17+ Activities to Try this Summer When your Kids Say, "I'm Bored"


After spending many months and hours of distance learning due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I am sure you are wondering "how I can continue at this pace?" I am sure it still is and was a difficult situation especially since many of us are working from home as well.


After months of making sure our kids are social distancing, trying to explain why our children weren't able to play with their friends, visit grandparents, keeping kids focused before, during and after learning sessions at home, were challenging for us all.

Our dedicated teachers, who would much rather be in their classrooms with our children, found themselves teaching through video, send home packets as well as using distance learning resources.

One silver lining among many others in “Slow the Spread” and schools closed, is that many parents, who are not teachers, have a new reality of what teaching is really like…now mind you, parents are not teaching entire classes of students, but I bet they would pay teachers much more now that first-hand experience comes into play! 

So looks like we are in this together for a bit longer with camps, sports and even some pools not opening until July or even later!

At least that's the prediction in my state!  So let’s be proactive and just maybe you might be able to use some of these ideas to turn a "boring" day into a happier day and save your sanity! Whether working from home, needing a break or just wanting your  kiddos to do something productive. If this sounds like YOU, then this post is for YOU!

So Here are 17+ Activities to Try this Summer When your Kids Say,"I'm Bored!

Get your online shopping on

Mary Poppins' Bag or Basket:

I know many of us can’t browse around aisles of local stores, but...WE CAN shop 
online and find some puzzles, workbooks, design coloring books or just plain old coloring books, crafts, craft supplies to bring out those inner crafters. 

Children need to occupy themselves on days that you need to get to work. 
If you can’t go out and if you are like me, you already have many items at home you can use:  pennies, books, games, tic-tac-toe sheets or boards, paper or plastic cups, etc. 

Scoop up these items and grab an old purse, beach bag or basket to transform into your “Super Stash Bag/Basket.” 

Hide or leave this in your special secret spot and when you need it, simply whip it out and, voila; you have something new and easy for your kids to do. 

I always had a tote like this ready to go when I cared for my grandchildren. It was always stashed away in my car and if I heard the phrase “I’m bored,” it appeared like magic! 


Play Hide and Go Seek: 

I know you are probably wondering what planet I came from just thinking about this idea, but playing hide and seek with favorite puzzles, Legos, learning worksheets, sight words, fluency sentences, math flashcards or whatever you can think of that
will encourage your kiddos to explore or want to find is perfect!  this "game" might just keep your child occupied for a fairly long time. 

How to Play this Hide and Seek Game:


Hide parts of a puzzle in places that might be a little difficult to find but not so challenging that you hear, “Mom, I can only find 3 pieces of the puzzle or I need your help!” This should to be fun and engaging...hiding places should be hard enough so it takes time for your child to find all the pieces, but easy so he or she does not reach a frustration level looking for them. After all the pieces are found, your child can reassemble the puzzle, construct with Legos or play the game. If you work from home, you might take this time to add a break into your schedule and give a little TLC and do the puzzle together. 

You can also do this with math facts, sight words, vocabulary words or letters or any types or learning activities your child may need to reinforce through the summer.  This can also be done outside especially if you are not working from home or you can do it outside just to be outside.

Remember to keep it simple and fun! 

The Mini Office: 


This idea is one of my all time favorites. I have used this many times with my own children and grandchildren when I had work to finish and it is a super activity for parents who work from home. (this little guy is just pretending to "work" but the older ones are who I am referring to with this idea.
Set up an area in your office or near your workspace with supplies a child might need to “work” alongside you. 
Perhaps a telephone, computer, adding machine, stickers, paper, crayons, pencils, sale slips, appointment slips, sticky notes, pens, erasers...whatever you can think of that your child might love to “work” with while you are focusing on your work and all these activities listed below integrate learning!

You can even assign “work” by asking your child questions; such as:

  • “Can you make a list of all the places I can take my client for dinner next week?” or “ Mr. Jones is coming for lunch on Thursday. What should we serve? Write ideas for me.” Your child can draw a picture of all the places to go or make a list of all the food you might serve
  • Make a list of all the words you can spell or all the math facts you can solve.
  • Make a menu of what we can have for dinner tomorrow. 
My little ones love this and the last time I saw my granddaughter, she asked, “Mimi, can we work together again?” We had so much fun whistling and singing while we worked! (Ummm you don't want me to add an audio of our singing, but just trust me that we did sing,"Whistle While You Work"...

Did I mention there is one drawback? You might have a mess, but if you can get something done, the clean up is worth it! 

Kinetic Sand: 

Kinetic Sand can create hours of fun for any age. I have to confess...I get fascinated playing with it myself! Give your kids a bin or 9X13 cake pan, plastic cutting board or cookie sheet, cookie cutters, puzzle pieces, plastic utensils, buttons or anything you have around the house and let them create. I am sure they will come up with zillions of creative sculptures and ideas that will occupy them for hours. 

You can find some great activities for sculpting with Kinetic Sand in Dyan Robson’s book Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids. 

Dyan also mentions on her blog, “Next Comes L,” that “all the activities are low preparation, which means you can set them up within seconds” and contain “three full color photos per activity.” The set up of this book encourages working independently, which is great for work at home parents. 



Scavenger Hunt:  

This idea is the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game with a twist. You can have pre-made cards or simply make them up as you go. 

Visualize this scenario: You are sitting in your office. You can hear footsteps coming and that little rascal calling out that infamous phrase, “I’m bored.” You’re in the middle of a report that was due “yesterday.” Panic sets in. Then you remember the game from this post...you quickly give your child 3-4 clues about an object to find in your house.  if this is not you...maybe you are trying to get something important completed...dinner...an idea for next year's class...whatever your "MUST DO" is.

You might say, “ I am thinking of an object that is pink stripped and I wear it at night. Can you guess what I am thinking and find it?” Your child scurries out the door to find the object you described. 

When the object is found, your child receives a point. You continue giving clues until you have exhausted all the non-breakable items in your house. 

Award a prize after a certain number of points are scored and your kiddos will want to play over and over again. Who doesn’t work for an incentive or a reward over time? Oh and the end result...your "Must do" gets completed by the deadline or at least close to it! 

Here are Some Fun Activities Online

I was so excited when I found these. I was thinking of how much my own grandchildren would love to have these options this summer!  All of our summer camps are closed where we live so these would definitely be something to put in your summer toolbox!

Virtual Summer Camp: 


Be sure to check out this fantastic Virtual Summer Camp for Grades PreK-Grade 5
They give you a weekly program to follow that includes Virtual field Trips, Reading, Writing and Science Ideas. Weekly tips for Families and a "Stay Sharp" area, which takes you to other sites for more learning ideas.  I am thinking it is a great idea for summer especially if you are working from home or NOT!

"Madlibs" Online:

I have a 7 year old granddaughter that LOVES "Madlibs", but these have a twist in that you fill in the parts of speech by typing them into a frame provided online. You know the topic or theme or the story but have no idea of any of the sentences so as you add you nouns, verbs, adjective, colors etc.  you only know the words you added! After you submit the creators add them into the writing piece and then you can read the silly story you created!  Squigly's Playhouse: I even had fun doing this.
Here is one we wrote:

Today I went to beach with my teacher. While we were there, we came across the cutest teal balloon animal monkey. His name was Flubber and we instantly became best friends because we both love slippery chairs and jumping. While talking about computers, we both even said 'I just wanna dance' at the same time. Jinx!


I am thinking this could be a family affair!

Readers' Theater:  

As a child, I remember putting on plays with the kids in my neighborhood! We would dress up and present our plays on a handmade stage and invite the neighborhood, which were maybe 10 people, but we though the theater was packed full.  We even make tickets and refreshments (AHHH! the good ole' days) 

Just think of how much learning takes place when doing a Readers' Theater, Readers' Theater ideas. I bet you will find more than a few that will interest your child/ren
remember with a Reader's Theater, you done have to memorize the parts, but rather, read your part with inflection, clarity and fluency! Performing these "plays" is supporting learning to read with expression, accuray and rate...i always tell my students it is like reading on TV or making a video, which would be another great idea...videotape it!!  Click here for a ton of 


Looking for Free Crafts and Activities?


