Paper or index cards or card stock cut all in the same shapes Markers or crayons Your imagination
Find a friend and take turns drawing images. Copy the images best you can so you have a match. You don't have to limit this to just illustrations, if you want to practice numbers and letters this can be a great game to practice those skills. Once you have finished your matching art cards, mix them up and set them out for a fun game of find and match. You can make as many cards as you want.
make your own strengths trohpy
Paper Crayons Markers Colored pencils scissor glue index cards
There are two versions of the Strengths Trophy that I created. Maybe you could come up with another version. My son drew a trophy template if you want to print it off to color and fill in your strengths, or draw your own. I liked cutting out strips with the index cards and writing down strengths. This activity is a great opportunity to talk with your child about what strengths you see in each other. Take some time to talk about what qualities we appreciate in our family members.
Supplies: Paper Paint (non toxic, acrylic) scissor flat sponge
Cut out a fish shape in the sponge (or any shape you like). Pour paint onto a flat surface that has room for dabbing. Dab fishy shaped sponge in paint. I used two primary colors which can lead to a great conversation about making colors. You can use any colors you want. Press sponge with paint on it onto your paper. Don't forget about your little bits from your cutting. Use the left over shapes to create plants or other sea creatures. Enjoy your underwater print and you can reuse the sponges to make more prints or help clean up.
make a nature creature puppet
Supplies: Leaves, grass and flat items from nature with texture (Please avoid plants that can cause skin irritation) paper scissors crayons glue or tape sticks or craft sticks
Go on a walk and collect flat items with texture. Please help your explorer avoid plants that could cause skin irritation or sharp rocks. Place the items in between two pieces of paper. Using the long side of a peeled crayon, make a rubbing of your selected item. Draw a face on the image you created. Cut out your image in any shape you wish. Attach a stick with glue or tape.
Now use your Nature Creature Puppet to create your own stories. Put on a show.
make a MAGNIFYING glass
Supplies: Paper Towel Tube Scissor Tape Markers or Crayons
Cut the paper towel tub in half. Cut the short tube once along it's length. Cut about a half an inch strip off the top. It does not have to be exact. Curl up cut tub to make a smaller tube. Tape the ends to keep tube tight. Fold down a flap on each end of the half inch strip. Tape folded tabs to the tube.
Decorate as you wish.
Now be a "Book Detective" and take a closer look into your books. Find colors, pictures, patterns and words. Play a rhyming game of all the items you can fine. Have fun!