Who knew that a piece of chalk, a bright sunny day, a patch of concrete playground and a pebble rock can produce fun ways to learn just about anything? All you need is a piece of chalk and a combination of Vitamin D and Vitamin Simple.
I highly recommend to do the hopscotch and learn activities in the sun. You may want to also download these free hopscotch and learn printables as a reference guide to draw on the ground, or on a rainy day the kids can make their toys hopscotch on this fun mats. #hopscotchlearn
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A phone hopscotch for kids to jump dial your phone number. A fun way for kids to remember parents or other important phone numbers.
Jump to NSWE.
Draw out a Cardinal Directions hopscotch - see reference image below
Make 4 chits - North, South, East, and West
The kid stands in the center. Pick a chit, the kid has to hopscotch to that direction. Pick another chit and put the first chit back in the bowl, and hopscotch to the other direction.
So for example, the kid gets North chit.. the kid hopscotches to the North block, then the kid gets West chit, put the North Chit back in the bowl, and the kid hopscotches to the West block and continue the fun. Most smart phones now have a compass app, you may want to use it to mark the NSWE points on the ground.
Replace the classic hopscotch mat with this fun Solar system hopscotch mat, where kids hopscotch the solar system the same way they hopscotch the classic numbers hopscotch
Add relevant colors and relative sizes to the hopscotch mat to add more learning - like the relative sizes of the planets, planet colors etc..
Make a grid 4*5. (You can add more if you'd like – I have done a grid of 100 as well and its super fun)
Start with a basic layout - numbers 1-20 and then based on the kids ages and interests, advance the information on the layout like skip counting/multiples, addition or subtractions, even or odd, prime numbers etc..
Call out the numbers, and ask the kids to cover the number with pebbles, leaves,sticks, pinecones anything nature. To add a fun twist give kids a paint brush and a cup of water and ask them to water paint (erase) the numbers as they are called out. Or simply just hop on the number grid.
When all the numbers in the grid are covered/washed out... the kids can shout "BINGO"
I am in love with the movie "Sound of Music" and the classic Do-re-mi song. When I had my kids I wanted them to experience and fall in love with thesong. As a part of my hopscotch and learn, one of the popular hopscotch mat I made was sing along the Do-re-mi song (below is a reference image)..you can replace the notes with Sa-re-ga-ma (Indian musical notes) or other sing alongs
This completes the 5 activities for theme "Hopscotch and Learn" and I hope this inspires you to many more variations of this wonderful move and learn concept. You can introduce grammar, phonics, letter sounds and any concept through hopscotch mats.
You may have seen many blogs and groups sharing many many paper plate crafts creations, like paper plate clocks, paper plate animals and so much more. I am going to make this activity package really interesting with introduction of unique learning concepts with paper plate and really simple crafts.
#paperplatelearn There are no printables for the paper plate projects. They are hands on creations using paper plates. I recommend you print this page as a reference when working on the paper plate projects.
Create this simple yet a wonderful learning experience with your kids - all you need is paper plate, colors and chalk! Learn about the different moon phases and create a live Moon mirror with this activity. Live Moon/Moon Mirror Instruction Guide:
You need: A paper plate, a pencil or straw, some colors, a flashlight or phone torch light.
Lay the foundation of learning the sun dial, by first introducing this fun coloring Shadow dial activity. On one half of the paper plate, mark different points with different colors. Flash the light on the pencil from the marker points, and ask the kid to color the shadow line with the matching color. Turn the flash light around the plate to show the moving shadow like a clock movement.
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You need: 4 paper plates (half ,quarters, sixths,eighths), scissors , crayons and sketch pens/markers
You can make this craft more fancier with cutouts, shredded papers , glue and tapes etc . These are simple creations by my 4 year olds and my finishing touches..
Create paper plate food - we created - chocolate chip cookie, water melon , pizza and a slice of orange. For the seeds and toppings etc use sketch pens first and then on top we colored with crayons
Once the food is ready - create reference lines for your kids or if they are older ask them to draw it.
