Water balloons have become a quick favorite around here! All the boys love to play with them. I’m not as big a fan, if only because they take so long to fill up! And then they are thrown so quickly!
I thought a game in which breaking the water balloons was not the objective would help it last longer. We have a spoon/egg game which the boys adore so I thought a water balloon/shovel game would be great too!
I set up 4 buckets. 2 on one side of the lawn and 2 on the other side. I had 2 of them full of water balloons and the other 2 empty.
First I told them to carry the balloons in their shovels from one bucket to another. I was sure they would drop one of two…but no. This was way too easy!
So I tried to set up a relay. I had one get a balloon and transfer it to another shovel without touching it. This was also pretty easy for them, but by this time they were just wanting to run the balloons back and forth. Easy or not, I just let them do the balloon transfers as they wanted!
Baloo was very carefully putting the balloons in the buckets.
Logi-Bear had to get in on it! He got a shovel and started attacking the balloons in the buckets.
We didn’t get very wet with this activity, but it involved a lot of concentration and running!
I’ve been gearing up to teach Baloo how to tell time for a few months now. He can read the hours pretty well but it’s time to incorporate minutes. I started by working on skip counting by 5s. Given that clocks run by 5s I figured it was pretty important!
Then this week I set up 2 clocks in his bedroom. A wall clock and a digital clock. I’m hoping that sometimes he will practice by himself by just looking at the two different clocks and comparing the times. I also made up a little sheet for him where he can write down what the wall clock looks like and what the time is.
With 2 little ones in the house I didn’t want a cord hanging down from the digital clock, so this one is a very very simple battery operated clock. It’s sitting on a soap dish what is hung with that removable 3m sticky stuff. The clock fits perfectly on it! And no cords!
I’m pretty excited to see if this helps him get the hang of telling time!! We’ve already spent a good deal of time looking at the wall clock and talking bout the different hands.
If you’d like our little clock sheet, you can download it here!
I’m always reading other people’s posts and thinking how great they are and how I want to share them! I know other blogs have had a specific day of the week where they feature other posts and I think it’s a great idea. So here’s my first attempt at five find Friday! I don’t know what kinds of posts I will link to but overall they will be in the homeschooling theme.
1. Square search at 3 Dinosaurs. I struggle with teaching shapes sometimes and I love this idea to find shapes in the real world!
2. How to teach your little ones sign language at Playing with Words 365 I did a lot of baby sign with Baloo and it was an invaluable resource. Royal didn’t take to it as well but we’re working on it with Logi-Bear now. I think this article would be a great place to start for anyone interested in baby sign!
And then check out all the other posts on baby sign at Playing with Words 365
3. 5 Days of Montessori at Our Country Road I would love to integrate Montessori at home and I think I could after reading this series at Our Country Road! Read the first post and then read the rest!
4. Why is Sensory Play so Important? at Creative Connections for Kids. Go learn why it’s important and get some great ideas on how to start with your kids!
5. Alphabet Ice Cream Game at Little Family Fun. Not only is this game super cute, but a lot of the same pieces can be used in another super cute alphabet game – Caterpillar Alphabet Game. And you know I LOVE when I can use materials in more than one way!
I didn’t realize how hard it would be to pick just 5!