Study the World With Montessori Activities

Study the World with 80 Montessori-Inspired Activities


Geography and social studies are subjects Montessori homeschool parents often struggle with teaching. Parents often browse the internet for ideas and see beautiful baskets full of items from around the world. While these materials are lovely, they can be cost prohibitive for many families.

 

"Give the world to the small child." - Maria Montessori

 

Educating our children to be good global citizens is an important task and calling. It begins with a good understanding of our world.

Homeschool Geography Curriculum Made Simple & Cost-Effective

 

Educating with Montessori at home can sometimes seem expensive! A great homeschool geography curriculum doesn’t have to cost a lot. Simply head to your local library. Hundreds of beautiful books exist to help. Your children can travel the world and immerse themselves in different cultures from the comfort of their own home! Children easily identify with book characters, making them an easily relatable way to learn.

A sensorial exploration of world cultures in an integral part of the child's journey. A fun, accessible to everyone, way to incorporate this is through international cuisine. Try sampling different herbs and spices from other nations, focusing on scent in addition to flavor. Grab groceries at an international market for a whole new experience. Add on a trip to an authentic ethnic restaurant for a real sample of international flavor! Sensorial learning also includes music, dancing, dress (or fabric samples), and art. Be sure to include contemporary as well as traditional examples.

We want to make these subjects easy and accessible for all homeschool families. Homeschool co-ops and classrooms (Montessori or not) are welcome to adapt and use these materials as well!

That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you this affordable, high-quality activity pack. At almost 100 pages, this is our largest pack yet. We’ve designed this to last at least a semester. With 80 activities, you could make it last up to a couple of years!

Travel Around the World with 80 Montessori-Inspired Activities

This pack is full of the high-quality content you’ve come to know and love from us. It requires very little prep work on your part. However, be sure to scan the pack before firing up the printer. This will give you an idea of how you’d like to plan, supplies needed, and what you will want to print.

What you'll find:

 

  • 80 Activities

There are a number of ways you could incorporate this pack into your homeschool. You'll find ideas within the welcome letter of the pack. Several works will be repeated throughout your studies.

 

- 40 Books

- 10 International Recipes

- 11 Art Projects

- 19 Montessori-Inspired Works

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  • World Tour Book List

Hint: If using the library, make sure to put these books on hold ahead of time! You might find a few aren’t readily available because of how popular they are. These would be great read-aloud books. Try placing a few out on shelves as well. A couple of books also include additional homeschool geography and social studies activities.

 

- Books for preschool through high school
- Some of the best-loved geography and cultural studies books out there

 

  • Classic and Unique Works

    These are works you’ll find Montessorians presenting around the world! Enjoy them in your Montessori at home education too. We’ve added our own flare and created new works as well.

     

- Me On the Map, Nomenclature Cards, Pin Punches, and more classic Montessori activities

- Continent Boxes

- International Jewelry

- Languages

 

  • Exploration Through Art

The arts are an excellent way to get to know another culture. You’ll find art projects from every continent. We’ve included information to make them accessible for a wide range of ages. These are great projects for older students to work on with younger too.
 
Several of these projects might give way to something bigger! Your student might find a new passion, gift idea, or a small business. You may want to consider a field trip to an art museum. This is another excellent way to view art from around the world.
 
Only a few inexpensive craft supplies are needed. Most supplies you already have on hand!
 
  • Related Lessons

This is to help those using ShillerLearning’s materials. We have listed related lessons to enhance your studies.  

 

Remember, students enjoy coming back to lessons multiple times. Even if a child has already completed a lesson, they may be revisited according to your child's interest or to help master and reinforce skills or concepts.

 

  • Delicious Dishes

Cultural studies aren’t complete without something to eat! Your family will enjoy savory to sweet from around the world!

 

- Ten perfectly-sized recipe cards

 

  • Beautiful Printables

As always, we’re bringing you the most beautiful printables out there. Peek through the printables before printing. You may wish to laminate or print on cardstock for durability. To save on ink, you may want to keep the instructions on your phone or e-reader - no need to print those.

 

- Recipe Cards
- Maps
- Continent Research Report
- Road Trip Questions
- Grammar Around the Worlds Cards
- Landform and Climate Nomenclature Cards
- Seven Wonders of the World Matching Game  
- Pin Punch
- Currency Exchange Chart
- Pysanky Guide
- Eastern European Embroidery Coloring
- Achievement Badges
 

Happy Travels!


The ShillerLearning team loved creating this pack. It is our hope you’ll LOVE this homeschool geography curriculum. We’re excited to make it available to you and your family. Have fun exploring the world from the comfort of your home.  

