Summer Family Adventures
Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures. Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity. Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List. For a review of our week 1 adventures, click on this link.
Here are our week 2 goals:
Monday: Life-Skill Preparing and Packing for a trip – Our kids will learn why lists are important as they sketch their own and help us pack for the move. Family Trip Packing List
Tuesday: Exploring Science– Discover a local beach and learn about the creatures who call that habitat home.
Wednesday: Music Break– Practice on the ukulele and guitars, begin to learn the basics of reading music.
Thursday: Sports Day– This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.
Friday: Cooking with Math. Measuring out Trail Mix for our Road Trip.
On the road again!! Our family is traveling to see family this week and meet the newest family member a sweet little boy. The kids are sure excited to have some cousin playtime and we can’t wait to see my brother and sister-in-law!
Summer Family Adventures
Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures. Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity. Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.
Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer
Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.
This week's daily challenge
Daily we ask the kids to:
Week 1 Adventures
Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper. It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.
Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.
Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.
Thursday: Sports Day– This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts. Today is also the oldest birthday!
Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help. However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.
Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked. We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit. We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.
Elements & Dragons Birthday Party
Elements and dragons, that’s the newest trend for our eight year old girl. On Friday she has a couple friends over to play games and celebrate. With dragons on my mind, I was able to come up with some adorable post card invitations and a couple creative games for the kids to play.
Blending elements and dragons, I created an adventure map with clues to locate the dragon’s treasure. Each path lead to a new element themed riddle. Each clue we sealed with a small bit of wax and a pressed a seal.
This little dragon seal was an affordable find on Amazon. For the paper, I saved time and purchased an inexpensive packet from Amazon. If you wish to create the appearance of old manuscript. Try using this method and check our video to see the kids in action.
- Soak your paper in 2 tablespoons coffee, tea or chocolate and 2 cups of water in a 9X11 baking dish. You can paint with a brush to ensure the stain blends to the paper or just allow it to soak for 5-10 mins.
- Remove the paper and place onto a paper towel blotting the excess water.
- Set the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the paper for 5-10mins. Or use a blow dryer on each side to dry.
- For extra aging, tear the edges before placing in the oven or afterwards burn a couple holes in the paper.
Elements Story Teller
A couple posts ago, I wrote about our date night story teller. For Sophia’s party I created a fun dragon/element version. The activities on this particular version are related to literacy and story elements. While one flap requests you to describe what’s inside a dragon’s egg another asks to how to capture a dragon. There are also a couple of movement prompts. Download here, have fun and enjoy this Elements Fortune Teller.
- To play ask your friend to pick an element. Spell that element or word moving the teller back and forth.
- Next, have them pick a number. Do the activity and then count that number again moving the teller back and forth for the number picked. Finally have them choose a triangle to open and read the activity. Repeat as often as you want.
Adventure Map Clues
Elements Fortune Teller
Looking for creative ways to practice spelling and making words this month? Check out these quick and easy projects.
A friend of mine tagged me on this interactive learning post from Planning Playtime. I loved the creativity of this project and I decided to give it a try. This craft was sure easy to adapt to my preschool, kindergarten and 2nd grade learners. For my oldest, who is working with common word endings, I wrote her suffixes on a green pool noodle, vowels on pink and consonants on blue. She then used my equalizer sports bars to organize and spell her words. My middle girl, spelled words with blue (consonants) and pink (vowels) noodles and our youngest matched uppercase with lowercase letters.
- Quick, easy and inexpensive to make
- Find the pool noodles at Walmart or your local $ store
- Use larger noodles; smaller ones tend to tear easy.
- For ease of cutting noodles, use a serrated bread knife.
- Only keep the letters out needed for your lesson. To many letters were scattered about and my kids struggled to stay on task.
- Could use to string to form a giant word necklace
Another project I created was using large Duplex Legos to form words. My oldest matched root words to suffixes. Additionally these legos could be used for CVC or larger word blends.
- Use an Expo or vis-a-vis to write words/letters
- smaller Legos could be for patterns or additional word making activities
Another matching activity, that my oldest loved, was pinning the suffix on the root word.
- Use masking tape to write letters onto clothespins so they can be reused.
