The following is written by contributing writer Cheryl Pitt, founder of The 2:1 Conference.
We’re all dutifully marching toward the end of the year, right? This time of year I often find myself going back to my checklist, making sure I get as many of my goals checked off as possible. And while that’s a good thing, somewhere along the way I lose the fun of homeschool. Let’s not do that this year – let’s make having fun part of our homeschool to the very last day! Here are some great activities to incorporate fun into the end of your school year.
M&M Math - Our Journey Westward
Fun ways to incorporate M&Ms into your math time. Don’t like chocolate? Use your child’s favorite candy! What child wouldn’t want to learn with sweets?
LEGO Unit and Lapbook - Walking by the Way
Another great example of taking a favorite childhood pastime and incorporating learning. This is a 5 day unit of learning with LEGOs. You can see a visual of a completed LEGO lapbook here.
Cowboy Unit Study - Homeschool Creations
Do you have a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy or cowgirl? Don’t miss this adorable unit study! Fun printables and crafts help with early learning skills.
The “I’m Bored Box” – Life by Ashely Pichea
Ashley offers fantastic tips and resources for creating an activity box for long car trips. This would be a great idea for doctor’s visits and other errands too. But she doesn’t just toss the kids a box of goodies, she has a fun way of selecting the activity order too!
Bento Boxes – Meet the Dubiens
Who says lunch time can’t be fun? We love Bento Boxes around here, we even have a couple authentic Japanese ones. Here are some great ideas for making lunch time Bento Boxes fun with classic American foods.
Birdhouse Makeover – Quirky Momma
The birds are quickly returning – their houses need a spring-cleaning spruce up too! Here’s a fun (and inexpensive) way to give those birdhouses a new look.
Analyzing Theme with Dr. Seuss Books – Jimmie’s Collage
Here’s something for the older kids. Use fun and lyrical books to study theme verses plot. Can you spot new and interesting themes – like political themes – in Dr. Seuss?
Contact Paper Necklaces and Sun Catchers – Mama to 4 Blessings
Here’s a great way to take advantage of all the new spring sunlight flowing into your home. These contact paper sun catchers make a beautiful window decoration your little one will be proud of.
Preschool Pattern Block Activities – Confessions of a Homeschooler
Just like LEGOs, little ones really enjoy pattern blocks or tangrams. Erica offers fun pattern and activity cards to make that time even more educational.
Homemade Glitter Play Doh - The Frugal Girl
What crafty-fun list would be complete without a homemade Play-Dough recipe? But not just any play-dough, Glitter Play-Dough! Mamas of boys, don’t be too quick to write this one off. My little boy loves glitter Play-Doh too – in green and blue of course.
Cheryl has been homeschooling since 2001. She currently homeschools 4 boys (3 teens and a toddler) and is awaiting the birth of her first girl in June. She writes at Somewhat Crunchy and is the founder of The 2:1 Conference – the first social media conference for Christian bloggers who homeschool.