Okay I can't even contain myself. I am so excited that I came across this site. It is jammed packed with tons of free ideas for you, as a parent or teacher can use with your Kids!  I called my daughter, who is a Kindergarten teacher and my oldest daughter who has 2 children and teaches music to check out this site for summer ideas and if needed, ideas for the fall.  This the "BOMB" you can find tons of ideas on Free Crafts and Activities for Parents and Teachers. There is a paid portion, you can opt into, but there is so much free, I doubt you will need it!


If all else fails: Maybe your child may be too unmotivated to try these ideas or you may be too tired or exhausted to set these up...just use some of these good old standbys: 


  •  Sit outside with your computer and simply watch your little guys or gals play with their favorite safe outdoor activities.

  • Is it a rainy day? Put a favorite movie or video on the TV...this is a win-win situation...you get a few hours of work completed and your Child/ren are loving their favorite movie. 

  • Give your kids your phone to look through all the videos and pictures you have yet to download or if you have photo albums or scrapbooks, let them “read” through them. 
 My grandkids will do this for hours at a time every time they come to visit. 
  • If you are really courageous, print the pictures and put them in your "Mary Poppins' " bag or basket and let the older ones categorize and put into a scrapbook or photo album.
  • Provide some recorded books. These can be purchased or you can create your own. Kids love to listen to favorite books over and over again! You can even have your older children record books for your littles.   One you might want to try is: Storyline Online This site has some famous people reading all time favorites and their favorites. Here is another site that provides FREE books to download and read or the book on video for your child to read.  There are a variety of ideas on how you can use these books with your kids and if you are teacher, it is a win-win site!
  • If you work from home, make a schedule for you and your child to follow including some independent activities with scheduled breaks so you can give your child some undivided attention. 

Sidewalk Chalk is always a great stand by.

Give you kids words, numbers or sentences to write.  Have your kiddos make a bicycle path on the driveway. Create a game with words or numbers and when you land on those you can read the words or add the numbers. You can even ask,"What number comes before that number or after that number or give me a math fact for that number.  Bring out those budding artists and let them create.





Following Directions Game

My co-teacher and I came up with a fun idea that our class enjoyed so much...if my memory is correct, the kids begged to play the game. Here is how it works. You create a 1,2,3 or maybe 4 step direction to follow (depending on the age of the players). Then they have to follow the direction correctly. Now the fun part is if they are incorrect when they follow the direction, any other player can be selected to try it.  Some kiddos would ask before they started, "Can you repeat the directions?" We would only repeat it one time. This supported following directions, attention and focus as well as asking questions, if you did not hear it the first time the directions were given.

Charades:

Charades is always a good idea and a great stand-by.  This game is so much fun and kids LOVE to play it...my students even asked to play it during indoor recess!  here are some Charades Games I have created with pictures and words so your kiddos might not need support when playing them.













Hopscotch

There are so many ways to connect learning and fun when playing hopscotch.
  • Hopscotch Addition: Toss 2 markers, jump to the numbers and add them together.
  • Hopscotch Multiplication: This is the same as above except multiply the numbers.
  • Skip Count Hopscotch: Create a hopscotch board that has counts by 5, 10, 2,3,4,5,6, etc. Draw them on the boards in random order, then jump on the board is the correct order of the counts: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18, 20.
  • Sight Word Hopscotch:  Create a board to reinforce those words your child needs to read with more accuracy and speed. 
  • Write those words on the board, toss a marker and read the words as you hope along. 
  • You can do this with letter recognition, letter sounds,vocabulary words, multisyllabic words (maybe hopping from one syllable to the next to spell the the word parts), long and short vowel pattern words, CVC words or any words or phonics skill that might need to be reinforced. 
  • You can even use images of words and when they hop to that image, clap out the syllables or give a rhyming word for the picture or word. 


Let’s face it, you don’t need a crystal ball to determine that one of your kiddos will be home saying, "I'm BORED!" You may not have all your children home at the same time like the situation we have had, but you WILL have a child or two home, with "nothing to do" at some point in the future even after we get back to a normalcy, (think child home sick or day off from school) or virtual learning for next year! (OH NO!) I am thinking you will still have to work; so be proactive and set up some of these suggestions before you even need to use them.  Then they will be ready to go on a minute’s notice.

