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Match my Creation

Math

Playing match my creation! Use a cardboard box for a barrier or sit back to back if you can resist peeking! One person builds a creation and gives instructions while the other person builds what is described. Then check if you made a match!

LEGO Codes

Literacy

Inspired by @Ms_Rzepecki we created secret LEGO codes! Fun way to practice phonemic awareness, spelling, and writing.

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Scoop & Spell

Literacy

Playing scoop & spell! Scoop a handful of letters and see how many words you can make with them. We added in some writing by creating lists of the 2, 3, and 4 letter words that we found.

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Post Office

Literacy

Make a post office. We wrote letters to friends and neighbours, used a map to plan our delivery route, and got some exercise while out on delivery. A wonderful way to maintain important connections with friends while learning!

Place Value Toss

Math

Place Value Toss! Using 4 buckets (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones) we tossed beanbags into the buckets. Used place value knowledge to figure out and record our numbers (e.g. 3 beanbags in the thousands bucket is 3000). Play with more or fewer buckets to modify

Word Search

Literacy

Playing teacher is a favourite around here. Have your child make you a word search to practice writing words. There was a lot of joy as I was searching (and sometimes struggling) to find the words!

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Match my Creation

Math

Playing match my creation! Use a cardboard box for a barrier or sit back to back if you can resist peeking! One person builds a creation and gives instructions while the other person builds what is described. Then check if you made a match!

Making it Fair

Math

Play making it fair with your snack. Each person takes a handful of goldfish crackers. How many did you each scoop? Is it equal? Can you make it fair? How? Try as many different strategies as you can think of!

More Fun with Boxes!

Creative Learning

More fun with boxes! Create a story setting using a box, create or use a small toy as the character, then play! During play try out various problems and solutions. We used this play as inspiration for story writing.

Fun With Boxes!

Creative Learning

Boxes provide endless possibilities! We used some to build an arcade. We wrote plans, built our games, and calculated scores when playing the games. What will you build with your boxes?

Roll, Read & Move

DPA

Play roll, read & move to practice reading and get some exercise! Roll a die then read & do the action listed under that number on the game board (available for free on our website). Finish all the actions on the board on your own or collaboratively.

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Race to 100

Math

Race to 100! Each player needs a hundreds chart (free on our website). Take turns rolling two dice, adding the numbers together and covering the corresponding number of squares on their hundreds chart. Whoever gets closer to 100 within the time limit (3-5 min) wins!

 

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Puddle Map

Literacy and Math

There is nothing better than puddle jumping on a rainy day! To add some learning we created a map of the puddles we tried and wrote reviews of the best and worst neighbourhood spots to share with friends.

Balloon Car

STEM

Build a balloon powered car! We built cars out of LEGO, made a hole in the back, & let the open side of the balloon hang out the back. Blow up the balloon and let it go! Measure how far your car went. Compare how far different cars go. So many possibilities!

Domino Concentration

Math

Domino concentration! Start with dominoes face down in rows. Take turns picking up two dominoes. Add the pips together, if they equal 12 you get to keep them, if not put them back in their spots. The player with the most dominoes at the end wins!

Treasure Hunt

Literacy

Create a treasure hunt where each clue leads to the next location! To practice reading, write clues in sentences or single words. To practice pre-reading skills give the clues orally by segmenting words into sounds & have children blend the sounds together.

Make your own card game

Math

Lots of learning in this process! Think through and write the objective and rules. Play and revise as needed. Our game: Each player has 5 cards to start and picks up 1 card each turn. With your cards make sets of 10 (eg 6 + 4). The first to get to 100 or 10 groups of 10 wins. What games will you create?!

Double Digit Battle

Math

Double digit battle with cards! Only use the number cards from the deck. Each player draws two cards and makes the highest number possible (great intro to place value!). Whoever has the highest two digit number gets the cards. The first person to get all the cards wins!

Obstacle Course

STEM

Create an obstacle course for your stuffy. Work on language skills by describing the path through the course using positional language (e.g., over, under). You can draw and label to get even more practice. We did ours in French! Thanks Mme Hafner for the idea!

21

Math

Math fun with cards! We played 21 to improve adding skills. Start with two cards each. Take turns drawing cards to get as close as possible to 21. No limit on draws but don’t go over! The person who is closest gets a point. Whoever gets 10 points first wins!

