in the cup holder with the cap off. A red Crayola marker under the seat gradually bleeding it’s way into the carpet. My daughter is an artist. She is five and has already determined her direction in life – creating art… lots of it! Anywhere and at any time. She loves making crafts, experimenting and creating. When we got our first Kiwi Crate, she immediately dove in. Building carnival games and testing methods of ball trajectory. Kiwi Crate also had the added bonus of having the materials for every projected contained in one small kit. If you haven’t tried Kiwi Crate before, you definitely need to check it out. As moms. anything we find that is portable, easy and educational, we latch onto to! Yes? But we also need ways to contain the chaos for all the supplies our kids need to follow their dreams. Thus, I made a kid’s travel art kit that fits in my purse and won’t leave markers all over my car. Here’s how I did it.
We want to have fun with our kids! However, when summer hits, so do the expenses. Kids activities are pricy, but entertainment doesn’t need to be expensive. During these Dollar Store Days of Summer, I’m sharing ten activities that use only supplies found at the Dollar Store. They are quick. They are easy. And most require little adult guidance and help. Just sit back and watch your kids play. Or.. jump in and join the fun!
You need a fun activity that is equally impressive and inexpensive! Yes? This make your own lava lamp is sure to make you and your kids happy! Plus, science….
Activity 1 One question I get asked frequently is “should my kindergartener be reading?” If your child is not reading before they go into kindergarten, that is normal. My son does not know how to read. He hasn’t even begun to show signs of reading in the traditional sense. However, there is some good news. If you have been following our Summer Sessions lessons, your child is well on their way to reading. Here are some things you can work on over the summer to get them started on the right track:
Activity 3 If your kiddo is like mine, then getting them to sit down and read for any duration of time can be a struggle. My son Biggie, has received speech and language services since he was 18 months old and the biggest contributor to his drastic improvement was that we read. We read A LOT. Many days it is a struggle but I put my mommy hat on and make him sit. Getting started is the hardest part.
Activity 3 If you don’t have time for anything else this summer, read! READ READ READ I can’t say it enough. The more trips you take to the library, the more likely your child is to eventually start picking out books they enjoy. For instance, my oldest Biggie, hates to sit down for any duration of time to read. When I take him to the library to pick his own SpongeBob books he is less reluctant to fight me on it.
I am not one who likes to feel rushed. Now that Mother’s Day is over (and after the spectacular job that my husband did with it), I immediately start thinking about what to do for him for Father’s Day. Perhaps, you’re in the same boat. Have no fear, here is a list of simple, but thoughtful crafts for your kiddos (and some for you) to make for Dad: