Want to engage your kids in playful learning opportunities? Check out this awesome new resource!

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Research has shown over and over that kids learn best through play. This is because play is typically self-directed, meaningful to the child, and engaged in at an appropriate developmental level. As regular readers know, here at Gift of Curiosity I love to engage kids in fun, playful, and educational activities on a regular basis. Playful learning is the BEST way to stimulate brain development and foster child-caregiver connections during the early childhood years. And that is why I am so thrilled to announce the release of a new book I have co-authored: Learn With Play: 150+ … [Read more...]

13 outdoor activities to do with your kids this summer

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If Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and June 21 is the official start of summer, entering July means that summer is in full swing. Have you been getting outside and having fun with your kids yet? If you need some inspiration to get going, check out these 13 outdoor activities to do with your kids this summer. Note: For more summer fun, see my Summer Activities for Kids page.  Make a rainbow windsock from Mum in the Mad House DIY kid wash from Familylicious DIY tin can toss game from Crafts by Courtney Rainbow bubbles from Gift of … [Read more...]

Table Top Letter Search {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Table Top Letter Search || Gift of Curiosity

The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an activity I call Table Top Letter Search. Kids love games like hide and seek because they enjoy the challenge of having to find things. Table Top Letter Search takes advantage of kids' love of treasure hunts and other finding games to help them practice letter identification. It also gets them moving (rather than sitting in a seat), and learning always happens best when kids are active. So if you've got a learner who gets a thrill out of hunting for objects, try this Table Top Letter Search game. We have a large table … [Read more...]

Safari Do-a-Dot Printables {free}

Safari Do-a-Dot Printables || Gift of Curiosity

Take a journey to the African continent with my latest do-a-dot pack featuring intrepid safari adventurers and plenty of wild animals! My Safari Do-a-Dot Printables will delight children ages 2-6 while also supporting the development of important early skills. My Safari Do-a-Dot Printables pack contains 18 pages of do-a-dot worksheets featuring animals and people on an adventurous safari. As kids complete these worksheets, they will work on one-to-one correspondence, shapes, colors, patterning, letters, and numbers. The activities in my Safari Do-a-Dot Printables pack are designed to be … [Read more...]

A fun way to introduce your kids to the concept of probability

Introduction to probability || Gift of Curiosity

Probability is the likelihood of something happening. An understanding of probability is useful in many domains of life. For example, we can look at the weather forecast to determine the likelihood that it will rain so we can make an appropriate decision about whether to carry an umbrella or not. Or we can listen to the traffic report to determine the likelihood we will make it to the store 10 miles up the freeway before it closes. When I worked in educational research, I performed complicated statistical analyses that required an understanding of probability. Now, young kids do not need to … [Read more...]

Toss the Balloon Letter Game {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Toss the Balloon Letter Game || Gift of Curiosity

The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an activity that will get kids jumping and moving all around. XGirl is very kinesthetic. She loves to move! Any activity that incorporates running, jumping, spinning, rolling, or other movements is always a hit with her. I came up with this activity as a way to help her learn the letters by capitalizing on her need to move. So if you've got a learner who thrives on getting active, this Toss the Balloon Letter Game is sure to be a hit! To set up this activity, all you need is a balloon and a marker. (I recommend a … [Read more...]

Knights and Dragons Do-a-Dot Printables {free}

Knights and Dragons Do-a-Dot Printables || Gift of Curiosity

Prepare to be transported back in time with my Knights and Dragons Do-a-Dot Printables Pack! This pack is for all the kids who love fire breathing dragons, brave knights, and other adventure from medieval times. Your little ones will have fun while learning at the same time. My Knights and Dragons Do-a-Dot Printables pack contains 24 pages of do-a-dot worksheets featuring courageous knights and fearsome dragons. As kids complete these worksheets, they will work on one-to-one correspondence, shapes, colors, patterning, letters, and numbers. The activities in my Knights and Dragons Do-a-Dot … [Read more...]

Watermelon oobleck {summer sensory play}

Watermelon oobleck || Gift of Curiosity

Watermelon is, in my opinion, the fruit that says "summertime!" more than any other. Sweet, juicy watermelon is a delicious treat on a warm summer day. And because watermelon is so juicy, it makes up a delicious batch of watermelon oobleck for some summer sensory play! What is oobleck, you might ask? It is a non-Newtonian fluid, which is a fancy way of saying that it has properties of both a liquid and a solid. If you slowly dip your hand into it or if you try to hold it for any length of time, you will find it acts like a liquid. But if you try to squeeze it or punch it, you will find it … [Read more...]