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.

How to Write a Book Review – for Kids

Wondering how to teach children to write book reviews? With this free printable template, anyone can write one! While I usually write about our educational games and crafts, the biggest part of our homeschooling has always been reading books. (Isn't it the same for...

Nursery Rhymes with Printable Shadow Puppets

Use these printable shadow puppets to stage a shadow puppet play for children, based on famous nursery rhymes! Mary Had a Little Lamb Nursery Rhyme Shadow Puppets First things first, what exactly is a nursery rhyme? Any traditional poem or song for children can be...

Town Mouse and Country Mouse Shadow Puppets

Using these printable shadow puppets, you can stage a shadow puppet play, based on the popular fairy-tale The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse! We are back with a new instalment of shadow puppets. Every year, we make a few more to add into our collection of printable...

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

Birds: Free Pattern Block Designs

Get the free printable pack of bird pattern block designs for STEM centres in your preschool and kindergarten! Children will learn the names of birds, practice building skills and math - all at once. In most classrooms, whether homeschool or traditional, pattern...

Flower Symmetry: Draw the Missing Half Art Prompts

Use flower symmetry as a way to explain symmetry to children, then create beautiful symmetrical flower drawings with these printable draw-the-missing-half art prompts! Explaining the concept of symmetry doesn't have to be abstract and theoretical. A good start to the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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