Song Writing

Literacy

Write a song or story cooperatively. Each person writes only one word at a time with no talking or planning. The type of word should be grammatically correct but silly stories are encouraged! Then perform your song or read your story!

See it Build it

Math

To build visual spatial skills, we played “see it build it.” Build a shape, show it to your partner for 5 seconds, then hide it and ask them to build it from memory. 

Materials

You can play this game with linking cubes, LEGO, DUPLO, magnets, or any other found materials that are easy to connect together. 

Newscasts

Literacy

Newscasts are a fun way to report back what children are learning about. We wrote a script first to integrate some writing. There were definitely fun props involved!

Extension

You can write and produce your very own TV show! Try using free apps to record and edit your newscast.

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Fill it up

Math

More LEGO math fun! Roll the two dice, add the numbers, & place the corresponding number of blocks on the base plate. The first to fill theirs wins! Great practice with composing numbers as you pick the right combination of blocks to make your answer.

Variation

This game can be played with cards or the free printable resources below

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Schedule

Daily Schedule

Co-constructing daily schedules with children helps to maintain routines. Schedules work best when they respond to the needs of your family. Here's an example of a schedule, feel welcome to adapt it as needed!

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Fairy House

Creative Learning

Using found objects and craft supplies to build a fairy house reinforced concepts of stable structures, encouraged story telling about the fairies who might live there, and spread some joy in the neighborhood.

LEGO Multiplication

Math

Fun times using LEGO to learn math! In this activity we rolled a die to determine the number of towers to build & rolled again to figure out the number of blocks in each tower. We then recorded the multiplication sentences. Easy to modify for counting or addition!

Story Writing

Literacy

We’ve been playing with toys to help enrich our story writing. We play out imaginative scenarios with the toys then write out the stories. This increases motivation & enhances story complexity!

Support

Try video recording the imaginative scenario to help remember the storyline and reduce cognitive load while writing.

Dominoes Addition

Math

Dominoes are great for play-based math. Here is an addition game. Each player places one domino in the middle, says the number sentence & answer. Whoever has the highest answer wins the two dominoes. Great for developing quick recall of addition facts!

Variation

Don't have dominoes? No problem! This game can also be played with dice and/or playing cards. You can also try simple dot and/or numeral cards with the free printable resources below.

 

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Letter Hunt

Literacy

To playfully learn to combine letter sounds to make words, we went on a letter hunt then used the letters to make words. We started with two letter words, creating words of increasing length until finally figuring out the mystery word that used all 10 letters!

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Online Social Connections

Social Learning

Social connections remain important during social distancing. While we can’t get together for play dates, video chats can help fill that need. We have played with toys, done crafts, played charades, and had dance parties online. 

Extensions

Birthday parties, pizza lunches, and live musical performances can be celebrated online. 

LEGO Challenge

STEM

We finished all our LEGO sets and decided to complete the 30 day LEGO challenge to work on creativity, spatial awareness, and science skills. Today’s challenge was to build a roller coaster. We used LEGO, cardboard, and tinfoil

Human Bodies

Literacy

Child centred means following their inspiration while giving them challenges that are appropriate to their abilities. I’m reminding myself this as we learn about bodies, complete with art, reading, writing, and dance parties to get those bodies moving!

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Creative Play

Creative Learning

Taking inspiration from the creative play we see in classrooms, today we built a stage out of a box, wrote a script, grabbed some small toys, and made a movie!

Extension

Try using a free app, such as Shadow Puppet, to record, edit, and produce your very own movie. Movies can be shared with friends and family as a way to remain socially connected.

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Fort Building

STEM

Building is a favourite in K classrooms and beyond! Today we took a cozy approach and built a fort where we read, had a picnic lunch, and watched a movie. We even got our writing on by making signs.

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Airplane

Creative Learning

We’re taking inspiration from fantastic kindergarten classrooms to fill our days. Today we created an airport complete with travel documents, signs, and an airplane style tray made from a cardboard box!

Extension

Try integrating some Literacy by writing in-flight magazines, menus, or travel brochures. Interested in Geography? Explore world maps and map-making activities that also develop Spatial Sense.

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