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Learning Nutrition Label Comparison

Your kids come running in after enjoying some nature study time outside, and they’re ready for a snack.

You offer oranges or carrot sticks.

One child pipes up saying he wants cookies!

How do you help them really understand what healthy food options are and why we should eat healthy most of the time? Learning Nutrition Labels

Join me over at The Homeschool Scientist today with a (free printable!) nutrition label comparison activity, plus an active game you can play with those labels.

These activities foster thinking about:

  • What’s in nutrition labels?
  • Why is this information important?
  • What do you do with that information?
  • How do nutrition labels help you and your kids make healthier choices?

Let me know how your family reads nutrition labels over at The Homeschool Scientist!

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

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20 Outdoor and Indoor Family Fitness Ideas for Spring at SimpleKids

Spring Family Fitness Ideas

Spring brings beautiful and somewhat moody weather. One day is 70 degrees and sunny, the next day 40 degrees and rainy, another day is 90 degrees and sweltering (and for some, a recent day here in May brought snow!). So when the troops need exercise, you need an arsenal of indoor and outdoor ideas.

20 Outdoor and Indoor Family Fitness Ideas for Spring at SimpleKidsJoin me over at Simple Kids today for 20 outdoor and indoor family fitness ideas for spring. You’ll find ideas and resources for activities that use around-the-house equipment and some just need a little space and energy.

Also, can I just say? I’ve read the Simple Living Media blogs for a couple of years now (The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom), Simple Kids, Simple Homeschool, and more). I’m extremely honored to be guest posting at Simple Kids for Kara today. (Thanks, Kara, for the fun opportunity!)

Share your favorite family fitness ideas with me over at Simple Kids today!

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Move Like You Feel” Active Movement Game for Preschoolers

I have a family fitness background and I have a son who is a major sensory seeker. Any time we can add movement into a learning activity, we do!

We’re wrapped up a preschool feelings unit this week (watch for that post next week!), and I created this simple movement mimicking activity to accompany our emotions-themed activities this week.

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Move Like You Feel” Movement Game

This activity allowed my son to differentiate his movements to pretend acting out these emotions. My son has multiple special needs, and, though he can distinguish many emotions, he can’t really copy them himself unless he’s actually feeling them.

To help him be able to model different emotions, we used this game to incorporate big motor movements he could associate with each feeling.

How to Play

Just have enough space to move a bit. Classroom teachers can use this activity with a little space in between desks, in a reading around, or outside.

Optional: You can also have a photo-filled feelings book in hand to help, like Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner.

The first round, I talked the kids through each emotion and modeled how we can move to act out that emotion. In the second and third rounds, I suggest trying to see if the kids remember each movement when you call out each emotion. Play 3-5 rounds for a total of roughly 10 minutes (just enough to get some wiggles out and get hearts pumping!).

Modification: If you’re using this activity with advanced preschoolers or early elementary ages, you can ask the kids to create their own movements!

Emotion Movements

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Sad” – moving low and slow

Here are the movements and emotions we used:

  • Happy – move bouncy and smiling, with a march
  • Sad – move low and slow
  • Excited – jump!
  • Frustrated – move tight and stomping
  • Tired – crawl on hands and knees
  • Nervous – move on tiptoes very cautiously
  • Silly – silly dancing!
Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Frustrated” – stomping

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Tired” – crawling on hands and knees slowly

We completed each movement for 30-60 seconds. We stopped at just these seven emotions for our first go-round. I hope to add a few more about my son is able to express when he feels these seven emotions with more frequency.

Modification for special needs: We signed each emotion first. I also suggest either showing a picture of each emotion or having a chart of emotions and first asking the kids to point out which emotion you call out. Then complete the movement.

Since playing this game, my son has already expressed “tired” and “happy” (yay!) and my daughter has talked about “nervous.” We might need to play this game once a week or so!

