Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Easter and Spring Activities!

Over the next couple of weeks we will be exploring Easter and Spring activities when we can't be outside enjoying this beautiful spring weather.  Some of our topics will be bugs, ducks, chicks, bunnies and other "spring" topics as they arise.

Free Style
The first "workbox" is always similar.  I keep a spiral notebook, doodle pad, crayons and colored pencils in there.  Periodically I change out the extras based on whatever our extra theme is.  Currently there is a butterfly notepad and bug stickers.  Those plastic Easter things are similar to spirographs.  I do not set an objective with the items in this drawer.

Peg Games
I love these little peg games (and so do the boys) and was happy to find the Easter edition.  The Bunny Jacks are from Target's $1 spot, and the Bunny Brain Game, Tic Tac Toe and Finish Line are from Dollar Tree.

Elliott is teaching Emory how to play Finish Line by rolling a die and counting the spaces, but Elliott and I will play by adding the numbers on two dice.  If he gets the correct answer he gets a point and can move one space.  The other two games will work on strategy and logic, while Emory can use them for fine motor skills.

Easter Egg Matching and More
This is pretty self-explanatory.  Emory will easily be able to match by design, but I've noticed he has to double check himself when matching tops/bottoms, so this will help him discriminate sizes.  These are also fun to play with!

The boys also love having eggs to play with for their own egg hunts or animal hatching games, so I'm sure there will be plenty of imaginative play!

Painting
The boys will be able to paint their own Cross.

Bug Addition
This is a Bug Bingo game from PreKinders, but I will alter the game and have Elliott roll two dice, and write an addition equation in the bug.

Puzzles
Animal Habitat Puzzle:  It's not specifically "spring" (penguins and polar bears?) but it's simple two piece puzzles that Emory can do.


 Caterpillar Puzzle:  This says 5+ but I think Elliott and I will be working it together.  The neutral colors and smaller pieces might make it a little difficult. 

Butterfly Puzzle:  This was too cute to pass up when I found it for $2.50 at Target a couple of months ago.  It's perfect for spring and summer!

Activity Pages
I don't force worksheets, but I do offer them, and occasionally Elliott will choose to do one.  This is a letter "B" cut/paste activity, and underneath is an Easter coloring page.  Both were from a stack of worksheets that a Kindergarten teacher sent me.

Pre-Writing Notebook
Elliott is finally starting to show a real interest in writing, as I've noticed he's writing his brother's name and "power rangers" on everything he draws!  However, I still have this notebook for quiet time.  There are a few standards (alphabet tracing, number tracing and other similar pages), but I added some seasonal mazes:  Bunny, Easter egg basket, a flower, bee hive, duck, etc.


Big Backyard 
Elliott loves his subscription to Your Big Backyard magazine.  This is the April edition that came last week.  They make a great read for rainy day weather.

Pattern Blocks
I used several pattern block mats from PreKinders.  I chose the rabbit, duck, dragonfly, butterfly, flower, caterpillar, and bee.

Bunny Hopping
I found this egg of hopping rabbits at Target's $1 spot, and they are essentially like Ants in the Pants.  I paired them with this green basket so the bunnies can hop home!  There are three colors, which means we can compete against each other, but it is also a great individual/quiet time game.

Easter Sensory Tub
I made up a quick, simple Easter Sensory Tub for Emory, and he's enjoying dumping the rice!

Critter Matching
For Emory, he can simply match the bugs to the pictures.  For Elliott, I will read the physical description and see if he can name the critter without seeing the picture or toys.  If not, I will let him look at the toys and see if he can match it to my description.  The magnifying tweezers are from an inexpensive bug house kit, and are just for fun.

Handicrafts
The boys received these kits as gifts, so daddy will help them build a bird feeder and a bird house, and hopefully it will enhance their nature study too.


Book Basket
As usual, I have a themed book basket from which to choose our nightly readings.  There are Easter themed books, but there are also several books related to commercialized symbols of Easter (ducks, rabbits, etc) and signs of spring, like insects and other critters.  There's a lot of science in the basket this month!


Linked Up:  It's Playtime, Enchanted Thursdays, Teach Me Tuesdays, Thinky Linky Thursday, Thematic Thursdays, Homeschooling on the Cheap, Thrifty Thursday, Fun Stuff Fridays, TGIF, Sharing Saturday, Crafty Moms Share, Kids Co-op, Link & Learn

9 comments:

  1. Love the critter matching! The Home Depot and Lowe's craft kits are always so much fun! I can not tell you though how many times my poor husband has been accidentally hit with a hammer by our daughter (but they have a great time and are making good memories). Thanks for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

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  2. Lots of great activities. My favorite is the Easter Sensory Bin. Thanks for linking up!

    Diana
    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network

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  3. I'd like to invite you to share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Friday @Toys In The Dryer http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/03/fun-stuff-fridays-16.html.

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  4. What great learning activities for spring! I love that you kept you sensory bin very simple as well. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  5. Hi Brittney! I love all of your awesome Spring and Easter ideas! thanks for sharing!

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  6. What great ideas you have here!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will join us again this week!

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  7. You have so many great ideas here! Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!! See ya' soon!

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  8. My little 'Chook' would love your bug matching game. I love how you plan to extend the game for the older child. Thanks for linking up to The Kids Co-op!

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    1. So many fun activities! That pirate ship birdhouse is AMAZING!!! I am sending my husband out to get one to make with my son!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF!! See you tomorrow!
      Beth =-)

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