Ten Dollar DIY Great Gift Ideas

DIY Great Gift Ideas Ten DollarsTen Dollar DIY Great Gift Ideas

Episode 244

Here are Ten Dollar (or less) DIY Great Gift Ideas! Can you really make great gifts that are inexpensive? I have done this for years and you can as well. And guess one, some of these ideas can be made in an hour or less, others take a little more planning, and some of these gift ideas do take talent, but now is the best time to learn. Remember to recruit your friend or your kids and what a fun way to spend the day.

I did this with my grandchildren a few days ago, in about two hours we painted two acrylic paintings. I showed them on a separate piece of paper (and yes, when they asked I “fixed” or adjusted, or demonstrated on their canvas) ways to paint a particular thing. My ten-year-old granddaughter even used a pallet knife and gel with acrylics to give texture to her mountains. What fun we had and this falls into our DIY great gift ideas for under ten dollars.

Arts and Crafts: Ten Dollar or less DIY Great Gift Ideas

  1. Prints you can frame. Purchase the print cheaply, and frames on sale. I like those dimensional frames that have plastic black rims, they made a clean line on the walls and have a “borderless” look.
  2. Paint a picture. Yes, this can be done. Use youtube for tutorials or take a class! Listen to the podcast on gifts kids can make that you actually want to keep for some easy painting ideas.
  3. Hand paint t-shirts with a design or an initial. You can use fabric markers, they work very well.
  4. Create a silk flower arrangement. I love doing this especially in mason jars, or awesome vases you can recycle – use that glue at the bottom that hardens and is transparent. It comes out really nicely. I just purchased gorgeous silk flowers that are white poinsettias, with glitter, and pine cones, a nice sized bunch for $5 at a store and I’m using a vase I no longer want. It came out beautifully.

Jewelry for Ten Dollar or less DIY Great Gift Ideas:

  1. Necklaces: You can buy all sorts of gorgeous beads at the craft store, and they have plenty of knowledgeable staff or instruction manuals.
  2. Bracelets: My daughter made me a black beaded bracelet that had “gold” (fake) spacers. I have a real black onyx necklace that I never wear because I didn’t have a matching bracelet. It looks real! And, I get lots of compliments from it – amazing.

Recipe Books for Ten Dollar or less DIY Great Gift Ideas:

Recipe books are a favorite of mine, in fact, up until recent years, this was my go-to gift and something I loved getting from my children. One year my thoughtful son purchased a non-fiction account of a man searching Europe for the “best” food. I loved it! While it was out of the question to go on a European vacation I was able to enjoy the food and the discussion vicariously through this author. I’m Italian so the best food selection was a hit with me. Can you guess? If you said, “Mediterranian,” then you are right! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift that I treasured and he bought it on sale for $5!

  1. Compile treasured family recipes, handwrite cards and insert into a decorated card holder
  2. Use family recipes and create an online cookbook to have printed. Buy in bulk and save even more.
  3. Purchase a photo album and create recipe memories. Use pictures of actual food and write the recipe in the book.
  4. Use laminated sheets to hold the recipe cards, handwrite or type on the computer and print out.

Homemade Foods for DIY Great Gift Ideas Ten Dollars:

I’ve baked for family and friends for years. If you are a long-time listener of my podcasts and previously my Ultimate Homeschool Expo, you know that baking is my “stress release” – you can typically find me in the kitchen at least once or twice a weak baking my family a treat. So, it is no wonder this is high on my gift giving list. I’ve cut way back on my giving, however –listen to my podcast on overcoming holiday stress here.

  1. Cookie trays
  2. Homemade breads
  3. Homemade cinnamon rolls
  4. Homemade Pumpkin, Banana Nut, Cranberry loaf, etc.

