Edventures with Kids
Kids Activities, Family Travel & Fun Ways to Learn
I love to explore the world with my kids!
There's something very eye-opening about learning how other people live and seeing the beautiful places around the globe.
And even though we love to travel, most of our foreign explorations happen right in our own home.
This week's Discover & Explore linky theme is Kids Explore the World!
There are a lot of fun ways to introduce kids to geography and different cultures. We love to use maps with different activities to explore the world. Having a map in your home is an inexpensive but excellent learning tool!
We also love reading books that introduce us to different places across the globe.
When is a book not a book?
When it's an inspiration for a really awesome activity!
As I was browsing through the Discover & Explore linky from last week, I was blown away by some of the great ideas that were inspired by kids books.
I remember the first time my daughter had to do a math worksheet at school -- she's a rainbow kind of girl so a black-and-white worksheet full of numbers was just not her style.
Sooo... she decided to use a different color crayon for each of the problems on the worksheet :) "When life hands you lemons, make it colorful" is her motto!
Marvelous Math Books for Kids Featured
Ok, so here's the issue in our house -- we've got one child who is a math whiz and another who wouldn't mind if math was wiped off the face of the earth. The one thing they both have in common is neither enjoys any math homework:
"It's boring, Mom!"
"Yes, I know. Worksheets aren't always the best way to enjoy math." But you still need to do your homework.
This is how it goes for so many things in life, right. Practice isn't always as much fun as 'the real thing'!
Watching the Olympics can be a great family activity! Kids will rarely see sports such as ski jumping, luge and biathalon unless it's during the Winter Games.
The athletes make it look so easy as they compete -- they've had a lot of practice in perfecting their sport. But it's hard to decribe to the kids how much skill goes into become such a great athlete.
One of the best ways for them to understand the skill and dedication needed is to introduce kids to some hands-on activities where they can practice and learn about Olympic events.
And there were some wonderful ideas for Olympic-themed activities that get kids up and moving shared during last week's Discover & Explore linky!
It's hard to believe that it's time for the Olympics again!
This year, the world will be watching all the winter activities in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Games.
It's a great opportunity to introduce something new to the kids -- maybe a new winter sport or a quick tour of the globe to find the location of Sochi.
We are snowbound this week! Yep, 12 inches of snow overnight tends to shut down most of the city.
Now this is all fine with us as we LOVE snow days -- BUT we had plans to go shopping for some Valentine items this week. And that's just not going to happen for a few days.
Well, we're getting another winter storm tonight. Obviously the cold weather is going to hold on a little longer. So instead of shaking my head, I thought I would embrace the idea of winter with a few fun ideas that were shared at last week's Discover & Explore linky.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm sure your kids have been thinking about what they will give their classmates this year.
Will it be candy hearts?
Maybe a Star Wars valentine?
Or are they going to make something special for their friends?
Today we are exploring the ends of the Earth (literally!)
The focus of this week's linky is Discover & Explore Polar Animals.
Most of us will never have the opportunity to visit the North or South poles. The media frequently shares numerous stories about how changes in our environment are affecting the habitats of animals that live at the poles. And scientists continue to study both the climate and animal behaviors at both ends of the earth.
I don't know about you but not being able to visit a location usually seems to pique my curiosity. So we turn to other ways that we can learn about the area -- books and hands-on activities!
You don't need a lot of fancy instruments to create beautiful music.
In fact, kids can make so many types of instruments on their own AND using items you would either recycle or throw away.
We had some absolutely gorgeous and wonderfully creative ideas shared at this week's Discover & Explore Music linky. So grab that recycle bin and get started!
I'm sure you've read at least a few of the research articles highlighting how beneficial music is in a child's life. Music has been shown to boost memory, enhance learning and help kids to focus on a task.
Most importantly, music is something kids enjoy!
It entices them to dance, sing along and relax -- allowing them to practice large motor skills, enhance their verbal development and enjoy the world.
My kids always ask for music! While they're doing their chores, they play the radio. Both have requested to play instruments way before we thought they would be ready (but given their interest and the fact that we found the right music teacher, they have really enjoyed it).
And I can't tell you the number of musical rhymes and memorization tips we've used to help them with their school work (I don't think anyone in the world can say the ABC's without singing it :)
If you've ever watch children play, you can see how much fun they have pretending. Sometimes they are building social skills or practicing their communication and launguage skills.
And other times, they are exploring new areas of the world such as science.
Quite a few pretend play activities also lead to science exploration and discovery. You'll notice kids asking questions such as "why?" and "how?" as they engage in various activities.
Many times, children don't realize that they are learning about chemistry and physics while they have fun. And play like this will continue to enhance a child's curiosity as they explore new
Not long ago, I walked into our playroom to find my daughter surrounded by all her cooking items and talking aloud to no one. I just smiled and she smiled back.
"What's up?", I asked.
"I'm doing a cooking show!"
I guess I had been mentioning Rachel Ray quite a bit (I mean, it was the holiday season and I'm more likely to search for new recipes and tape some of the food shows).
I'm a list-making kind of girl. Pen and paper for me (my tech-saavy teen thinks I'm so old school!)
And every January, I have a penchant for making booklists!
We love reading at our house and are always visiting the library, looking for new books to devour. So I've found that having a list really helps. I have a list for myself and also encourage the kids to add to it so I know what books they're dying to read.
We've already had our first taste of winter and the temperatures were brutally cold! So I am ready to find a few new ideas before the next snowy day blows in from the west.
Now, I'll admit that no matter how snowy or cold the day, I do like the get the kids outside for a while. But we also love to have some fun seasonal indoor activities to do too. So for this week's Discover & Explore Winter round-up, I thought I would pull together a variety of winter activities that can be done both inside and out.
Winter is here and that means more time inside -- which usually means the kids don't get nearly as much exercise as they really need. I don't know about you but 'jumping on the couch' can't be the only option in our house (I would need to replace the couch each year if that were the case!)
Classic Winter Books for Kids Featured
This is the last linky of the year for our Discover & Explore series and since winter is upon us, we thought we would share Winter Activities for the next few weeks.