Outdoor Number Line Activity

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It’s spring and it’s time to get outside and learn! This sidewalk chalk number line activity is great because it uses almost no materials and you can use it however your child needs to. My son used the line as a place to show his answers but didn’t use it as a manipulative itself, and my daughter used it to count by 5 with help. Your child may like the line as a guide to figure out the equations or as a way to show their answers to mental math like my son. Use it for whatever math goal you are working on.

Gather your materials. You will need a sidewalk or road, sidewalk chalk, some pebbles to use as place markers and a young mathematician or two.number line outdoor activity

Start by drawing a number line on the ground. Ours went from 0-50 by 5′s and I used one big step to measure between the numbers. Ours did not have marks to mark each number on the line but if you want to you can do this. I had my son estimate where those numbers would be when he needed to. My line is a little wobbly but it didn’t bother either one of my kids or change the outcome. Don’t stress about little things like this. number line outdoor math

I wrote out equations that my son has been working on doing mentally. This is our way of drilling without drilling. number line numbersIt’s fun and active and even if you are working on drills you can add an active element. Then switch gears to using the number line as a tool to help figure out the equations. number line math for kindergarten and first grade

Call out the equation and have them place a pebble on the answer.number line math activity for kids

Keep going. number line math activity for childrenThis was a big hit with my son and I went through all the equations and added more on the fly.math activity for kids with a number line

For younger players have them simply find the number and step on it. For my daughter after she walked the line and counted by 5s  I called out the numbers on either end of the line so she was bopping from one end to the other and learning as she went.number line fun for preschool

Although it often rains around here we aren’t expecting rain for a few days so we grabbed the hose and sprayed down our line when we were done.side walk chalk activity number line

 

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Dr.Seuss Geography Activity {FREE Printable}

Dr.Seuss activity for kids One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and while I interpret the book to be about about the stages in life I like to use it in a more literal way as a launching  pad for a lesson in geography. This geography activity is flexible. You could chose to focus on foreign countries or places in your neighborhood. Since I did  this with my seven year-old I gave him a globe and let him decide for himself.

Oh The Places You'll Go Dr. Suess Printable geography

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Gather your materials. You will need a copy or two of our Oh, The Places I Want To Go printable, a pencil, scissors, stapler , and a globe or atlas. Start by cutting out the printable. Our idea was that they look like tickets ready to take you to the destination. dr.seuss geography lesson

Next have your child look at this great big world and decide what they would like to add to their must see list! oh the places you'll go activity for kindergartenDon’t reign them in. If they want to see Mars,  cool! If they want to go to the North Pole, rad! The most lasting benefit I have experienced from my own travels is the boost to my own curiosity about other people and places. This curiosity will spark learning. dr.seuss oh, the places you'll go lesson for kidsLet your kids be curious about places they find during this activity and use the places they choose as possible future learning experiences.  As they look at the globe or atlas be available to answer questions and or have google ready to answer them for you. This can be a 3 minute activity or stretched out depending on the curiosity of the child.

Write it down. dr.seuss geography

My son wrote down a couple, one being Paris because of the pastries. I have been known to wax poetic about Paris… and it seems like someone has been listening.I think we will try to make this recipe for a  Pear Tart during Spring Break to extend this learning. Traveling with kids isn’t always possible but you can always learn about far away places. dr.seuss birthday party idea

Staple the pages together and make sure you have a few empty ones so that they can add more destinations later and keep that curiosity about far off places going and going.

 

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FREE Printable Activity Sheets

sick day printables for kidsI have been blessed with healthy kids but this week my son has been home sick with a bad bug. He’s stuck in bed because I am forcing him to rest which is not a natural thing for this on the go guy. One way to keep him in bed is to let him watch Netflix which is fine for a while but on day two I was not about to let him watch show after show with just a few books mixed in. I needed another something to add to the mix. I created a few fun printable activity sheets to get him thinking even if he was too sick to go to school. These would be a great snow day activity, perfect for road trips or for when you are waiting at a restaurant. I even use similar ones for the first 15 minutes of church before he heads off to Sunday school. If you are looking for more activities like this one geared towards school aged children check out our Learning After School Series. FREE printable activity sheets

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If you want to print these out click on the link below each image and print. My hope is that even if these worksheets aren’t the right fit for your child that this activity might inspire you to make some yourself!