I shared our whole preschool feelings unit here, including the books and activities we used.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

If you’re looking for a song about emotions, we love the “feelings song” from this episode of Signing Time. It’s good for dancing, too!

How do you help your kids learn to express different emotions?

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

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5 indoor tunnel play activities for preschool and early elementary ages {undergodsmightyhand.com}

5 Indoor Tunnel Play Activities for Preschoolers

A couple of years ago, my kids were given an indoor play tent that included a tunnel. We’ve used the tent a couple of times (and it’s fun!), but we store it out of the kids’ reach most of the time. The tunnel is detachable, though, and we keep it available for the kids to use anytime.

And, they love it.

They’ve been content to just get the tunnel out, take turns crawling through, giggle at teach other, and cackle at Momma lying in it.

Today, I decided to incorporate some new activities to add something new to their tunnel play.

These activities are great for preschool and early elementary ages. They challenge preschoolers to move in various ways, coordinating different muscle groups, taking turns, adding a bit of challenge, and evoking problem-solving skills.

5 indoor tunnel play activities for preschool and early elementary ages {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Indoor Tunnel Play

Beyond regular crawling in the tunnel on hands and knees, we played five other indoor tunnel activities today:

  1. Belly crawl. It’s just like it sounds. Instead of crawling through the tunnel on hands and knees, crawl through on your belly! (Kind of an “army crawl” style.) I honestly wasn’t sure my kids would be able to do this yet, and they rocked it!
  2. Object carry. I placed an object (usually a stuffed animal) in the middle of the tunnel (see above photo). The kids could choose however they wanted to crawl through the tunnel, but then had to pick up the toy with one hand and crawl out with it. It was fun watching them problem solve to figure out the best way to move forward with the toy in one hand.
  3. Tunnel Ball Roll. The kids sat on opposite ends of the tunnel with a ball. They took turns rolling the ball through the tunnel to each other. Such a simple activity, but they had to adjust how hard they rolled the ball and which angle to toss. Plus, they loved giggling at each other during this one. (Cue sappy momma heart melting.)
  4. Backwards crawl. So, I originally intended this backwards crawl through the tunnel to be in a sitting position. But, when I went to demonstrate it for the kids, I definitely could not sit up inside that tunnel. It was more of a half-laying, half-sitting position. (I received a couple of “silly Momma” comments during this.) Well, the kids took off with this. They loved it! And it definitely inspired some creative movement. This one is my daughter’s favorite. 

    5 indoor tunnel play activities for preschool and early elementary ages {undergodsmightyhand.com}

    Excuse the photobomb from the tag there on the left.

  5. Tunnel stand. This is really just for fun and not a whole lot to do with movement. My son loves to get in the tunnel, pull it up around him, and let it pop up and cover him. He then plays “peek-a-boo” inside it. Insert more cackles and giggles here.
    5 indoor tunnel play activities for preschool and early elementary ages {undergodsmightyhand.com}

My daughter has already played these activities twice more on her own, so it looks like they’re keepers!

Do you have an indoor tunnel? What games do you like to play?

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8 ways to show love to your library and librarians at LibraryAdventure.comDoes your family love to visit your local library? Ever want to show them your appreciation? I’m also at The Library Adventure today sharing 8 ways to love on your library (and librarians), including a few tips for kids with special needs to get involved. I surveyed a few librarians, used my past experiences as a teacher, and included some of our family’s experiences to compile this list.

Come share your favorite ways to love on your library at The Library Adventure!

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

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Exercises from Around the World

Exercises plus Geography and History Equals Fun

Want to combine family fitness and learning about countries and cultural tradition from around the world? Exercises from Around the World

Check out this list of traditional activities from several countries around the world at The Homeschool Village. You might have heard about several of these, but there might be a couple you haven’t seen, too. Plus, you’ll find a lot of links with more information and resources.

While you’re at The Homeschool Village, let me know if there are any other countries or activities you’d like to learn more. I’m planning at part 2 post, and I’d love to know how to help you!