The kids will probably have never made a ‘rubbing’ before, so it will be new and interesting. Just take a variety of coins, fairly heavy white paper and their crayons and colored pencils. Minimal set up and virtually mess free.
Art and Math Activities : Coin Rubbings.
After the art, have the child match the rubbings to the coins and write down the values of each. Move on to how many pennies in a nickel, etc. A sneaky way to get in a little summertime math.
Some insights here into how our kids brains’ process learning new skills – and tips to help the process along.
A Child’s brain as they learn new skill.
It’s amazing how the brain functions much like a muscle– repetition creates strength, size, ease of doing.
But the BIG message here is that in order to learn new skills, kids NEED to learn to fail and it is an important part of the process of learning. They need to learn to fail EARLY, not later.
Sneak in some summer math along with rock play! Paint the rocks together- any toy they’ve helped to create will be more ‘attractive’ and get used. You’ll probably have to add the numbers and symbols, but your child will still be invested in those rocks. Then, the math fun can begin.
Number Rocks Math Fun [Contributed by Fun-A-Day!] –.
There’s lot of ways to play with these that teach a range of math concepts: bigger and smaller, matching numbers to their meaning (the count of the symbols), putting numbers together to make bigger numbers ( a 2 and a 4 makes 24), and if you make enough rocks, simple addition and subtraction.
Before you or your child knows it, lots of math has been learned and practiced.
These are printable for you to use with your kids– they can copy the Lego creation and you can supplement with some animal learning, perhaps on line with real pictures and related information.
Lego Animal Alphabet Cards I-L ( and library pick of the week) |.
Do click on the preceding Alphabet Cards A-K, and enjoy them all.
Don’t have quite all the shapes and colors in the pictures? Good! That teaches kids to improvise and think outside the box.
Making your own face paint has to be cheaper than buying it, and allows for more quantity, either for a larger canvas or more faces or bodies, as in at a party.
Summer and cleaning up with the hose or the sprinkler allows your preschooler to experiment with paint all over themselves! This is the ‘larger canvas’ I was referring to above. It’s an experiment/experience they won’t forget.
Serve up your homemade facepaint with small brushes, and let the older kids decorate each others faces. Print off some templates for them to copy- just google ‘face painting templates’.
Do heed the warning about store bought food coloring and getting them cleaned up after.
Save some money and make it better, all at the same time thanks to Crystal over at Growing a Jeweled Rose:
Glowing Clay Recipe ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose.
Follow the link at the top for the recipe to make your own modeling clay– a wonderfully creative plaything that works on the right-brain creative side as well as those small motor skills. Unlike play dough, modeling clay air dries to a smooth non-crumbly finish so creations can be kept, even given as gifts to appreciative relatives.
And, of course, it’s all even more fun in glow in the dark colors! Made yourself with this recipe, it’s cheap enough to make a big batch and have the kids create as a party craft activity.
Buy the boxes and add the directions any way you want. These have been painted in chalk board paint so the directions can be changed at will. One die is different movements, the other different directions. Change it up with more creative instructions, such as ‘like a cat’ or ‘like a crab’ or whatever you think of.
Homemade Toddler Game- Get Up & Move Dice ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose
I virtually guarantee you’ll use these again and again– perhaps when an outside diversion is needed or with playmates. With more than two boxes, this would also make a great party activity for these young children.
Good ideas here for fostering a sense of ownership and delight in the books that allow for the experience of reading. Give the kids their own library full of their own books, be they new or found at tag sales or from the library. Print off bookplates to designate ownership and pride in ownership. Work together to organize the books as the child wants.
Creating a Home Library | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets.
If books are important in your home and in your child’s own space, it’s a good step toward making reading an important component of your child’s life.
AND, readingrockets.org is a terrific resource for parents about books covering a wide range of subject areas and a wide range of ages- bookmark it!
As the saying goes- ‘There’s an App for That!” And now there really is. An app that will help preschoolers explore emotions and feelings with these animals and different scenarios that evoke different responses. All without verbal communication, just facial cues- exactly what kids need to learn to ‘read’.
Explore Emotions and Feelings via Interactive Play – Avokiddo Emotions
Non verbal communication and learning about emotions is a greatly overlooked life skill that our kids need to learn, so having an app for it is terrific!
A fun way to prevent the toddler wipe-outs on your beautiful but slippery hardwood floors– Make Your Own Gripper Socks!
I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar: Homemade Gripper Socks
These would also be fun to give as a toddler birthday gift.