Rhyming Rockets {FREE Printable}

rhyming rockets free printableRhyming is imperative for learning to read. When a child can rhyme it means that he can play with the different sounds and apply that knowledge to new situations. It comes very naturally for some children and others really struggle. If your child is new to rhyming I would read lots of books that rhyme like Dr. Seuss or try these. If they are really struggling I would skip this activity and check out this rhyming basket one from The Imagination Tree. I have done it many times with children who are struggling and it helps, as does rhyming match game like this from PreKinders. These rockets are for children who are ready for a challenge and can write… well that was the plan. As you will see things don’t always go as planned with my own kids either.

Gather your materials. You will need a pencil with an eraser , clip board, and our rhyming rockets printable <—- click for the printable. rhyming rockets supplies

Start by reading the words together. What is supposed to happen is your child should then be super excited to write and they will grab the rocket printable and fill it out happily rhyming as they do.

Or they will flop on the couch and in their sweetest voice ever say ” Mama can you do the writing?” rhyming rockets con artist

It’s all about teamwork. So you will or maybe you won’t but as you can see I did. rhyming rokets activity for kindergartenSeriously though my advice for keeping activities going is to pick and choose your battles. Some things in our house are non negotiable but a quick little rhyming activity is totally open for negotiation. And as it turned out we had a blast doing it together. I love the words he came up with and it gave me the chance to model rhyming out loud. rhyming rockets done

Shape Hunt Worksheet – FREE Printable

kindergarten shape worksheet My daughter wants homework so badly. She sees her older brother do a little during the week and begs to get in on the action. I don’t think worksheets and preschool age kids make a great match. I think that hands on exploration and experiencing things with as many senses as possible is imperative for learning at this age.  However when you listen to your child and they are asking to try learning in a new way it’s not fair to ignore them. Instead find a way to twist the less developmentally appropriate activity into one that hits the targets you are hoping to hit. This worksheet is paired with a gross motor activity that lets the learner manipulate the shapes turning a static shape hunt worksheet into a dynamic activity.

Shape House FREE Printable

Gather your materials. You will need our shape house printable ( or you can just draw some shapes on a piece of paper – both will work JUST fine), some crayons, a clipboard if they want to bring the sheet with them while they search, and objects in your house that match the shapes. I should have really checked to make sure we had a pentagon before doing this activity… I ended up having to cut one out of foam while my daughter searched in vain. shape house

Show your child the printable and explain that everything has a shape. Today you are looking for those shapes at your house. When they find it they can color the matching shape in. Go searching! You can choose to hide shapes or just have them find things in the house that are in the same shape. We went for the later.Color the shape on the sheet when a shape is found. shape house printable

For the square my daughter found a box which opened up an unexpected discussion about squares vs cubes. shape house shape lesson

She LOVED this even when it took forever to find a pentagon.shape house shape hunt for kids

She was very very excited that we managed to find all the shapes and fill in her whole sheet. shape hunt and color worksheet

 

More hands on shape activities – click on the image to see the full list!

 

shape activities for preschool

Russian Nesting Doll Game

russian nesting doll game

We’ve been watching the Olympics every night and my kids have been noticing the giant Matroyshka doll on the slope style course. I love these dolls popularly called Russian nesting dolls and have a handful of them, a wallet with them on it, magnets, an umbrella… well you get the point. I love them. When my mom traveled to Russia last year and brought some back for my family my daughter fell in love with them as well. This Russian nesting doll game can be made simply for little ones or adapted for much older children with subtle differences that require careful attention to each doll. Memory games are a favorite around here and we have many more to check out at the end of the post if Matroyshka dolls aren’t your thing.  russian nesting doll play

Gather your materials. You will need the printable ( found here) or make your own by drawing a doll, scanning it and making a collage of 12 or more using photo software like picmonkey.com. You will also need some construction paper or card stock, scissors, double stick tape and a handful of markers. russian memory game

Start by coloring your dolls. My daughter is really good at memory ( much better than I am) so I made it tricky by making blonds and brunettes with the same patterns and colors. russian doll memory gameDidn’t phase her but it did make the game a little more challenging. russian nesting doll game

Cut the construction paper into squares and the dolls out.russian nesting doll game for sochi

Using the double stick tape attach the dolls to the construction paper squares.eussian nesting doll game for kids

Time to play. nesting doll memory gameI made way way more dolls than I would use playing against my daughter in one game. I made more so that if my seven year old son wanted to play there would be a bit more of a challenge. I chose a few pairs that were similar and some that weren’t to offer a challenge but to try to avoid frustration.russian nesting doll game for preschool

After playing I had her count her pairs , with older kids you could have them skip count them!russian nesting dolls memory game for kids

 

Simple Memory Games For Kids

DIY memory games for kids

Memories Memory Game
Halloween Blocks and Game
Masterpiece Memory
Character Memory Game
Uppercase & Lowercase Memory Game
Shell Memory Game
Wrapping Paper Game

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.

sick day activity for kids

He even liked the drawing one !

snow day printables

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.

snow day printables SAVE & PRINT GREEN SET HERE.

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