Gather your materials. For this activity you need picmonkey.com (or my printables below) , a printer, clip board for easy writing in bed, and pencil.

I created five sheets trying to balance a little math, art, and language arts. My son is in first grade and said these were easy but fun for a sick day. When I asked him what grade they would be good for he said “Kindergarten and first grade. I think it would be too easy for second graders.” I’ll let you decide for yourself but I think they would be good for children from five to seven. There are five pages in each mini pack.

  PRINT BLUE PACK HERE.

 free printables for quiet time

 

SAVE & PRINT BLUE PACK HERE

When I went into my bedroom to check on my son and brought him the clip board he was all over it. I ran back downstairs to get my camera and heard him say ” These look really fun!” Talk about music to a tired mom’s ears.

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He even liked the drawing one !

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These were a hit and as he went to bed he asked if I would make him more. Since the doc said he had to stay home one more day I made him another set. I hope he loves it.

PRINT GREEN SET HERE.

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What are your favorite quiet restful activities for days when you are stuck at home?

Easy Christmas Ornament Crafts

christmas crafts for kids These easy Christmas ornament crafts are so simple to make and the perfect craft for school age kids that are busy but still want to make a fun Christmas craft. They really sparkle and are ready to go in just minutes which makes them perfect for impatient kids like my son. Also the addition of a low temp glue gun sealed the deal, my son was so excited to get to use this very grown up tool. Low temp glue guns are safe for even younger kids if you have taken the time to teach them how to use them safely. Of course if your child isn’t ready for that you can do this step for them.

Gather your materials. You will need some jar lids ( ours are from my favorite Trader Joe’s salsa I love the gold tone) , holographic tape from the dollar store, shiny pipe cleaners, and a low temp glue gun. christmas craft for kids

Start by adding the tape to the jar lids. My son decided he was making these for some of his buddies so he had clear idea of designs for each. The tape was tricky to get going at first even for a 7 year old for younger kids I would possibly pre-cut some and have it on the edge of a table or box for easy handling. ornaments for kids

Once he got the hang of the tape he was in the zone. ornament crafts for kids

After all the designs are done it’s time to choose pipe cleaners to turn into loops for hanging.  My son carefully twisted them into circles. Psst this is all good fine motor practice too! jar lid ornaments

Plug in your hot glue gun and add a glob on top of the jar lid then place the pipe cleaner in and stay still for a minute while the glue hardens enough to lay it down. I helped my son do the first one DIY ornament for kidsand then when he was more confident he did the others. ornament craft for 1st grade

Ready to gift to his buddies! easy ornament craft ideas for kids

Science For Kids : Omnivore, Herbivore, or Carnivore ?

science for kids My first grader is naturally inclined to math and history and if it was up to him I would only ever create games with numbers or facts about past wars. I am happy to have him learn about those things but as his mom I need to stretch him to learn about other things as well.  This is an science for kids game that asks players to classify each animal into omnivore, herbivore or carnivore. The hands on aspect of the game is great of young learners and can encourage later imaginative play as well. I like to keep activities like this short since my son attends school full time and my goal is to use these bite sized activities to spark interest and further investigation. For more check out our other Learning After School activities.

Gather your materials. You will need some card stock ( I use the back of sentence strips), marker, and a mix of animal figurines. I like these Safari Ltd North American Wildlife Toob from amazon ( that’s an affiliate link ).carnivore omnivore and herbivore

Write the groups on the strips. omnivore carnivore herbivore science for kids

When I invited my son to come do the activity I first had him answer a question on the chalkboard. This isn’t a must do but I will explain why I do it with my son. He loves to know the answer so by starting the activity with a question he can answer it starts him off on a strong confident foot. Then I challenge him with the sorting. carnivores omnivores herbivores

Start sorting. carnivore omnivore herbivore sortingSome were easy science sorting - omnivore carnivore and herbivore

Some were not . After he made his final decision he asked  ” Can you Google it to see if we are right?” I loved that he wasn’t looking to get the answer but to check if he was right. This also let me slip in a quick lesson about using reliable online sources. He won’t be searching online without me for a while yet but it’s still a good lesson to start cementing.science omnivore herbivore carnivore sorting

Sort each and every one. sorting science

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