by the SPED Homeschool Team

 

Looking for some ways to add spark to the biggest summer holiday? Look no further than this list of over 40 different activities for fun AND learning. Love history? Try a unit study about the American flag. Looking forward to spending time with family? There are scavenger hunts, games, bingo and more! Need a fun and easy craft? That’s on the list, too. 

 

It may be summer break but we hope you have a safe, happy and wonderful holiday!

 

Fireworks

Fireworks in a Jar  by PBS Kids for Parents

Fizzy Firework Painting by Views from a Step Stool

Fireworks Spin Art by A Parenting Production

Firework Display Mad Lib by Woo! Jr. Kids Activities

 

Stars and Stripes

American Flag Fingerprint Counting Activity by Fun Handprint Art

Stars and Stripes Sensory Bin by Little Bins for Little Hands

 Lego American Flag by Little Bins for Little Hands

Betsy Ross and the American Flag Unit Study  by Faith and Good Works

American Flag Lapbook by Cynce’s Place

Videos Teaching the History of the Star-Spangled Banner  by Learning Online Blog

 

Family Time

4th of July Bingo by Preschool Play and Learn

Patriotic Bingo by Pinterventures

Happy Birthday America Videos by Stemhax

Gameschooling 4th of July Games  by My Little Poppies

 10 Patriotic Songs for Children by Wildflower Ramblings

100+ 4th of July Trivia Questions by Meebly

4th of July Trivia by Hey, Let’s Make Stuff

Short Videos for Kids About the Statue of Liberty by Learning Online Blog

4th of July Scavenger Hunt by The Military Wife and Mom

 4th of July Minute-to-Win-It Games by Children Ministry Deals

4th of July Conversation Starters and Jokes  by Happy Home Fairy

Patriotic Yoga Cards by Pink Oatmeal

 

Learning Fun

4th of July Books Plus Unit Study  by Mommy Evolution

4th of July I Spy and Counting Activity  by Moritz Fine Design

4th of July Word Search  by Happiness is Homemade

4th of July Word Search by The Artisan Life

4th of July Sudoku by Happiness is Homemade

Patriotic Count and Clip Cards  by The Kindergarten Connection

5 Reasons I Am Thankful for My Freedom Writing Activity by Jinxy Kids

4th of July Math Games  by Gift of Curiosity

4th of July Unit Study on Freedom by Fearless Faithful Mom

 4th of July Lapbook by Trina Deboree Teaching and Learning

Patriotic Color by Number Single Digit Addition by My Joy Filled Life

160 4th of July Math Printables (K to 5th) by iGame Mom

Patriotism and American Symbols Study by Engaging Teaching with Traci Clausen

 Declaration of Independence 4th of July Mini-Unit by Homeschool Journey

Food and Crafts

Patriotic Banner (fine motor activity – cut and lace) by I Should Be Mopping the Floor

 DIY Patriotic Marshmallow Shooter by Big Family Blessings

Red, White, and Blue Snack Recipes for Kids  by Forkly

Fine Motor Lacing Flag Craft by Tot School Resources

Red, White, and Blue DIY Playdough Soap by The Makeup Dummy

 

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It’s the time of year that everyone has been looking forward to – Summer! The days are long; the air is warm, and, for many, it’s the perfect opportunity to be outside and explore the great outdoors. 

 

Our SPED Homeschool team has you covered. Whether you are headed out to your backyard or on an extended road trip, we know every outdoor adventure needs delicious food, fun games, and great reading. We also know that so many of our exceptional learners love to be outdoors, and there are plenty of hands-on learning ideas for them. 

 

FIRST, let your students help you pick delicious – and mostly good-for-you – snacks. Bonus, most kids can assist with prepping any of these! Measuring, mixing, spreading, and stirring are great ways to start kids helping in the kitchen!

Cabbage Salad Recipe Kids Can Make from Kids Cook Real Food 

Chocolate Pistachio Healthy Vegan Snack Bars (Gluten Free) from Beaming Baker

Ants on a Log from Healthy Little Foodies

Summer Infused Water for Kids from Baby Foode

Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies by Texanerin 

Sandwiches on a Stick by foodlets

Taco Pinwheels by Dinner at the Zoo

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs by Parents.com 

Chia Seed Protein Bites by Taste of Home

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas from Two Healthy Kitchens

Salad in a Jar by Hello Wonderful

Pesto Pasta Salad by Raddish Kids

No Bake Cookies by All Recipes

 

NEXT, get your big kids and little kids moving and playing with these large motor activities by using one of the linked products or creating your own version at home.

