Kids Crafts & Activities Link Up {Add Yours}

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It’s Sunday so that means it’s time for Link & Learn.  Share your fantastic ideas by linking up. My readers and I are excited to see all the creative kids crafts, active games, art projects and other ideas for keeping kids busy on long summer days.

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If you are new here – jump right in!

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Don’t miss our Read & Play newsletter. Each week I choose a picture book to feature and include a number of activities to match with it.  Last week we did Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and this week we are doing Leap Back Home to Me . You can sign up for it HERE. I will send this week’s out tonight!

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Summer Activities For Kids { Add Yours! }

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Thank you so much for adding your links to Link & Learn. I love knowing that I can offer an even greater resource for families and teachers every Sunday . I can’t do that without you or your awesome kids crafts,summer activities for kids, sensory play ideas etc… So thanks!

If you are new to Link & Learn it’s really very simple. Add a link or two back to your own blog posts about kids activities, book recs or anything else that you think our readers will benefit from. That’s it.

Want to see which ideas I thought were amazing ? Check out my Pinterest boards. That is where I share my favorites from Link & Learn.



Summer Activities For Kids

summer reading Happy first day of summer! I had a completely different post planned but when I went to schedule it I realized today is the first day of summer and we must celebrate. Below are my favorite active games, messy art, sensory play and other summer shenanigans for kids.  I hope a few grab your attention and get added to your family’s summer bucket list.

Outside In The Sun

Build and Play Obstacle Course
Water Table Painting
Flag Hunt
Squeeze Bottle Side Walk Chalk
Hiking With Kids
Backyard Target Practice
Arctic Ice Sensory Tub
Fly Swatter Painting
Boot Camp Bombers
Melt In The Sun Crayons
Water Balloon Math
Smartphone Photo Safari Color Hunt
Angry Birds Water Balloon Game
Beach Themed Sensory Tub
Backyard Photo Scavenger Hunt

Inside On A Rainy Day

DIY Action Figure Parachute
Bubble Wand Painting
3D Word Search
Indoor Bug Hunt
Ice Cream Taste Testing
Tabletop Loose Parts
Salt Art Jar
Make Your Own Balance Beam
Pretend Play Vet’s Office
Bug Painting
Secret Code Math
Move & Groove Alphabet Game
Cork & Button Builders
Giant Sunflower Craft
Mad Scientist Lab

Don’t Forget About Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challenge – Join Us!
Summer Reading Bucket List
Books That Make Kids Laugh
Book Hunt
Books About The Beach
30 Books That Are Also Movies
Books About Monsters
50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read
Books About Princesses
Summer Reading A-List ; 50 Must Read Picture Books
Books About Dinosaurs
5 Books For Early Readers
Books That Rhyme
Books About Cars and Trucks
Books About Friendship

For even more ideas make sure you follow our Summer Fun For Kids Pinterest board.

Link & Learn { Link up your post! }

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, grandpas, and other men who fill that special role in a child’s life! The examples you set make all the difference . Thank you!

I will keep it brief because I know many of you will be celebrating with special dads in your life .

Link & Learn is your space to share whatever you think my readers will love. Kids crafts , summer activities for kids and reading lists always do well but anything for families, teachers or kids is welcome.

Have a fantastic day – thanks for sharing!



Water Balloon Game { Learning After School}

outside learningMy son’s all time favorite activity we’ve ever done was our  Angry Birds Water Balloon Game.  Warm weather and a half day of school made yesterday the perfect day to get drenched in the front yard and do a little Learning After School.  We did this with math but it would be as simple to make letters , shapes or sight words as targets. Here is what we did .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some water balloons, a sharpie, some number targets , page protectors, bean bags,  and hula hoops. You will also want a laundry type basket to carry the filled balloons. water balloon math
  2. Start by making the targets.water balloon math targets I chose the numbers 7, 9 ,10 ,and 15. All the equations will equal one of these numbers.  I used picmonkey.com to make simple images. Printed them out one per page and slid them into page protectors. water balloon math 2
  3. Fill your balloons . Carefully write equations that equal the numbers on the targets such as 3+4 or 15-5 .  For younger children you could simply write numbers on the balloons and have them match them with the targets.water balloon math 3
  4. Set up your targets. water balloon math activity for kidsI added bean bags inside the page protectors to weight them down. water balloon math 4
  5. Get ready. water balloon math activity for kids 2
  6. Go! Read the equations, find the answer on one of the targets and throw!water balloon math for kids 1
  7. They loved this. My son would read his sister’s equations and tell her where to throw it. I was seriously amazed at how accurate he was. I should have remembered that later when we filled up more to throw at each other. It was kids against Mom and the kids won. water balloon math activity for kids 3
  8. After the game – play more! We ended up using all the extra balloons and running through the sprinkler before retreating to the house. aftergame

Learning After School is our series of simple learning activities for families to do together after school. They are meant to be bite size and engaging . They aren’t meant to replace homework just add a little more learning without making your child feel like they doing any extra work.