October is one of our very favorite months. Full of mystery, magic, imagination and golden leaf filled wonderlands, what's not to love? Here are a few October crafts we just had to share:
Over the Moon for October:
Keeping with our scholastic theme this lovely month of September, today we're finding playful and exciting ways to dive into math! Below, you'll find a list of our favorite math tools and activities from our blog and beyond. Whether your kiddo is a visual learner, more of a facts and figures kind of cutie, or someone who needs a little sweet inspiration to get their curiosity piqued, there's something for everyone on this list:
Math at Play
Following the theme of last week, we're continuing to explore school subjects with a playful perspective. Up this week. . .
. . . grammar! In this fun project, you can. . .
. . . transform something often described as boring. . .
. . . into daily adventures for the whole family. . .
. . . all it takes are a few simple prompts and a little paper. . .
. . . to lead you on a beautiful expedition through the English language. . . and beyond!
English Language Adventures
This project is very simple to put together, but is filled to the brim with creative potential. To start, write the various parts of speech and a simple definition on the outside of an envelope. On the inside of the envelope include a sheet of paper that has a prompt for an adventure inspired by the part of speech listed on the outside of the envelope (see example above for verbs).
Create a new prompt for each part of speech and fill the rest of the envelopes. Invite your sweet kiddos to pick an envelope each day and take some time to talk about that particular part of speech as you read the day's adventure prompt together.
Go on the adventure and enjoy your trip through the English language!
As kids begin to settle into the swing of the new school year, it can be nice to transition into an academic schedule with a little playful investigation. Since summer often involves some sort of travel (even if just to a camping or hiking spot in your home state) we thought geography would be a fun place to start. . .
. . . from a Geo focused version of our favorite board game (see instructions below). . .
. . . to a scavenger hunt that puts the tools of map making in your hands and feet. . .
. . . to soap carvings that include a lesson in geography AND history. . .
Geography at Play
Here at Imagine Childhood, we love it when toys and activities have multiple uses and that goes for our blog posts too! This lovely cloth game board has been the host to a Math Land and Bird Land... so it only seemed fitting to let geography have a go.
If you haven't made our Math Game board, pop over to that post for the directions. When you have your board and game pieces, cut sheets of card stock into 3"x2" pieces approximately. About the size of a business card. You can make larger cards if you'd like more space for drawing and writing. If you don't want to cut anything at all, you could even go for extra large cards and use 3" x 5" index cards.
Once you have your cards ready, grab your favorite map or globe, and start drawing states or countries on the cards. On the reverse side of the card, write facts about the state or country. When your card stack is complete - make as many as you like and keep adding new ones each time you play to allow the game to evolve with your little learners - play the game together.
How to Play
2. Scientific Scavenger Hunt: Hop over to this post for a fun adventure that teaches kiddos how to use a compass and follow directions out in the world. Great for talking about how maps were originally made... by traveling over land and sea in person!
3. Carving Soap Maps: Learn how Inuit tribes made tactile maps to help them navigate the craggy shores in the dark of night. Bonus: these make great bath toys too!
4. Mapping the Imagination: Check out this tutorial for an open ended chalkboard map that encourages kids to dream up their own worlds and adventures, much the way some of the great explorers did before they discovered new lands.
5. Adventure in a Bottle: While you're in the land of imagination, why not go on a pirate adventure with a pirate map!
6. Geo-Go: To make the game simply click on the image above for a full size printable download. Drag the image to your desktop or print from the page directly. Each page will print templates for 4 playing cards.
To start off, pick four different states or countries (whatever interests your little geographers). Make those states or countries into the different card suits by drawing pictures of them in the center of the blank side of the cards numbering them like a regular card set up to the number 13 (we used the numbers 11,12, and 13 instead of Jack, Queen, and King). You would then have four groups of 13 cards, with cards like a "4 of Colorado" or a "6 of Texas".
Use these cards to play a standard game of go fish like you would with any other card deck.
Alternately you could also play state/country trivia by making many different cards with the state or country drawn on one side and information about it on the other. Players would then choose a card and have to guess the state or country's name from the drawing on the front of the card and get bonus points for knowing any trivia about the state.