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Learn with Play: 150+ Tried and True Activities for Kids

Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year Round Fun and Learning is a new book I am excited to say I contributed to along with 90 other creative bloggers around the world  that are part of the Kid Blogger Network!
New Book! Learn with Play: 150+ Tried and True Activities for Kids.  Huge collection of activities right at your fingertips!

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YES! That is right... 150+ ideas right at your fingertips!  Now I am no stranger to browsing the web for activities for my kiddos, but sometimes time is money and I need an activity ASAP!  

Whether you are looking for an activity for your baby, toddler, preschooler, or 5/6 year old you are sure to find something to do with your child.  This new collaboration has you covered with activities for a quick boredom buster, learning opportunity, rainy day, or just because!
 Learn with Play is available in three formats:
  • soft cover print {$29.95}
  • Kindle {14.95}
  • eBook {One week launch special $9.95 July 7th-14th, 2015!!  After that it will go to $14.95.  If you prefer this type of format, it's a great deal!}
I may be a bit biased as I contributed to this awesome resource, but it truly is jam packed with activities that your kiddos will LOVE!  We contributed two hands-on learning activities for tots and preschoolers.  

The ebook and Kindle version also includes 2 more suggested activities with links on each activity to keep you and your little ones busy!  And the book version is color-coded to make it easy to see if activity is age appropriate for your child.  A lot of creativity, love, and hard work went into this collection!

Topics include:
  • General Play/ Arts & Crafts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Life Skills
  • Organization
  • Seasonal/Holidays
Know anyone who would love a copy of  Learn with Play?.... a teacher, mom, early childhood educator, daycare supervisor, new mom to be... Get a copy today and let me know what you think!



We hope you will love it!
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Jump and Spell: Whole Body Spelling

Exciting news to share!  School Time Snippets is now a monthly contributor over at 123Homeschool4Me!  We'll be sharing fun, hands-on learning activities each month, starting with this one-- Jump and Spell.  

It's a perfect break from spelling from pen and paper and a great way to get your child outside and moving!  Your kinesthetic learner will certainly love this activity; it is a winner at our house as Big Brother often requests this activity {and that doesn't happen often!}.
Head on over to 123Homeschool4Me to see what Jump and Spell is all about! 


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10 Math Activities using Toy Cars

With toy cars costing about a dollar near the checkout line, it is quite easy to gather quite a stash over time.  And with three young boys in our house, I just feel like cars are spilling out of the walls sometimes-- they are everywhere!  However, they aren't just for driving them on the furniture or rolling them back and forth on the ground.... you can use them to sneak in some learning concepts, too!  Toy cars make great math manipulatives!
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Hands-on math activities using toy cars

Here's a list of 10 math activities you can use with your toy cars today to teach colors, sorting, patterns, addition, subtraction and more!

Find the missing number by exploring Number Bonds with cars and tape | School Time Snippets

Create number tunnels and have a car or two drive through! | Kids Play Box

Talk about different attributes such as colors and then practice graphing skills | Dirt and Boogers

Practice counting, recognizing, and writing numbers 1-20 | Frugal Fun for Boys

Grab a few cars of the same colors and explore patterns | Mummy Mummy Mum!

Practice addition with this fun and simple parking lot game | What Do We Do All Day?

Set up a parking lot and solve subtraction equations | Hot Wheels

Count, work on colors, reinforce directional words in printable "Car'd" Game | Toddler Approved

Set up an educational Stop & Go Game for your Preschooler | Bomb Shell Bling

Make your toddler or preschooler his/her own Number Counting and Tracing Book | Playdough to Plato

For a list of math manipulatives and ways to play, check out the Math Made Fun with Manipulatives Series!

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Feed the Shark Fine Motor Game for Kids

The summer months are the perfect time to add in some ocean themed fun and learning.  With Shark Week fast approaching, I decided to put together a simple shark themed fine motor activity for my toddler!

It was a great way to talk about colors, practice counting, and strengthen those fine motor skills in our DIY Feed the Shark Game.
Talk about colors, practice counting, and strengthen those fine motor skills in our DIY Feed the Shark Game.
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Fine Motor Game for Kids

What you'll need:
empty wipes container
construcion paper
pom poms
googly eyes
colored pencils
scissors
tape

To get started you'll need to cut waves from a blue piece of construction paper and a triangle like shape from white construction paper for your shark.  Color the shark gray, add some sharp teeth, and googly eyes.
Next tape the waves to the bottom half of he wipes container.  Open the little flap on top of he wipes container and tape the shark head.

Lay out a bunch of pom poms and invite your toddler to feed the shark!
Talk about colors, practice counting, and strengthen those fine motor skills in our DIY Feed the Shark Game.
Begin by feeding the shark a certain color...
or a certain number of pom poms....
or pom poms that are "small" or "large"....

Or make it a game by adding in a die and seeing who can feed the shark 10 pom poms first!

So many possibilities with this simple fine motor shark game!  Will you be having any shark themed fun in your home soon?  If you have an older kiddo, he/she may like to put together a Shark Lapbook!

More Shark Themed Activities:

Rockin Paper Plate Shark Craft | Artsy Momma
Getting Smart About Sharks Printable{s} | The Natural Homeschool
Shark I Spy Printable | Simple Fun for Kids
/Sh/ Sound Digraph Game | Sight and Sound Reading
Under the Sea Coloring Pages | Living Life and Learning
Shark Cootie Catcher | Easy Peasy and Fun

99 fine motor ideas for ages 1 to 5

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Alphabet Ice Boats for Preschoolers

Beat the summer heat AND work on letter recognition with Alphabet Ice Boats!  My toddler, preschooler, and 7 year old loved this icy alphabet activity.  Set it up on a hot day or in a large pan inside!
Beat the summer heat AND work on letter ecognition with Alphabet Ice Boats!
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Hands-on letter recognition activity

To prep this fun alphabet activity with a unique sensory twist, you'll need:
foam alphabet puzzle mat
craft sticks {courtesy of Craft Project Ideas}
foam triangle stickers

I purchased a foam alphabet from The Dollar Store a few years ago and used it for this activity, however some other type of plastic letter manipulative would work, too {like the letters we used in our alphabet egg hunt activity}.  

Fill up your ice cube trays with the foam alphabet.  Add a tiny bit of water in each tray so that each letter will freeze with the water.  Add it to the freezer and check back in a few hours.  Once frozen pull the trays back out and fill the trays with more water.  

Next, cover the ice cube trays with aluminum foil and poke a craft stick in each ice cube compartment.  Add foam triangle stickers to the craft sticks for your sail.  Place trays back in the freezer.
After a few hours, it is time to let your alphabet ice boats set sail!  Pop the ice boats out of the trays and add them to your water table.

After a few minutes our ice boats started to melt and we were able to rescue the letters and added them to the alphabet mat for a matching activity!
Do you have a fun way to work on letter recognition this summer? Pleae share!

More fun hands-on alphabet activities:


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