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.

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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.

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Moving with Math
Nerf Gun Math
Water Balloon Math
Cheese Ball Math
Counting Around The House
Find & Count Bug Hunt

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

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Not So Still Science
Egg Drop
Sound Safari
Squirt Gun Science

29 Fun Shape Activities

shape activities for preschool Learning shapes is much more fun when it’s hands on. Creating shapes, creating with shapes , and playing games with them are all great ways to learn what shapes look like and how to make them. These shape activities are fun, dynamic and your kids will love them. These are some of my very favorite shape activities along with a few from Tinkerlab , The Imagination Tree, and Kids Activities Blog.

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Heart Rainbow Wall. Hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day.
Shape House. Fantastic for basic shapes and little hands.
Shape Dinosaur. Make shapes exciting for your little paleontologist.
Shape Sorting. An easy introduction for young preschoolers.

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Pegboard Rubbings. Simple quick shape activity that kids love.
Shape Ninja. If you have Lego fan this might look familiar!
Tracing Circles from Tinkerlab
Shape Sail Boat. Set sail while learning about geometry.

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Sponge Painting Shapes. Perfect for even the littlest artists.
Shape Pizza . Add shape toppings to your circle crust.
Sandpaper & Felt Shape Matching – contrasting textures make this more than just shape matching.
Shape Bulldozer. Bulldozers are rad!

garbage truck shape craft
Shape Trash Truck . Perfect for those kids who go batty on garbage day.
Shoot and Spray Shapes – fun outside activity.
DIY Geoboard A perfect hands on way to make shapes while working on fine motor skills.
Shape Banjo. Great way to mix math with art and music.
Shape Castle. Make it big and detailed or simple just don’t forget the glitter!

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Ocean Shapes Mural – cooperative art project using shapes.
Shape Printing with Paper Tubes from The Imagination Tree
Shape Firetruck. Firetrucks were the big thing around here for a long time.
Shape Snake . Make a little one or a huge long snake full of all sorts of shapes.

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Mining For Shapes. Play pretend while learning about shapes too.
Shape Skyscraper. Sort your shapes and make a 3D building with them.
Shape 4 Leaf Clover. Get ready for St.Patrick’s Day with this fun shape craft.
DIY Shape Sorter from Kids Activities Blog

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Glow in The Dark Stars – These really glow!
Shape Princess. For your princess obsessed kiddos.
Shape Bat – Great for Halloween or for a unit about nocturnal animals any time of year.
Shape Scarecrow – This guy is too fun not to include!

St.Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

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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

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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

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Pot of Gold Treats
Lucky Gold Hunt
Leprechaun Gold Sensory Tub

Leprechaun Beard

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Make Your Own Leprechaun Beard

6 Lego Duplo Preschool Activities

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Looking around my children’s playroom it’s easy to see what the favorite toy is. It’s Lego Duplo. Even though my oldest who is 7 has been playing with classic Lego for years now he will still happily play with Duplo with his little sister. Creating castles, forts,bridges, airports, guns, and our favorite Hex-bug mazes! Playing creatively with Duplo is the bulk of what we do with the toy but these colorful and sturdy blocks are also wonderful manipulatives for learning. Here are 6 Lego Duplo preschool activities we have used for fun and learning. Click through the title to be taken to the full activity post.

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1. Color Sorting with Duplo lego painted wrapping paper

2. Painting with Duplolearning with duplo for preschool

3. Replicating Structureslearning with lego

4.Measuring with Duplolearning with lego3

5.Duplo Playdough Printsduplo building game

6.Building A Rainbow With Duplo

Lego Books For New Readers

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Calling All Cars

City Adventures, No. 3: Calling All Cars! (Lego Reader, Level 1) by Sonia Sander was the first Lego book we checked out from the library a few years ago. We’ve since bought the book because my son loved reading it and could do it without any help in preschool.  The story is a simple one about a bank robber and the police that must save the day. Stories like this really appeal to young kids because they are so black and white. The bad guy stole money , now the good guy will get him! What I love about them is that they involve him even more in the Lego world, and after reading he does go and create more.

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LEGO City: Ready for Takeoff! (Level 1) is not just a cute book for Lego fans but also for anyone taking a trip by plane to get their kids ready for what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the details and how well it helped us prep my son for air travel. We got it for a trip from Seattle to Chicago we took a few summers ago and it was an instant hit. The text is a great mix of sight words, words that need to be sounded out and the illustrations are wonderfully helpful for kids needing visual clues for some words.  Even if you aren’t going on a plane any time soon this is a good book all about air travel, and it just happens to also be set in Lego City.

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LEGO Kingdoms Defend the Castle (DK READERS) by Hannah Dolan is another Lego book that we’ve had for years but never makes it into the donation box.  This one is about two feuding groups of knights and there is an evil wizard in there too. Knights are a big part of my son’s pretend play so I knew this book would be a hit when I bought it. I like the vocabulary in this book, my son loves big words and I find him repeating the words quietly to himself as he practices the pronunciation.  It makes me happy to know he is reading what he wants to but I don’t have to worry that he isn’t being stretched as a reader or reading complete drivel in an attempt to read what he’s interested in.

How do you play with Lego Duplo at your house?

 

 

15 Winter Crafts & Activities For Kids

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winter crafts for kids Winter may not technically be here for a few more days but last week sure felt like winter !  I thought I would take a break from all the Christmas posts and share some of our favorite winter crafts and activities for kids. Some of these are really old and it’s fun to look back at how little my kids were but it’s also great for all of you looking for activities for kids of all ages. I hope you can find some fun.

Cork Painted Snowflake 
Simple Penguin Craft
Winter Sensory Tub & Fine Motor Play

winter activities for kids
Arctic Ice Sensory Tub
Cotton Ball Snowflake
Winter Train Table Play
Hole Punch Snowflakes

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Hot Chocolate Math
Writing Letters In The Snow
Cupcake Liner Snowflake Garland

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Footprints In The Snow Winter Playdough
Marshmallow Snowflake
Letter Snowman
Winter W
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes