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Garden Rocks

Today we got to plant some of our seeds for our garden!  I am really excited about our garden this year as we have lots of space to make it large.  I decided to keep track of what we planted we’d decorate rocks and write the name of each plant on it.  My kids really got into it!  They enjoyed being able to spell the words on their own, choose their marker color, and make it their own.  We just used Sharpies..quick and simple, and now I will know what is growing in my garden.

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Chalk Art

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought we’d give it a try.  We made chalk art and then took our pictures with our art.  It was loads of fun to make, even my son enjoyed it!  He made football players and then tackled them!  Here is a look.

The balloons are taking her up to the clouds!

Basketball Circle Game

My son is just slightly obsessed with basketball.  To entertain him, as well as our whole family, we made up a game to play with our hoop.  We drew circles around our driveway (and then across the street) and wrote numbers inside the circle to show how much each one is worth.  The closer the circle, the least amount of points.  It was lots of fun.  I started with numbers 1, 5, and 10.  Isaiah added ones worth 30 and 90 points!  It is a great way to practice basketball skills as well as addition.  Love it!  Here is a look.

Water Exploration

Today my kids discovered water draining down the road by our driveway and we decided to turn it into a fun project.  Here are some fun water ideas that we did.

* We brought out our water bottles and a bucket to refill them and slowly added more water to the stream to see how far it would go…they loved making it grow!

* We tried to float some of our bath toys in it but it wasn’t deep enough.

* We build dams out of different things to see which would hold the water the best.  Some things we tried were sticks, leaves, and rocks.

*We studied it the next day to discover most of it was gone!

* Splashed it it, of course!

* We also made a big pond, as we called it, and measured the water.

* We raced the water we poured in the stream down the hill.

* We also made handprints by getting our hands wet and slapping them on the ground!

* Add food coloring and see the water turn colors.

It was a fun way to experience the good outdoors without too much exercise for my sweet daughter.  I love the times when my kids are just creative and invent new games and ways to explore!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Backyard Camping

We had a wonderful spring break!  Truly so much fun to get to spend lots of low key time at home with my kids, how I’ve missed that!!  To end our week of fun we decided to camp in the backyard (but not sleep all night due to the rough sleep my husband has had and the colder temperatures at night).  We My husband set up the tent in our backyard, we brought out pillows and blankets and enjoyed our pretend camp.  We had fun tent wrestling, going on a hike around our backyard, collecting sticks for our fire (in our fire pit), star and moon gazing, looking for signs of wildlife,  and roasting s’mores.  It truly was a fun memory for our family, next time we might even spend the whole night outside (when the weather warms).  Here is a look.

Most, Least, and Equal

It was a warm day so the I let my daughter and niece fill up different jugs to compare which one has the most, least, and if there were any equal.  I filled up the water table and gave them different containers.  They loved this and had a good time deciding which one had most, least, etc.  This would also be fun in the bathtub!

Walking to School

Now that we live close enough to walk to school I like to make the most of it and encourage learning as we walk.  Here are some things we are doing on our walks.

1. Find as many things as you can that begin with the letter Mm.  Mailbox, maple tree, man, etc.

2. For my nephew (he’s 2) we are working on colors.  Each car/house/etc. we pass we call out the color.

3. I spy is always fun

4. New ways to walk: skip, balance beam (if we’re not running late!), gallop, tip toe. etc.

5. Write the Neighborhood: Give them a clipboard (my kids love them) and have them write the things they see.  You could give direction with this as well such as have them trace words you know they’ll see.

6. Count: How many steps to the next house?  Baby steps?  How many cars will pass us on the way? People?

7. Songs: I admit I got caught singing to my nephew when it was just him and I on the way home from school one afternoon.  I was singing songs and nursery rhymes and a lady pruning her rose bushes smiled (I usually stop if I see people, but she snuck up on me!), I smiled back and when we got home he was asleep!!!  Oh well, I think she enjoyed my singing.

8. Pick up trash: Bring along a bag and pick up litter as you go… we always wear gloves for this!

9. Tell stories about myself when I was in school.  The kids love hearing these, especially when I tell them I got in trouble some…they are shocked!

10.  What I love about you: Try to boost their self esteem and tell them all the things that are great about them before they go to school.

What kind of things do you do on walks?

Worm Jar

The kids and I decided while getting ready to plant our garden, that we needed to see the worms move.  We were talking about how useful worms are and they desired to see them in action.  Here is what you need for your own worm jar.

jar

dirt

sand

grass clippings

handful of worms

Layer your jar dirt, sand, dirt, sand until it is about 3 or 4 inches from the top (make sure the dirt and sand is damp, not wet).  Add the worms and cover the jar with grass clippings.  Place the jar in a cool dark spot.  We left ours outside and put our grill cover over it, although a paper bag would work great too.  In a week check and see how the worms are moving and the dirt and sand are mixed.  Also make sure to keep the jar moist by spraying it every other day or as needed.

Catching a Squirrel

We have a squirrel that is always around our backyard.  He is constantly climbing on our roof, in our trees, eating our pumpkins at Halloween, running across the fence, etc. The other day we decided to try to catch the squirrel…using peanuts of course!  We had a bag of peanuts in the shell and decided to use to catch the squirrel.  I also discovered how much my kids love to eat peanuts straight out of the shell.  Here is a look.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

It was a beautiful day so the kids and I decided to make sidewalk chalk paint as a new take on painting and chalk.  It was very easy and fun to do.  My son, who is not into crafts, said he didn’t want to do it.  When he saw we were hammering the chalk in baggies to make our paint, he quickly changed his mind.  It was very simple and fun. This will be a repeat again later in the summer.

First divide your chalk into colors.  We did pink, yellow, and blue.  Then put them into a baggie and seal the baggie.  Use a hammer or whatever you have handy to crush the chalk into pieces.  Dump the pieces into a cup and add water.  You now have paint.  Get a paintbrush and enjoy!