Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Littles Learning Link Up: Summer of Fun Round Up

Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (at the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children.
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child.

Well, it is officially summer. Our children are taking a break, like most children do during the summer. Though we do keep busy, we are a lot more relaxed. There are days when the children are looking for something more to do though, days when they say they are bored. I'm sure there are others with children who have the same problem. Wanting something fun to do to keep them busy. With the help of some bloggy friends, I was able to assemble 30 wonderful ideas. 

Here are some great ideas for Gross Motor Learning Fun

1-   Beach Ball Geography from Castle View Academy
2-   Upcycled Backyard Croquet for Kids from Castle View Academy
3-   Alphabet Relay from Tiny Tots Adventures
4-   Number Attack from Tiny Tots Adventures
5-   Save Olaf from Summer Sandbox Game from Sunny Day Family
6-   Ball in a Bag: Gross Motor Activity from Mosswood Connections
7-   Outdoor Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers from Adventures of Adam
9-   Alphabet Water Balloon Games from Raising Little Superheroes 
10- Shark Run Game for Kids from Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Do your children love to paint as much as ours do? I love to encourage them; however, I don't know about you, but there are times I am hesitant to let them paint because it can become a mess. The great thing is, during the summer we can take the paint outside where the mess won't matter as much. Check out these neat ideas for:
Painting Fun

11-  Bubble Prints: Super Strong Home-made Recipe from Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
12-  Swing Painting Process Art from Homegrown Friends 
13- Painting With Feet from Homegrown Friends
14- Backyard Car Wash from P is for Preschooler
15- An Invitation to Paint Big from Learn with Play at Home
16- Painting with Sandals from Munchkins & Moms
17- Wiffle Ball Painting from Simple. Home. Blessings.
18- Squeeze Bottle Sidewalk Chalk from Tiny Tots Adventures
19- Paintsicles: Frozen Paint Cubes for Creative Fun from Learn with Play at Home
20- Paint Bombs from Craftulate

Hands-on sensory activities are so important for young children. Here are some great ideas that are great for summer time Sensory Fun.

21- Watermelon Fizzy Sensory Science Play from Natural Beach Living
22- Exploring Nature Through Playdough from Wings and Roots
24- Ocean-Themed Sensory Play from Playground Parkbench
25- Sunflower Sensory Bin from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes

If you are looking for something a little more structured, I would like to share these Fun & Educational Summer Science Unit Studies.

27- Summer Sanity Science Ideas from Something 2 Offer 
28- Under the Sea Preschool Activities from Natural Beach Living
30- Insect Unit w/ Free Printables from Every Star Is Different

Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Toddler Idea Tuesday post, there were 8 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

This week's randomly selected post is:

Jamie from Hands on as We Grow shared Fork Weaving: A Quick Craft When You Need It! Stop by and check out this fun way to keep those children's hands busy.

The following 2 posts tied for the most number of clicks:

Wesens Art shared "Cool Down" Bracelets. Check out this really neat way to stay cool this summer.

Mosswood Connections shared Nature Number Art Challenge. This is a fun way to combine a nature scavenger hunt, craft fun, and counting.

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have any Father's Day posts to share? Or do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time, if applicable. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

I will be linking up at:
Hip Homeschooling


  1. What a great post! So many wonderful ideas. Can't wait to go read some of these links! Thank you!

  2. These are all great activities! I cannot believe how fast summer is going so fast. This week we are doing Science experiments!

  3. I like the idea of doing projects outside in the summer. I used to clothespin a big mural of paper to the fence and let the kids go at it!

  4. Great list of things to do. I know there are days when it is just too hot so we stay close to home and try to find things to do.

  5. those are great ideas. i'll have to remember to do a few of these with my daughters.


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