Describing With Adjectives

As kids learn to write creatively, picking up vivid sensory details is key.  Describing with adjectives that paint a picture and appeal to the reader’s senses is the goal. We love to learn via our favorite books and recently we were inspired by {affiliate link} Elephant and Piggie’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? by the amazing Mo Willems

Learning About Adjectives with Elephant and Piggie

In Should I Share My Ice Cream?, Gerald the Elephant describes his ice cream cone, using words like “tasty” and “sweet”.  The words are printed into the shape of an ice cream cone.  We thought that was pretty neat and decided to try it ourselves. 

Cut out some simple shapes with construction paper, grab some markers and you are ready to go.

You can have your child write the words, or you can write the words for them. The important thing is that they are thinking and coming up with great descriptive adjectives.

If your child gets stuck, here are some prompts to help.

Prompts for Describing With Adjectives

What color is it? What shape? What is it’s weight? What texture? Size? How does it behave?

Lets look at a real cloud/taste an actual ice cream cone and see if that inspires us.

For objects they cannot touch or see up close:  What does the cloud look like? What might it feel like, or smell like or taste like or sound like? 

See if your child can fill in the blank: “A butterfly’s wings are like…..”  They are as light as a…..”

More Resources for Learning Parts of Speech

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Schoolhouse Rock video about adjectives: 

 

Top 10 Roald Dahl Book List ~ With Go-Along Activities

Roald Dahl is a master storyteller of some of the most fantastic tales in children’s literature. His books are some of the first chapter books that many children read and some of the most popular read-aloud books for families. Top 10 Roald Dahl Books with Activities Here is the top 10 Roald Dahl book list and some great activities to go along with them.  A”hands-on, learning-with literature-style” is such a great way to engage kids in learning

Why are these the top 10? Via careful research, i.e. looking at Amazon best sellers, Ranker.com, and crowdsourcing the Creekside Learning Facebook fans, I put together this list. If you feel another Dahl book should be on the list, leave me a comment at the end of the post. You can purchase any of Dahl’s books via the Creekside Learning Amazon affiliate link, at no extra cost, by clicking on the book titles below. 

  1. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).   Make your own Dream Bottles and go see the play

    The BFG on Stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

    The BFG on stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD. Image courtesy of Imagination Stage.

  2. George’s Marvelous Medicine. Grab some items from the medicine cabinet and pantry and let your kids make their own marvelous concoctions, just like George. 
  3. James and the Giant Peach. Accompany this book with an Insect Unit Study and of course, eat some delicious peaches. 
  4.  Matilda. Watch the movie, too, starring Danny Devito and Rhea Peralman as Matilda’s parents. 
  5.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Create some wild and wonderful play dough candy creations.
  6.  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.  Make some fun table decorations, including a free printable
  7.  The Witches. Practice symmetrical art with a witch drawing
  8. The Magic Finger. Celebrate  Roald Dahl Day  in September. 
  9.  Fantastic Mr. Fox. Make a Mr. Fox marionette/puppet with recycled materials. 
  10.  The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Try some patterned giraffe art.  

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Fun Science Experiments for Kids ~ Hydrofoils

This fun and easy hands-on science experiment, using three ingredients you already have, is perfect for warm weather outside, or not-so-nice weather inside. Hydrofoils use water (that’s the hydro) and tinfoil (yup, you guessed it) to demonstrate the concept of buoyancy.  

Big thanks to Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of Kids Activities Blog and their new book {affiliate link}101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! for some fun science experiments for kids, including this one. More on their fab book in a minute.

Hydrofoils:  Water Science Experiments for Kids from "101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!"

Supplies Needed

  • Water in a container, bathtub or sink.
  • Tinfoil.
  • Pennies.

This experiment is about design:  Designing a boat that can float well and hold the pennies without taking on water, testing it and re-designing it again uses critical thinking skills

Fun Science Experiments for Kids - Hydrofoils @creeksidelearn

I gave the kids two different types of tinfoil, one was heavier than the other, but I let them discover that for themselves. They each set out to build, test and re-build their boats.  

While they worked, we talked about the concepts included in the experiment from the book:  Water pressure pushing up and gravity pulling the boat down. That’s buoyancy. 

 Fun Science Experiments for Kids - Hydrofoils

They made big foil boats and small foil boats and experimented with flattening the bottoms of the boats by pressing them on the sidewalk. 

Hydrofoils were a hit! We hope you will like them, too.

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest Funnest Ever by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! contains even more fun science experiments for kids, as well as crafts, games and boredom busters.  I love how each activity contains clear instructions and way to modify things for older or younger kids.  Each activity is geared towards kids from toddlers to 12-year-olds. Holly Homer and Rachel Miller are on a mission to create great activities for kids every day. You can find them at Kids Activities Blog and on Facebook and Pinterest

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I received this book for free for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own. Read my disclosure page. Affiliate links in this post go to Amazon. I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if a purchase is made via these links. Thank you. 

Top 10 Hands-On Math Games for Outside

Take learning outside this summer with some fun hands-on math games.  These math activities for kids use the pool, sidewalk chalk, bikes, scooters and more to make learning fun. 

Top 10 Hands-On Math Games for Summer from Creekside Learning

Top 10 Hands-On Math Games for Outside 

  1. Keep those times tables fresh with skip-counting hopscotch.
  2. Water balloon math from No Time for Flashcards.  
  3. Number recognition game with sidewalk chalk: Put the fire out.
  4. Measuring in nature from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids.  
  5. Stomp-it! Place Value game. Move it  outside and use sidewalk chalk.
  6. Times table learning with chalk and a fly swatter.
  7. There’s lots of money math in a Lemonade stand.
  8. Make a hula-hoop clock with sticks and sidewalk chalk.
  9. Math in the pool! from Toddler Approved. 
  10. Sidewalk chalk mental math game on a scooter or a bike. 

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Telling Time Activities : Make a Hula Hoop Clock

Here is something I’ve learned as a mom over and over again:  Math is more fun outside! It’s true. If you are looking for telling time activities for kids, grab a hula hoop and some sidewalk chalk and you are ready to go. 

Telling Time Activities

Send the kids in search of sticks and break them to the right lengths for an hour hand and a minute hand. Soaking the chalk in water for a few minutes makes the colors brighter and easier to see. 

Call out times or write them in chalk using digital time and have your kids move the hands of the hula hoop clock to the correct time.  

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