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Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids

With the arrival of spring and summer, outdoor learning activities for kids are a great way to teach the basics in an informal setting. From the alphabet and numbers to shapes and colors, the outdoors provides the perfect space for natural learning!

Alphabet

Our favorite outside activity to teach the alphabet comes from mom blogger, Fantastic Fun and Learning. In her Garden ABC Letter Hunt,  she places foam alphabet letters (available in the Teach My Toddler Learning Kit) throughout the garden. For extra value, try to place the correct letter next to a word that matches. This works well for T for Tree, P for Plant or F for flower. However, lots of letters are tricky to match in a garden, so just placing them randomly is still valuable. Have your child find each letter and say its name. Placing the letters in order at the end to ensure none are left in the garden is a super skill to teach alphabetical order.

Numbers

Learning numbers as part of outside learning activities for kids could not be more fun with these super Outdoor Math Ideas from The Measured Mom. From counting, number recognition and patterns, this blogger has it covered. All you need is some sidewalk chalk and counting objects like pinecones, rocks or leaves. Make learning numbers and math fun for preschoolers by getting outdoors, being active and playing with purpose!

Shapes

Learning shapes on buildings and in nature can help preschoolers better understand early geometry. By allowing preschoolers to sees shapes in the neighborhood, they can relate to them firsthand. The Classroom Creative does a great job with an activity called Outdoor Shape Hunt Using Photography. Taking photos makes outdoor learning activities for kids both fun and educational. You will just need to make a shapes checklist, grab your phone and your little one will be well on their way to mastering basic shapes.

Colors

Colors are all around us, so the outdoors provides the perfect canvas to teach preschoolers colors. The blog, Carrots Are Orange has a fantastic post called We’re Going On A Color Hunt. Using flowers, fresh cut grass, the sky and leaves, you can quickly teach your preschooler colors.

When it rains or you have had enough outdoor learning activities for kids, come inside and practice the basics with the Teach My Toddler Learning Kit.

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Activities To Prepare For Kindergarten

With kindergarten registration open across the country, parents often wonder how to chose activities to prepare for kindergarten. Kindergarten is an exciting time for kids but it is important to prepare them, so they can put their best foot forward. From social and emotional to academic skills, the list can be daunting.

Although Pre-K learning standards vary from state to state, there are some common themes for the academic skills required in kindergarten. Pre-K standards can be broken down in two ways.

As a parent, you can prepare your child with the basics or choose to go beyond and offer a head start on learning skills that will be taught in the classroom. Here are just a few suggestions of activities to prepare for kindergarten:

5 Activities To Prepare For Kindergarten
  1. Practice the Alphabet: Using an alphabet poster or book, start with printing the uppercase letters in order. Practice griping the pencil or crayon correctly!
  2. Recognize Numbers to 10: Introduce numbers by counting fingers to 10, counting book pages and printing numbers.
  3. Print First Name: Practice printing first names. This is a common skill required in the first few weeks of kindergarten!
  4. Have a  Knowledge of Colors: Point out colors on a walk, in a garden, around the home or using clothing. Repeat often!
  5. Identify Shapes:  The home and the neighborhood are full of shapes. Pointing out windows, doors, toilet seats and car wheels can help preschoolers understand shapes quickly.
5 Activities To Get A Head Start On Classroom Learning
  1. Recognize and Print All Letters of the Alphabet: Practice printing all of the letters of the alphabet, both upper and lowercase on a daily basis.
  2. Identify Sight Words: Introduce letter sounds with flashcards and beginner readers.  Use Dolch or Fry’s list of sight words to introduce new words.
  3. Recognize and Write Numbers to 30: Use books, flashcards or a number poster to show the progression of numbers 1-30. Eventually move to numbers to 100.
  4. Add and Subtract: Adding and subtracting on fingers or using food such as cereal, grapes or peas can make adding and subtracting real for preschoolers. Start with adding to 5 then subtracting.
  5. Recite Days of the Week, Months of the Year: On a daily basis, talk about the day of the week, the month and the date. Use a calendar to practice the vocabulary and counting the days of each month.

In just 20 minutes a day, your preschooler can master the skills necessary for kindergarten by using the Teach My Preschooler Learning Kit. To give a head start, take a look at Teach My Kindergartener. 

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Indoor Learning Activities For Kids

Encourage indoor learning activities for kids by creating little stations or circuits around the home or playroom. Maybe pack a lunch box with snacks to pretend you and your preschooler are ‘playing school’! Most of all, this indoor fun for kids can  prepare your preschooler for going to school. Plus, your preschooler will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they are learning!

5 Suggestions For Indoor Learning Activities For Kids:
  1. Books: Create a separate space at your child’s level for picture books in your home. A mini library is a great station to encourage early reading and listening skills.
  2. Music: Music is a super way to expand preschool minds. You can use rattles, pots, pans, mini pianos and more to encourage a mini Mozart!
  3. Education: You can create your own education station with puzzles, flashcards, coloring activities, however, Teach My Preschooler is specifically designed as a one-stop shop for all things education. Most importantly, it covers reading, printing, numbers to 100 and math.
  4. Exercise: Break up learning time and ‘shake out the sillies’ with a little gym area. It might include a yoga mat or soft flooring for running on the spot, jumping, dancing and stretching.
  5. Rest: Use soft pillows or blankets to create an area for your toddler to relax and enjoy a snack. Unpack the lunch box and enjoy a quiet picnic for two or more!

Looking for more indoor learning activities for kids? Outmatched Mama offers up some great suggestions for educational games and learning fun. Also, super blogger, Hands On As We Grow has a comprehensive list of general indoor activities for kids.

The Teach My Preschooler Learning Kit is a great way to create indoor learning activities for kids. The multi award-winning all-in-one learning kit is designed for preschoolers 3 years+. The kit is divided into four sections to teach preschoolers – Reading, Printing, Numbers 1 to 100, Adding and Subtracting. Screen-free, the kit has an assortment of everything necessary to teach the basics. Full of indoor fun for kids, the kit has fully-coordinated books, flashcards, posters, a print guide and magic drawing board, all in one case.

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Teach My Blog by Christy Cook - 1y ago
The Importance of Parent and Child Play

All work and no play! Not the best recipe for life. Busy schedules make it tricky when your little one says ‘Will you play with me?” Here are some key reasons to say yes to parent and child play.

By taking the time for parent and child play, you are nurturing healthy development, a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence. Studies have shown that parent and child play can boost brain development and increase the parent-child bond.

A recent MIT study found that back and forth exchanges during parent and child play boosts a child’s brain response to language. In a study of children between the ages of 4 and 6, MIT cognitive scientists found that differences in the number of “conversational turns” accounted for a large portion of the differences in brain physiology and language skills that they found among the children. The findings show that parents can have considerable influence over their children’s language and brain development by simply engaging them in conversation

Therefore, playing together provides the opportunity to converse, build social skills and shape traits such as empathy and problem-solving. Adult interaction builds confidence and can help with school readiness.

Ideas for parent and child play and conversation:

Read Together: Reading is one of the best ways to engage with your little ones. While reading, stop and discuss the characters, make silly voices and chat about the story.

Play Board Games and Card Games: Playing games provides the most natural parent and child play. You will be teaching key social skills like taking turns, winning and losing plus counting and numbers.

In The Kitchen: Cooking together makes for super parent and child play. Ask you child to help you measure ingredients and be sure to talk about the colors of food.

Play Outdoors: Scavenger hunts, gardening, hopscotch or a simple walk around the neighborhood pointing out numbers and shapes is a great way to encourage parent and child conversations.

Teach My kits and sets provide many opportunities for organic interactions. Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Teach My makes it easy to engage in parent and child play and back and forth conversations.

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