Monday, September 1, 2014

Imagination Play

There are many, many, outdoor play activities you can look up online but sometimes it's about those spontaneous pretend play moments that make playing outside a whole new world! 


Give the kids some swords, guns, and imagination and they will play for about an hour, more if you are lucky. 

I don't know what they were playing, but they were running around yelling and catching imaginary somethings.   I do know they were having fun. 

Climbing Trees

Is also a great spontaneous summer activity.  I don't even remember the last time I climbed a tree it has been sooo long.  But the girls asked if they could get in the tree so up they went. 






















Sports

Find a ball and a bat and you have some summer baseball.  We also played some kick ball in the backyard and taught the kids to run bases. 

Catch, soccer, and Frisbee were some other sport type activities we played this summer. 


















Dirt
Set boys in front of dirt and they will play.  They don't even need shovels!  This summer the two boys wanted to make 'worm houses' with every pile of dirt they could get their hands on, and I mean every pile.





Tell me about your summer I love new ideas and to see what other mommies are doing. 

Have a great summer! 



















Ice Sensory Bin


This is a great outdoor activity for a hot day.  It is also really easy prep.  

To set up this activity you need
  • ice
  • some kitchen utensils
  • freeze some toys for more ice options (optional of course)
  • tongs
While making breakfast I just filled some containers with water and placed a toy inside then stuck it in the freezer.  By the time the weather was nice and hot the water was frozen. 

I really like having tongs for this activity.  It is great for fine motor skills. 


I used this bin as a distraction mostly.  After our Paint Squirt Gun Fight I set out this bin to help calm down all the energy from running around.  I was also able to take each child individually to get cleaned up while the rest played in the bin.  

The plastic 'ice' gems were a favorite for everyone.  They were really gold to start with but when the water inside them melts they are still gems.

Of course the other ice melted.

The boys did make it their mission to save the dinosaurs from the ice.  


Once the ice turned into water there was a lot of pouring, dumping, and scooping of course :)  It was a great entertainer. 

Week 8 (future)

I am planning for a 5 day lesson plan.  These links only document 4 days.  If I find the time I will try to upload the 5th days lesson. I have them handwritten in my binder right now.

There is an activity book I am using for the lesson plan as well that has handwriting practice in it and a few activity pages that correlate to the theme.  This can be easily substituted for any other handwriting activity or activity book that has A-Z and 1-10 practice in it.

Week 8: 
Letter: T
Theme: Thunder
Number: 8
Bible story: 10 Commandments
Bible verse: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path." -Psalm 119:105


You can review my daily lesson plans here
Week 8
Week 8 End

In addition to the lesson plans I am creating a week folder to supplement the lessons. These I use for any down time and extra core curriculum practice.


Inside this week folder: 

  • Letter T project
  • sight words (to, the)
  • weekly question
  • sight word handwriting practice
  • letter maze



Come September I will be posting pictures and sharing how we progressed through the lesson plan. 

Week 7 (future)

I am planning for a 5 day lesson plan.  These links only document 4 days.  If I find the time I will try to upload the 5th days lesson. I have them handwritten in my binder right now.

There is an activity book I am using for the lesson plan as well that has handwriting practice in it and a few activity pages that correlate to the theme.  This can be easily substituted for any other handwriting activity or activity book that has A-Z and 1-10 practice in it.

Week 7: 
Letter: P
Theme: Pets
Number: 7
Bible story: Moses and the Plagues
Bible verse: "Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." -Psalm 106:1



You can review my daily lesson plans here
Week 7
Week 7 End

In addition to the lesson plans I am creating a week folder to supplement the lessons. These I use for any down time and extra core curriculum practice.


Inside this week folder: 

  • Letter P collage
  • letter practice
  • vet page
  • song
  • sight words (she, play)
  • tree for bible craft
  • sight word handwriting practice
  • week question

Come September I will be posting pictures and sharing how we progressed through the lesson plan. 

Kinder Realm

I am blessed to live in a state that is very community based and provides many activities for families. We took the opportunity to visit the event provided and both the kids and I learned a lot.


The Kinder Realm provides a craft, small informational class time, and a hike. 






















We have been to two Kinder Realm classes, blue birds and foxes.  

As the kids arrive there is a coloring page for them to do while waiting for the class to fill up.

Then the information about the animal was given.  These were fun facts that I enjoyed hearing too. 





















Real fox fur was passed around for us (even the adults) to discover.  The claws, teeth, and ears were also still intact for observation.

After class was a game or activity.  Picking up worms as a blue bird or playing/jumping with food as a fox. 












Next was craft time.

The kids made caterpillars and puppets



Last there was the hike. 

 On the hike we learned about different plants and kept an eye out for the animals we had learned about. 


The Kinder Realm was a great summer outdoor activity.  I am looking forward to more Kinder Realms next summer!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Painting With Squirt Guns

We did this as a Fathers Day project, but it fits in outside play perfectly.  
I liked this for Fathers because it was an interactive activity for the kids to do with Jerry to celebrate him and the time they enjoy spending with him.

I filled 1 gun with yellow paint and 2 guns with black paint. 
The squirt guns we used were from the dollar store and had a decently big hole to pour the paint into.  Some squirt guns have itty bitty holes that make squirting paint into the gun very difficult.

Taped off the canvas...and made the kids pose


Then the guns were handed to the kids and dad.  Instructions were to shoot the canvas not each other. Very simple.
Start squirting! 























 The squirting went on and on.  I refilled the guns a couple times so the activity could continue.  

 Jerry also took time with each Dragon to squirt with them. 












With a Star Wars theme we were looking at having black as the primary color and yellow as the secondary.  It looked nice when we were finished squirting.


But we lay it down flat to dry and the black pooled over all of the yellow :(

It ended up looking like a black painted canvas.  Not the image I had in mind.  I need to outline the letters with yellow paint I just haven't taken the time for the project. 




Although a second canvas was made for Little Dragons dad.  It was made with less paint and did not lay down flat for drying and it turned out with more of the mixed color, squirted paint look. 




Paint Squirt Gun Fight

I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to do this activity ever since I saw a post about painting with squirt guns.

Paint squirt gun fight! 
And it was AMAZING! 

I first bought an 8 pack of large boys white t-shirts.  I wanted the shirts to fit all of the kids and I wanted them to be able to save the shirts for the future. The 8 pack was perfect.
I filled the water guns up with paint and a pinch of water.  Each gun had a different color so we could determine a 'winner'. 

I squirted each 'player' with their color first.  So they knew their color and to demonstrate where to aim. 



Talking about the aim was very important.  All of the kids involved were 4 and above.  Aim had to be in the tummy or the back.  No faces, bottoms, heads/hair, or legs. We didn't want paint in eyes, noses, or mouths. The other places would be more difficult to clean and giving two aiming places was simple.                                                                                                                     
But of course accidents happen and Doll Dragon had a purple mouth.  Which she quickly rinsed out and continued to play. 

Luckily us adults were also able to squeeze into the large boy's shirts to join in the fight.  (Well more to supervise because we didn't have guns.)

Or act as target practice 

There was much running around

  dodging 

and standing  

 to squirt each other

some posing



and of course determining who won! 


There were many giggles, laughs, screams, and some whining, but this activity was a blast.  



In the end there were only happy smiling faces! 
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