This craft can be used for different age groups - the very young ones can play it like a puzzle, then they can count the number of parts to the whole, as they grow older learn part names - halfs, quarters etc, then they can start making dividing lines and cutting when they are ready and scale it as the kids get older to write the fractions , draw and cut fractions etc... and all ages can color and make the paper plate foods - simple or fancy ones
To help the kids draw the fraction lines or cut the lines , you can use this explanation -
Cut in Half - a standing line
Cut in Quarters - a standing line and sleeping line
Cut in Sixths - a cross and sleeping line
Cut in Eighths - a cross ,standing line and sleeping line
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You can use this diy doodle plate to doodle alphabets/numbers/anything... any plate in your house can be repurposed for this diy easy doodle craft. Great doodle craft for all age groups. I have a doodled continents on this doodle plate!
You need: Paper plate, melted butter, unsharpened pencil,
food color powder/rangoli or holi colors/turmeric/kumkum color /color chalk powder /flour/salt/sand any sensory powder spread
A hands on way to introduce latitudes, longitudes, equator and prime meridian with this simple craft.Involve the kids to paint a globe view on the paper plate. Put push pins or nails around the paper plate. With pipe cleaners or yarn or shoelace whatever is handy tie north and South Pole to show the Prime Meridian , equator and longitudes and latitudes - older kids can do this activity hands on , and younger kids can observe their paper plate craft with these extra dressings. Alternatively, the kids can draw latitude and longitude lines on the paper plates
You need: Paper plate, push pins or small nail pins and pipe cleaner/shoe lace/yarn/color pens. (Important: Do not use rubber bands on a paper plate geo board. If you want to protect the push pins on the back, you can use earring backings.)
These fun activities are creative and engaging. Break the alphabets out of the worksheet
prison, let them run out of the flashcards, puzzles, and toys and let’s get them free!
Some of these might be fun even for your older ones. Ready to Try !
Download these free Alphabet Wonder printables and get your creativity spinning.
Download these free Alphabet Wonder printables and get your creativity spinning. #alphabetwonder
Mix and match alphabets, or match the alphabet and their reflections and create something new. I hereby solemnly swear that this activity involves alphabets and only alphabets without any props. Use play dough on these mats or alphabet puzzle pieces/alphabet magnets to see the formations. Laminate the printable or put it in a clear sheet protector and trace these fun alphabet formations.
Disclaimer: No alphabets have been harmed during this presentation.
Human Alphabet Creations, engage with your kids to make fun human alphabets. Can be played with siblings, or parents along with the kids. Makes great photo shoots – Get Clicking!!!
Once upon a time, there were specialist typewriting teachers who had techniques to teach to get to faster typewriting skills and not peck and hunt like we do. As the typewriters faded away, so did the typing technique. Bring it back...here is what experts have to say http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech072.shtml
Next time when you are with the laptop, open a new Word document , I like to increase the font size to 24 or higher .. as I engage my kids with a fun typing game .. type your name.. spell the animals, number, press enter and go to new line, change font color etc.. and they love doing their “work” and pretend to be busy grownups as they acquire some basic keyboard skills
Also download the free keyboard and monitor printable and make your own laptop craft so they can pretend play when they do not have access to your computer. All you need is any packing box (carton) which can be repurposed for this craft.
It’s really fun but very hard. Why sing Z to A? – It’s a great way to reinforce the love of alphabets. Most kids or adults cannot say the alphabet backward, and this new talent will give your kids a confidence boost and a super fun thing to know I promise!
Use the reference chart and sing to the Z to A song.
Listen to the Audio
Use the below image as a reference to play iSpy around the house, a great way to add perspective thinking for kids.
Also take iSpy out to the road. Play iSpy Alphabet when you are in the car or traveling. Start with letter A , For example iSpy an Airplane in the sky, iSpy a Burger King/bank on the left, iSpy a cat on the streets and so on.. you can take turns and help the kids. You can also try to find the letters of the alphabet in street signs
Download and print the Popsicle alphabet stencil mat. Place the sticks on the mats and create alphabets. Laminate the mats for multiple uses. Use tak putty /adhesive putty glue with the Popsicle sticks for fun sticking.