Well…okay…we are here right now in this situation so let’s say it this way…if you are
not too exhausted after a day of working or maybe you are still teaching or teaching summer school, perhaps tuck a few of these ideas in your tool box so they are ready to go! How about tonight? Let’s hope these activities keep you calm, cool and collected now and in the future!

These activities are definitely worth a try...what have you got to lose?  if you have tried these and they are still using the "B" word, you can always purchase a small blow-up pool, grab bubbles, take a hike, ride bikes, play "I spy", have a picnic on the lawn, throw a ball, dance to your favorite tune, see how long it takes to run around the block or simply relax and read a book! 

I hope you can use some of these ideas during this "Summer to Remember!"


I would love to hear your tried and true ideas in the comment section!



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    3 Ideas to Encourage Kids to Write at Home and at School Part 2 of a 7 Part Series


    SInce my last post, things have changed quite a bit.  If I posted a picture of myself today, you would notice that my roots are showing gray without my salon open, my nails are growing and desperately need a refill and my eyebrows are flowing...so...we are all in this together and as such, we need to work to find some positives in everything we do!  

    That being said, here are some ideas that you can use to encourage writing at home especially since many of you are using distance learning or if you are a parent, conducting home learning as most schools are closed without an opening date scheduled!

    So with all that in mind...


    Here are 3 more ideas to use at home or at school to encourage writing!
      This is the perfect time to encourage Journal Writing.  This is an idea that was mentioned in my first post, but NOW is definitely the time to encourage children to keep a journal especially if your state has mandated a "Stay at Home Policy."

    You can grab a notebook or some paper that can staple together in a booklet, decorate the front and go from there.

    In my opinion, if kids decorate their journal, they will take ownership of their writing, build confidence and feel encouragement to write in it...OR NOT! 😃

    The purpose of keeping a journal, especially during this pandemic journey, is to write about each day and how they feel...BUT...not just that!  Have your kiddos write about whatever they want and encourage creativity!

    Take a look below to see some other journal ideas you can provide with distance learning or at home.

    • Have kids draw a picture right in their journals adding as many details as possible.  Then have them write about the picture. It can be anything they want to draw as long as they write a few sentences about it.  You can assign a certain number of sentences according to age or goals.  I usually assign 3 sentences in Kindergarten, 5 for first grade and so on. However, you know your kids better than I do so assign accordingly or you can simply say write as much as you need to give all the information about your picture or topic! 
    • Take pictures of family activities you are doing during this time.  Have your children write about the picture.  If possible print the pictures and glue them right into their journals. Maybe placing one on each page and then have them write about one picture each day.   Then one day you can look back on this time and reminisce about times gone by.  
    You can also give your children pictures that you have in your phone to write entries. I would choose ones that they remember perhaps sports, family vacations or simply fond memories!








     Give your child a Blank Heart and have them write, draw pictures or even cut out ideas from magazines that are dear to their hearts and keep this heart in their writing folder or glue it into the front of their journals...they will always have an idea handy! 

    Last but not least...drumroll please number 3:


    ✐ Prized Possession Writing: This can be done in 2 ways. First have students bring in  an object of choice or if you at home, grab an object of choice about which to write.  Most kids have a prized possession or a stuffed animal that has been their "go to" forever.   Second whether you are at school or home have a basket of beanie babies, plush toys and fun objects from which to choose and the kids can describe the object, create a story about it or simply tell how they got it or why they like it!        

    I hope these ideas support your distance learning, at home learning or, if you are still in school, support your writing curriculum and/or give you some ideas for writing in general! 

    Maybe you want to support writing at home by using some of these writing ideas  to use for YOU to write and then have a family sharing time...I think I would LOVE doing THAT!









    Look for more writing ideas soon!

    Be safe and stay healthy...we are all in this together!! 





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    23 Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words at Home


    Sometimes it is difficult to encourage our children to practice sight words at home. I mean most children do not want to sit and look at flashcards to memorize or become fluent with their words.

    So why not use some of these fun ideas to make sight word practice a bit more enjoyable?  Scoot over and see if these ideas might be something you can use with your kids.