Fly a kite 

Go on a scavenger hunt

Have a Ribbon Ninja tournament

Try some new moves

Play a round of frisbee golf

Enjoy a game of catch

 

THEN, slow down and take a closer look at nature. Or unleash your child’s creativity, all while developing fine motor skills by using one of these linked products or your own items from home.

Write in a nature journal  

Draw with sidewalk chalk

Study butterflies

Do some nature-based projects

Observe bugs

Try learning the Forest School way

 

LAST, it’s time to hit the road! Tune in to these wonderful audiobooks or one of your family favorites from your own collection or your local library while driving or soaking up the sun!

Adventures in Odyssey 

The Vegetables We Eat

Trivia for Smart Kids

Planting a Rainbow

Call of the Wild

 

Want even more? These homeschool-friendly curriculum options and tips from the following SPED Homeschool partners for even more ideas for learning and enjoying the great outdoors.

Science Camp Science Pack from A Reason For

Taking Math Outside Curriculum Guide from Wild Math

Tips from Outdoor Learning Enthusiasts from Learning After School

 

 

 

 


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Peggy Ployhar

Christmas, and the holiday season in general, truly is the most wonderful time of the year…for most things.  But, when it comes to homeschooling kids who have special needs, there is a fine balance to maintaining your child’s basic daily routine while adding in additional holiday tasks.

One way to cut down on the stress of trying to fit it all in, is to ease back from regular curriculum work and add in themed activities instead.  Many times, these types of learning activities are more easily embraced by a child than their typical school work.  School seems less like school and more like fun, helping lessons get done more quickly. 

Over the years many of the holiday learning activities our family did as part of our homeschooling lessons have become wonderful yearly traditions.  We make international treats discovered through various unit studies and have favorite books my adult children have fond memories of us reading over and over again.

Here are 20 holiday-related free learning activities you can use to add some cheer into your SPED homeschooling days this season:

  1. Christmas Gross Motor and Brain Break Ideas – 14 activities for adding some holiday movement into your homeschool day
  2. Christmas Fine Motor Crafts and Sensory Play Activities – Fun Christmas sensory play activities and fine motor skill building craft ideas
  3. Elf on the Shelf Sensory Taste, Smell and Sight Activities – Use Elf on the Shelf for helping your sensory child improve their aversions to texture, taste, smell, noise and light
  4. 30 Montessori Christmas Activities – Activities covering language arts, math, sensory, and life skills
  5. LEGO Nativity Set Instructions – Build Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus in the manger, and a shepherd with two sheep out of simple LEGO blocks
  6. Christmas Counting Puzzles on a Light Table – Simple Christmas themed counting puzzles you can make yourself to use on a light table
  7. Simple Sewing Christmas Tree Decorations – Turn felt, buttons, yarn, and stuffing into an easy to sew Christmas tree decoration
  8. 8 Upper-Level Math Christmas Activities – Add some seasonal twists to geometry, algebra, and thinking skills lessons this Christmas.
  9. Christmas Skip Counting Games – 3 holiday games to reinforce simple skip counting
  10. Christmas Candy Chemistry Science Experiments – Have some science fun with all that yummy Christmas candy…it’s STEM learning made fun and festive
  11. “Santa Claus, Santa Claus, What Do You See?” Emergent Reader – This print and assemble book reinforces 14 sight words within a Santa themed story
  12. 25 Days of Fine Motor Christmas Activities – Simple themed activities focused around building fine motor skills
  13. STEM Holiday Light Circuits – Use old Christmas lights and a few common household supplies to teach a lesson in electrical circuits
  14. 30 Awesome Christmas Games – Games perfect for family time or lesson boredom busters
  15. Holiday Speech Therapy Activities – Holiday speech therapy activities that are hands on and interactive
  16. Nativity Activities and Educational Resources – A mix of 35 activities, crafts and printables all focused around the nativity
  17. A Very Merry Occupational Therapy Christmas – 25 activities that address a variety of occupational skill areas
  18. Christmas Journal – Free printable to help you discuss and capture all the special moments and memories with your child this Christmas
  19. Candy Cane Activities for Upper Elementary – Activities for writing, science, history, and math all related to the simple candy cane
  20. Christmas Scripture Copywork – Work on handwriting skills while keeping the true meaning of Christmas as your lesson focus.

If that list does not meet your needs, or you still want more activities, make sure to check out the SPED Homeschool Christmas Pinterest Board

You will find lots more free or inexpensive holiday-themed learning activities to fill your entire month of December.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 


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