- Use cardstock or notecards, something with a bit more weight, to write the words. This will help the clothespins hold.
Magic Word Art!!
This engaging activity was a joy to put together. After designing a couple of spring themed pictures, I was considering ways to incorporate spelling and word practice. With the help of my white crayon, inspiration hit. I wrote their words and letters on the the printed spring themed papers. I then handed each of our kids a “blank” paper and asked them to paint. The pure delight of each child was evident as they revealed letter, words and creative designs. For an art and literacy center, use this fun technique to practice a variety of skills. Here are few that we used:
Inchworm: My preschooler identified upper and lower case letters while my Kindergartner worked on her sight words. My 2nd grader worked on her spelling words.
Flower Power: Using the heart flower petals, I wrote each letter for my 2nd grader to practice blending her spelling words. On the vase, I placed the spelling pattern to help identify the words and decorated with a few embellishments.
Fireflies: For my kindergartner, I place sight words on the wings and thorax of this little critter.
More "Egg"cellent Activities
Check out today’s Easter Egg activities:
Good Fortune Eggs
Money Matching Eggs
Golden Egg Treasure Hunt
Good Fortune Eggs
This morning, as the girls prepped for school, they also pitched in to help clean. The oldest grabbed the dust rag and started cleaning off the blinds. She may have used a bit to much water, creating a soppy mess; however her heart was sure in the right place. Our other daughter swept the floor clearing the floor of dust. All the kids were so cheerful and helpful, it started me pondering a fun incentive. As I got to work on my projects today, I came up with extra chore eggs. My husband suggested I add a little advice of each egg hence the Good Fortune Egg idea was hatched. Each egg, on the outside is labeled, Thank you, Wow or Good job. Inside the egg is a positive phrase with a small amount of change as a thank you for a job well done. Here are some of the sayings we used:
- It’s the sweet things you do that make us smile.
- Aren’t you sweet! Thank you honey!
- Daddy and I are so proud of your work.
- That’s what we call perseverance!
- Good belief in yourself! You did it!!
- Than you for your help! You are an “egg”cellent (excellent worker).
- Thank you for always saying please and thank you. You are “egg”tra special.
- We love spending time you with you. You are “egg”tra (extra) sweet.
- You are sweet to help! Thank you!
- You really made us smile today! Thank you!
To download our full list of positive phrases, egg praise. You could even use this idea without the extra money. Just a positive praise would be a lovely reward.
Easter Store Match
For a fun math game, consider creating a matching game. My middle daughter loves collecting recyclable goods for her play kitchen. I found twelve containers and labeled them with a variety of change amounts. Then, I took an empty egg carton, placed twelve plastic eggs with the matching coins. The recycled items and plastic eggs were placed into a “center” bag for her to pick up and practice her math skills. This fun activity could be used in all sorts of math matching activities.
- Matching shapes
- Matching numbers to objects (manipulatives)
- Matching capital to lower case letters
- Matching larger amounts of money for older students.
- Matching time
- Matching fractions
Find the Golden Egg!
Last year I created an adventure race for my daughters spy party. Ever since then treasure hunts are requested for every celebration. Using the same format from last year’s race, I have come up with an interactive Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. Each clue created has activity that is either a mind puzzle or an athletic event. The clues are placed in plastic eggs and pre-dispersed according to the destination. To create golden eggs, I found chalk eggs at Target in the $1.00 bin and used spray paint turn them into gold.
Here are the clues I wrote.
Clues 1 & 2
Clue 1: Sweet Little Peeps, don’t fall asleep. Run along until you hear the beep.
Clue 2: You put me together to carefully find the next clue you must piece together with your mind. To find the right path just relax in a bath.
Clues 3 & 4
Clue Three: Now it’s time for a training of sorts. Head out to the “obstacle course”. Hop onto the logs but don’t fall into the bogs. Balance well my friends, you don’t want to wiggle and end into the bottomless pit of vipers you see. Now climb to the top of the bars to free the clues you seek but don’t make a peep. Silent as a ninja but quick don’t sleep.
The next clue is outdoor near our pull-up bars and pretend obstacle course.
