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*Be sure to enter the giveway which can be found here ! It ends tonight! A few years ago I made some file folder games for my kids.
Magnet Mosaics Magnet Mosaics are designed to help children at many levels. For your youngest children, print a page below. Place it onto a baking sheet and put round circular Expo brand magnets on each circle to make the design. For your older children, print the blank page and a design sheet from below. Have the child put the blank sheet on the baking sheet.
Magnet Pages for The Gruffalo To use a magnet page , begin by printing off the worksheet. Purchase circular Expo Brand whiteboard magnets. I have seen them at Sam's Club, sometimes packaged with push pins, or on EBay. Have the children put the paper on a cookie sheet. I recommend the Bakers Secret brand one that is 9x13.
February 12th, 2011 | 18 Comments Written by Kristin Posted in Arts and Crafts , Homeschooling , Language , Natural Learning , Playtime , Reading Oh, activity bags, how I love thee, let me count the ways . . . I first discovered the concept of activity bags around the time my twins were born. We had just moved, I was hugely pregnant, on bed-rest for awhile and then tending to newborn twins who were nursing around the clock and mostly only sleeping in arms. I also was trying not to rock my two-year-old’s world any more than possible (fat chance!). The main idea is that you assemble or make a self-contained activity that fits into a small bag.
Magnetic Pick-Up Game This game is a lot of fun for the children to play. You can use it to teach/reinforce many skill concepts such as letters ... numbers ... shape ... colors ... and sight words. You will need: Metal washers about the size of a fifty cent piece (you can find these at Menards or any hardware store). Small magnets (I got a pack of fifty at Michael's Craft Store for under six dollars).
I figured out when I was going through the pictures from our toddler busy bag swap that we actually had 25 different bags, other than my own. So I’m going to spend this week explaining all of them, five at a time. I will provide links to somewhere with instructions on how to make each one, but I don’t know exactly which websites inspired these projects. The Bit happens to be home sick with me today, so I took the opportunity to let her explore them a bit.
I keep seeing ideas for Busy Bags all over on Pinterest and other blogs that I come across. My cute friend Kristin set up a Busy Bag Exchange, you probably remember me mentioning it before, and had QUITE the turn out. Anyone that signed up had to do so by a certain date and sign up for a specific activity so everyone would know how many bags to make of their activity. She had 27 people sign up for the Toddler age group and 20 people signed up for the Preschool age group. Me?
Topic Playdough Activity Mats Transport playdough mats (Ref: SB1368) A set of 5 printable playdough mats linked to a transport theme. Food counting playdough mats (Ref: SB497) A set of 80 playdough mats with 8 different designs. Each playdough mat has a large plate with a number where children can make their own cakes, gingerbread men, mince pies, carrots, peas and more to put on each plate. Bread playdough mats (Ref: SB2925) A set of printable playdough mats to encourage children to sculpt different types of bread with their playdough. Includes buns, naans, pizzas, loaves, croissants and more.
I'm sharing some experiences and ideas from the recent busy bag exchange I posted. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. You can see the rest of the ideas I gathered for the swap on this google doc .
This unit has been expanded. So, make sure and check out the additional printables here . We are so excited to share our very first unit with you! We hope by providing these materials to you free of charge, it will make your life easier! Lesson Plan: The lesson plan includes all the lessons for the week, as well as optional ideas. Items following the lesson plan are just the printables or links to websites we used to teach these plans.
My kids both LOVE to get Buddy Bucks! I should confess that Buddy Bucks are what makes our shopping trips easier. I often remind the kids (when they are arguing or in each other's space in the cart) "That is not Buddy Buck Behavior!" and it helps (only because occasionally we've had to leave without getting one before because we didn't "earn" it). If you aren't familiar with the Buddy Buck system, you get a Buddy Buck from your cashier and put it in the machine to spin and win points.
Is anyone else tired of seeing this tablecloth? Tangrams are an ancient Chinese puzzle game using the 7 geometric pieces that make up a standard square to form thousands of different designs. Tangram puzzles can be simple (like the ones pictures above) to very difficult where only the silhouette of the design is shown and you have to figure out how to use the 7 tans to "solve the problem." A 7-piece Tangram set cut from craft foam and a ring of puzzles in a little zippered fabric bag is my current "go to" gift for the young school-aged set. This is the tangram template I used for the set above (you can print a small or large version) and this site has lots of printable tangram puzzle patterns . I printed out several of the 4 to a page puzzles, cut them out and had them laminated 2 per side.
by Melanie Haiken Nothing derails a family road trip faster than bored backseat passengers. A well-stocked activity bag can mute the "Are we there yet?" melody from the rear and help you log some serious miles in peace. How elaborate your activity bag should be depends on the length of your trip, how many children you'll need to entertain, and their ages and attention spans. These parent- and kid-tested supplies will help you motor without meltdowns.