Name Recognition Scramble

Learning to recognize and spell your name is an exciting mastery skill for a preschooler. In fact, it’s the best place to start when beginning to introduce letters as the letters in their name make up a very special part of who they are. My preschooler jumps up and down with sheer pride and joy when she sees her name. We recently found a fun way to take our name practice outside, and it has been a big hit! This {Read More}

Listen and Spray Counting Game

Like most three year olds, my daughter loves to engage in imaginative play any chance she gets. One of her favorite activities is helping clean the house alongside me with her spray bottle. I thought; why not turn her love for spraying into a fun number recognition game outside? And on the plus side, now my floors would stay dry for a little while! In addition to the excitement of getting to spray water, this activity really promotes fine motor {Read More}

Water Balloon Parachute

Most of our after school time is spent on unstructured outdoor play. Once the girls quickly finish their homework they head outside to see who in the neighborhood can play. And there’s a good reason for that! Although I can provide them with meaningful learning and play activities, they are even more likely to come up with their own amazing ideas when given the time to explore and create independently. This water balloon parachute was the result of one of those {Read More}

Garden Scavenger Hunt Free Printable

Fresh air, the smell of flowers, new discoveries to be made…what’s not to love about outdoor scavenger hunts? Print out this free garden scavenger hunt and take it along with you as you look for signs of spring. You’ll also practice counting, measurement, color matching and more along the way. This is a great spring activity for beginning readers, and pre-readers can work with a parent or reading buddy to do the scavenger hunt, too. Kids will search for a {Read More}

Color Matching Nature Walk

It’s way too nice to be inside, so we’ve been outdoors as much as possible. If the flowers are in bloom where you live, try this color matching nature walk. It’s a great way for young children to learn colors, and it’s a terrific activity for helping older kids focus in closely on details like different shades of colors. You’ll need some color samples in a variety of colors, a hole punch, and a ring clip to help hold your {Read More}

Doubles Rap Water Balloon Math Activity

While we’re home for the summer we’re finding fun ways to get ready for the new school year. In first grade kids often learn their doubles facts. To get a jump start we’re singing the doubles rap and playing fun games like this outdoor water balloon math activity. Doubles Splash Water Balloon Math To set up the activity we filled water balloons and labeled them with the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Then we wrote the numbers {Read More}

Summer DIY Projects for Backyard Fun

As parents we know outdoor play is important. We see article after article suggesting that less outdoor play is doing more harm than good to kids. But life is busy. Schedules are tight. And half the time kids say, “But I don’t wanna go outside!” Then how can we provide more unstructured, outdoor play time for kids?   First make it part of your daily routine. Wherever you can fit time in, make time for outdoor play. Then add a little {Read More}

Books About Camping

With summer just around the corner, kids begin to think of all the fun things they can do such as swimming, sleepovers, and camping. Camping is an experience that teaches us so much about nature, problem solving and how to have fun outside. As you begin to plan or maybe just read about camping, take a look at the books we have listed below. Books About Camping This post contains affiliate links.   Camping Stories Flashlight by Lizi Boyd Flashlight {Read More}

Free Printable Bird Watch Tally Sheet

We’ve definitely been taking our fun and learning outdoors lately. Why not!? This free printable is a great way to practice math on the go. Use it to practice tallies, counting, and comparing. It also encourages kids to observe closely to spot birds in nature. The first time we tried the tally sheet we observed birds in our yard and on a nature walk in our neighborhood. It would also be a great activity to take to a local park {Read More}

How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike

Although I do try, I tend to be on the more cautious side of parenting. I’m not naturally a risk taker, so it’s a learning process and takes constant effort for me to encourage my kids to take risks. As a result sometimes we delay a bit on milestones simply because it doesn’t occur to me that my girls are ready for the next new challenge. That’s been the case for transitioning to a bike without training wheels. At age {Read More}