    With the situation at hand and many parents using cyber schooling, homeschooling, websites, worksheets and lots of ideas that teachers are linking on their websites or have sent home for you support your child while schools are closed, I thought I would share some quick and easy ideas to work with sight words at home.

    Many of these ideas will add a little fun to your day and encourage your children to get up and moving!

    Maybe try a new way each day to keep it fun or write some ideas on sticks or slips of papers and put them into a jar or cup and pick one a day to try or play a favorite everyday! 


    • Write words in shaving cream on a cookie sheet...fun for everyone!
    • Form words or even simply letters using Play-doh.  
    • Form the words using pipe cleaners or Wiki Sticks. (you can write the word and then have your child go over it using any of the above methods.
      • Spell words using letter beads on pipe cleaners or using sticker letters on paper.

      • Put copies of the words around on the floor or rug and ask your child to jump onto a certain word read and as you advance spell it without looking (feet covering the word). Put the words on the steps and read them as you walk upstairs or downstairs.
      • Use an Etch-a-Sketch and write the words.
      • Write words on the iPad or computer.
      • Paint the words on an easel.
      • Type the words in different fonts on the computer.  The        to      have    from   like
      • Write the words with markers, crayons or colored pencils using a different color for each letter.  w i t h 
      • Cheer the words...vowels arms up, consonants arms down...You can even make pom-poms for cheering the words if the word is  T O...it might look like this: T O : to
      T
      O 

      It gets more fun as the words get longer and longer. 
      • Say the words using different voices...For example:  mouse voice, Elvis voice, old person voice, robot voice, opera voice, cowboy voice, baby voice or any other voice you can think of to use that might be a little silly.
      • Outline the  letters of the words in Cheerios, Fruit Loops, M and M's, Skittles...if the word is read correctly, eat the word! (or switch to beads or buttons)  I have also put copies of the word in muffin tins and kiddos toss a small candy into the tin and then read the word.  If it is correct, you get to eat the candy. If not leave it there and when you do know it the reward is more!
      • Sky write the words saying each letter as the word is written in the "sky".  We have been known to imagine and visualize that our favorite color is spraying out of our pencils or fingers when writing the word...great for handwriting practice as well!!!












      • Form the words using Unifix blocks or Legos.



      • Write Letters with sidewalk chalk.

      • Write the words on cups, stack them, read them and knock them down!!!
      • Use Sticker letters to write your words.
      • Circle or find your words in books, magazines and newspaper or online and write them in a notebook.
      • Hide the words around the house and then have your child find them and read them.
      • Stamp your words with alphabet stamps or in play-doh with stamps.
      • Use a paintbrush with water and "paint" them on the sidewalk.  Better be sure to read the words before the sun dries it up!!

      • Put magnetic letters for each word in a bucket filled with water and have children pull the letters out and spell the word correctly....or no water!!! 
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      • Give each child a letter or a baggie of letters to a group of students and have them form a HUMAN Word with their letters. You can get the whole family involved with this one.

      You might also be interested in Variations of the game BANG!









      I hope these ideas bring a little sunshine your way and give you a few ways to encourage and support your children to practice their sight words.

      If you need a free list of sight words to use, Click Here for 300 Words Pick and choose those words that work for your child. Color words and family words included. the words go from easy to harder with color words and family words at the end.


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      3 Ideas to Encourage Kids to Write at Home and at School Part 1 of a 7 Part Series

      Children love to scribble and draw with pencils, crayons, paper and maybe even on the walls.  

      I know my grandkids would scribble something on a piece of paper and I would say. "Read this to me." and they would "read" it back usually saying it says "I love you or I had fun or maybe something silly, but they knew what they wrote and what it said.

      It is on this premise and experience that you and I know that kids have ideas tucked away in their heads ready to spill out on paper or walls!  


      With that being said, this is Part One of a Series of Blog Posts about how to encourage your students or children to write more at home and at school using some basic principles I have learned through my years of parenting and teaching! Ideas that you can put into practice immediately after reading this post!


      Writing is so important for all children, yet can be so difficult for some.  


      They want to know how to spell but you as a teacher want to get them to get their ideas on the paper so their ideas...those thoughts, those experiences flow onto the paper easily without hesitation and still what echoes throughout your classroom, "How do you spell dog.  How do your spell because?  How do you spell where???"

