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Balloon Obstacle Course

Balloon Obstacle Course

Today, please welcome the fun-tabulous Jamie of Hands on : as we grow.  She has a gift for sneaking authentic learning into fun, play-time activities.  While I am on maternity leave, I will be featuring a few inspiring posts from some of my favorite activity, craft, and education bloggers! Making an activity course is super simple and easy to do with just a couple of balloons! It can be filled with tons of learning experiences along … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Guest Post, Mathematics

What Can Drama Do for Children?

What Can Drama Do for Children?

While I am on a short maternity leave, I have invited a few of my favorite activity, craft, and education bloggers to share a guest post. As a former theater major, I am excited to welcome Susan Stephenson from The Book Chook to share why dramatic play can be so important for children. Specialist drama teachers sometimes offer drama lessons to children outside school hours. But how do you know if your child will benefit from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Guest Post, Performing Arts and Theater

Rain Stick

Rain Stick

Not that we need more rain… Since we are studying rain and the water cycle in April, we made rain sticks. This is a nice way to incorporate some culture and music and movement into our studies.  And it is also a simple and fun craft that is always a hit with the kids. Materials long cardboard (paper towel) tube rice soft, flexible plastic (like a sandwich bag or any leftover shrink wrap) construction paper markers, stickers, jewels, etc. for decoration Directions 1. Pour … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, History and Culture, Music, Musical, Spring, Summer, Visual-Spacial, Weather

D is for Dirt, R is for Rocks

D is for Dirt, R is for Rocks

Getting physical with your learning is a great way to reinforce academic lessons. The connection is especially strong with language and literacy. The experience reinforces the memory of the letters and words and creates a deep connection. We’ve also been exploring the universe of literacy in WordWorld–a television program on PBS that supports pre-reading skills. The characters on the show (“WordFriends”) are formed out of the words that are their names.  They solve challenges by building … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Literacy, Touch

Shaving Cream Art (Tactile Fun!)

Shaving Cream Art (Tactile Fun!)

Studies have shown that students physically involved with learning score higher on subsequent exams–and we’re not just talking about the toddler, preschooler, kindergartner set.  The effects are demonstrable even at the college and graduate level. Research into cognitive development strongly suggests that this sort of physical stimulation during learning builds a deeper understanding of academic skills. Children in need of speech therapy may especially benefit from speech activities using tactile sensations. Plus…it is just plain fun to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Art, Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Touch

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Valentine’s Day may be over but we’re still enjoying some of the treats we made.  The biggest hit was these chocolate-covered pretzels my daughter made.  They are so simple and the heat is so low to melt the chocolate that your preschooler or even toddler can do them with very little help.  You can customize the sprinkles for other holidays, too. All you need is Baker’s Chocolate, Pretzels (twists or rods), and sprinkles. 1. Melt chocolate on … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Home Arts, Science, Smell, Taste, Winter

Pancakes from Scratch

Pancakes from Scratch

At another Mommy & Me at Garden of Eve, Eve led us in picking wheat, threshing the wheat to separate the grain from the chaff, grinding the wheat (in a blender..though my kids have stone-ground grains at some local colonial-themed events), stirring in the eggs, sugar, baking powder, and milk, and frying up the pancakes. Unless you have a field of wheat growing in your backyard, you may need to take a few shortcuts–but making a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Home Arts, Taste

Theater Games for Young Children

Theater Games for Young Children

Kinesthetic learners will jump right in when given the opportunity to play theater games designed for young children. Even the simplest theater games for kids can build a child’s confidence and skills.  Theater activities utilize two of children’s biggest assets, imagination and energy, to build on their ability to focus, creatively problem solve, and cooperate. Before today, I had worked with teenagers and children as young as eight, but since I have a 3 year-old, I decided … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Musical, Performing Arts and Theater