This year we are dividing up the Summer weeks into a schedule and today it’s dedicated to learn it Tuesday. So as always I have scoured the brilliant Wonder Kids website for other learning activities for you before we get into the new ideas.
How about you learn some magic, we have our very own Magic School, it’s completely free but we do keep it on a secret website, so we have included a couple of videos below as a teaser but it you want more just click on the other pics to find the secret website.
Loads more episodes on the secret website, just tap on one of the episodes below to sign up to magic school.
Dice games are super simple, they travel anywhere because for the most part all you need are a few dice plus they encourage kids to speed up their mental arithmetic too. We have two original games plus two games you can buy which we have tried and love too.
This is a great fast paced game, here’s what you need for this game:-
2 dice (or 2 dice per player)
2 or more players
pen and paper to keep track of scores
Objective: be the first player to reach 50
Taking turns, players roll two dice, one roll per turn. If they do not roll doubles, they do not score for that turn.
If they roll doubles, they earn a score as follows:
Double 1s, 2s, 4s, 5s = 5 points
Double 6s = 25 points
If they roll double 3s, their score up to that point is wiped out and they must restart accumulating points.
The first player to reach 50 points wins. Give this game a try, if each person has two dice make sure they all take turns, not all going at once because that way madness lies. But this does speed up the game and make it all a bit more competitive.
This is my second favourite game after Roll for It below, its a brilliant game that can twist and turn, the person in the lead can end up with nothing.
10 small counters (we used pebbles, but you could use pennies, buttons, Goldfish crackers, etc.)
How to play
Each player starts with 2 dice and 5 rocks (or other counters).
The objective of the game is to capture all of the other player’s rocks.
On the count of three, both players roll their dice. Each player adds up the sum of his/her two dice, and whoever has a higher number gets to “steal” a rock from the other player.
Continue playing until one player has ALL 10 rocks. In our experience, it took 10-15 minutes for each game. If that’s too long for your child’s attention span, you can set a timer and declare the winner to be the person with the most rocks when it goes off.
For either of these games you are going to need plenty of dice, so I have linked below a really nice pack of dice or you can choose to buy one of the games below, they are both great games and they come with loads of dice plus you’ll get an extra game to play too.
Roll for it
Just click on the pic to buy it, this casual, family-friendly dice and card game. Each player starts the game with six dice of a single color, and three target cards are laid face-up on the table. Players take turns doing the following: On a turn, a player rolls all of her dice not already on cards, then places any dice that match the targets on the corresponding cards. (Alternatively, before taking her turn, a player can first choose to reclaim all of her dice from all cards.)
If the player now fulfills the target with her dice – e.g., a pair of 3s, a quartet of 6s, or a specific combination of numbers – she claims the card, takes back her dice (and returns any other dice on the card to their owner), then places a new card on the table. Each card is worth a certain number of points. The first player to earn forty or more points wins!
Recommended by Wonder Kids
Every player gets 10 dice.
The object of the game is to roll the dice as fast as possible, the player who gets all dice on the same number and yells "Tenzi!" is the winner.
Several variants are suggested in the rules to add variety, interactivity and challenge:
Tenzi Tower: In addition to getting the dice on the same number, they all have to be stacked on top of one another in a single column.
Splitzi: Roll one number on 5 dice, and another number on the other 5.
Team Tenzi: In teams of 2, try to roll the same number on all 20 dice.
Target Tenzi: All players call the number they will go for before rolling the first time.
Stealzi: When another player rolls the number that you need on their dice, you can steal those dice and give them yours in exchange.
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How about you have some fun with some simple at home science
Alka Seltzer Rockets
This is really easy and the rockets can shoot off brilliantly. What you'll need:
35mm Old style film canister's (I only just barely remember seeing these as a child, so any kids these days are not going to know what these are) I bought mine from Amazon.
Alka Seltzer tablets - available almost everywhere but I got mine from Amazon at the same time as the canisters.
Little bit of water
Open the canister and put in a small amount of water, try one third of the canister. You will need to experiment with how much water you need. I found the less water the better. Crumble up ONE Alka Seltzer Tablet and put it in the canister. Immediately securely put the lid on and turn the canister upside down. Wait 5-10 seconds and Blast Off! Best to do this outside I think. I gave it a go with my daughter in the video below.
Color Changing Flowers Experiment
We love a good science experiment and this one did not disappoint. It was really neat to watch the flowers change colors. If you are looking for a science activity to try this spring, you should definitely give this one a go!
Free printable recording sheets
Liquid food coloring in a variety of colors
To start you will want to trim down the stems of the flower so they fit your cups or glasses.
Add water to each cup.
Then put about 10-15 drops of food coloring in the water and stir around a bit.
Add at least one carnation to each glass of colored water.
Check in on the flowers every couple of hours and observe any changes.
How Do Plants Drink Water?
Plants drink water from the ground up through their roots. The water travels up the stem and into the petals of the flower. Although, our flowers didn’t have roots anymore they were still able to pull water up from the cup into the stem and up through the flower to the petals.
It is through capillary action that plants are able to defy gravity and pull water up and into their leaves and flowers.
We can all agree that being able to string together interesting sentences is a vital skill in life so practicing story writing is massively beneficial. It helps understanding when reading, it helps to gather your thoughts and emotions, it helps your creativity and it helps get ideas out of your head into a format where it can be shared.
You can already use the story writing worksheets I created for our Knights and Knaves fun but also just trying the seventeen ideas below to challenge the kids to write a story, it doesn’t have to be hundreds of pages long. You could just use one or two of the ideas a week. This is also a free PDF so just click on it to download it.
Alternatively I have designed this pack of scavenger hunts which include the brilliant Library Explore Hunt. This encourages children to have fun at the library, explore the range of books and you’ll have them reading in no time.
Twelve professionally designed scavenger hunts ready for you to use. From exploring nature to understanding your senses, encouraging reading and colour recognition. A whole ton of fun will be had plus the kids will learn along the way.