Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Basketball Memory



Here is a fun little matching game you can make for your kids!
Also a fun way to review COLORS! You don't need many supplies and all it takes is 4 easy steps!


Supplies:
  • Construction paper in various colors
  • White Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Glue

Prep Work:

1. Use a small cup and trace 2 circles on each piece of construction paper. (**OR--Just trace the circles on one of the papers and stack the others underneath to cut!)

2. Cut out the circles.




3. With a black marker, draw the following lines on each circle to make it look like a basketball: A line from top to bottom. A line from side to side. Two curved lines on each side.



4. Cut your white cardstock into rectangles big enough for the balls to fit on, then glue them on.


**(Optional: If you want these to last a while, go ahead and laminate them, or cover them with clear contact paper).

TIME TO PLAY!

  • Lay all the cards face down.
  • Take turns with your child picking 2 cards and see if they match. This is also a fun way to review COLORS with your little ones. Whenever they flip over a card, have them name the color.
  • Whoever makes the most matches wins! :)



HAVE FUN!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Baseball Spelling



A fun activity for Spring Baseball season, or ANY time of the year!
Here is a great way to practice letters, spelling, and reading with your little ones.

Supplies:
  • White cardstock - 1 piece
  • Brown construction paper - 1 piece
  • Green construction paper - 1 piece
  • Markers, red & black
  • Scissors

Prep Work:
1. Trace 6 circles onto the white cardstock. You can use a cup to trace. Then cut them out.





2. With a red marker, draw 2 curvy lines on the side of the circles, and small straight lines going through the line, like the stitches in a baseball:




3. With a black marker, write the letters A, B, C, H, M, T on each of the balls:



4. Draw a bat shape onto the brown construction paper. Cut it out and trace 3 more on the paper, so you have 4 bats.



5. On the bats, write the words: BAT, CAT, HAT, MAT:



6. Trace a bat shape, and 3 circles onto the green construction paper:



7. **Optional: If you want this activity to stand the test of time, go ahead and laminate it, or cover the pieces in clear contact paper. Then you can enjoy it without worrying about pieces getting ripped and wrinkled. :)

 All done, ready to play!


Play Ball!!

Have your child place one of the bats onto the green paper. Read the word with them and then let them find and place the baseballs with those letters into the circles. Have them sound the word out again and read it to you.



I decided to keep it very simple and just use a few -AT words so LB(4) could hear how they all sound and practice basic reading skills. You could easily add more bats and baseballs to this activity as your child progresses with their reading!



HAVE FUN!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easy DIY Easter Egg Garland




Here is a super simple way you can decorate for Easter this year!
And best of all, it's simply re-using the eggs we already cut out from our Egg Patterns Activity we did a few days ago. :) Score!

Supplies:
  • Craft foam in any Easter/Spring colors.
  • Yarn or string
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
Make it!

1. As I mentioned above, I first cut out these Eggs as a simple Egg Pattern activity I did with my little ones They had a lot of fun with it, so if you're going to cut out the eggs, maybe you can do that activity first before you string the eggs up to decorate. :) Multi-purposing at it's best!! Click the link below to see the post about the Easter Egg Patterns activity:


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2014/04/easter-egg-patterns.html


2. As described in the Pattern activity, first you need to cut out a bunch of easter egg shapes from your craft foam. I folded a piece of paper and drew half an egg shape, cut it out and unfolded it. Then I traced that onto the craft foam. :)


3. I cut 3 eggs out of each of the 4 colors I chose:


 ***(This is where you can stop and do the Patterns Activity if you want!) 



4. Next, put 2 holes into the top of each egg with a Hole-Puncher:




5. Cut a long piece of yarn or string, and lace it through each of the holes on the eggs, stringing them all together. You can even have your child help you with this part. They can follow a pattern as they lace. Great skills practice!




6. When they're all on, space them out evenly. Tie small loops into the ends of your string and put it wherever you want it to hang, using Push-Pins if needed. 


HAPPY EASTER!