Clue Four: Now thing my dear team, what is half of one? Where would you find a fraction of fun? What is 1/2 of 4? What is 1/2 of 2? What is 1/2 of 12? Add those numbers together and what do you get? Now find the clue in the numbers you drew.
The numbers connect to display our house number. The next clue will be in our mailbox.
clues 5 & 6
Clue Five: Directional Challenge: X marks the Spot. Look at this map you will clearly see where the next clue for the treasure surely be.
The map is a picture of our living room. The clue is hidden in the treasure box on top of a cabinet.
Clue Six: Careful with this clue you wouldn’t want to brew up trouble. Measure your steps well; you wouldn’t want to scare the morning bear.
The next clue is by the coffee pot.
Clues 7 & 8
Clue Seven: Training Time Count Down to 1:
- 10 Jumping Jacks
- 9 sit-ups
- 8 burpees
- 7 long jumps
- 6 spider walks
- 5 push ups
- 4 jogs in place
- 3 star jumps
- 2 frog hops
- 1 min. of plank. After you are done, your next clue will be given to you.
Clue Eight: Decipher the Code
The next clue will be near the piano keyboard
Clues 9 & 10
Clue Nine: Time to Show off your bunny skills. Grab a bag and hop, hop, hop. Your team must jump from start to stop. To the side of the house, quite as a mouse. Your final clue awaits, just race to the finishing gate.
This activity is a race with Walmart fabric bags hopping along the side of the house.
Clue TEN: unscramble the letters of this final clue, to uncover the mystery you seek. You have completed your task. Now is’t time to bask. But please be aware, you’ll need to share!!
The letters unscramble to form the words: guitar case where they will find their Golden Eggs
To download our clues, click here: Easter Treasure Hunt
"Egg"tra Fun Learning
Spring has arrived and with it creative Easter projects. Check out today’s Easter Egg activities.
Write the words on the outside of each egg. Inside each Egg container, place a fun and quick spelling “treat”. Some ideas might include:
Shoot, swing, kick for each letter as you spell.
Start each letter, grow louder until you reach the end of the word.
Spell your word with a pirate voice.
Spell your word like an opera singer.
Spell your word with a little baby voice.
Spell your word in a squeaky mouse voice.
Spell your word in a lions roar.
Spell your word in a robot voice.
Do a jumping jack for each letter you use in the word.
Spell your word with a farmer voice.
Spell your word like royalty with a British accent.
Hunt for your word in a book.
Sparkle write your letters to spell your word.
Write your letter with an expo marker on the mirror.
Pretend you are a bunny and hop for every letter you spell.
Challenge: For one minute you have to spell everything you say. Have someone guess what you are trying to communicate.
For extra fun, create an egg hunt, scattering the eggs about the room.
Sight Word Pratice
Write each sight word on the outside of an egg. You may want to split the word by common endings. Doing so allowed my daughter to line up her letters to read the full word. Inside each egg provide a sentence containing that specific word. Have them locate and highlight the word to practice words in print. The sentences I included were questions or funny phrases to keep my kindergartner entertained. Like the spelling practice, I hid her eggs about the room, which she loved. Today, on the go, she packed her eggs into an egg carton. She’s been carrying her sight words ever since.
For a little Easter gift this year, my three children wrote poems to their teachers. For this project, I typed up a templates for a variety of poems. One the outside of each egg I placed an Easter topic word. They choose the topic they wanted to write about and opened up the egg to fill out their poem. I coached my three year old and assisted the five year old. The seven year worked to design her own poem. We then typed, printed, decorated and glued the poems on the back of a adorable bunny plaque. Today they gifted their sweet projects to their teachers. Here are the words and styles of poetry I used:
- Easter: Acrostic Poem
- Chocolate Bunny: 5 Senses Poem
- Spring/April: Subject Poem
- Easter Egg Poem: 5 W Poem (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
- Bunny: Cinquin Poem
- Jelly Bean: 5 Senses Poem
- Flowers: ABC Poem (Each letter is a new line until you reach your subject letter)
- Chick: Diamante Poem
- Free Choice: Haiku Poem
Stayed Tuned: Tomorrow I will be working on the next two Easter Egg projects : Shopping for Eggs (Learning through Math) & Treasure Hunt (Scavenger and Spy Style Easter Egg Hunt)!!!