Fun Activities For Kids At Home

Here are some creative and fun learning activities links from my blog for your children to enjoy at home as we move into unprecedented changes in our lives with self-isolation and lockdowns due to the global covid-19 outbreak.

May I offer a few practical suggestions with these at-home activities?

  • Look for items that your children would enjoy.
  • Plan for 1 activity per day.
  • Keep things informal.  Don’t try to do school at home!
  • Take your time.
  • Don’t rush through a list.
  • If something sparks joy and delight — stay there and look for other similar activities rather than moving on to the next thing on your list.
  • Repeat.  Especially young children love to repeat an enjoyable activity.  Don’t be afraid to print things out and do it again if your child loved it.
  • Photograph and video them doing their activities.
  • Display their finished work each week on a door or shelf “gallery”.
  • Share their activities with grandparents and social groups to stay connected.

So here we go ~

  1. Paper dolls and paper men from different historical eras to colour in and cut out.  Use these as puppets for narrations.
  2. Narrations are the child “telling back” what he heard in a read-aloud. Narrations are the cornerstone of a Charlotte Mason education.  Children must pay close attention while they listen to the story so that they can make it their own and express what they remember and understood as they narrate.   I have collected over 100 narration ideas for every learning style.  In this Ebook, you will find lists of suggested activities for audio, visual, kinesthetic and creative learners along with templates and printouts.  You can see examples of the templates and ideas in the original post.
  3. Letterboxing – a great “treasure hunting” geography game to practice in your house and garden. Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring skills.
  4. Current Affairs is the study of social, political and important happenings in the world at the present time.  Use this Current Affairs download with calendar pages, maps, flags and symbols to chart the events around the world during the coronavirus crisis.
  5. Nature Study and enjoy the great outdoors with fun nature activities in three Smash Nature Journals.  Go to my  Packages page to order your Smash books.  If you order all 3 you get the third book free!
  6. 3D models such as the Little House in the Woods.
  7. Art appreciation activities of famous artworks and famous artists~
  8. Creative projects ~
  9. Bible activities ~
  10. Sight Words are frequently used words that your child should easily recognize in his reading.  In my Sight Words Ebook, you will have all the word lists, words in sentences, games and activity templates.spelling-templates-ideas.png (390×401)
  11. Handwriting practice with laminated charts and games. I have created a 20-page E-book is packed with practical tips and it includes helpful activities and fun pre-writing games to build up your child’s gross motor strength, develop fine motor control and develop their spatial awareness, correct posture and pencil grip for maximum control and minimum stress while learning to write.   Handwriting Tips Booklet $5.00 / ZAR5.00
  12. Hands-on activities ~ Here is a list of some of the many hands-on activities and posts on my blog ~

I hope that these posts and links and downloads inspire you in your homeschooling!

Wishing you all health, happiness and precious family times.

Blessings, Nadene

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French Kitchen Transformation

Once I experienced the joy of using Chalk Paint in redecorating my study, did I finally have the courage to tackle our dated, and much hated 1980’s melamine kitchen cupboards.  Kitchen

20160205_104008I had pinned ideas for some time and realised that I kept coming back to French blue and white as my color scheme.

20160205_103929I decided to use the authentic, Annie Sloane Chalk Paint and not take chances with cheaper versions.  Also, despite assurances that the chalk paint did not need a primer, I used a melamine primer on my cupboards doors.  And, because the cupboards will have to endure years of good cleaning, I used a water based matt sealant rather than the Annie Sloane wax to seal the paint.

20160130_083122My kitchen project took several weeks and did not affect our kitchen space or work areas because I painted sections at a time.

Pop over to view the full details, hints, tips and photos of my French Kitchen Transformation and to my Projects Page for other projects.

Blessings,

Nadene

Creative Crafts ~ Morse Code Bracelets

Nadene creates2I found this really cute idea on HonestlyWTF.  Erika uses embroidery floss and sliding beads to expand and fit her bracelets.  She explains in an excellent tutorial ~

“You’ll pick 4 colors for each bracelet. A base color, a color for the dots, a color for the dashes and a color separating the dots and dashes.”

Morse code braclets

image from HonestlyWTF

But after experimenting, I found the embroidery floss difficult to thread through my smallest seed beads.  I also struggled to find the right bead for both ends to slide through snug enough to “fit” the bracelet, and so I decided to simply use basic beading elastic.

Using this online Morse Code Translator and a Morse Code Translator app on my smart phone, I wrote out the codes for some messages I wanted to create in some gift bracelets.

