Active Learning Activities for Boys and Girls

active learning activities for kids Some children will show a great need for kinesthetic learning while others like my son will just need a balance. After a full day of auditory and visual learning at school I like to provide that balance. He’s polite, mature and eager to learn at school ( or so they tell me). At home he tackles, bumps, shoves and begs to wrestle. I’m fine with this but I know that when I try to supplement his school day learning with more activities at home I need to make them dynamic. No matter how your child learns best giving them lots of different ways to learn will benefit them.

Here are some of our favorite active learning activities. These activities let kids move while they learn. Many are outdoor but most can be done indoor or out.

gross motor letter game for kids

Basic Letter Games

Move & Groove Letter Game
Gardening For Letters – Dig and Learn!
Sidewalk Chalk Letter Game
Build With Letters
Letters On The Go

letter activities spelling with sidewalk chalk

Word Games For Early Readers
Word Scavenger Hunt
Indoor Gross Motor Reading Game
Sidewalk Chalk Spelling Game
Sight Word Yard Clean Up!
Find & Rhyme gross motor rhyming game.

nerf gun backyard math for kids
Moving with Math
Nerf Gun Math
Water Balloon Math
Cheese Ball Math
Counting Around The House
Find & Count Bug Hunt

nature color hunt

Colors
Indoor bug hunt and color match.
Nature Color Match
iPhone Color Hunt

preschool science for kids

Not So Still Science
Egg Drop
Sound Safari
Squirt Gun Science

St.Patrick’s Day Rhyming Game

st.patrick's day rhyming treasure huntRhyming is an important piece of the literacy puzzle and kids love to rhyme so it’s an easy skill to work on while having fun. This rhyming game is simple but throw in a St.Patrick’s Day theme and a treasure hunt and it goes from simple to awesome. The best part of this activity wasn’t watching my daughter work on her rhyming it was watching my son help her. My children are not immune to sibling scuffles, and from time to time when I feel like those scuffles are escalating I give them a task to work on together.

Gather your materials. You will need some shamrocks and a marker. rhyming activity for st. patrick's day

Next write pairs of rhyming words on the shamrocks. I tried to stick with a St.Patrick’s day theme but I don’t think my kids even noticed. I would try to match this with your child’s ability. rhyming treasure hunt for st.patrick's day

Hide the shamrocks. Don’t mind the Easter decor, we are a little early with it this year. shamrock rhyming game

Gather your troops and explain that they will be searching for shamrocks and then working together to match them up in rhyming pairs. shamrock rhyming word treasure hunt

Search! shamrock rhyming word search game

Match up the rhymes.st.patrick's day treasure hunt I asked my son not to match them up until all were found so that his sister could be part of this step as well. With a three and a half year age gap, the ability gap is big right now and my daughter is very sensitive to her brother doing everything for her. By forcing him to slow down and take her feelings into account I am hoping to teach him to be more sensitive to others and to send her the message that she isn’t just running behind playing catch up. Adjust this step to your players.  rhyming game for st.patrick's dayIf kids are having a hard time matching rhymes one of my favorite strategies is to offer two different pairs one rhyming and one not to choose from. Often  hearing two options will help them distinguish between a rhyming pair and two words that do not rhyme.rhyming activity gross motor st. patrick's day Some children get stuck on words with similar beginning sounds thinking that it’s the initial sound they are trying to match. If this is the case with your child make sure you are taking the time to really over emphasize the sounds in the words and saying for example “g-old, s-old they rhyme!  G-et and g- old have the same first sound but do not rhyme. Rhyming is the same last sound. G-old and s-old rhyme.”  A less overt way to continue working on this is to read , lots and lots of books that rhyme.  Check them out here.

25 picture books that rhyme

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.

 

55 More Dr. Seuss Activities

Seuss Activities for class

Find more fun ideas to celebrate Dr.Seuss from a number of wonderful education focused blogs. Check out the links and post here.

Mardi Gras Candy Necklaces

twizzler candy necklaces for parties Fat Tuesday is March 4th this year and even though we don’t have any Mardi Gras parades locally I have been telling my kids all about it and showing them photos of the different parades and explaining how beads and other trinkets are thrown from the floats. We decided to make our own beads from purple, yellow and green Twizzlers. My daughter was game from the start but my son was not into the idea until his sister came down stairs and said I was letting her eat her finished necklace. Then he came up asking if he could make one too and honest to goodness I have never seen a child bead that quickly! These candy necklaces are fun ( and include a great patterning lesson) and could be made as party treats with any combination of colors.

Gather your materials. You will need some multi-colored Twizzlers , some stiff beading thread, scissors and tape. DIY candy necklaces

Cut your Twizzlers into beads. Even if the ends stick together you can give them a squeeze and the hole will reappear. mardi gras necklace craft

Tape the end of your beading thread down and start beading. edible mardi gras beadsMy daughter was very serious about beading.  But even a serious 3 year old may ask for help. I helped her when the steam started wearing off. I would give her a number to bead then I would add three pieces on and so on. Not only were we working as a team she was working on her math skills as well. mardi gras necklaces for kids

Once it’s long enough to slip over her head easily tie the ends and voila! mardi gras necklace for kidsAs I was cleaning up my son came up to the playroom and decided he wasn’t too cool to bead after all. mardi gras twizzler beads

I loved how he was doing it. I should have taken a video because the accompanying sound effects were stellar. mardi gras pattern necklaces

Don’t forget these are tasty too! edible mardi gras twizzler necklaces

Do you have Mardi Gras traditions you share with your kids? If you are planning on making pancakes I shared some great tips about cooking with kids over on Melissa & Doug yesterday.

St.Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

st. patricks day crafts

Rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks, even a leprechaun beard!  We gathered together some of our very favorite easy St.Patrick’s Day crafts from years past to share with you today. We have a few new ideas for St.Patrick’s Day coming up but I don’t want you to miss out on all the fun from the previous 6 years.  I couldn’t resist adding in a few from two of my favorite blogs Hands On As We Grow and Teach Preschool.

 

Shamrock Crafts & Activitieseasy st.paddy's crafts

Puffy Paint Shamrock
Shamrock Treats
Shamrock Window Craft from Hands On As We Grow
Marshmallow Shamrocks
Potato Print Shamrock
Shrinky Dink Shamrock Pendant
Spin Art Shamrocks and Rainbows
Shamrock Math and Reading Game

Rainbow Crafts & Activities For St.Patrick’s Day

st. patrick's day crafts

 

Rainbow Necklace from Hands On As We Grow
Roll A Rainbow Game
Marshmallow Rainbow Craft
Rainbow Bug Hunt
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Play
Comb Painted Rainbows
Abstract Rainbows from Teach Preschool
Play Dough Rainbow Match

Leprechaun Gold Crafts & Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

gold hunt

Pot of Gold Treats
Lucky Gold Hunt
Leprechaun Gold Sensory Tub

Leprechaun Beard

beard craft

Make Your Own Leprechaun Beard