Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
Making time in our busy lives for daily or weekly special time with our children is invaluable. Special time can be any activity where parent and child actively engage in play and conversation to build connection. Honoring this time together by putting away cellphones, turning off the tv and focusing on each other is what makes this time special. In part one of the Special Time Series there are 40 activity ideas for infants and toddles. Here are 60 Activitiy ideas for special time with Preschoolers and School Aged children. Pre-schoolers: 3-5 yrs A sure fire way to have successful special time with pre-schoolersis letting them choose the activity and lead the way. Telling mom or dad how to walk across a silly obstacle course or watching a parent get…
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Painted Snow Sculptures in 5 Easy Steps

Painted Snow Sculptures in 5 Easy Steps

Play and Learning
Ever try paiting snow sculptures? This weekend we created some snow masterpieces with buckets, baking sheets, and water color. Along with having lots of fun we explored textures, temperatures, colors and shapes. Here are the 5 steps: 1. We collected snow in buckets and plastic containers. 2. Next we used water colors and a little bit of water to paint onto the snow. 3. We experimented with mixing colors and creating little snow balls. 4. We (ehm, Nicolas) decided to dump the snow pieces onto baking sheets to have more painting surface area. 5. The results...colorful snow masterpieces. Just for fun we decided to store them in the freezer! What kind of snow fun have you been having? I'm Linking up at the Play Academy idea swap!    
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Rivalry To Harmony Part 2: Five Games To Promote Team Work Among Siblings

Family Communication, Kids 5 - 12 years, Positive Discipline
In a different post, I wrote about avoiding and solving conflicts through play. One of the things I wrote about was how I had encouraged my boys to work together as a team.   I received a lot of feedback and questions about other ways to encourage siblings to work together. Here are five games that promote team work among siblings: *The Basket Race: Set a laundry basket full of toys and books that were scattered around in the middle of the room. Set a timer and then challenge siblings to empty out the contents and put them away in the right places before the timer goes off. When the timer goes off celebrate the team victory or ask if the siblings need "overtime" and try again. This is a great way…
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Calming the Storm: Avoiding a Meltdown

Parenting, Parenting Solutions
This is a re-post from my article at Authentic Parenting which first appeared on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Relaxation & visualization techniques dressed in play. It’s the end of a long, rainy morning; we have waited in lines and in traffic. We enter the house, damp and cold, jackets hit the floor and shoes fly. Small feet are running wild. The block tower in the middle of the carpet gets leveled with one precise kick and baby is startled. Cries, screams, whining - Three little creatures need me - now! It’s time to squelch the chaos. How to reconnect with three little ones, at once, meaningfully and calm the storm? Time to pull out some time tested tricks; massage, relaxation and visualization all dressed up in play. First I invite…
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Gone (to play) with the Wind

Play and Learning
Windy Play...part of our summer fun series Windy days can make for some great fun - here are some of the wind projects from our 100 fun things we plan to do this summer list! Speedy Windsock A very easy project to make we have enjoyed making it each year with left over birthday decorations! Materials: Streamers (Creppe Paper), two sheets of construction paper or cardstock per windsock, a stapler, child safe scissors. Directions: Working together cut about 6 pieces of streamers to the approximately double the length of the sheet of construction paper.  Fold the construction paper into a cylinder.  On one end of the cylinder, attach the streamer pieces with a stapler*. From the second sheet of construction paper cut a strip of paper to create a handle…
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Bubble Fun

Play and Learning
Bubble Fun Bubble time is practically a given on any day.  We have a collection of wands and plastic containers we like to use.  In our collection are, traditional wands, self made wands,  straw wands and also a battery wand so that even before being able to work a traditional wand my children have felt like full participants in our bubble games. Blowing bubbles is great fun but then what? Check out the bubble games we like to play. Double Bubble One person is the bubble master and blows bubbles, everyone else is paired up by holding hands and runs around trying to catch and pop the bubbles with the free hands.  This is a great way to foster cooperation and a sure to end up in many laughs.  Try…
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100 Fun Things to do this Summer

Play and Learning
The boys, baby and I have put together a huge list of all the things we want to  try doing this summer.  I tried to organize the list a bit and well here it is...  From bubble games to marbling paint to backyard cooking and other adventures check out our ideas and may we all have a fun filled happy summer! 1.       Play with Bubbles 2.       Make bubble wands 3.       Play Bubble Golf 4.       Make Foaminators 5.       Make Mudpies 6.       Create butterflypies 7.       Cook up rock soup 8.       Build a Windsock 9.       Build a Kite 10.   Build a Wind chime 11.   Create a Wind catcher 12.   Build a Garden Mobile 13.   Create a dream catcher 14.   Paint with finger paints 15.   Paint with water colors 16.   Create marble prints 17.  …
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Spring Time is Bug Time

Play and Learning
For the month of April we are doing a Spring & Bugs theme. Books The Grouchy Lady Bug - Eric Carle The Very Busy Spider - Eric Carle The Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle Art Friendly Ladybugs Giant Spiders Heart Caterpillars Beautiful Butterflies Songs Itsy Bitsy Spider If you are happy and you know it (Grouchy and you know it) March of the Ants Games & Activities Ladybug habitat Spring Time scavenger hunt Bug Boogie Woogie Dance
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15 Play Activities For Rainy Days

Play and Learning
15 activities to do indoors on a yucky day! 1. Build a fort 2. Make paper airplanes 3. Paint with cars 4. Build with Lego 5. Build a book city 6. Read stories 7. Play follow the leader 8. Dance 9. Make up a silly song 10. Play music band 11. Set up an obstacle course 12. Pretend post office 13. Finger paint in the bath tub 14. Bake a cake 15. Go on a treasure hunt.
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vrooooom…car painting

Play and Learning
I find this to be a fun activity for a rainy day. I Line a table with an old shower curtain or table cloth or lots of newspapers. Then lay out long sheets of paper or many smaller sheets of paper tapped together. I Place different colored paints on paper plates. Then place one or two toy cars, trucks, tractors  on each plate. (I like to choose vehicles with various tire patterns) The children cover the tires of each vehicle with paint (rolling car in the paint) and then drive it on the paper.  I model this once or twice but then let them loose... The colorful tracks and the different track textures makes for really cool looking designs! When it's time to clean up we play car wash -…
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