Looking for some fun activities that will help your kiddos learn new skills without costing you a lot of money? Take a look at The Activity Mom, a site full of free activities that help inspire kids to learn without costing you a penny.The Activity Mom is a site created by a mom who was looking for fun educational activities for her children. With a background in education, she created activities that not only would help develop her children’s skills but also wanted activities to be fun so that they would keep her children interested.
I love the amount of fun games and activities that are on the site. There are many categories to choose from that will fit the needs of your children. There are activities for babies-children age 6 and above. Whether your child is learning the alphabet, the sounds of letters or beginning to read and write or learning to add and subtract there is an activity for them. The Activity Mom has an activity that will suit your child’s needs. There are some really fun activities using pool noodles and paper plates! Does your child enjoy playing with playdough or painting or playing with water? There are quite a few activities that will keep them entertained while educating them. She literally has thought of it all.
I really like how she provides additional activities under the original activity. For example, there is a shape matching activity and under the activity, she provides other games and activities using the pieces from the matching game. It allows parents to expand and use the cards in different ways as their children’s skills progress.
She provides printables if you don’t feel like creating certain worksheets or activities, which saves a ton of time. The time that can be better spent implementing the activities with your children.
I like the Apple Picking Alphabet Play since it’s super easy to re-create. It teaches kids letter recognition by having them search for the lettered apples. Who doesn’t like to hunt for letters? What’s really neat is the lettered circles that I created for the alphabet monster game, ice cream game and car game can also be used for this apple picking game. Instead of searching for apples I call the circles oranges and go out orange picking.
|Paper Towel Tube Letter Matching Game|
One of my favorite activities for the pre-school aged child is the paper towel tube letter matching game. It allows the child to identify letters while being able to use stickers. I know how little ones love stickers and usually will apply stickers to anything and everything but with this activity they can have the fun of using stickers but applying them to the matching letter on the toilet paper tube. I used toilet paper tubes because it’s smaller and we tend to use more toilet paper than paper towels in our house. The letters will be a bit closer in proximity however it didn’t create any problems for us.
|Ice Cream Game (Printable)|
The ice cream cone activity initially is for pre-school aged children who are learning colors but can then be adjusted to better suit elementary aged children when learning addition. By adding numbers to the ice cream and cones after laminating them (I used dry erase markers) I was able to transition the ice cream into addition problems. The activities grow with the children’s skills. I love that about the activities she has created!
|Alphabet Puppy Game (Printable)|
Do you have a child at home that loves dinosaurs or dogs? There is a very fun activity that involves your child searching for dog or dinosaur bones. She suggests using a small stuffed animal dog to “sniff” out the hidden bones that have been placed around the room. The alphabet puppy game is a fun way to identify the letters written on bones. Since I know a little one that loves dinosaurs I switched up the activity a bit and I placed the bones inside an 11×14 plastic box (that has a lid) and covered the bones with foam packing peanuts.This way the kids need to dig through the peanuts until they find a bone. When they find the bone they say the letter (with parents help, if necessary) and place the bone on top of the matching letter on the alphabet chart. So even if they can’t say the letters, by matching them the child can still learn to identify the letters. I highly suggest if you choose to use the peanuts that there is vigilant adult supervision provided.
If you have a toddler at home and are looking for activities for those little ones ranging in age from 12 months-24months, Nicole, the founder of The Activity Mom, recommends her article 50+ Activities for Toddlers. She has all the activities organized by the age of your child. Making it incredibly easy to find age-appropriate activities for your child. She does note that if your child happens to be 14 months old and still enjoys activities under the 12 months category, that is perfectly okay. At the same time if your child at 14 months enjoys activities under the 16-month category then allow your child to participate in those activities. It’s more of a guideline she has provided than a plan that’s set in stone. After all, children learn at different paces as well as they have different interests.
The activities do not take very long to replicate and since most of the activities I chose to implement were easily adjustable as the children’s skills develop I can use them over and over again. The kids had fun with them plus it kept their interest which is always a plus!
The Activity Mom provides exciting activities to engage children while guiding them as they build their skills in reading, writing, math and science. The activities are perfect for any child who enjoys having fun because they allow children to learn and discover without even realizing they are learning important skills.
Find all of her great ideas on Pinterest at The Activity Mom.