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Shamrock Homeschool Activity

We do not homeschool, but we do have a toddler home most of the week, and we love to give him fun and educational activities to keep him busy and give him a small introduction to classwork. We are still doing a lot of themed activities each month, that way we introduce him to the holidays each month.

This fun St. Patrick’s Day activity is not only fun it also helps to teach and enhance math skills. This activity created by 123 Homeschool 4 Me helps to teach counting to younger learners. Counting is such an important skill and can be taught in so many fun and interactive ways. This holiday themed activity makes counting fun as well as relevant to what is happening now. Kids think they are playing a fun game but they are also learning how to do important math skills.

Head on over to 123 Homeschool 4 Me and get the full tutorial. While you are there check out some other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities and many other non-themed learning activities. No matter which one you choose you and your little one will find yourselves learning while having a great time playing together.

New Year’s Countdown: Kid Style

Did you know that Netflix does a children’s countdown for New Year’s Eve that can be played at anytime on New Year’s Eve? If you are a Netflix subscriber you can play a countdown for your kids at anytime. So your kids can still be a part of the holiday celebrations and still be in bed by 9pm! This is truly a great idea. It makes it simple for kids to participate without expecting them to make it all night. 

While my older kids will make it to midnight, my youngest two NEVER do. But they are always jealous that they miss out on what the older kids get to experience. Last year we played one of the Netflix countdowns (they make several, and all themed for your kid like Trolls, Word Party, etc.) we had party poppers, sparkling cider, party hats, and treats. My youngest kids got to eat treats and sip drinks with us as we played the countdown. As the countdown began we prepared our party poppers, donned our hats, and held our glasses of cider. When the “New Year” rang we popped, sipped, and toasted to a year of health and happiness! 

Then we quietly prepared the kids for their bedtime routine, and they went to sleep. That left the rest of the night for us adults to play games, chat, and enjoy one another’s company. we also had the chance to ring in the New Year at midnight and share a kiss without the small kids making gagging noises. All in all it makes for an excellent little New year Festivity. So if you have Netflix be sure to check out their New Year’s Eve countdown for kids this year! 

Holiday Crafts: Christmas Light Fingerprints!!

It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn in ot keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration. 

This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone. 

I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft at their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts. 

As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the “string” line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.

Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself!