Category Archives: family fitness

Song of the Stars plus an active reading game for any kids' book! {undergodsmightyhand.com at homeschoolvillage.com}

An Active Reading Game {plus free printable!}

Books + fitness = awesome!

Song of the Stars plus an active reading game for any kids' book! {undergodsmightyhand.com at homeschoolvillage.com} I’m at The Homeschool Village today with an active reading game idea to use with picture books, early readers, and even longer passages for practices. This game incorporates listening skills with reading (and pre-reading) skills and fitness movements. My post at The Homeschool Village shares some ways to modify this active for different age groups and abilities.

I use Song of the Stars by Sally-Lloyd Jones as an active (and a great Christmas picture book!), but, I include a free printable for using this active reading game for any book!

Click here to check out this active reading game post at The Homeschool Village.

Love book-based activities of all kinds? The Homeschool Village has put together free ebook full of Christmas-related books and crafts and activities! Read more about the ebook here.

Apples and Pumpkins Hoppin' Harvest Game - a literacy- and fitness-filled fall game for preschoolers {undergodsmighthyhand.com at thehomeschoolvillage.com}

Active Fitness Game for Preschool Apple and Pumpkin Themes

I mentioned in my Preschool Apple Unit post that we played an “Apples and Pumpkins Hoppin’ Harvest” game. Well, that post is live at The Homeschool Village today! Apples and Pumpkins Hoppin' Harvest Game - a literacy- and fitness-filled fall game for preschoolers {undergodsmighthyhand.com at thehomeschoolvillage.com}

Need an active game for your fall, apple, or pumpkin themes?

Visit The Homeschool Village to find directions for this “Apples and Pumpkin Hoppin’ Harvest Game! This activity incorporates literacy skills, pretend play, plus heart-pumping fitness!

FALL for Fitness - tips on incorporating fitness in your family schedule {undergodsmightyhand.com at thehomeschoolvillage.com}

Falling for Fitness

FALL for Fitness - tips on incorporating fitness in your family schedule {undergodsmightyhand.com at thehomeschoolvillage.com} The fall season usually inspires excitement about creating new goals. Perhaps it’s a remnant from my days as a public school teacher, but back-to-school/homeschool time feels a little like a new year.

As you’re modifying your family’s schedules and creating goals together, read this post up at The Homeschool Village today with a few tips for incorporating fitness into your new routines. While you’re there, share your ideas.

Family-Friendly Fitness Apps and Gadgets

8 Apps and Gadgets to Boost Family Fitness at The Homeschool Village We love technology around here, but using technology doesn’t mean you don’t have stay active.

I’m at The Homeschool Village today sharing 8 awesome fitness-focused, family-friendly apps and gadgets.

Join me at The Homeschool Village to check out the apps I’ve found, and while you’re there, please share how your family has used technology to encourage fitness, too!

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

ABC Activity Birthday Party {ideas and printable packet}

My fella loves reading and loves to jump, play, and run.

So what’s a momma to do for a birthday party theme? Combine them, of course!

With my family fitness background, I created an “ABC Activity Birthday Party” for my boy!

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Set up like a scavenger hunt activity with task cards, this activity gets hearts pumping in a cooperative and fun manner. The activities are geared towards ages 2-8, but older children will have fun helping younger ones.

This ABC party activity focuses on movement, letter and color recognition, pre-reading skills, cooperation, gross motor, fine motor, and following directions.

ABC Activity Party Setup

We held this party outdoors and set up all the activities in my parents’ backyard and deck. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) Each activity was set up like a station with any equipment needed and enough space to complete the activity. Most of the activities can be done with normal play equipment or household items and just need a little space.

Twenty-six activities might sound like a lot, but we included different fruits and healthier snacks to represent some of the letters.

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

The activities range from very fitness-oriented (“jump rope or jump over the rope for 10 seconds”) to fine motor (“Play your own song on the xylophone for 10 seconds”) to social (“Sign ‘friend’ to a friend!”).

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

We paired the kids up (usually an older kid or parent paired with a preschooler) and each pair received an activity task card.

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

After a few simple directions, the kids got started! Because the preschoolers were all paired with older partners, the kids could each go to whichever station they wanted to in whatever order. (If you were using this activity with a very large group or a classroom, I’d suggest rotating every minute or so or having a specific direction to travel.) I set a 20-minute time limit for the activities, but most of the kids wanted to finish their cards! (Yay!)

Our son has special needs and communicates primarily through sign language. Incorporating signs into our activity helped his friends learn ways to communicate with him, while reinforcing learning principles and physical activity. He loved having his friends come up to him and show him the signs they just learned!

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Download the ABC Activity Birthday Party packet!

In this download, you will find:

  • an instruction sheet,
  • activity summary and equipment list,
  • one set of 26 alphabet letter cards (13 pages). Each card has a letter, alphabet sign, and associated activity.
  • a second set of 26 alphabet letter cards (13 pages). This set does not have an activity underneath each sign. This allows you to write in your own activities as needed or wanted! You can print out only this set and create all your own activities, or you can print out just the letters you need. (For example: If you want to change the letter “L” activity, print the “L” card from the second set and write your own activity in!)
  • ABC party task cards (2 pages).

*The equipment list can be modified if you change the activities! 

ABC Activity Birthday Party ideas and printable packet via Under God's Mighty Hand

Other Uses for the ABC Activity Birthday Party Packet

This activity can also be modified to be a large group/classroom physical activity or a sign language and movement game for homeschool!

I include a second set of blank alphabet sign cards in this packet. That means you can print out that blank set and:

  • write your own activities in,
  • use them as blank flashcards to teach fingerspelling,
  • write sight words or sentences on each flashcard for reading practice,
  • and more!

I have also included various modifications for equipment, groups, and special needs.

As a bonus, I’m throwing a sale at my Teachers-pay-Teachers store! The “ABC Activity Birthday Party” packet is 20% off from today through Saturday, July 6th! (That’s the highest sale I can throw at Teachers-pay-Teachers!)

Looking for a free birthday party idea and printables? Check out my “Have A Ball!” Birthday party activities and free printables here. I also gather lots of birthday party ideas from around the web (along with more activities for other kinds of special events) on my Special Events board on Pinterest.

Did you download the ABC Activity Birthday Party packet? I would love to hear how your family or group has used this packet. Please leave a comment, and I may be able to update this packet for future downloads!

This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-UpHomeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsHearts for Home linkupTender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers, and the Weekly Kids Co-op.

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