I love when I get a new book and I just can’t put it down. Well, a few weeks ago I was given the book, 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of Kids Activities Blog. Wow, wow, wow I’ve been bookmarking pages left and right.
101 Kids Activities is a book that the kids will enjoy reading and looking at just as much as the adults. It’s full of ideas that will keep the kids playing and learning all year long. It’s divided into four sections: Boredom Busters, Crafts, Games, and Simple Science.
One of my favorite things about the book is that Holly and Rachel give ideas for adapting the activities for younger and older children.
We tried the Balloon Bean Bags. I knew that these bean bags would be perfect for lots of literacy related games. They were so easy to make with balloons, a funnel and flour.
Here is a fun game to play with the bean bags. We call it “Adding to the Family”.
Kids Activities: Adding to the Family Game
Here is what you need: bean bags (we used the Balloon Bean Bags from the book, 101 Kids Activities Blog), sidewalk chalk, and a list of word family words.
Draw a large square with sidewalk chalk on the concrete and divide it into 9 equal parts ( 3 x 3). In each square write a word from 3 sets of word family words. Here are a few to try:
bag hot pig
tag cot big
rag dot dig
The first player gets three bean bags to toss. The object is to land all three bean bags in squares that belong to the same word family (ie. bag, tag and rag).
The player must read each word that contains a bean bag.
One point is given for getting two words that belong to the same word family. Two points are given for landing on all three words in a family.
Keep score using tally marks on the sidewalk. We sneak in a little math practice too!
The first person to score six points wins.
There are so many other literacy activities that can be used with these bean bags. We will share some other ideas in the future.
You can incorporate so many literacy skills with the ideas in 101 Kids Activities. If you want to check out some other ideas from the book head over to Kids Activities Blog. I highly recommend getting a copy of the book.
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