Quarantine Keepsake

“Bad things will happen, they always do. But good things will happen too. Which will you focus on? The decision is up to you. You can choose to see the happiness of life or focus on the worries of life. No one can make you happy, but you can choose happiness.”

This time has been difficult for many, including myself, but I have also been trying to make the most of this time and focus on the good things.

I will forever cherish all of this extra time that I have been able to spend with my husband and my children. We may not be able to go anywhere, but I am grateful we get to be together.

It has been very difficult not to see family and friends, but technology has enabled us to stay in contact with everyone. I am grateful we are able to connect in this way.

A lot of bad things are happening in the world, but it is still important to remember that good things are happening too.

This craft was not my idea. I saw this idea on various pages, and I had to make this too.

How to Make a Quarantine Keepsake

You will need:

  • White card stock
  • Colorful card stock
  • Glue

Step 1:

Print out my freebie on white card stock if you want the same text that I used for my quarantine keepsake

Step 2:

Trace each family member’s hand onto a piece of colored card stock. I used a different color for each family member.

Step 3:

Cut out each handprint and paste them onto the white card stock on top of one another.

That is it, you are all done!

Educational Scavenger Hunt Fun!

Do you need something to do that is fun yet educational? Do you need a time filler? Do your kids need to get up and move around? Try out some of my free educational scavenger hunts! All you need to do is print the scavenger hunt sheets and have some crayons, colored pencils, or makers to compete this activity!

Shapes Scavenger Hunt

Your child will go on a shape hunt inside and/or outside your house! They will trace and color the shapes when they find something that is that shape.

The following 2D shapes are included: diamond, oval, circle, rectangle, square, pentagon, triangle, hexagon.

The following 3D shapes are included: cube, cone, rectangular prism sphere, pyramid, cylinder.

Number Scavenger Hunt

Numbers are everywhere! Can your child find all of the numbers 1-20 inside and/or outside your house? Your child will color in the numbers as they find them.


Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

This scavenger hunt is similar to the number hunt above, but instead of finding numbers they will be trying to find something that starts with each letter of the alphabet! Color in the letters as you go!

These are just a few scavenger hunts I have made which are targeted towards younger learners ranging from PreK-2nd grade. I will try to post some more scavenger hunts for older learners later this week! Have fun!

Learning with Easter Eggs

There are so many ways to use plastic easter eggs for learning! Do you have any laying around your house? If so, try some of these ideas out with your children!

Easter Egg Hunt

You can make your easter egg hunt as easy or difficult as you please. You can do an easter egg hunt inside or outside! There are so many options.

I did an Easter egg hunt where all of the eggs were visible for my daughter to work on color recognition. She had a blast running around the yard grabbing the eggs.

Scrambled Easter Egg Words

This activity is great for sight words or spelling words. Your child will need to try to unscramble the words they find in each Easter egg.

  1. Cut out the letter tiles and put them into each egg ( I have a free version with Fry’s First 20 Sight Words along with an Editable version)
  2. Go on an optional Easter egg hunt to find the eggs.
  3. Your child will empty the contents of each egg and try to build their word and write the word on the recording sheet.

You can find my free Scrambled Easter Eggs Digital Download Here.

You can find my Editable Scrambled Easter Eggs Digital Download Here.

Alphabet Egg Match

  1. Put a letter into each egg. I used my lacing letters in the photo above from Learning Resources, but you can use my free Alphabet Tiles.
  2. Go on an optional easter egg hunt to find the eggs.
  3. Have your child match the letters from their egg to the letters on my free Alphabet Sheet.

Alphabet Sheet FREEBIE

Letter Tiles FREEBIE

Matching Colors with Easter Eggs

Detach all of the plastic Easter eggs and have your child put the eggs back together finding the correct colors to make a whole egg.

I recommend separating the tops and bottoms of your plastic Easter eggs into two piles to make it easier for your child to create a whole egg.

Place whole eggs into a basket or bucket.

Twist the Egg: Word Families

For this activity, I focused on CVC words. What is a CVC word? CVC stands for vowel consonant vowel. These are words that are important for beginner readers to practice. An example of a CVC word would be ‘hat’.

  1. Get your plastic easter eggs and a shaprie.
  2. Using your sharpie, write the ending on one half and write several letters vertically on the other half so that when you turn the egg it creates new words.

I chose ‘at’ for my word ending. I put the letters ‘c’, ‘h’, ‘b’,’m’, and ‘p’ on the other half to create the words, cat, hat, bat, mat, and pat.

