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Fun, Fun, Fun Summertime Blog Hop

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I’m linking up with some other great blogs to give some different ideas on how to beat the Summer Slide.  Since school is out and kids typically don’t want to complete the “traditional” school work.  Making learning fun and interactive it one of the best ways I have found to help prevent the summer slide with my own children.   This summer Scavenger Hunts have been the key to keeping them engaged and learning.  While my children are only 2 and 3, scavenger hunt activities can be incorporated with children of any ages.

One of our first activities focused around shapes. I created and cut out shapes (circle, square, triangle, star, oval, and rectangle).  I then placed them in an envelope and marked the top of the envelope with either a pink circle for my younger daughter or an orange rectangle for my older daughter.  I wanted to make sure they both found the same shapes.

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Next, I hid the envelopes around the room and had the girls come and find them.  They really enjoyed looking for their envelopes and very excited when they found one with their shape.  I gave them each a bag in order to collect the envelopes.

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After all the envelopes were found, they opened them up and we identified the shapes together.  I then gave them a glue stick and they glued the shapes onto the correct page of their shape book. So far we have gone on two “shape hunts” and still have lots more room on the pages to add more shapes, so I believe we will be going on more “hunts” in the coming weeks.  My oldest daughter especially loved this activity and she also worked on counting the shapes after she glued them on the pages.

You can get the Shapebook for free HERE.

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Our next activity focused around numbers and counting.  We love going to the beach and boating, so I thought the girls would like the “summer like” theme…hence the starfish.  I decided to just focus on the numbers 1-9 with and to start with a matching activity.

I made a template with starfish labeled 1-9.  And then I created matching pink starfish with the same numbers.

You can get your FREE printable for this activity HERE.

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I laminated and cut out the pink starfish and then started to think how to make it into a scavenger hunt.  In the past the girls have enjoyed rice bins, so I dyed some rice yellow and hid the starfish in the rice.  You can learn how to dye rice here.  It is very easy!!

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Then I added a couple of shells into the mixture and the girls took turns looking for the starfish.

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Since number recognition is a skill that my oldest daughter is currently working on,  she matched the starfish to the correct number on the corresponding sheet.  I was pretty impressed that she was able to match most of them with little help from me.

Next time we do this activity, I plan on getting some tweezers so the girls can work on their fine motor skills.
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I decided to make a starfish themed number lesson to accompany this activity since the girls seemed to enjoy it. Included in the mini lesson are flashcards, number matching, individual number sheets, and coloring sheets.  Here is a sample of an activity sheet.

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If you want to check out the entire kit, you can find it HERE and enter to win any two items from my TPT store by completing the following raffle.

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Some other ideas for older children could be going on a scavenger hunt for words and then trying to make sentences with the words or doing a geography scavenger hunt using a globe.  The possibilities are really endless once you pick a skill you want to work on.  Happy Hunting and thanks for stopping by!! Click on the following image to hop on over to the Queen of the Jungle blog.

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Searching for Letters

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I was in the dollar store the other day and found a set of pink coins and play money, and I immediately knew this would make a perfect scavenger hunt activity.  So far we have searched for colors, numbers, and shapes.  The next scavenger hunt I wanted to make was letters.  In addition to the play money, I also bought a set of containers that the girls could use to collect their pink coins.  I added letter stickers on all the coins and paper money.  Since Avery has mastered most the uppercase letters, I wanted to create a matching activity that should she could play.  I put lowercase letters on the paper money and uppercase letters on the coins.

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I made labels for each of the girls containers, “Avery’s Pot of Pink/Leslie’s Pot of Pink”.

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It was a very inexpensive and a simple activity to make since I already had the letter stickers.  It did not take more than 15 minutes to label the containers and place on all the stickers.  Since it was a pretty day, we went outside for the scavenger hunt.  I hid the coins throughout the plants and the girls searched for them.

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 After they found all the coins, they dumped them out and we identified each letter. Next, they hid the coins for me to find and then I hid them AGAIN.  They really enjoyed searching and hiding them!

