Monthly Archives: January 2019

Learning Activities: Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and my kids will all be home to commemorate the man that gave so much to help make this world a more inclusive and equal place. My older kids will of course know about Martin Luther King Jr. from class, but it is an excellent time to teach my younger kids all about him. My older kids can get involved in the lesson and share with their siblings the knowledge they already have. This is an excellent way to not only get the younger kids interested, but also to improve the older kids’ knowledge by making them teach it.

I found a log that has many wonderful ideas for activities and lessons for learning about Martin Luther King Jr. Learning In Wonderland has so many ideas, it even has age appropriate lessons for each learning/grade level. Learning In Wonderland also has some incredibly cool free printables that will aid you in your lesson.

Growing up learning about MLK was always one of my favorite lessons. So many lessons we learn in school do not really affect us. We learn things that are old, or that we think we will never need (like algebra I still have not needed it on my daily life and I am in my mid 30s). However, the story of MLK is universal, and it never stops being important. I remember learning about it with a teacher that made the lesson so obvious to me. I was only about 7 years old, and this teacher (the only male teacher I had until high school) brought eggs out for the lesson. We each had a different colored egg, there were blue ones, brown ones, yellow ones, and white ones. He gave us a bowl and told us to crack the egg open. When we opened our eggs they all looked the same. There was nothing different about them at all. It stuck with me.

So this monday I will choose a special activity from Learning In Wonderland and I will share it with my kids. I may even let them crack a few eggs, just so that they can see that while we may look different on the outside we share the same hopes, dreams, and we can all make a difference in this world just like MLK.

Name Trace: Toddler Activity

I have one toddler at home with me during the week. With everyone else at school I like to try and find activities that will help my youngest guy grow and thrive without weighing him down with things he would find boring. He loves arts and crafts, and he loves stickers. I recently started having him try to recognize his name. So we have been finding different ways to have him work on recognize his own name either by coloring it, tracing it, or playing games with it.

I loved this rainbow sticker tracing activity from Preschool Inspirations. It allows him to see and recognize his name while making it fancy and fun for him. He can choose any sticker color he wants, or all Captain America (his favorite) stickers. It is a great activity that helps with fine motor skills while still teaching the child their own name. You can even do this with the alphabet.

It really is a simple and straight-forward way to begin the skill of spelling and recognizing their own name. It can also keep them busy for a few minutes while you finish loading the dishwasher or make lunch. For more incredibly easy yet educational based activities for toddlers check out Preschool Inspirations and get learning!

On-the-Go Snacks: Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix

We run from school to practice and lessons 4 out of 5 days a week. Our only break between school and activities some days is the drive in the car. This can make it difficult to make sure the kids can do their homework and get their snack in before an activity. This has made me the queen of on-the-go snacking recently. I try to make sure that I find recipes that pack a lot of protein and are easily eaten without a huge risk of choking, making a mess, or needing utensils.

One of our favorite on-the-go snacks is trail mix because the kids can eat it while we travel, it isn’t too messy (depending on the kid) and it can be customized to each kid’s likes with very little effort. Store bought mixes tend to be on the sugary side and do not always contain the best protein options. We like to make our own because it allows us to make them a little bit healthier and we can add our favorites to them.

This mix from The Recipe Revival is a great start. This recipe calls for a specific cereal. I like to add some almonds, and cashews, and cut the cereal portion in half. That way they get the nutrition they need to go off and play and still get a little sweetness to their snack. I usually do 1 1/2 cups nuts (half almonds and half cashews) then 1 1/2 cups cereal. The recipe is so easy you can add or subtract according to your wishes.

Be sure to check out The Recipe Revival’s full recipe, and check out the other great recipes while you are there!