Check out this free CVC Word Lists Printable from The Measured Mom.

Twist the Egg: Math Facts

Practice math facts with your child using plastic Easter eggs. You can modify this for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

  1. Get your plastic easter eggs and a sharpie.
  2. Using your sharpie, write your math problem on one side for example ‘4+3 = ‘. Do not write the answer. You will write the answer along with other possible answers vertically on the other half of the egg.
  3. Your child will turn the egg until they find the correct answer.

These are just a few fun learning activities you could do with your plastic Easter eggs! I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and is staying safe and healthy during this time!

DIY Silhouette Portrait

I first saw the idea to create DIY silhouettes of your children on the amazing YouTube channel House of Hunts Vlogs. I knew I wanted to do this for my children when they turned one, but I didn’t have all the materials from the tutorial. I made some modifications and it was actually a fairly easy project to make. I really LOVE these silhouettes so much and I will always cherish them. I figured I would share my process so you could create some of your own! They also make great gifts for grandparents.

You will need:

Step 1: Take a photo of your child that captures their side profile. This may be the hardest part of the whole project depending on the age of your child! I found that putting something on the television at a high volume captured my son’s attention for just long enough for me to snap a quick picture of him.

Step 2: Print your photo full page, I chose the 8.5 x 11 setting when printing. I printed my picture on white cardstock.

Step 3: Cut out your child’s profile! Using scissors was easiest for me, but I have seen people use an exacto knife.

Step 4: Flip your cut silhouette over to the blank white side. Place on top of newspaper or cardboard. I used a Cheerio box from the recycling for this part. Get your black acrylic paint along with your paintbrush ready as well. I just used a paintbrush I had at my house. You may want to use a different paint brush based on the finish you would like.

Step 5: Paint your card stock silhouette and let dry.

Step 6: Once your paint is dry, you can add type or writing and then glue the silhouette onto the other piece of white card stock. I used my cricut to cut white vinyl text to apply to my silhouette, but you can simply write in black pen or marker on your white card stock if you would like to add any text such as names or ages. I used an Elmer’s glue pen to glue my silhouette to the white card stock.

Step 7: Once the glue was completely dry, I placed my finished project into my frame.

Tada! Finished DIY silhouette portrait. Enjoy this special keepsake.

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

FUN Math Card Games

The Math Spiral

This is a very fun card game! My students always loved this game, even my fifth graders! I used items I had around my house for this game. I used a deck of cards, dice from my Yahtzee game, and pouch tops from my kids squeeze packs as game pieces but you could also use game pieces from any other board game, beads, coins, etc!

Math Skills Focus:

Addition (See end of post for other variations including multiplication, subtraction, or number recognition)

You will need:

  • Deck of playing cards
  • Game pieces for each player (board game pieces, pouch tops, beads, etc)
  • 1 or 2 dice

How to Play 

The object of this game is to be the first player to make it to the finish! 

Face Card Values (Optional)

  • Ace = 1
  • Jack = 11
  • Queen = 12
  • King = 13

You may want to have a note card with the Face Card values written down for easy reference.

Step 1: Build a spiral! You can use the entire deck of cards, or you can use only part of the deck of cards depending on how long you would like the game to be. This spiral of cards will be your game board. You can use the same board for multiple games, or create a new board each time to change up the card order. I usually use a face card or a joker flipped over as the start and finish cards.

Step 2: Each player puts their game pieces at the center of the spiral. This is the start of the game.

Step 3: To start, the first player rolls a die and moves that number of cards on the game board. They must then add the number on their die with the value of the card they landed on. If they solve it correctly, they stay there. If they do not solve it correctly, they must go back to their previous position.

Players then take turns rolling, solving math problems, and moving around the game board.

If a player lands on a card with another player on it, they knock that player back to start.

If a player lands on a “double,” meaning the number on their die and the value of their card is the same, they get an extra turn and get to roll again!

To win the game, you need to land EXACTLY on the last card by rolling the exact number on the die to get to the finish card.

Other ways to Play

Depending on the age and ability of your child, you can change this game to practice all sorts of math concepts.

Multiplication: Roll the die multiply the number on their die with the value of the card they landed on.

Subtraction: Roll the die subtract the number of their die with the value of the card they landed on. Make sure to remind your child to start with the larger number for subtraction. For example, if they roll 6 and land on a ‘3’ card, they need to do 6-3 not 3-6. If they roll a 2 and land on a ‘7’ card, they need to do 7-2, not 2-7. 