Morse code words

Most my gift bracelets had 3 short words or one simple word.  I used the person’s favorite color for base color.   I attached the gift bracelets to some cardstock and wrote out the message with its Morse Code.  Most folk simply loved the bracelets, but they were really touched by the message when I explained how it worked.

It is a lovely way for your kids to learn and practice Morse Code.  Have fun creating!

Blessings

 

Creative Crafts ~ French Patio Ideas

I recently created some wonderful crafty decor for our patio in French Provence style.

Bunting always creates a festive atmosphere!

Using unbleached calico I made some French Style Bunting with fabric painted details ~ use the free stencil download below for ideas).  Baste the triangle pieces edge-to-edge on wide ribbon and then fold the ribbon over and serpentine stitch the ribbon to cover the top of the bunting.  (Remember to add at least 1m of ribbon to either end of your bunting to use to knot over poles or around trees.)

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My daughter and I created a Printed Table Runner.  Pop over to my Project Page for the tutorial.

French patio

I painted some patio cushion covers for my bench and wicker chairs.

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Lastly I hung a few lanterns on blue ribbon over the table for some ambient light and intimacy.

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A week of creative fun transformed my patio into a festive French-styled outdoor area.

For some French Provence stencil ideas here is a free download ~ Provence patio stencil ideas

Blessings

 

Rustic Wedding Decor

This past weekend our family celebrated our son’s wedding!

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We created lovely rustic wedding décor, and almost everything we used was recycled and simple and very inexpensive.  We used a lot of seed pods, acorns, nuts, dried maple leaves and hessian (burlap) and twine.

I created a new project page Rustic Wedding Décor” with all our décor ideas including ~

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  • Succulent pot plants in tins
  • Tin lanterns
  • Table Seating Board
  • Flower wreaths for the bridesmaids and flower girls
  • Protea and fynbos flower arrangements in metal buckets
  • Table decor
  • Flower hearts
  • Palm pod signs
  • Bunting and hanging beer bottles

Pop over for some décor ideas!

Blessings,

Menu Planner

Practical tip of the week ~

After finding lots of inspiration on Pinterest, I finally made my own

Menu Planner

Menu Planner

Now, once a week, the girls and I will sit together and allocate meals and days and jot our menu on the white board.

Simple and practical!

Pop over to my Projects page for the simple tutorial and my free Menu Planner download!

Blessings,

Bible Cover

Take an ‘ordinary’ store-bought Bible cover,

add some dividers,

a zipper pouch,

embroider and add beads

to make a lovely personalized Bible cover

that holds a notebook, pens and highlighter pencil and Hymn booklet.

Pop over to my Project Page for the full tutorial.

Blessings,

Corn Starch Clay Decorations

Thanks to Pinterest I have discovered some wonderful ‘new’ recipes!

           This lovely baker’s clay from woodsidekitchen.blogspot.com is cheap and simple to make,

smooth and easy to work with,

 comes out the oven white and hard,

and looks pretty even un-painted!

We used our normal play-dough cutters,

and I gave the girls our rubber stamps to use for texture and embossed designs.

Fun!

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

1 Cup Bicarbonate of Soda

3/4 Cup Water

* Mix all ingredients together in a pot.

* Stir over heat until the mixture thickens and resembles thick mashed potatoes (really!)

* Remove from the stove and place as a ball in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth until it cools.

* Roll out, cut, shape and decorate.

* To make the holes we used a drinking straw – press down, twist, and lift, then blow out the little centre into your hand to re-use the with the scraps.

* Bake@ 180○ C for about 10 minutes or until firm and hard.

* Cool and paint, varnish, or enjoy as is.

Great for Xmas decorations, place-name settings, gift tags and gift embellishments.

Give it a try!

Blessings,

Painted Heart Rocks

Here’s a fun rainy-day project!

I have collected loads of heart-shaped rocks on my walks on the farm.

During a cold, raining afternoon the girls and some visiting friends and I sat and painted rocks.

I wanted mine to match my outdoor color scheme and used mostly blues and browns.

The girls were much more creative and came up with lovely decorations, pictures and messages.

Whether they are for mere decoration, paper-weights, gifts, or table decor, have fun painting rocks and pebbles.

We used craft paint and coated the painted rocks with a layer or two of Modge Podge.

Look at some more Pinterest inspiration.  Pop over to my project pages for more practical, creative ideas!

Blessings,

Frugal Dish Mat

I saw my first dish mat on Jimmie’s Collage last year and filed away the idea …

When my bath towels became so worn that I had to replace them, I thought of frugal ways to re-use them.

I remembered Jimmie’s dish mats and thought that this would be an easy-sewing project for my children.

Pop over here for the tutorial or to my Projects page for other sewing, crafts, and creative projects.

Blessings,