Gift Cards for DIY Great Gift Ideas Ten Dollars:

  1. Offer to babysit for a busy mom.
  2. Car washing
  3. Dinner of your choice ticket
  4. Get off of dish day

Bath and Body for DIY Great Gift Ideas Ten Dollars:

  1. Homemade soaps
  2. Bath salts
  3. Essential oil mix – or roll-ons

Best of HIRL Christmas Series: Jesus vs. Santa

Free homeschool podcast discussing Christmas and Santa ClausDoes Santa have any place in the celebration of Christmas? If you listen to some homeschoolers talk about it, event the mention of Santa Claus associated with Christmas will land you in the “loner’s corner” of your co-op. Yet, others celebrate good ol’ jolly Santa Claus right next to the baby Jesus. There is also a third category of homeschoolers (like Fletch) who enjoy stirring the pot and cracking off remarks like: “You know…if you rearrange the letters in Santa…it spells S-A-T-A-N.” Fletch can be cheeky that way!

Where does that leave us?

Should we allow Santa to have a seat at the Christmas table or should he and Rudolph be hidden high up on the shelf with that pesky elf?

With sleighbells ringing and all the yuletide they can muster, Fletch and Kendra sit down for an open, honest discussion about the celebration of Christmas and answer the question: What should Christian homeschooling parents do with Santa Claus at Christmas? Tune in and join them for a fun and lively debate on this edition of HomeschoolingIRL.

 


 

Recommended Resources:
Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
Hope Shifting by Jim Applegate
5 Terrific Christmas Advent Devotionals – HomeschoolingIRL Blog

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley – Go buy it on iTunes
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Willie Nelson – Go buy it on iTunes


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


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Overcome Holiday Stress

overcome holiday stressOvercome Holiday Stress

Episode 243

Overcome Holiday Stress? Who are you kidding? The holidays are meant to be stressful, disorganized overspending and gluttonous, right? Whether it is Christmas, New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, or all the celebrations in between there is always room for improvement. Whether stress often appears to be the harsh reality there is a way to overcome all of the typical holiday struggles and stresses. In this episode Felice explains that even while hosting, sometimes upwards of 35 guests of all ages she can enjoy the holidays.

Six Stress Busters For The Holiday

Stress free celebrations here

Overcome Holiday Stress with these quick tips:

  1. Delegate
  2. Shortcuts
  3. Let some traditions (if stressful) go
  4. Identify the holiday stress in  your life
  5. What is on your list that you can avoid?

More great tips to overcome holiday stress.

  1. Gift shopping – online, deals or sales in the summer. Make gifts if possible to cut back on the money.
  2. Food shopping use online sources or look at batch shopping or buying in bulk. Utilize family to help out and minimize as much as possible.
  3. Sending cards – do you or don’t you like sending them out? If you don’t be sure to cut your list way back and only send to family.
  4. Photos – do or don’t? We are taking pictures this year however on Christmas Eve before we attend church. It won’t be in our card this year, the first time ever! However, with kids in college, the timing just didn’t work out this year. Change is not always a bad thing, being adaptable and making the appropriate changes helps.
  5. Letter – do or don’t? This year I won’t add a family letter. It has been a long time tradition in my family to write letters. However most of our elderly relatives who counted on an update and news are gone, now we connect with family and friends online.
  6. Baking/ cooking/ preparing ahead: I still do this and it is so freeing to have a wonderful, stress-free day with the bulk of the food (except the meats) cooked and ready for heat up.
  7. Presents – to wrap or bag? I mix up the wrapping. One year I went full steam with the bags, but now I do about fifty-percent of each.

What are your best tips for cutting back on stress?

Best of HIRL Holiday Series: Stocking Stuffer

downloadAre you stuck in holiday traffic? Are you locking yourself in the bathroom at your family get-together to avoid Crazy Uncle Larry? Are you sick of hearing Christmas music? This quick episode is just for you!

Merry Christmas HIRLers! Join Fletch and Kendra on this short and fun episode as we share some Christmas laughs with you. You might find out a few things that you didn’t know about Fletch and Kendra. (No, she really doesn’t like Italian Christmas music!)

