Guest Blog by Becky Fisher PlayART by Tapook 2. Go to the Playground But don’t just go to the playground. Turn the playground into a pirate ship that is sailing the seas in search of treasure. Make a map of the playground and hide some sort of “treasure” in the area. You can even make the map together and reuse it when you return to the playground. Just make sure you hide the treasure in different areas! App to Supplement Learning: Toontastic 3. Build a Fort There are tons of items in your house perfect for building a fort. Grab some chairs and blankets to create the structure. Then find some paper and markers to decorate the fort. You can use tape or safety pins to hang the decorations. If you’re feeling ambitious, make a multiroom fort with separate “living” spaces. You can even sleep in there! App to Supplement Learning: Toca Builders 4. Take a Hike Get outside and experience nature. First, go online and find trees, birds, plants, flowers, and animals that are indigenous to your neighborhood. Then create a checklist of all these items including pictures. Lace up your sneakers, head outside, breathe in the fresh air, and start your search. Every time you locate one of the items on the checklist give yourself a star sticker! App to Supplement Learning: Meet the Insects 5. Write Songs Don’t have a musical instrument in the house? That’s okay! Kitchen items make great percussion instruments. Grab some pots, pans, spoons, salts, and anything else that makes noise if you strike or shake it. Not all songs need words but if you want lyrics, you can use your child’s favorite poem or write some of your own! You can also record the songs on a phone or computer and save them for sharing. App to Supplement Learning: House Band 6. Act out a Play This is just a fancy way of saying, play pretend. Allowing your child to think through and become a different character expands the depths of imagination. It’s no secret that playing pretend is important for growth and development, but acting out a play is a great way for you and your whole family to get in on the fun. It can be structured with a script, story from a book, or something you think of together. It can also be unstructured and improvised, as long as roles App to Supplement Learning: PlayTime Theater 7. Cook a Feast Design a delicious and nutritious feast with your young one and get cooking. This is a great way to be creative, explore, and try new things. We also have a ton of suggestions for fun and healthy meals on our Pinterest page! App to Supplement Learning: Nutrition and Healthy Eating! Fun games to teach kids in Preschool and Kindergarten about balanced diet by iLearn with Bo 8. Camp out, Pitch a tent and go camping...in your backyard! No need to go all the way to the woods. Pack a dinner and snacks, head into the tent, and use the time with nature to talk with your child. Tell stories, play games, invent new worlds, make shadow puppets with your flashlights, and expand your imaginations as much as possible. Ask your child to come up with a game or iterate on a game that you’re already playing. It will encourage them to find their sense of wonderment and discovery, and share the experience with you! App to Supplement Learning: Solar Walk About the Author: Becky Fisher is the Marketing and Community Manager at Kidaptive, Inc. She loves building things that promote creativity and believes that education and technology should be cultivating a generation of passionate learners. Becky has a master's degree in education from Harvard University. Twitter: @bfish921 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bfish921
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Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.
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