      So how do you support your students to feel confident and take risks with their writing?  Good question right? 



      One way I found and I am sure many of you already use this method is to encourage “Kid Writing” everyday...everytime children are writing at home and/or at school.

      Some kiddos are hesitant to take risks and write without knowing how to spell, but if you make it non-threatening and support young writers with positive feedback on what they are writing, they will take risks and begin to use creative spelling to spell more difficult words writing the sounds they hear.

      This is a win-win situation.

      As you circulate around the room, have the kiddos read what they have written. I always asked if it was okay to write adult spelling below their writing so I remembered what they wrote. If that doesn’t work, then write it on a sticky note with their name. Anyway you do it you are learning so much about your students!

      Why is this Important?  

      ✎  You can learn so much about a student’s phonological awareness and other writing skills simply by analyzing Kid Writing! 


      1.  Does the student have beginning sounds, ending sounds, digraph, affricates and/or medial vowels?

      2.  Do they have an understanding of what letters spell a word but maybe they are not in the correct order?

      3.  Are they using some conventional spellings of sight words? 

      4.  What do they know and what do they still need to learn?

      5.  Do they have capitals, end marks or an understanding of words and sentences?

      I can tell from this sample:

      • The writer has some conventional spellings of my, his, love and is.
      • I notice the writer needs to work on blends and digraphs as the writing is missing "br" and "th" in the word brother, also "br" in Brady. "Pr" is missing from practice.  
      • The writer has learned that that the "ea" vowel combination says "e" but it is not used properly in the word he.  
      • Also, the silent "e" in the word name is not used. That is something to work on as well.
      • The writer does not hear the difference between "n" and "m": at the end of words.  
      • She is more on a Phonetic spelling level., but does understand some conventional spelling words and patterns. 


      What do you notice?

      So much data can be collected to discern where each child is to drive small group writing, phonics and reading instruction!



      How can we encourage parents with supporting their children at home with writing?

      ✎  Now you have your students on board with "Kid Writing" but what about all the parents grinding their teeth with their children spelling words incorrectly at home?

      1.  Talk to parents:  I always chatted at back to school night or in a special meeting, if needed, explaining what spelling expectations I have or the district has for the grade level taught.

      2. Send an example of 'Kid Writing" like the one here to show them first hand why this type of spelling is desired.  

      ( this is a free resource in my TpT Shop)

      3. At back to school night or conferences show exactly what you can learn using a sample of "Kid Writing" and show what phonemic skills and concepts that example demonstrates.




      ✎  Have parents consistently encourage writing at home.

      To do this send home a list of ways to encourage children to integrate writing in their everyday life.

      Here are some ideas to include in your list or for parents to try:

      • Write lists for gifts they might want at some future point.
      • Write thank you notes to grandparents, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers...anyone really!
      • Keep a daily or weekly journal to write about their experiences...what they like to do or don't like, how a sports game or ballet class went.
      • Keep a feelings journal.
      • Create the grocery list for family shopping.
      • Create a "to-do" list for the week.
      • Have your child write a list of chores that need to be completed.
      • Create a writing spot in your house or classroom where kids can simply write with various media: pens, colored pencils, markers, magnetic letters or whatever. Don't forget to include different types of paper!
      • Encourage writing to friends who live far away or not far away!
      • Label things around the house or draw pictures and hav your children label the picture.
      • Praise you children for what they do know..."Wow, you knew that beginning sound or ending sound...Way to go!"
      • Write some journal entries together where you write a sentence and then your child writes a sentence.
      • If your child wants something, have them write you a note convincing you to get what they want.
      • Respond in writing to a favorite book, movie or television show...even what they like about a favorite video game!
      • Make a list of what they observe on a car, airplane or train trip...even what they see around the house, restaurant or even while at a sibling's play, dance or game.
      • Create a non talking day where everything you need or want has to be written down!
      • Give your students or children some fancy pens and props to use while writing.

      There are so many more ideas that you can come up with to add.


      Remember this is the first part of a series focussing on writing at home and at school.  There is so much more to come...so don't forget to check back for more. I have so many ideas tucked away to add a little pizzazz to writing at home and at school!

