Fun Stuff for Kids

Take A Walk

What is your favorite season?  Mine is fall.  I love everything about it – the cooler weather, the leaves changing color, football, the local street fair, etc.  On one of these beautiful fall days the kids and I are going to go on a walk around the neighborhood.  Here are some ideas I have for before, along the way, and after we get back home.  I can’t wait!

 

Have a Great Week!

Lisa

 

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Before we go on our walk we are going to make a snack to take with us.  I found a recipe from snackpics.com for a snack mix that I can make in the crockpot, and modified the recipe to make our own NatureWalkSnackMix

I have all of the stuff I need in the pantry so whenever the day comes for our walk, I will be all set.  If it is a day that Hank is in preschool, Faith and I will make it up while he is gone.  If it happens to be a Friday when he is off, we can all do it together.   We will then put the snack mix in snack bags to take along with us.  I will also take along some water bottles for everyone.

 

We are going to play our I Spy Nature game for a fun activity.  I printed all of the Nature I Spy cards from Spell Outloud onto cardstock. Then I put them on an “o” ring in for usability.  A quick, easy activity that is ready to go.

 

We are going to be collecting items (leaves, acorns, pinecones, sticks, etc.) to make a Fall Wreath inspired by a My Kids Adventures post.  I went to the craft store and bought a bare wreath to decorate.  While there I also found little bags for the kids to fill with the treasures they find.  When we get home from the walk, we will glue the treasures onto the wreath with a glue gun.  Then we can hang it on the door as a fall decoration.

 

We are also going to collect acorns and loose acorn tops to use after the walk for some math activities inspired by Living Montessori Now’s post about Outdoor Acorn Math Activities.  I made a template for the Acorn Number Cards, the Acorn Size Cards, and the Venn Diagram.  This way we can do the activities again inside even after our outside time is over.

 

After our walk we are also going to drink cider and read books about fall.  One of our favorites is Clifford’s First Autumn, by Norman Bridwell.  Clifford has been a favorite of mine since I was in kindergarten, and my kids love the stories as well.  Besides, Bridwell has Indiana (Kokomo) roots, and I love exposing my kids to Hoosier connections.

 

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Family Activity – Scavenger Hunt Fun

Do you like to go treasure hunting?  Do you like antique stores?  Are you looking for fun, easy, inexpensive dates to go on with your spouse or as a family?  If the answer is yes, then I have an idea for you.

A couple of months ago my parents had the kids for the weekend, so my husband and I decided to have an impromptu date but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  We both love to go antiquing but rarely do with the kids, so I thought it would be fun to do a scavenger hunt at a local antique store.  The night before our date I looked on the internet and finally found an Antique Mall Scavenger Hunt Game from More Creative Juice.  I printed it out, put it on a clipboard with a pen, and off we went.  We had so much fun!   I never thought we would have such a great time scouring the store for the items on the list.  Granted we didn’t find everything, but the experience was a huge hit.  The store owner even got in on the fun!  She said she had never had anyone do a scavenger hunt in the store and even helped us find a couple of last minute items.

We had such a great time that we want to do it again at a different store and eventually include our kids in on the fun.  Even though we enjoyed the already compiled list, we decided to create our own list for future use.  We added several items to the list and deleted some others.  We created a picture list to use as a family with our kids with a lot fewer items to look for during the hunt.    This would also be great for a group activity.  You could have teams work together to look for the entire list, or divide the list so that groups are looking for fewer items.  However you do it, plan to take an hour or two and just have FUN!

 

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Printable Adult Scavenger Hunt

 

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Printable Kids Scavenger Hunt

 

Have a Great Week!

Lisa

Our Science Kit

My 5-year-old, Hank, is in pre-K, and he seldom takes a nap in the afternoon.  Therefore, I try my best to come up with fun activities to do with him after school while his sister is asleep.  We read stories, do art projects, play games, etc.  However, since he is always trying to figure out how things work, science activities are at the top of his list.

Last year, I received an Action for Kids Adventures in SCIENCE backpack to use with my children.  What a great resource that I wish was available to everyone.  The ordinary looking backpack was filled with activities for small children and preschoolers to help children explore science concepts.  It included a wonderful manual with activities, along with materials to complete a lot of the projects.

As a supplement to the backpack activities, I explored my pins on pinterest and gathered ideas for a Science Basket.  We use this basket for a special Friday treat (when Hank doesn’t have preschool).  It gives him something to look forward to during the week and gives us a chance to explore together while Faith is napping.

Enjoy!

Have a Great Week!

Lisa

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Color Eruptions from Learn Play Imagine

Science Discovery Bottles – Magnets & Sink or Float from Little Bins for Little Hands

Homemade Butter from We Made That

Elephant Toothpaste from Navigating By Joy

Dancing Raisins from Juggling With Kids

Tornado in a Jar from Ellie Moon

Lava Lamp from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Rainbow in a Jar from We Made That

Rain Cloud in a Jar from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Magic Foaming Stars from Fun at Home with Kids

 

Here is a Printable Resource that I created for our basket of the experiments shown above.