Activities for home!
I have recently been amazed at society's reaction to having to stay home! They act as if the world has stopped when, in fact, the natural world has kept going as if nothing has changed! Spring flowers are blooming as always, and the birds have returned with their songs. I have enjoyed their songs as I sleep later and the bright colors on our short walks around the property. I can't change some things that happen but can control how I react to them. I have chosen to enjoy the spring days I usually miss while sitting in the classroom. Instead of stressing about what computer program will be best for my four kiddos while we are stuck at home, I've decided to let nature lead the way and to practice a more leisurely way of learning. We have enough chaotic energy surging through the world right now, so I want my family to feel comfort and claim as we navigate this time. Teachers know that the real-life application of a skill is the best way of learning, so I am using the forced opportunity to do just that! If you are following Wildwood Wonder on social media, you have seen some of our at-home activities. Her is a list of some activities you can do in your yard or inside. They are not hard and are used to create a real-life application experience.
Activities for and home/outside:
Outside/Backyard Scavenger Hunt:
- Exercise, play, curiosity, brainstorming, research, technology, reading, kinesthetic learning, art, and science.
- As you walk around the yard, have the children (as they usually do anyway, lol) pick up little treasures (leaves, moss, acorns, rocks, flowers, and so on). Let them hold them, feel the shapes and textures, look at their form and colors.
- If they pick up leaves, flowers, and plants, they can then research them by using the internet (yes, technology has its downsides, but it also has its advantages, it's our job to teach children how to use it wisely) or if you have field guides and books, they can use those too. Help younger ones look up their nature objects.
- Have each child report their findings and information on their objects.
- If researching is not your thing or possible, have the kids draw their objects. This activity can help develop hand-eye coordination, observational skills, and help build drawing skills.
Writing Letters to Family and Friends:
- Writing, penmanship, communication, grammar, and spelling.
- We have spent the beginning of the mornings, writing letters, and sending cards to our family and friends. It has surprisingly become the highlight of their day. We started by watching the Journey of a Letter on YouTube. We talked about how the history of writing letters and how they were once the only way of communication.
- Then we discussed how to write a letter, address an envelope, and why we need stamps/how to place them. We have a basket full of cards, paper, envelopes, addresses, stamps, and writing utensils. Each child picks a different person to address their letter. That way, family members can have oncoming notes instead of receiving several at one time. Little ones draw or write short sentences, while older kids write more lengthy notes as well as add drawings. They then enjoy their daily ride to the mailbox! My oldest says it reminds her of classic novels little Pride and Predijuce and Little Women, which comes to the next an activity!
- Ask any teacher, and they will say that read is the most important learning tool we have! No matter what the subject, all require knowing how to read. Have your children read for a least 30min a day. If it's a rainy day, why not make it an all-day affair? Cuddle up with a good book!
- P.E. or gym time!
- One of my resolutions was to start yoga as a part of my exercise routine. It turns out that the kids like it too! Well, they like the idea of doing what they think is fun lying on the ground, turning themselves into pretzels, lol. Of course, they aren't doing yoga; they are just having fun, but they are having fun with you! You can find several different beginners' yoga videos on YouTube, and the only other thing you need is a towel to put on the floor. Take it slow, easy, and have fun!
- The fantastic thing about art is you can create with just a pencil! So if that's all you have, it's enough! You can also create with crayons, color pencils, paint, crating items, and even toilet paper rolls (some of you might have plenty of them around now, lol)!
- For younger children, I highly recommend just letting them experiment and play with different materials. They are also amazed that colors can mix and create other colors! So if you have paint or oil pastels, give them just the three primary colors: yellow, red, and blue. Watch as they naturally mix them and discover how they make different colors!
- For older children, you can talk about the color wheel in more detail. How it is made up of primary colors (yellow, red, and blue), secondary colors (Orange, Purple, and Green), and intermediate colors (yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, & yellow-green). You can have them create a color wheel with oil pastels or paint. Both of these media blend well.
- All children love a box of crafting supplies! Just let their imaginations free to create whatever!
- Clean up time is also a great way for children to learn how to responsibly take care of their supplies and work space!
I hope this gave you some ideas and ways to spend time with your little ones! I am also making two downloadable coloring pages available each week, sign up for our VIP Newsletter or the Wildwood Wonder Instagram @wildwoodwonder to get them!
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Keep wandering the wildwoods of life!