Friday, January 16, 2015

Themed Learning {Winter}

Right before our Christmas school break i was having a hard time focusing on our daily assignments. I just couldn't stand to look at another textbook. I'm pretty sure my kids were feeling the same way too. So over the break, i decided we needed to add some fun to our work. That's when i started looking into themed learning. It seemed like the perfect solution to our problem.

Last week we started with our first theme, Winter. Today i thought i would share with you how our week went, in case you are also looking to add something fun to your homeschool. (This would also work for non-homeschoolers, as some fun weekend projects to do with your kids!)

winter themed learning

Books we read:

Fun Stuff We Did:

#1 - Snow Paint


This didn't turn out that great, in my opinion. I found the idea on pinterest. I recipe is easy; 1 cup each of flour, salt and water. The salt makes it all glittery looking, which you can't really tell in this picture but it was. The thing that didn't impress me was the thickness of it, that made it hard to paint with. My older kiddos didn't like that either, but my daughter was just happy she was able to get messy!

#2 - Snow Dough


This one turned out great! It was light and flaky like snow, but then once you rolled it together in your hands, it would form a "snow" ball. I got the idea from HERE. All it takes is 3 ingredients, which i had on hand.  I adjusted the quantities though, because i didn't have enough of the cornstarch on hand.  The kids liked this one a lot!

#3 - Lego Ice Excavation


My kids love Lego's so when i found this idea, i knew my kids would love it!! And i was right!! This one was a HUGE success!! I asked my son for a few Lego men and then i filled a ziploc bag with some water and added the Lego man to the water. Then i froze it overnight. I wish i would have taken a few more pictures of this project, but i guess i got caught up in the fun and completely forgot.

Hubby was home for this project, so i was able to catch him taking out the big guns to excavate his Lego man and when i mean big guns, i mean, well you'll see...

Do NOT try this at home!!!


That's right, Hubby grabbed his drill and tried to use it excavate his Lego man. Crazy, huh?!
Anyways, we all had a great time with this project and all the Lego Men eventually got rescued!

Food We Ate:

Penguin Shaped Sandwiches -


These were very cute! The kiddos ate them up fast! I got the sandwich cutter, HERE. I made grilled cheese sandwiches, cause that's all i had on hand, but you could make any kind you like!

I really didn't make a lot of fun winter themed foods for this week. In fact, aside from the sandwiches, i only made one other special thing, 'Frozen' themed hot chocolate and i didn't even take a picture of it! But you can find that recipe/idea HERE. The kids loved it!

That's it for our Winter Themed Learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!

And if you want more winter themed learning ideas, be sure to check out my Homeschool - Winter Theme Pinterest page!

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