      See you next time!





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      5 + Fun Ways to Make St. Patrick's Day Fun for Kids at Home or at School



      For some reason...and I am not really sure why...I always LOVED to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kiddos at home and my kiddos at school. Whether it was making Irish Potatoes or leaving notes from a Leprechaun, the magic of this day added a well deserved break to the everyday ho-hum that sometimes sets in around this time of year.



      I mean winters can be long and we are waiting for SPRING to SPRING!!
      So to spice up your life a bit and bring a little MAGIC right through your door...



      Here are 5 + Ways to Make St. Patrick's Day Fun for Kids at Home or at School...

       Let the Leprechauns Make Some Mischief:

      Turn your classroom or one of your rooms in your house upside down.



      1. Grab some shamrock confetti and sprinkle it everywhere.

      2.  Add a few pieces of curled green ribbon on top of shelves or even around lamps.

      3.  Turn a few chairs upside down.

      4.  Add some footprints around the room, which you can purchase online or make yourself.









      5. Don't forget to hide a letter from your mischievous leprechaun so your kiddos see it or find it in the morning!!!



      Here is a Letter I used a few Years back: 

      Top of the Mornin” to ya boys and girls- 
      Me thinks it is Fun Friday and yer celebratin’ St. Patrick’s Day taday!

      Me peeked through the window yesterday n’ I saw ya in Cougar Crossing and stations. I peeked in 4 or 5 times durin’ the day. I decided that most of ya deserved to have an extra treat today even tho’ some of ya did not get all yer stations finished. So, I called Mrs. Simpson and told her to buy ya something special. Now, I noticed that ya were all always listen’, I figured we’re celebratin’ St. Patrick’s Day taday and you ALL are deservin’ of gettin’ a special treat! Happy Day! Oh did ya notice anything different in ya room today!! I visited last night!

       Add a Few Fun Crafts to Get Those Minds Churning:

      Here are a few crafts and writing ideas that I have created and used over the years.  that I am sure your kids would LOVE to create. It would make a great Bulletin Board or even look awesome hanging on your refrigerator!!! 

                                                 



       

      You can find direction for these Right HERE: It even has letters for a Bulletin Board!!!



      Now here is my absolute fave to celebrate this Magical Holiday:



      Are you read?  Drum Roll Please....tat, tat, tat, boom, boom, boom...I know you can hear it!!! TAH DAH!!!!!!!





      So You Want to be a Leprechaun will bring out the inner leprechaun in everyone...teachers, parents, student, kids, aunts, uncles...EVERYONE!  You can find the craft and application for the job right here:

























       Adding a St. Patrick's Day Theme to Any Kind of Worksheet Always Adds a Bit of Fun to Learning!

      For some reason when you simply add a theme to a worksheet, it is a game changer and your kiddos think there is something magical and different from just a plain 'ole worksheet. So...Ramp up your celebrations with this St. Patrick's Day subtraction worksheet.                                                     

      For more engaging Math activities Click HERE:

      You will absolutely LOVE all the resources you can find on Education.com


























       Add Some Cooking to the Day:

      I remember a few years back when I was braver and younger, I actually had cooperative groups make Irish Potatoes!  Yes you read that correctly....can you imagine a bunch or first graders making these? MESSY? YOU BET!  FUN? ABSOLUTELY!!



      I am thinking you might need to add this idea and bring a little Irish Treat into your classroom or kitchen! This exactly the recipe i used. NO COOK and EASY PEASY! I typed up the recipe on paper and then glued to shamrocks, had a few adult volunteers in to help and there you have it!!!














       I am Thinking you NEED to Add Some Science into your Day:



      Okay...we have some mischievous fun, some leprechaun writing and application along with magical crafts and some great math ideas from education.com . Now we need some science or STEM activities to complete our day!











      These ideas will keep your kiddos looking for leprechauns for at least 10 years if not more!! I mean I have been trying to find them for years and years and years! Oh and don't forget to make a pair of rainbow binoculars to stake out the trap!!






      Well there you have it 5 + Ways to Make St. Patrick's Day Fun at Home or at School

      How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? be sure to let me know in the Comments! Thank for stopping by and I hope this brings a little sunshine to your day!!








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