Hopscotch Fun

Hopscotch

Activity 6 – Hopscotch

The famous game of hopscotch continues to be a great go-to for outdoor fun and learning potential.

Using numbers, you can have your child write the numbers in the boxes and identify the numbers as you play.  Another great way to learn is to have your child add two of the numbers the rock lands on.

A variation of this game is to use letters that spell sight words, your child’s name, or letter blends. Take this opportunity to practice letter sounds.

How to play hopscotch

Instructions from kidspot

Advertisements

Bubbles

Fun with bubbles

Activity 5 – Bubble Making

Nothing marks the beginning of summer like bubbles.  There are so many great ways to enjoy bubbles and this activity allows your child to make their own.

Measuring and numbers will be the hidden learning factor of this fun activity. Below are the ingredients and measurements to make homemade bubble solution.  I have also included some great websites that show you how to create different sized bubbles.

Bubble Recipe

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of dish detergent ( I used Dawn, I read it works better)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tbsp of glycerine
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder

This recipe came from the Happy Hooligans

All of the ingredients need to be mixed in slowly with the water.  It is best to start with the corn starch, working to have it dissolve as much as possible.  The recipe stated that you should wait an hour before using the solution, so while we waited for this solution we made an easier and faster solution, which is listed below.

Easier quicker bubble recipe

Take this opportunity to show your child the difference between 1 cup and a 1/2 cup.  Show them a tablespoon and a teaspoon and ask which one do they think holds more.

This activity also teaches your child how to follow directions and patience. Snap some pictures of your bubble day, post to Instagram, and tag thebluedeskblog.

Water Play

Learning with water play

Activity 4 – Water Play

Water play is the best for having fun and cooling down.  This activity can take place in a pool, a water table, or a homemade water play station.  These activities are not intended for you to spend money or travel to far from home.  These are fun learning activities that can take place any time of the day, on any budget, and the time spent doing the activities is totally up to you and your child.

With water play, you want to add the learning by gathering some toys or safe objects out of the home.  Go through the items one by one and ask your child if he/she thinks the object will sink or float.  If your child does not know what sink or float means, this is the perfect opportunity to teach them and give a demonstration.

In the past, with my class, I would always prepare a science sheet for them to draw or write about their experiments.  Below I have provided the worksheet if you want to get in some extra writing practice with your child.

science worksheet

I have also provided some websites that show you how to make your own water table.  If this is not an option for you, the kitchen sink works great for this experiment.

My Life with Littles

Southern Bell DIY

Sand Play

Sand Box Play

Activity 2: Sand Play

Everyone loves sand play, the young and the old.  Well, the young may like it a bit more than the older, because the older has to clean it up and out of everything once play time is over.

Besides all of that, sand play can be as big or as small as your child or the person who has to clean it, desires. This can be a part of a beach day or some afternoon fun in the backyard.

Group of colorful letters on purple tableThe activity I have for today is hiding magnet letters and numbers in the sand and having the child search for the letters and numbers and then put them in order.  This an easy game and if you don’t have a sandbox don’t fret you can make a sandbox out of a plastic container.  When teaching I would provide the plastic shoe boxes. I would fill the boxes with sand and allow individual play.  I would hide little treasures and provide a list of things they needed to find in the sand.

If you don’t have the magnet letters and numbers you can use anything that is sturdy enough to hold up to sand play with single letters and numbers.

I have a template you can download for free and all you need to do is laminate and cut.  I put them in circles so it is easier to cut. You can also color them if you desire, or make it a learning activity by having your child do the coloring and asking them to identify each letter or number.

Teachers Pay Teachers Link –   Template

 PDF file –  alpha and num

Be sure to share how this activity went on Facebook and tag TheBlueDesk on Instagram.

From Preschool to Kindergarten

Summertime Learning Fun

Summertime Learning Fun

It is time for SUMMER BREAK and I know parents, as much as children are ready for SUMMER FUN.

Well, although summer means taking a break from the daily routine of school work and school related things, I am a true believer in mixing learning with fun.

Yes, you can have fun and learn at the same time, and it is my goal to make transitioning your child from Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten into Kindergarten painless.  This is an exciting time.  Your child entering Kindergarten and gaining independence along the way is a great reward.

I have some tips and activities that will help you achieve this milestone with fun.

Tori Books by Tawania and Tyra Murdock

Sight Word Reading Series

To not overwhelm I will post an activity a day starting from June 1st until July 31st.  You can pick and choose which activity to do with your child or you may want to be a rock star and complete all of the activities.  As an incentive, I will be giving away “Tori Books, a Sight Word Learning Book” print addition. All you would need to do is Like the Blue Desk on Facebook and let me know how the activity worked out for you and your child.

Liking or subscribing to the Facebook page automatically enters you for a chance to win a sight word book, but adding your comments doubles your chances.

Some days I may feel overconfident and post more than one activity.  These activities will help strengthen writing skills, letter recognition, letter sounds, number recognition, and sight word learning. Bonuses will include science projects and STEM activities.  I will share websites, software, Pinterest activities, and books to integrate into your learning and fun time. The goal is to create a fun learning experience that will help your child prepare for kindergarten.

I will post activities to Twitter, Pinterest, and to Instagram, but Facebook and The Blue Desk blog will have details and other information.

 

 

Kindergarten Readiness, 5 ways to prepare your child for Kindergarten

Little girl writing the alphabet

Most times when Christmas break approaches parents of preschoolers and Pre-k children began to wonder if their child will be ready for Kindergarten, in the fall. It is not premature to think about the readiness of your child, and how much more time is needed to prepare them for SCHOOL. It is a nightmare that every parent faces, unless you are that parent that has a child who adapts in any and every situation. Kudos to you and your nice life. To everyone else I know that anxiety.

I have a large family so I did not think about how ready my child was until the end of their pre-k year of school.  I procrastinated over the summer and three weeks before school started I got serious.  I wish I had paid attention and prepared long before then.

The mother part of me, thought I had dropped the bomb, but the teacher part of me knew it was not rocket science, just some patience and organization.

Now, kindergarten readiness does not just mean academically ready, because there are many children who never set foot in a structured learning environment until kindergarten or even 1st grade.

Continue reading