Summer Crafts for Kids ~ Summer Memories Book

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Summer’s end is drawing near. We’ve packed a whole lot of good, simple fun into this beautiful season. I want my kids to have wonderful memories of summers spent doing amazing things together: swimming, collecting shells at the beach, riding roller coasters, making s’mores around the campfire, going for long bike rides to nowhere in particular.  

How to make a summer memories book with your kids.

We have a fun way to preserve those memories and it’s also one of those summer crafts for kids that is perfect to do together, in these last remaining days of summer. We’re going to get messy with sand and glue, but that’s okay. These memory books will not only be a great keepsake but fun to show off to friends, family, classmates and more.

summer crafts for kids to make

 You will need:

  • Sand
  • Seashells
  • Elmer’s Glue/Wet Ones Combo pack (available in select Target’s Back to School section, while supplies last)
  • Cardstock
  • Printer
  • Small pocket photo album
  • Favorite photos printed out

Summer Crafts for Kids

How to Make a Summer Memories Book With Your Kids

  1. Gather your supplies. I found these 4×6 “brag book” style photo albums for $1.99 at a local craft store. Sometimes I’ve seen them in the dollar spot/dollar store bins too. We used regular play sand (the type you put into sand boxes) and seashells we’d collected from the beach. I found the Elmer’s Glue/Wet Ones combo pack at Target (available at select stores).
  2. Choose whatever colored card stock you’d like and cut it to 4×6 size.
  3. Have your kids spread Elmer’s glue at the bottom of the card to represent the beach, then sprinkle the sand on, tapping off any excess.messy summer crafts for kids
  4. Add small seashells and affix with Elmer’s glue.sea shell crafts for kids
  5. Allow to dry.  Clean up with Wet Ones wipes.
  6. Use card stock to make the title: “The Summer I was [insert age]“. We used the fun fonts and a banner at PicMonkey (free) but you can do this in any program or have the kids write it out in their own handwriting. Glue it to the card. Insert in front pocket of photo album after drying.beach crafts for kids
  7. Insert photos into the photo album pages.
  8. We added little descriptions to each photo. I asked the kids to tell me in their own words what was going on in the photo and what they liked about this memory.photo crafts for kids

 This was the best part of the project for me, hearing what they got excited about, what they remember, seeing the smiles and joy as they recalled this beautiful summer and ran to show their books to Daddy. They carried their books along when we went to visit friends and over to Grandma’s house. 

photo books for kids

 How will you spend the last days of summer with your family this year? I’d love for you to share in the comments. 

Homeschool Kindergarten Science

Getting ready for homeschool kindergarten?  Here are some great, hands-on resources for homeschool kindergarten science. 

 Big List of Homeschool Kindergarten Science activities, experiments and areas of study.

Force, Motion, and Energy

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From Homeschool to Public School

Big changes are happening for the Creekside Family this fall.  Firefly, our 10-year-old, will be returning to public school for his 5th grade year, after 4 years at home.  This is not something that was even on our radar a few months ago.  But, after lots of family discussion and investigation into what a return to school might look like, we came to this decision.  

Most importantly, the reason we are going down this path is that it is the right thing for this particular child, at this particular time. That is, after all, why we went down this wonderful homeschooling path to begin with. That is why only one of our children is going to public school right now. That is why, odd as it may seem, I still consider this a part of Firefly’s homeschooling journey.

Will he go on to 6th grade in public school? I don’t know. Will he ever return home for his schooling again?  I don’t know that either. We will make that decision year by year, as we have done every year of his academic life. We will do what works for him and for our family. 

Firefly is happy. He is looking forward to going to school. We are doing many things to prepare him for this big change.  And, we are adjusting ourselves. We will all miss him. There are two younger siblings who have never known homeschooling without their big brother. There is the school’s schedule and time clock that we will all now work with and around. 

Creekside Learning will not change. I will still be writing about learning ideas and activities for preschoolers through elementary ages. My focus has always been to create a place where families and teachers can find resources and get inspired by hands-on learning, regardless of whether their kids/students go to school at home or in brick building. And that will continue. 

There is so much more I could write here, but it feels like such a personal part of our family’s story right now. Perhaps I will write more in the future. For now, I wanted the eyes who so graciously read my blog to know that we are, at this point in time, an academically blended family.  

We feel so very fortunate to have supportive friends and family surrounding us, a neighborhood school that is welcoming us and the experience to know that if our new schooling situation isn’t the right fit, we always have choices. 

 

From Homeschool to Public School | Creekside Learning

Firefly at age 5, our first homeschooling year.

 

 

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

For more ideas on how to develop kids as Creative Writers, visit our sponsor, Brave Writer.
Brave Writer creative writing curriculum for kids

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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