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Avery is consistent with identifying most all her uppercase letters, but needs some work with lowercase letters.  The next part of this activity is to match the lowercase and uppercase letters. The lowercase letters are on the paper money.  I plan on working individually with Avery and having her match five or six uppercase and lowercase letters at a time.

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Shape Hunt-Making a Shape Book

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Continuing with the scavenger hunt series, the next activity I created was a shape hunt which then turned into a shape book for each girl.

I created and cut out shapes (circle, square, triangle, star, oval, and rectangle).  I then placed them in an envelope and marked the top of the envelope with either a pink circle for Leslie or orange rectangle for Avery.  I wanted to make sure they both found the same shapes and that Avery did not find all of the envelopes!

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Next, I hid the envelopes around the room and had the girls come and find them.  They really enjoyed looking for their envelopes and very excited when they found one with their shape.  I gave them each a bag in order to collect the envelopes.

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After all the envelopes were found, they opened them up and we identified the shapes together.  I then gave them a glue stick and they glued the shapes onto the correct page of their shape book.

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 So far we have gone on two “shape hunts” and still have lots more room on the pages to add more shapes, so I believe we will be going on more “hunts” in the coming weeks.  Avery especially loved this activity and she also worked on counting the shapes after she glued them on the pages.

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You can get your FREE copy of the shape book here.

Searching for Starfish

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Thinking about the next activity to add to our summer scavenger hunt idea, I came up with Searching for Starfish.  We love going to the beach and boating, so I thought the girls would like the “summer like” theme…hence the starfish.  I decided to just focus on the numbers 1-9 with and to start with a matching activity.

I made a template with starfish labeled 1-9.  And then I created matching pink starfish with the same numbers.

You can get the printable for this activity HERE.

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I laminated and cut out the pink starfish and then started to think how to make it into a scavenger hunt.  In the past the girls have enjoyed rice bins, so I dyed some rice yellow and hid the starfish in the rice.  You can learn how to dye rice here.  It is very easy!!

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Then I added a couple of shells into the mixture and the girls took turns looking for the starfish.

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Since number recognition is a skill that Avery is currently working on (Leslie is too young), she matched the starfish to the correct number on the corresponding sheet.  I was pretty impressed that she was able to match most of them with little help from me.  When it was Leslie’s turn she gave the starfish to Avery, so she could match them again!

Next time we do this activity, I plan on getting some tweezers so the girls can work on their fine motor skills.

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I decided to make a starfish themed number lesson to accompany this activity since the girls seemed to enjoy it. Included in the mini lesson are flashcards, number matching, individual number sheets, and coloring sheets.  Here is a sample of an activity sheet.

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If you want to check out the entire kit you can find it HERE.

 

Going on a Color Hunt

As summer approaches, I’ve been thinking about creating a repertoire of activities to do with my girls.  There is so much that you can do with scavenger hunts that keeps kids engaged and learning.   Leslie is working on her colors and shapes and Avery is mastering her numbers and letters, so I thought I would create some activities that would work on these skills.

I had never heard of the song from “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” until Avery came home earlier this year and started singing it.  What cute little lyrics that lend themselves perfectly to a Scavenger Hunt.  The first activity I created was “Going on a Color Hunt”.  I laminated the paper, so the girls could look for the colors around the house or outside and then cross them off when they found the color.  Not only does this help Leslie with identifying her colors, it also helps Avery identifying her color words.Dots

I switched up the lyrics to go with our “Color Hunt”

We’re going on a color hunt!
We’re going on a color hunt!
We’re gonna catch a RED color!
We’re gonna catch a RED color!

You can print our your free copy here and just cut in half.

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Here is another spin on it by collecting colored objects in bags.  Details can be found at crayonfreckles.blogspot.com

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I’m also going to try this approach from Hands on as we Grow.  It is a little more detailed by giving the children clues to find the different colored paper to eventually make a rainbow.  Looks like a lot of fun!!

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