Place Value Activities for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade

We use a lot of games and activities to get out of the workbook pages and learn basic math concepts. Here are some great place value activities for 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade and beyond. Use your whole body to play the Stomp It! Place Value Game. This was so easy to set up. In fact, having the kids help me set this up was a big part of the learning experience. {This post contains affiliate links.} Base Ten Blocks. This is one...

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Easter Egg Ideas ~ Mod Podge & Party Napkins

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You Magazine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #lifeforless http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV. There are so many creative Easter egg ideas out there. In addition to using eggs to learn during Springtime, we are excited to find some new ways to make some pretty eggs for hiding and hunting. Here is a super simple and fun Easter...

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Beach Time

The Creekside Learning family is on vacation this week. The beach was calling. We answered.  “Hello, Ocean. I’m here.” We will be back soon. I have lots of exciting new posts brewing. In the meantime, the Hands-On Science and Preschool: Learning Is Fun! boards are hopping over on Pinterest. Check them out, repin and follow to get more great learning ideas in your Pinterest feed. Follow along on our travels on...

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Creeper Valentines

Do you have a Minecraft fan in your house? I have three and my main “miner” requested creeper themed Valentines this year.  These are so easy, kids can make them and I have a free printable for you, too. Supplies needed: black electrical tape green construction paper, cut into 3×3 inch squares printer and white paper for the message glue scissors or paper cutter Electrical tape is so inexpensive! I bought a...

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Easy Peasy Gingerbread Houses

These milk carton gingerbread houses are so easy to make.  They are quick and fun, an activity that we were first introduced to when my kids were younger and attended a weekly play group. We’ve been making them ever since. You will need: ***A pint sized carton (or cut a quart sized carton in half) ***Graham crackers ***Spreadable frosting ***Candy Start with a half-pint carton and a stack of graham crackers.  Spread frosting...

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Sidewalk Chalk Paint Project

A few simple, kid-found tools: chalk and water.  Some awesome kid creativity.  This activity developed quite organically: making sidewalk chalk into paint while coloring. This turned into a very calming activity with everyone mostly very focused on their own part of the project. I spent several warm nights snapping pictures of their beautiful creations as the sun went down and they experimented with mixtures of water and chalk. They...

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