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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!

Four Seasons of Sensory Boxes {plus, preschool activities for each box!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Four Seasons of Sensory Boxes {plus activities!}

Four Seasons of Sensory Boxes {plus, preschool activities for each box!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

I’ve expressed my love of sensory boxes a few times (four, in fact) over the past year.

My kids love ’em. I love ’em. We’re all learning. It’s fantastic.

For ease, I thought I’d put links to all four seasonal sensory boxes we’ve created here in one post.

Click on each link below to access a full description of what we included in each sensory box, plus LOTS of activities to complete with each one!

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Sensory Boxes

Winter Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Winter Sensory Box and Activities {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Spring Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Summer Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Summer Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Fall Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

What’s your family’s favorite kind of sensory box? What activities do you use?

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Spring Flower Sequencing Cards Free Printable via Under God's Mighty Hand

Spring Flower Sequencing Cards

Spring growth is an opportune time to see natural sequences in action. Sequencing can be a tough skill to grasp for some children. Sequencing cards allow children a tactile way to order events. The preschool and early elementary years are a prime time to develop sequencing skills to begin understanding the concept of time.

The more we discuss a topic or experience an event, the more my son understands it. On our daily walks for several weeks, my son and I kept talking about the buds and blooms on some trees in our neighborhood. As we watched the buds transform, I figured I could make sequencing cards out of the process. So, I’ve made a free printable for you (and us)! These simple sequencing cards provide practice for budding (haha) sequencing skills.

Spring Flower Sequencing Cards Free Printable via Under God's Mighty Hand

How to Use These Spring Flower Sequencing Cards

This file includes one set of plain photo sequencing cards, one set of photo sequencing cards with text, and one set of text cards.

Print out the photo cards you would like to use (plain photo or photos with text). Cut out each card individually. You can use just these cards for a simple sequencing activity. Or, you can also print the text cards out, tape or glue the text cards to the back of the photo cards or print on both sides of the paper to make the cards two-sided. Attach the paper to cardstock and/or laminate the cards for prolonged use. Hand the cards to your child out of order and have your child put them in a row in the correct sequence. These cards can supplement a current study of plant growth or spur conversation about nature.

The text cards have simple sentences with basic information about spring flower growth. You can read these sentences out to your child, or your child can practice reading aloud (for early elementary ages).

We’re practicing with these cards over and over again. With verbal direction. With my son trying it on his own. With free play.  Spring Flower Sequencing Cards Free Printable - Under God's Mighty Hand

These cards are only to be reproduced for homeschool and classroom use. If you share about these cards (thank you!), please link back to this post on my blog (and not just the PDF file). The post link is: http://wp.me/p3c9Xf-bp

To download these cards, click here. When you click on the PDF link to open the file, either right-click on the document itself or choose “File” and “Save As…” in your toolbar. Then save the file appropriate on your computer. You can also download these cards from my Teachers-Pay-Teachers store.

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How did you help your child learn the concept of sequencing? If you use these sequencing cards, will you come back and let me know how you used them? I’d love for you to share your ideas in the comments!

I’m extremely honored to have this resource shared at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler’s Homeschool Showcase. Visit Kris’s blog for more great ideas!

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Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Spring Sensory Box and Activities

Having a preschooler helps me experience the merits of sensory boxes. Having a preschooler who is a major sensory seeker pushes sensory boxes up to “necessary” status.

We love to incorporate seasons around here, especially since my son learned the signs for the seasons. The concepts of seasons (time) aren’t quite understood yet, but the more we discuss the seasons, the more familiar they become.

Sensory box + current season = Spring sensory box!

Spring Sensory Box

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

What’s in our Spring Sensory box:

  • Beans (to pretend as “pebbles” or “seeds” and for that awesome sensory feel)
  • Shredded green construction paper as “grass” (an alternative to buying the fake Easter basket grass)
  • Two birds’ nests (50 cents each from our local craft store)
  • Fake flowers (caught these on sale at our craft store for about $1.50 for two bunches)
  • Small toy duck (dollar section of craft store)
  • Small toy chick (dollar section of Target)
  • Small plastic planter ($1 from Target, good for pretend play, scooping, and filling)
  • Two small plastic kid shovels
  • A few plastic eggs 

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Activities for a Spring Sensory Box

Pretend Play:

-Fill up the planter cup with “grass” and plant a few “seeds” in it. Pretend water it, then place some flowers in that “grew!”

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Pretend play growing a flower garden… with some sweet toes, too.

-We used one of the books we had on hand with a momma bird, egg, nest, and baby bird. We talked about the pictures, and then acted out a momma bird on her nest with the sensory box props. My son doesn’t pretend play with objects much, so I usually have to model it several times (sometimes over several days) before he joins in.

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

-Bring in some LEGO characters or other toy figures to play in the sensory box, too.

Categorizing:

  • I asked my son to “find all the animals.” The day we tried this skill, he wasn’t focusing as well. To guide him, I picked up one object at a time and asked “is this an animal?” He would say, Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand“Noooo” or “Yes!”—usually correctly. This simple modification also allows those with speech delays to work on categorizing and answering questions.
  • Find all the tools to scoop with.
  • Find all blue/green/yellow objects. 

Fine Motor Skills:

  • Scooping
  • Pouring
  • Pincer grasp
  • Using both hands/bilateral movement (to put eggs together, to hold cup in one hand and scoop with the other)
  • Lots of scooping and pouring!

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Math:

-Count animals, beans, and more.
-Introduce “more” and “less” using beans.

Speech:

  • Model and make animal sounds.
  • Practice and label common words and signs (“egg,” “beans,” “grass”).
  • Introduce new vocabulary, both nouns and verbs (“nest,” “scoop,” “hatch”).

Other Activities:

Music – My mother had the great idea to fill a plastic egg with beans to make it an “egg shaker!” Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand We shook to a beat, used directional words (“shake it to the side,” “shake up/down”), and shook on body parts (“shake it on your feet,” “shake it on your back”).

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand
-When both kids play, we absolutely work on sharing and taking turns. It’s so sweet when they play cooperatively. {commence momma heart metling}
Baby play – describe objects (smooth, soft, prickly), name objects, make animal sounds, and more. My girl decided it’d be fun to pick out objects one at a time and hand them to my mother to get a “thank you” every time. :-) Definitely a fun game.

(Note: This sensory box has small items. Any time I have this sensory box out while the baby is awake, I watch her extremely carefully so she does not put any beans in her mouth.)

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Our goal is to use our sensory box once or twice a week throughout the season, working on various skills each time, plus some basic free play.

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

What would you add to a Spring sensory box? What kinds of skills do you include in sensory box play? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

*Extra note: As it’s warming up, you might be planning field trips for your homeschool, co-op, or just family fun. Join me at The Homeschool Village today for 15 active field trip ideas for families. Click here to view the article. Share your active field trip ideas there, too!

This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up and Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, UpsideDown Homeschooling’s Hearts for Home linkup, and the Weekly Kids Co-op at B-Inspired Mama.

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