Learn & Play Ideas

Having decided to homeschool our children, we wanted to give them the opportunity to learn what they want, when they want and how they want. Since they are still quite young, a lot of learning happens just as we go about our life – cooking, gardening, or fixing things around the house. Other times, when an interest persists, we take time and invent more involved projects to explore the topic in depth. Then all of us, including adults, often discover something new.

Some of our favourite ways to learn:

On this page, we would like to share some of the projects and materials we created with other enthusiasts for creative learning.

Literacy

A category of activities related to our love of reading and writing.

Lego Duplo Animal Alphabet with Free Printable Cards

Use Lego Duplo to build animals while learning the alphabet! Included are 26 free printable cards with ideas of animal and letter designs. My son was not among the natural early readers. He never worried about mastering his letters, as long as there were things to...

50+ Best Audiobooks for Kids that Adults Will Also Like

Do you have a child who loves to read? Check out our list of the best audiobooks for kids. Equally great for road trips and during quiet time at home! When I was a child, we had a few audiobooks on vinyl. Before I learned how to read, they were my most treasured...

LEGO Duplo Alphabet Mats: Uppercase & Lowercase Letters

Build the alphabet with Duplo bricks, using these printable Lego Duplo Alphabet Mats with uppercase and lowercase letter designs! Also check: Lego 3D AlphabetLego 2D AlphabetPattern Block AlphabetMagna-Tiles Alphabet Before my son was old enough to dedicate the living...

Social Studies

Geography and history can be a TON of fun when studying in a playful manner.

Free Printable Mood & Emotion Wheel Chart for Children

Help children learn about emotions and track their moods with this free printable mood & emotion wheel! I distinctly remember studying trigonometric functions at school - knowledge that I acquired through hours of repetitive exercises and never once used in my...

Planet Earth: Clay Craft for Earth Day & Earth Study

Celebrate Earth Day with kids by making this Earth craft from air-dry clay! I always get excited about trying new art and craft supplies! Our latest discovery was in the sculpting department and, after a few tries, turned out to be my favourite air-dry clay to use...

Amazing Women in History: Printable Dress-Up Paper Dolls

Amazing Women in History Dress-Up Dolls feature printable costumes of twenty women who have changed the world. Print, cut and learn about twenty inspiring heroines. One of the many reasons I like using paper dolls for teaching is because they make it easy for kids to...

STEM

Easter & Spring Pattern Block Design Templates

Get the free printable pack of Easter and spring pattern block designs for STEM centers in your preschool and kindergarten! Pattern blocks are far from being new in most classrooms, but they were a recent discovery for us. Even though we already have a lot of building...

Lego Duplo Animal Alphabet with Free Printable Cards

Use Lego Duplo to build animals while learning the alphabet! Included are 26 free printable cards with ideas of animal and letter designs. My son was not among the natural early readers. He never worried about mastering his letters, as long as there were things to...

Life-Size Printable Skeleton for Kids

Make a life-size paper skeleton for kids to study anatomy the hands-on way with life-size printable organs! Skeletons are fascinating! Especially when you are seven or eight... First of all, kids at that age have some insatiable curiosity about how their bodies work,...

Human Body Anatomy Play-Dough Mats for Kids

The human body anatomy printable play-dough mats let children combine science with art while building 3D versions of body systems. Play-dough is fun! Both my kids started playing with it when they were barely toddlers, and they don't seem to plan on stopping any time...

How to Make Simple Articulated Robots with Kids

Build a simple articulated wooden robot! It is a great engineering project to teach kids how articulation works and a perfect woodworking project for beginners. My kids have a lot of toys. When I've just tripped over one, I tend to think they have too many. Still,...

Outdoors

Everything is just a little more fun when it happens outdoors.

Backyard Railroad Engineering: Outdoor STEM Challenge for Kids

Like many kids, my son likes everything on wheels. Cars, construction machinery, emergency vehicles, trains. Especially trains. He also loves playing in the backyard, and for several summer now, I've been thinking how much fun it would be to build a railroad outside....

How to Make a Bean Teepee for Backyard Play

If you're looking for a kids' gardening project this summer, try building a bean teepee. This natural play tent is a fun addition to the backyard and a perfect hideout for little explorers. Last summer was our first as home owners, and we were as excited about our big...

Flower Canning Pretend Play

The end of summer, and it's time for canning. Can my son stay away? Of course not! And while we're still washing fruits and vegetables, he has already canned twenty jars! A lot of the posts in my blog are ideas of what parents can do for kids. This one is not. From...

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