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

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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

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Activity 3: Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

I love to take walks through the neighborhood, especially on cool mornings.  If you don’t have the luxury of taking morning walks, afternoon and evening walks are great too.

When the kids are in the mood to tag along for the exercise, they are usually playing and running around not noticing the beautiful things in our neighborhood.  With my younger ones I like to challenge them to show me things in the neighborhood, there could be hidden gems in front yards and in trees.

For activity three I thought a neighborhood scavenger hunt would be fun during your daily walk. I have my children point out letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and pairs.

I know that every neighborhood is different, but I’m sure your child could find everything on this scavenger hunt list and more.  Please feel free to add to the list or create your own.

   neighborhood scavenger hunt list

Share with The Blue Desk on Facebook and let me know if you used my list,  one of your own, or added to the list.  I would love to know what things you added.  If you take pictures of your outings please tag TheBlueDesk on Instagram.

 

 

Outdoor Chalk Writing

Learning with outdoor chalk

Outdoor chalk fun

Day One: Chalk Writing

Outdoor chalk is one of the greatest tools invented (in my opinion).  The thick chalk is great for beginner writers, it helps build fine motor skills.

Now with outdoor chalk, you can encourage your child to write their name and any sight words they may know.

The greatest gift to a  Kindergarten teacher is for your child to write, identify, and spell their first and last name.

I don’t expect for your child to write out their full name outside on the sidewalk, for all the people we may not trust to see, but writing their first name in fun ways is a great way to have fun while learning.

Check out some of the fun things we did with chalk on my Instagram page.

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.