Nature Scavenger Hunt

We love to spend time outdoors, so I was excited when GummyLump Toys asked me if I wanted to be the camp counselor for “Trail Blazer” week in their Summer Camp at Home series.  We put together a nature scavenger hunt and set out to explore a new local trail. For our checklists we used a 3×5 index card. I made a simple grid on the cards and we brainstormed what we might be looking for during our nature walk. {Read More}

Ocean Crafts

There were a lot of fantastic ideas for playing and learning about sea life in our recent Discover & Explore linky. These adorable crafts would go well with any ocean theme or summer learning. Featured Posts Crab and Lobster Crafts (Craftulate) DIY Window Clings (Crafts-N-Things for Children for GummyLump.com) DIY Sea Stars (Preschool Inspirations) Shell Crafts (Like Mama Like Daughter) Coffee Filter Jellyfish (Life with Moore Babies) Handprint Fish (Craftulate) Ocean Craft (Blog Me Mom) These posts and other highlights have {Read More}

Coral Reef Sensory Play

We’re off to the lakes of Minnesota this week, but we spent most of the months of  May and June playing at the beach and exploring different aspects of the beach and ocean. Later this month the Poppins Book Nook members will be sharing some fun book-related ideas and activities for the beach and ocean theme. We prepared for this theme by reading some terrific books about coral reefs and playing with this simple coral reef sensory bin. Most of {Read More}

Ocean Activities

Ocean and beach play are a big part of our summer fun. When we aren’t at the beach during the summer we’re usually doing some sort of ocean-related activity. I’ll be sharing more of the activities we’ve tried this summer throughout the month of July. In the meantime I’ve gathered some terrific ocean, beach, and sea life ideas from The PLAY Group for you to enjoy with your child. Sensory Play Moldable Sand Dough Recipe Ocean Wonders Sensory Bin Searching for Sea Life {Read More}

12 Books About Opposites

I’ve  said it before. I have a slight book problem. I love books, and I love exposing my girls to many different books. One of my favorite days every week is when we get our new stack of books from the library. I could spend hours looking at books in a bookstore. I thought I would start sharing some of our favorite books that relate to the themes we are studying, so you will see more book lists coming soon. {Read More}

Octopus Craft

I mentioned in last week’s N is for Night Sky post that we are making an ABC book as a way to remember some of our activities this year. When possible I try to coordinate the letter craft with our theme for the week. For O we are learning about opposites. I found the book Octopus Opposites at our library. We enjoyed the way some of the opposite pairs in this book were presented. After seeing “Sea Urchin Out” and “Sea {Read More}

O is for Opposites: Wet and Dry Sensory Play

While learning about the letter O I thought it would be fun to explore opposites. I loved that all four of the kids could get involved in some way. We practiced acting out many of the opposite pairs, read many books, and tried to do some fun hands-on activities to help the kids remember opposites. By far the most memorable activity we did was exploring different substances and comparing how they felt wet to how they felt dry. I’ll warn {Read More}