Find out more facts as we play a quick round of “Q and A with K and A.” Then see if you agree as we comment on your answers to our Facebook questions like “What Christmas song drives you nuts?” We each have goodies to lock into the HIRLer’s Treasure Chest and then join us as we finish the podcast with a Christmas edition of “Would you rather…”

This episode is meant to be light hearted, but it also gives you a chance to take a private peek at your two hosts. Join us as we celebrate Christmas week on this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life.

 


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
Hope Shifting – by Jim Applegate

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
Why the Rise In African-American Homeschooling – Episode 54

Music clips used on this episode:
Wonderful Christmas Time- Paul McCartney – Go buy it on iTunes
Last Christmas – Wham! – Go buy it on iTunes
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley – Go buy it on iTunes

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin – Go buy it on iTunes
12 Days of Christmas – Bing Crosby – Go buy it on iTunes
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey – Go buy it on iTunes
Christmas Song – Chipmunks – Go buy it on iTunes
Carole of the Bells – John Williams – Go buy it on iTunes
Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer – Elmo and Patsy – Go buy it on iTunes
Christmas Shoes – Newsong – Go buy it on iTunes
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen – Go buy it on iTunes
Dominic the Donkey – Lou Monte – Go buy it on iTunes

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

Gifts Kids Can Make

Christmas Gifts Kids Can MakeChristmas Gifts Kids Can Make (and you actually want to keep!

Episode 242

Do your kids want to make gifts? There are plenty of Christmas gifts kids can make that you will actually want to keep – really! I know, we’ve all received those wonderful heartfelt gifts that our children make, but they sit in a drawer or on a shelf gathering dust.

Now your craft loving kids can create gifts and have fun doing it. That is a winning combination for all…especially when you can direct the kids and they can add their own ideas. Remember all of those recyclable items you keep all year? Now is the time to pull them out,  and take inventory. Start with making a list of the people your children want to make gifts for – then think about the types of crafts the children enjoy. Do your kids like to sew, cut out and glue?

In this episode I share some tried and true Gifts Kids Can Make that won’t break the budget, and best of all — you actually want to keep them! In addition, these gifts will become treasures.

If you are trying to save money using and repurposing household “trash” or recyclables is a great way to stretch your budget and turn that trash into a wonderful gift.

Complete guest blog post with details on Heather Bowen’s blog, Life of a Homeschool Mom

 

 

Favorite Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make:

  • Pillows: do you have pillows you no longer use? Use the stuffing to make other pillows.
  • The kids can use fabric paint to decorate the pillow
  • Paint a letter of a first name, a saying or Scripture verse
  • Mason jars – where do I begin? I love mason jars, and they are so versatile for gifts.
  • Fill mason jars with candy or homemade trail mix.
  • Use stickers to decorate the outside of the jar with themes (like horses, or shells, etc.) and use as pencil holders.
  • Create luminaries, use battery-powered candles
  • Use the jars as flower containers. Decorate with ribbon.
  • Fill with sewing items, first aid items, and label.
  • Fill with homemade bath salts. Easy gifts for kids to make.
  • Inkblot art – looks great. Fold the paper in half and drizzle paint on the paper fold. Use different color paints, one or three — allow the paint to smear. Open and lie flat. Use frames (old ones) to frame the art.
  • Bookmarks: Use photos and glue to make personalized bookmarks.
  • Clay art: Create a handprint dish, write a verse on it, the child’s name and date.
  • Broken crayon art – Broken crayons can be used to outline letters of names. Frame the art.
  • Decorated mugs, use permanent markers and allow the children to decorate. You can use unused mugs, or cups to repurpose.
  • Repurpose other people’s trash. My son fixed a bench that the neighbors threw out. The brass on each end was repainted and he replaced the worn wooden boards with new ones. It now resides by our pond, and I love it!