Number Recognition: Remove all of the face cards and have children state the number they land on instead of performing any math operations.

Winner Takes All Addition

2 Players

Math Skills Focus: Addition

You will need:

  • Deck of cards
  • Recording Sheet (Optional)

How to Play:

Each player turns over two cards and adds them together. 

Face Cards Values (Optional)

  • Ace = 1 or 11
  • Jack, Queen, King = 10

The player with the greatest sum wins all the cards.

Continue until all the cards are gone.

Player one has the greatest sum and takes all of the cards.

Example: Player One’s hand is 10 + 2 = 12 and Player Two’s hand is 6+ 5 = 11. Player one wins and takes all four cards. 

Other Ways to Play

You can modify this game depending on the age and ability of your child using some of the options below:

Make the game easier by taking higher digit cards and face cards out of the deck. 

Make the game harder by adding 3 cards instead of 2 cards.

Winner Takes All Subtraction

2 Players

Math Skills Focus: Subtraction

You will need:

  • Deck of cards
  • Recording Sheet (Optional)

How to Play:

Each player turns over two cards and subtracts the smaller digit from the larger digit. The player with the smallest difference wins all the cards

Face Cards Values (Optional)

  • Ace = 1 or 11
  • Jack, Queen, King = 10

Continue until all the cards are gone.

Example: Player One’s hand is 7 -3 = 4 and Player Two’s hand is 9 – 4 = 5. Player one wins and takes all four cards. 

Other Ways to Play

You can modify this game depending on the age and ability of your child using some of the options below:

Make the game easier by taking higher digit cards and face cards out of the deck. 

Make the game harder by adding 3 cards instead of 2 cards. This would create 2- digit minus 1-digit subtraction.

Winner Takes All Multiplication

2 Players

Math Skills Focus: Multiplication

You will need:

  • Deck of cards
  • Recording Sheet (Optional)

How to Play:

Each player turns over two cards and multiplies to get a product. The player with the largest product wins all the cards.

Face Cards Values (Optional)

  • Ace = 1 or 11
  • Jack, Queen, King = 10

Continue until all the cards are gone.

Example: Player One’s hand is 3 x 10 = 30 and Player Two’s hand is 3 x 5 = 15. Player one wins and takes all four cards. 

Other Ways to Play

You can modify this game depending on the age and ability of your child using some of the options below:

Make the game easier by taking higher digit cards and face cards out of the deck. 

Make the game harder by adding 3 cards instead of 2 cards. This would create 2- digit times 1-digit multiplication.

Make the game harder by adding 4 cards instead of 2 cards. This would create 2- digit times 2-digit multiplication.

You can use this FREE recording sheet below for any of the Winner Takes All games.

These games are all great ways to practice facts for addition, subtraction, and multiplication through play. I hope you enjoy playing these with your students or with your family!

Easter Basket Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Our Easter basket items have not arrived yet and I am hoping they get here on time! I have created a list of some items for Easter baskets for babies and toddlers. I always include a book or two so I also created a list of some fun Easter titles.

The picture above is an Easter basket from years past. I could not find the little bunny ear headband online. I got the bunny headband from Target a few years ago. The egg teether I below is not the one pictured. The one I linked is from Amazon, but the one pictured is from the company the Teething Egg.

Baby Easter Basket Ideas

Here are the items my son will be getting in his Easter basket this year. He is 11 months old.

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

Here are some items my daughter will be getting in her Easter basket this year. She will is 2.5 years old.

Other Easter Basket Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Bathing Suit
  • Swim Trunks
  • Beach Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Crayons
  • Bath Toys

More Easter Books:

Learning with Chalk

Shapes & Colors Hopscotch

Draw as many different colored shapes outside with chalk as you would like and turn it into a fun movement activity that also helps children identify shapes and colors.

Have your shapes in somewhat of a path for your child.

Littlest Learners

  • Where is the square? Hop on the square.
  • Find the circle and hop on the circle.
  • Where is the orange shape? Hop on orange.
  • Where is the blue shape? Can you hop on it? 

You can create a spinner with rules for older children.

Spinner Rule Ideas

As you travel the path, hop on one foot and…

  • only on blue, orange, and red
  • skip triangles
  • name the shapes as you land on them
  • name the colors you land on them
  • skip circles

You can modify this simple activity based on your child. 

Jump & Spell

Grab your chalk, write the alphabet, have your child spell sight words or spelling words by jumping to each letter!

This is a simple and fun outdoor learning activity involving movement.

