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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES
State and national parks usually have a huge variety of educational opportunities! Most offer history and science activities in addition to hiking! Call the ones near you for more info!
Some of my readers’ favorite educational websites!
Enchanted Learning – one of my favorites too. Well worth the yearly fee!
Grey Olltwit Educational Software
Answers in Genesis
Make some heart shaped cookies. Break a few of them.
Ask your kids about times when they have been heart broken. Then take an unbroken heart. Compare it to Jesus. Tell your kids that Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted. Put icing on that cookie and then place a broken cookie on top of the unbroken cookie.
Cover the broken cookie with icing. Explain that when we join our hearts to Jesus, He covers us with His love (icing) and heals our hearts. Let your kids make their own mended hearts and eat them!
Backpack scavenger hunt. Start out with an empty backpack that it closed. Ask your child to find something orange and put it in a certain pocket. Make sure they close the pocket when they are done. Then ask them to find something shiny and something soft to put in another pocket. Again, have them close it. Now ask them to find 3 items with different descriptions. Keep going until they can’t remember or they get bored. This activity sharpens listening skills and fine motor skills.
Middle School – High School
Have your kids look up synonyms for love in a thesaurus and write an essay giving examples they have experienced or observed of each.
Many local TV and radio stations have classes for storm spotters. Get your teen involved! Even if they never become a storm chaser, the things they learn will help keep them safe.
Things to do with a magnifying glass:
- Investigate coins.
- Compare what you can see with and without it.
- Look at plants.
- Try walking while looking through it! (Be sure to have someone spotting so your kids don’t run into things!
- Examine rocks.
- Start a fire! (You know if your kids are old enough for this!)
- Find out what happens when you look through two magnifying glasses at the same time.
- Make some fingerprints and look at them.
- Look at bugs.
- Try looking through it with one eye then both and at varying distances.
- Discuss ways people use magnifying glasses in everyday life.
- Research how magnifying glasses are made.
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Make a counting bug! Draw a lady bug. Have your child color it. Then make some number spots from black construction paper. (I used white-out to paint the numbers.) Have your child pick out a number spot and place that many pom-poms on the lady bug’s back. Do some simple arithmetic by pointing out the number of pom-poms your child has placed on each side of the lady bug’s back saying, “2+2=4”.
Throw a pair of dice. Have your kids add them together and then go up that number of steps and then slide back down. Make sure you practice step safety by using the handrail!
Middle School and Up
Jesus could trace his family tree clear back to Adam on both His mother’s and His father’s side. How far can you trace yours back? Is there anyone in your family that has done extensive research? Have your kids contact them. Most family historians are happy to share!
Create a calendar tracking the significant points in a historical events such as a famous battle, a presidential election or a disaster.
Daniel’s Place has several ways to create Egypitian crafts!
In most schools, K-3 is basically all about teaching kids to read, write and do math. And so it should be, but there’s no reason you can’t work a little history in there! Here’s a few ideas. Please add yours in the comments!
- Read books about famous inventors, sports figures, musicians, leaders, explorers, etc.
- Make a timeline. Place pictures of all these people on it.
- Locate where these people lived on a world map. Pin pictures of them or something that symbolizes what they did where they lived. In the case of explorers, use a marker to trace their travels.
- Have a toga day! Dress up in togas and learn about Ancient Greece and Rome.
- Build a pyramid out of sugar cubes.
- Create puppet shows about historical events.
- Go to museums.
- Visit an antique store. Call ahead to arrange a tour. Most owners love to talk about the history of their inventory.
- Draw the outline of a covered wagon 4′ x 18′ in your driveway. Try to imagine living in it.
- Do some tie-dye and have a 60s day!
- Build a tee-pee.
- Explore the history of the Olympics. Pin pictures of torches on your map of all the places it has been held. Have a mini-Olympics. Watch videos of the competitions and try to recreate as many events as you can at home.
Start a musical instrument file by finding several pictures of different instruments. Past them into a document on the computer. Then find examples of those instruments being played and put the URLs next to the picture. You could also write a little about the history and typical uses of each instrument. Keep adding to your file at least once a week and as you find new instruments.
Hive-Five Brain Break: Set a timer for 1-5 minutes. Tell your kids to see how many times they can high-five before the timer goes off. The only rule is that they can’t high-five the same person twice in a row.
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