We’re already dreaming of the summer – warm golden sand beneath our feet, tossing around in the big bath tub called the ocean, the sun on our back, the wind in our hair – what’s not to love? While it’s still a while away, it’s getting warm enough for us to be daydreaming of all things ocean. While I am not a craft expert, I have been tossing around the internet to find just the right crafts to carry us through what now seems like a long wait to the sunscreen time.
Here are some of my favorites.
Magic Aqua Sand (Paging Fun Mums)
Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft (Learn Create Love)
Egg Carton Turtle (Munchkin Time)
DIY Toy Boats (Inner Child Fun)
Shark Mittens (A Night Owl)
Potato Masher Fish Craft (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Handprint Mermaid (Education.com)
Oven Mitt Shark Puppet (Dollar Store Crafts)
Under The Sea Upcycled Windstock (One Savvy Mom)
Fish Decorations (Buggy and Buddy)
Styrofoam Cup Lobsters (Glued To My Crafts)
Paper Bag Jellyfish (Dollar Store Mom)
Toilet Roll Octopus (Kids Activities Blog)
Paper Plate Oyster (Classified: Mom)
Shaving Cream Seahorse (I Heart Crafty Things)
Egg Carton Jellyfish (All Free Kids Crafts)
Counting Octopus (Reading Confetti)
Once again, I don’t know what I’d do without these wonderful mommies who make my life so much easier! Feel free to comment with more ocean crafts I can use!
Any time there’s a change of season my kids look forward to all the fun seasonal things they’ll do; some of them educational and some just fun. I’m a great believer in using natural phenomena such as the changing weather to engage my little ones in new educational activities, both indoors and outdoors. As we prepare for spring this year, here are three spring learning activities we plan to do together.
“Lady Bug.” By Lauren Hammond, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Create a Garden
My two little gardeners absolutely adore wallowing in dirt, so what better way to teach them about plants and trees than a spot of gardening! Kids love the sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something from scratch and gardening is the perfect outlet for all that pent-up energy. So let him identify what plants, flowers or veggies will do well in your area and take him to a garden center to buy all the stuff you need. The next step is to identify a sunny space in your backyard and let your child get busy with a shovel and spade. As he develops a green thumb, he will take great pride in watching his garden grow. At harvest time, show him how to make a salad with cherry tomatoes, lettuce and the other succulent veggies he grew in his own garden.
Worksheets for Kids
A simple Google search will turn up a large array of websites offering printable spring-themed worksheets for kids, most of which can be downloaded for free. These useful learning resources cover different elementary grade subjects like math, science, social sciences, language arts, coloring, and so on. Your kids can use them to review previously learned concepts or learn new ones. If they get bored, get them excited with fun coloring printables or puzzle worksheets that will get those little gray cells back in action. When my kids were small, I used to download simple, one-page worksheets they could sit down and finish in 10-15 minutes. As they grew older, I started using age-appropriate worksheets dealing with concepts they had already learned in the classroom.
Spring cleaning might not the most glamorous activity to celebrate spring, it is a great learning experience for kids of any age or skill level. Cleaning need not be limited to scrubbing the doors and windows; it also encompasses organizing and rearranging the closets; getting rid of old, unused stuff and decorating your home. When you turn these boring chores into a fun family activity, you are actually helping your kids learn and practice sorting, classifying, problem solving, language comprehension, personal and collective hygiene, along with instilling a sense of ownership.