Use these ideas as a springboard for creating your own, handmade gifts. These are truly Christmas presents kids can make that you will want to keep.

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


 

Best of HIRL Holiday Series: What To Do About Sibling Relationships?

Free homeschool podcast discussing sibling rivalry.We received a message on the HomeschoolingIRL Facebook page that said, “Please, please, please do an episode on siblings fighting. Thanks!”

Sibling relationships. Sibling rivalries. Siblings fighting. We put out the question to our listeners and they responded with story after story of siblings who know how to tease, fight and use sarcasm like professionals.

On this episode, we dig into the topic of parenting through sibling relationships in your homeschool. Fletch and Kendra open up about their own family and share practical advice for handling those tricky, sticky moments when brothers and sisters want to be anything but best friends. We also announce our coffee contest winner and we each answer the question: “What Ben/Jerry’s ice cream flavor would you create and what would you call it?”

 

Music clips used on this show:

“George Street Shuffle” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Three Little Birds, Ziggy Marley (Click on link to purchase)

Pick A Little/Talk A Little, The Music Man (Click on link to purchase)

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


Creating Lasting Holiday Memories

Creating Lasting Holiday MemoriesCreating Lasting Holiday Memories

Episode 241

Creating lasting holiday memories is easier than you think. Do you want to create that Norman Rockwell feeling when you think about Christmas? You know, everyone sitting around the table, smiling – clean and thankful. The children properly groomed and amazingly quiet, and the feeling that all is well in your life. Reality is a far cry from the picture-perfect holiday whether it is Christmas, the New Year, Easter, or Thanksgiving – plus all the celebrations in between. So, how does a parent do it without losing your mind? In this episode Felice shares some fun, tried and true ways to get into the true meaning of the holiday and leaving the rest behind.

To have a wonderful celebration it begins with preparing kids for what to expect and having realistic expectations yourself. Many times we expect perfection and often real life falls short. Here is my short list to make things go so much better when planning to attend a holiday event.

  1. Leave perfectionism behind
  2. Tell the children what to expect
  3. Have their clothes ready
  4. Don’t schedule too much at one time
  5. Be sure naptimes are not missed (if possible)
  6. Cut down on sugar
  7. Don’t worry about what others think
  8. Expect the unexpected
  9. Have control of your children, wild behavior is not permitted
  10. Pick up after your kids – if they make a mess, take care of it

To create memories demonstrate these for your family:

  1. Be thankful. Here is a podcast on teaching  children to be thankful
  2. Realize kids are kids – letting them know what to expect will make the occasion joyful.
  3. Focus on the celebration. Looking at what is missing, or what does or doesn’t happen never works well. Focus on the day, the event and let everything else go.
  4. Family traditions: What does that look like for you? Is there a special food, a special activity, or a special idea that works well for you and your children.
  5. Joy is a choice – be joyful
  6. Celebrate – enjoy the moment.

 

Overcome Christmas Stress

It happens every year – we try to overcome Christmas stress! No matter how hard you plan or try to stay ahead, there is always one more thing to do, one more item on the to-do list, one more project to complete…all before Christmas. How about trying something different? Enjoy the season! Yes, it can be done and I promise not to tell you to plan ahead or do more than you can handle. I know you might find it difficult to believe me, and even I thought it wasn’t possible until I gave it a try.

Overcome Christmas stress helps with planning.

Here is what I did. I made a list of what I wanted the days leading up to Christmas to look like in a “perfect world.” You know the picture-perfect, Norman Rockwell type of painting where everyone is smiling, the house is spotless and perfectly decorated, mom is holding a turkey and all the kids look happy. And, I soon realized it was unattainable. Why is it that we set out expectations so high that it is impossible? I think we have so many expectations that we fall short and then we are stressed! Stress is something we all live with however it is what we do with the stress that counts.

overcome Christmas stress

For me, the first thing was identifying the issue. Why was I stressed during the holidays and what was the *one* thing I would avoid if I could. I usually detest lists, yes — I am one of those, and yet I learned that if I made a list it helped, tremendously. So I divided things into categories.

