home learning ideas for kids

Kids love to play games, and parents love for their children to learn. So what’s better than games that help children learn? Many children catch on to spelling and math concepts a lot easier if they think they are NOT learning (when in fact you know they are)! There are several ways to make learning more fun too – not just boring paper and pencils. Learning can be interactive, fun and imaginative and does not always have to have that “classroom” atmosphere.

We’ve looked high and low to bring you some terrific DIY learning games suitable for a variety of ages. Scroll through the images below and you’ll be sure to find something your children will love! We really like #12 for those kiddies working on their spelling (go Scrabble!)… and check out #17 to help your young ones know what time it is.

1. Letter matching ice cream cones:

ice-cream-game
Coffeecupsandcrayons.com

2. Use foldables to teach 3D shapes:

geometry-foldables
Hootyshomeroom.blogspot.com

3. Alphabet hunt with your child’s toys:

alphabet-hunt
Oneperfectdayblog.net

4. Sight words parking bingo:

bingo-words
Jugglingwithkids.com

5. Ping pong balls sight words game:

balls-sight-words
Melissaculver.blogspot.com

6. Use pipe cleaners to make letters and words:

pipe-cleaners-letters
Makeandtakes.com

7. Kids learn some science with this experiment:

science-cornstarch
Icanteachmychild.com

8. Alphabet lacing cards:

alphabet-lacing-cards
Livecrafteat.com

9. Paint sticks for ordering events:

paintsticks-events
Deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com

10. Practice spelling with Legos:

alphabet-legos
Filthwizardry.com

11. Cereal and glue to help spell:

cereal-art
Skainsfamily.blogspot.com

12. Learning with Scrabble:

scrabble-words
Rockabyebutterfly.com

13. Practice spelling with clothes pins and index cards:

clothespins-spelling
Imperfecthomemaking.com

14. Teach kids about crystallization:

crystallization
Marthastewart.com

15. Science experiments with nature:

water-nature
Handsonaswegrow.com

16. Teach kids problem solving:

dots-game
Jezebel.com

17. Time matching game:

easter-eggs-time
Momto2poshlildivas.com

18. Connect 4 but with words!

connect-four-words
Momto2poshlildivas.com

19. Use hula hoops to group rhyming words:

hula-hoops-rhyming
Notimeforflashcards.com

20. Strengthen math skills with Legos:

lego-fractions
Scholastic.com

21. DIY fry boxes and fries make a great counting game:

fries-counting
Mamabeefromthehive.blogspot.com

22. Practice word skills with a puzzle:

puzzle-word-skills
Secondinshawnee.blogspot.com

23. Practice word families with paint swatches:

paint-swatches-words
Serving-pink-lemonade.com

24. Match and mail letters game:

kids-mail
Notimeforflashcards.com

25. Practice shapes at home with this DIY geoboard:

geoboard-shapes
Teachpreschool.org

26. Legos can also help to teach comparison:

lego-math
Oneperfectdayblog.net

27. Use playdoh for practicing sight words:

playdoh-spelling
Littlehandsbigwork.com

28. Play a letter search game with some rice:

rice-letter-search
Littlehandsbigwork.com

29. Shape game on cardboard:

shapes-cardboard
Diapers-to-diplomas.blogspot.com.au

Flubber

Do you remember the movie ‘Flubber’ with Robin WIlliams? 1997 Mad scientist. It’s a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor from 1961. I loved those movies. Know what I love even more? This DIY from Live Craft Eat. It’s not animated like the stuff in the movies but it is awesome and the kids will love it. You need cold water, glue (Elmer’s), hot water, food coloring, and Borax. How simple are those ingredients?

I’m pretty sure I’ve made something like this before but a long, long, long time ago. I could use a refresh course. Three easy steps and you and your kids will have DIY flubber. Plus, you will have fun making it! Check out Flubber being ‘discovered’ in the movie here. Funnny! And if you haven’t seen the movie (either of them) please do yourself a favor and watch them. I think I’ll re-watch them while I’m at it.

Here’s the link to the recipe…

LiveCraftEat: Homemade Flubber For Kids (recipe)

Costumes

Here is your daily dose of cuteness. Prepare to fall in love with these 15 kid costumes featured at Diply. Just in time for Halloween! How creative are these parents?! Wish I had their mad skills! It’s ok. I’m just going to steal some of these ideas. Lol. I think I might steal some for myself too. Maybe I’ll be a Ghostbuster!

I adore the garden Gnome! How adorable is he? It makes me think of the Travelocity gnome. I need to go on a vacation! (We are going to Mexico in November and it can’t get here soon enough!) Number 8 is pretty stinkin’ cute too. I love coffee! Mr. Clean and Albert Einstein are awesome too! Halloween is going to be great this year!

Looking for something more trendy? Check out these awesome costumes. And these ones. Again, people are so creative. I can’t tell you how many times I went dressed up like a princess or a ghost. I wish my parents had been more creative when I was little.

Here’s the link to all 15 ideas…

Diply: 15 Kids’ Halloween Costumes That Are Just Too Adorable

Homework

I’m laughing so hard right now. Kids are brilliant. Especially the ones featured in this roundup from Diply. Soooo Funny. These kids are some brave souls. They decided to mess around with their teachers and get creative on their homework answers. (Maybe they weren’t being challenged enough. Lol.) Hopefully their teachers found their answer as funny as I did!

Number 8 was the best. ‘ Did you practice the multiplication tables?’ ‘I do not care.’ Number 13 had me in stitches. Mariah Carey can really belt it out. Hehe. Are your kids this funny? Please share your stories with us here! I love them! I’m going to have to pay better attention to my kid’s homework and the thing they are saying and try to get some funny ones captured. Lol. Kids say the darnedest things. Don’t you think? Have you ever seen those videos from the old show? Prepare to laugh sooo hard! Here are some other home videos that are just as hilarious!

