Summer is in full swing here in Idaho, and we are having a blast with all kinds of water play! I want to take you back to your childhood really fast…remember the good old days of outdoor play? Before everyone was consumed by technology? You and your friends would spend hours outside all summer long! And you’d only come in at the end of the day because your parents made you. It was a great time, right?!
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Things have changed so much that kids are missing out on good old fashioned fun. If you’ve been around Pages Of Grace for a while, you know that I am all about making learning fun! I strive to create learning opportunities that get kids engaged, including activities that get them moving. And summer playtime is no different for us! There’s definitely a time and place for lounging around watching movies or playing video games, but I want my kiddos to experience the same fun that I experienced growing up…that means lots of active and outdoor fun!
We definitely take a break from full time school during the summer, but we squeeze in a little bit of basic reading, writing, and math practice most days to prevent them from losing progress over the summer. And since we love making learning fun, one of our favorite things to do is combine our summer review with water play!My kiddos recently played with water guns for the first time…I know, total #momfail…how did I wait this long to introduce them to water guns?! Anyway, better late then never right?! To say they had a blast would be an understatement. So, I thought to myself, let’s do a little school review with water gun games!
- paper plates
- water guns
- washable marker
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Right now our main focus is math facts, so we did our water gun fun with basic addition and subtraction facts. I got some paper plates (the kind that are coated so the water won’t ruin them right away) and wrote basic facts on them.
Then I spread them all over the backyard and gave each kiddo a Super Soaker. I would call out a problem, like 3+4. The kids would find the plate with that problem, squirt it, and say the answer.
*Tip* use a washable marker so you can use the plate multiple times. Once the kids squirt them enough, the marker will wash off, allowing you to use the plates again. See in this picture how the marker washed off after a few squirts.
You can do this activity with any variety of subjects and topics…sight words, shapes, punctuation…any topic you are practicing! Grab your favorite water guns, and have a blast!