My List to overcome Christmas stress:

To do list that could not be avoided:

  1. shopping for gifts
  2. shopping for food
  3. decorating
  4. Christmas cards
  5. Christmas photos
  6. Christmas letter
  7. baking/cooking
  8. wrapping presents

To do list that could be avoided:

  1. baking
  2. cooking everything
  3. Christmas cards + letter + photos

The one (or more) things I would avoid if I could:

  1. Christmas card letter
  2. Christmas card

Can you do it? Can you avoid the one thing (or more) that makes your Christmas stressful?

Your list may look different, but the one thing that gave me the most stress was writing the Christmas letter. It literally took me days to write, and then another few days to lay out on purchased, Christmas stationary…then years later with a Christmas graphics border on a word processing program. As my family got older and the number of children I had climbed the list seemed more and more daunting until I dreaded it. Yet, I felt guilted into it, you know…all the relatives up north are counting on receiving an update on the family happenings. However, I decided to let it go. I refused to be held under this self-imposed pressure or guilt, and I sent out cards with photos from the year as well as the most current. This year, at Thanksgiving even with my entire immediate family here, I forgot to take pictures! Again, I will let it go–even further this time! I decided that this was the perfect year to send out beautiful, Christmas cards without a family photo. Gulp!

But, I’m doing it. I’m sending out cards to the immediate family. The remaining relatives up north, my siblings, my sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, my married daughter and family…and that is it! What a freeing thought! I won’t even let those early cards, you know the ones that show up Thanksgiving weekend ruin my peace. I will live my life as I can, for the glory of God and let all this other “stuff” that gets in the way go!

Years ago I baked for weeks giving away homemade breads, sweet rolls, pound cakes, and delicious cookies to friends and my husband’s employees. No more. I do bake but only for the family, and give homemade cookie baskets to those who arrive at our home for meals. Another hurdle overcome.

So, in a nutshell this is what I did to avoid Christmas stress:

  1. shopping for gifts
    • Most gifts I shop for online, and guess what? The deals are even better than in person.
  2. shopping for food
    • I still shop for food in person, but many swear by online services such as Amazon, or Publix (our local chain) has a website and you can pay for delivery. I’ve used this service a few times when I’ve received a coupon and it works great!
  3. decorating
    • The kids all help and we set up everything inside in one day! Score! We also add lighting timers, and remotes to turn on and off all the lights. Another score.
  4. Christmas cards
    • no picture, no letter, only a card to the immediate and extended family.
  5. Christmas photos
    • taken on Christmas eve before Mass outside of the Church
  6. Christmas letter
    • avoided!
  7. baking/cooking
    • family can bring over a side or dessert, and I only bake for the family
  8. wrapping presents
    • gift bags go a long way to ease the burden!

Check out my podcast on the topic of stress free holidays here.

Best of HIRL Holiday Series – Traveling With Kids

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Join us on this episode of Homeschooling in Real Life as we talk about the ins and outs of traveling with kids. On this episode we are NOT talking about vacation planning. Instead we are talking about giving your family a love for travel, a love for God’s world and a love for taking your love for Jesus around the world as a family ambassadors living on mission.

Live from the Teach Them Diligently convention floor in Nashville, TN, Kendra interviews family travel expert Jen Reyneri from WordTraveling.com. Listen as they discuss about traveling and finding the Glory of God all over the world. This episode will encourage you and motivate you as a homeschool family to show your children something more than your own backyard.


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:

WordTraveling with Jen Reyneri
Betty The Surf Dog Twitter Feed – Home of Betty the Surf Dog
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Previous Episodes Mentioned:

Music clips used on this episode:
Jet Airliner – Buy it on iTunes Here


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!  