Decorate your Chalk Self

Have your child lay on the ground. Outline their body and let your child decorate themselves! You can extend this and make it more educational by identifying body parts, measuring the length of their body, putting on clothing and identifying the types of clothing, etc.

Chalk Art

One of my friends did some beautiful chalk art and I just had to share this! You will need tape and chalk!

Step 1: Lay down tape to make your design. You can create specific shapes if you would like to promote learning about shapes, or just make any design your heart desires.

Put down tape to make your design

Step 2: Being to color in your design with chalk.

Begin coloring your design with chalk.

Step 3: Remove your tape and you have your beautiful artwork!

Remove tape and you have a beautiful masterpiece!

These are just a few ideas to get outside and have fun with chalk. Enjoy!

Sight Word Guess Who!

I am all about making learning fun, so fun in fact that your child may not realize they are learning! Do you have the game Guess Who? You can turn it into a learning game with my Editable Sight Word Guess Who digital download. Find out how to make this game below!

Game Prep

  1. Print on card stock (you can print on plain computer paper but it will not work as well) and cut out all of the cards
  2. Take the picture cards out of your Guess Who game and replace with the blue and red sight word cards. Blue cards on one game board and red cards on the other game board.
  3. Put the yellow cards face down and spread them out.

*Please note, this is for the newer version of the game*

How to Play

  1. Begin with all of the words on your board flipped in the upward position.
  2. Draw one yellow sight word car and place the yellow sight word card in the slot. Make sure your opponent does not see your sight word card! 
  3. Take turns asking your opponent yes or no questions. After your ask a question, flip down any words that don’t match the description. The goal is to find out what their word is before they find out yours!
  4. At the end of the game, you will have one word remaining flipped in the upward position. If you played the game correctly and the other player answered all of your questions correctly, it should match your opponents yellow sight word card.

Example questions:

  • Does your word begin with the letter “t”? 
  • Does your word have 3 letters?
  • Is there an “a” in your word?

Example: If I asked my opponent if their word has four letters and they said no, I would flip down every word that had four letters.

You can find my Editable Sight Word Guess Who digital download here.

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

You’ve Got This

YOU’VE GOT THIS

This has been on my letter board since the start of 2020. I put this encouraging message on my board as a daily reminder that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

During this time, I think we all really need this message more than ever. You may be overwhelmed and stressed out. You may be out of work and taking on new roles at home. There is so much uncertainty.

Just remember, you’ve got this! Just do the best that you can!

Also, how many of you have a letter board like this? Many households may not have educational resources at home to help their children learn, but guess what? You can use a lot of things you already have. For example, your children can use your letter board to find letters, make words, create sentences, and so much more.

Please reach out to me in the comments, on Facebook, or on Instagram @tayloredtoteach if you have any questions or need any ideas for your child. I will continue to try to share ideas for at home learning to help families during this time.

Nerf Gun Learning

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Does your child love playing with Nerf Guns? This post might be for you! You can use my one simple set up below for many different educational topics!

Shoot the________ (Fill in the Blank)

Using Nerf Guns is a great way to get children motivated to learn! How can you use Nerf Guns educationally you might ask? Here is a simple activity you can set up in your house on a wall for MULTIPLE subject areas and topics.

The activity we set up was ‘Shoot the Sight Word’.

You will need:

  • Construction paper
  • Paper clips
  • Computer paper
  • Tape
  • Nerf Gun & Accessories
  • Marker or pen (you might want to write your words down instead of printing them)

Set Up:

  1. Decide how many words you would like to have on the wall. Tape a piece of construction paper for each word directly to the wall.
  2. Attach a paper clip to the top of each piece of construction paper.
  3. Type and print your words out on computer paper, or simply write your words on pieces of computer paper.
  4. Slide each word paper under a paper clip to keep it on the wall. You can easily slide the paper in and out of the paper clip. You can take the words down after they are shot. You do not have to set it up this way, but it is easier to change and modify by using paper clips instead of only tape.

How To Play:

  1. Call out the sight words and your child will find them on the wall and shoot them.
  2. Take the word down after they shoot the word. Continue until all words are gone.

** Don’t stand too close to the wall! You do not want the Nerf dart to bounce back into anyone’s face! **

Other Ways to Play:

  • Shoot the Sight Word
  • Shoot the Letter
  • Shoot the Number
  • Shoot the Shape
  • Shoot the Color
  • Shoot the Answer (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division)

Does your child love Nerf Guns? Try out some learning with Nerf Guns! Have fun and be safe!