Here’s the link to all the hilarious photos…

Diply: Kids Expertly Trolled Their Teachers With These Answers

Teal Pumpkin

None of my family happens to have food allergies, thank God. We are quite blessed in that. It would make it so difficult to plan out meals or trips to a restaurant if that were the case. I have a friend who has a peanut allergy. Because of his allergy his restaurant options are very limited. Due to the trans fat revolution, every restaurant now uses peanut oil to fry things. A fact I would have never known if he hadn’t told me. So what happens with kids at Halloween who want to trick-or-treat like all their friends but can’t eat peanuts or chocolate or any of the other myriad number of allergens out there? Here is a great idea that started in Tennessee recently.

The purpose is to be inclusive of children who are unable to have candy due to a food allergy or medical condition. You may see teal pumpkins around your neighborhood this October and wonder what is going on. No, it isn’t necessarily there because it’s that family’s favorite color. Incidentally it happens to be my favorite color. That pumpkin you are seeing with the out of place color is intended to show they have allergy friendly trick-or-treat items. Because of these generous and thoughtful souls, kids with food allergies or a medical condition precluding candy can still participate in the time honored tradition of knocking on people’s doors and asking for stuff. Here are some other tips on how to trick-or-treat with allergies. Everyone should be included in the fun this year!

Get the full story and tips here…

LittleThings: The Teal Pumpkin Project Promotes Safety For Kids With Allergies

school garden

There is so much bad news in the world today. It’s nice to turn on the news every once in awhile and see something positive. Check out this story about the Waldorf School in Cape Cod. It’s all about the largest carrot in the peninsula. What? Why should you care? Because these kids are awesome, hard working, and great gardeners.

This story shows how gardening projects at school get kids involved and what it can teach them. The kids a t the Waldorf School got to learn all about the hard work that goes into the food that they eat.

I love that this school has a gardening program! Think about all it can teach the kids. Do you think that every school should have one? I do! And so do the folks at Growing Children. I’m gonna have to look into this.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Parenting

Sometimes you just have THOSE kind of days. Last week I awoke to the dogs wanting out at 2 am. I let them out and back in. At 3 am they were whining again. We thought it was because of a raccoon that has been wandering around the house. We told them to be quiet and go back to bed. They settled down. At 4 am we awoke to one of the kids crying. I went to go attend to him. That’s when I smelled it. One of the dogs had pooped on the floor in the middle of the closet. Complete with urine puddle. Yeah it was that kind of day. These 28 parents were having days just as bad as mine! Worse in fact.

We have all had them. The days when one of, or worse yet several, of the kids are having a meltdown. You have about 30 seconds for a shower. The baby is sick and screaming for attention. Breakfast burns because you are trying to finish putting clothes on. Those kind of days. These are going to help you feel better about your meltdown days. Lol. So funny! All parents have hard days, all parents fail sometimes. Some just fail harder than others. These fails will make you feel better about your parenting mistakes. Lol.

Here’s the link to all 28 horrible days…

Diply: 28 Parents Who Are Having A Worse Day Than You

Parenting

Being a parent can be difficult. You are your children’s’ teacher, caregiver, cook, doctor, protector, superhero and so many more things too numerous to list. Let’s be honest, what you learned from your parents doesn’t always work for your children. It’s a whole new world of parenting out there from what it was 20 or 30 years ago, when you yourself were driving your parents crazy. The curse many parents place on their children is, “I hope your children are just like you.” In other words, you can use all the help you can get.

Here is the help being offered to you by other experienced parents. Let’s glean from the wisdom of those who have been there and done that with their own kiddos before you. These Parenting Hacks will allow you to enjoy the rewarding portion of parenting rather than spend all your time trying to catch up with the things you think are expected of you as a parent. I’m all about that!

Here is a fun article from Huffington Post about parenting. About what they don’t tell you. Enjoy.

Here’s the link to all 16 hacks…

Diply: 16 Parenting Hacks For Hassle-Free Parenting

Garden

Have you ever seen The Secret Garden? That movie was one of my favorites when I was little. Anything could happen in a wild mysterious English garden like that. Weren’t those towering brick walls the best?! It doesn’t take a whole lot to add a little magic to an ordinary garden but to recreate the whole thing? I don’t think many of us could do that!

One amazing mom, Rachel K., was able to create a whole secret garden for her little princess and it is as impressive as you are imaging. More so. Wait until you see the pics! This little garden is complete with a fountain, tall secluding shrubs, a gate with a peep hole and key, bright flowers, a fairy garden, twinkle lights, and outside games. I wish my garden was this cool!

I hope you didn’t miss out on this endearing childhood movie. So fun! Here is the official trailer just in case you were seriously deprived. Lol.

See the whole backyard transformation here…

FaithTap: A Child’s Dream Becomes Reality (photos)

Treehouse

This is a great idea to change up your little monkeys’ drab white walled bedroom. With a few minor carpentry skills you yourself can create their new habitat and the proper tools. This 10 minute video will show you how to turn your child’s bedroom into the swinging jungle they deserve from beginning to end.

I love the hammock hanging from the new trees. The elevated bed with the crawl space (cave?) is a great addition too. He even included lots of storage by building a dresser into the bed itself. It all looks like so much fun to have with the kiddos. I would find excuses to hang out (pun intended) in this bedroom.

The down side is, the kids will be so convinced they are monkeys that you will have a hard time keeping bananas stocked in the house. Lol. Awesome work! While you are at it check out the amazing garage he built too.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!