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning.  Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


LISTEN HERE

Are you ready to listen to Fletch and Kendra get real about homeschooling? Press the PLAY button below.

 

Educational Play

educational playEducational Play

Episode 240

Educational play is a great tool to not only teach children but to encourage them to think. Children who think, create! Besides, let’s face it parents enjoy giving gifts that encourage learning. In this episode, we explore the criteria I use for purchasing educational gifts as well as the best and most long-lasting toys that will give your children years of enjoyment. The best news? You can pass these down to others or save them for generations to come.

Show Notes: Educational Play

Educational play is not just for little kids, but the younger you begin the better your children will enjoy toys that do something. The more interactive the better, and encouraging the children to be part of the experience makes it longer lasting. This is why blocks evolved into “Legos®” and they have built an entire industry and even a theme park here in Florida.

What is your pre-requisite for educational toys or educational play?

  1. Fun
    • If a toy isn’t fun they won’t play with it.
    • Education doesn’t mean boring.
  2. Sturdy
    • Wood is my favorite type of material for toys.
    • A toy that won’t break easily.
  3. Colorful
    • Let’s face it, kids love color.
    • Not all toys are colorful, however, if they attract your attention they will attract your kids as well.
  4. Teaches
    • Some of the best learning comes from self-discovery.
    • Open-ended is better than only one solution.
  5. Long lasting
    • Similar to sturdy, you want something that isn’t just for one time.
    • My goals are to give it away or pass it down to a sibling.
  6. No batteries
    • Battery toys are great for a one-time thing. These types of gifts often break quickly.
    • If you find a battery toy (I found one that played classical music and was different depending on the way the cubes were inserted in the sturdy plastic case), be sure it will last.
  7. No one way to do it
    • Open-ended outcomes are my favorite.
    • Ideas that come to mind are blocks or Lego(r)
  8. Encourages creativity
    • No one way to do it, but more — it lends itself to engaging the child to think.
    • Something you can build again and again, but differently
    • Artistic or musical
    • Dramatic play
  9. Interactive and engaging
    • Building blocks, etc.
    • Causes the child to input ideas
  10. Kits for building or putting together
    • Favorites include tinker toys, Lego(r)
    • Art – origami, 3-D projects

Categories for Educational Play:

These categories are ones that lend themselves to educational play. My favorites are dramatic play, physical play, cooking, musical, artistic and of course outdoor activities. I’m sure I’ve left out other ideas so if you have any, post them below. Use these as a springboard and I’m sure you’ll think of more ideas on your own.

Dramatic Play

  • Theatre sets
  • Puppet shows
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Old jewelry/ shoes

Physical Play

  • Vintage toys – jump rope
  • Sporting equipment
  • Swimming pool/ toys for pool
  • Slip and slide – water toys
  • Scooters, skates, bikes
  • Playhouse

Cooking:

  • Cooking lessons
  • Kid size utensils
  • Kid sized cookware
  • Plastic or wooden food
  • Tea sets
  • Kid-sized aprons
  • Raddish Kids Kits
  • Cookbooks for kids

Science:

  • Science kits
  • Science supplies
  • Field Trips – (backpack kits)
  • Kiwi-Crate – building sets
  • Experiment books
  • Nature Center/ Museum season passes

Outdoor Play

  • Swing sets
  • Rock wall/ climbing
  • Tunnels
  • Bird feeders
  • Obstacle course
  • Balance beams
  • Trampoline
  • Sand and water play

Musical Play

  • Bells, symbols, drums, drumsticks
  • Recorder
  • Guitar
  • Xylophone
  • Trumpet
  • Flute
  • Musical kits

Artistic Play

  • Easel
  • Good paper
  • Art Supplies
  • Paper
  • Kiwi-Crate kits
  • Scissors – fancy
  • Chalkboard/ Markerboard

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


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