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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.

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!

Apple Pie Playdough: Sensory Crafts

Are you looking for some fun sensory crafts for your little ones? Sensory activities are important for early learning development since they teach children  about the world around them through their senses. Children under the age of 3 love sensory activities, they are even an excellent teaching tool for children with developmental delays. Sensory activities and crafts span many different levels and can be used to teach, comfort, or interact with your kids. One great sensory activity is the use of playdough. Playdough can be molded, shaped, smelled, and squished. It is also incredibly simple to make. Apple Pie Playdough

What You Will Need:

2 cups baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) 1 cup corn flour (corn starch / mazina) 1.5 cups water 1 Table Spoon vegetable Oil Red Food Coloring 1 Tablespoon cinnamon + 1 Tablespoon All spice (cake spice / Christmas spice)

What You will do:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pot.
  2. If you would like to add food coloring – add it to the water before you start cooking – it is so much easier this way – rather than kneading in at the end!
  3. Stir well before cooking. The corn flour will initially be hard to stir, but it will all come together and turn into a runny liquid.
  4. Put it onto the stove and cook until it turns into a thick mush – and becomes really hard to stir.
  5. It will still be a little more sticky than the play dough will end up once it is cooled and kneaded.
  6. Set aside for a few minutes and knead when cool enough to touch.
  7. At this point if you would like to add an apple pie scent – then add in the spice and knead further.
Now you can add cookie cutters, rollers, pipe cleaners, and other items that can be poked through, stuck in, or will cut in to the dough to let your kids explore the ways in which the dough can be used. Enjoy!