 

We’d love to see what you’ve been working on too! Tag us on Instagram @shillerlearning with your completed projects and shelf set-ups.

We hope this pack will encourage you to enjoy and learn more about world cultures and geography in your homeschool. Download a FREE sample now and start reading with your child!


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Montessori Free Listening Skills For Kids Activity Book

Free Listening Skills For Kids Activity Pack


Working on listening skills with kids can feel like playing a broken record. We want our children to be attentive and aware, yet we’re not quite sure how to *get* our children to listen and comprehend. These important skills can be difficult to teach. I can’t tell you how many frustrated parents I’ve talked to who say “My kids don’t listen to me!”

If we’re honest, we work on listening skills our whole lives. To this day I am still working on how to better hear and pay attention to the auditory input I have coming my way. Teaching our kids ways to listen, equipping them with comprehension skills, and helping them appreciate silence helps set them up for success.

Tips For Teaching Listening Skills to Children

 

Appreciate silence- Recent studies have shown immense benefits of silence for the human brain. In a society that is constantly receiving auditory stimulation, silence is more golden than ever before. By allowing times of silence in our homes, we can help build listening skills. Our brains benefit from a break from all the sensory input, especially children’s brains! Plus when we embrace silence, we open our ears up to hear things we might otherwise not notice.

 

Repeat back- This one might seem silly. However, it’s a key tenant of communication skills. It is a highly valued listening skill. Teaching our children to “tell back” what they’ve heard helps them listen more carefully. It also helps the speaker ensure everything has been heard appropriately. Asking children to tell back what they’ve heard during story time can be a great way to build this skill. For young children, you may need to have the child tell back every few sentences. As children get older- you can move up to every few paragraphs, every few pages, and every chapter. This skill can be added to conversations as well. It’s especially helpful in conversations with details you don’t want to be missed. Have your child tell back details in their own words so you’re sure they are interpreting information as well.

 

Give them your full attention- I get it, hearing about Minecraft for the bazillionth time today is not exactly what you are interested in hearing about. However, our kids are watching. When we display positive listening skills, our kids learn from our example. Taking our eyes off whatever else we might be doing to fully engage in conversation is the first step. This demonstrates we’re not distracted and can be fully present. How often have we asked our children a question while they were engrossed in a show only to realize later on they totally didn’t hear us at all? One of the top reasons kids don’t “hear” is because they’re distracted and not actually listening. We may respond while watching TV or browsing social media. The truth is our minds are not fully aware and we’re responded by rote habit, not true attentive listening. If we model attentiveness, eye contact, and active listening it helps our children become better listeners. It will also benefit communication in your home too.

 

Read-a-loud and audiobooks- Nothing can capture a child’s attention better than a story! Sometimes one simply needs to sit in the middle of the room with children playing around them and begin to read. Soon a quiet fills the room and the children are lost in the story. By incorporating the other tips above, stories can build listening skills immensely.

 

Practice at home- Home is the best place to practice and build skills. Work on engaging your child in conversations they’re interested in. Download our FREE Listening Activity Pack below for over a dozen activities to help build listening skills in the comfort of your own home! You’ll find the classic Montessori Sitting in Silence activity, crafts, games, and more. Children from preschool all the way through high school can build listening skills. You may find a benefit from some activities as well! A few activities can be incorporated on a regular basis in your homeschool.

Refer to the ShillerLearning Parent Guide from your ShillerLearning homeschool math kit or at the beginning of each ShillerLearning homeschool language arts books for more tips on engaging your child.

 

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How This Grace & Courtesy Printable Pack Turns “Chores” into Games

How This Grace & Courtesy Printable Pack Turns “Chores” into Games


The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Courtesy as: “behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others : courteous behavior.” In the Montessori method, an emphasis is placed on Grace and Courtesy as part of a student’s education. What exactly does this mean?

 

Grace and Courtesy in the Montessori context is as we read in the definition above, helping our children develop habits and manners that allow them to show politeness and care. Grace and Courtesy is extended to ourselves, our loved ones, our environment, our pets, and our community. These skills help us to help others, contribute in meaningful ways to society and make the world a better place.  


In the ShillerLearning Grace & Courtesy Activity Pack, we have over a dozen activities designed to help your child gain an understanding of Grace and Courtesy, and to incorporate these principles into your home. We even made several “games.”

Who said manners have to be no-fun?

 

We included classic Montessori works such as “Walking the Line”, as well as a fun Grace and Courtesy board game. While some of these activities may seem like common sense, much of Grace and Courtesy consists of life skills that children do, in fact, need to be taught and practice. This pack may be used over an extended period of time and you will likely find yourself coming back to some of these activities time and time again.

 

It is our hope that little by little, these works will help your child see the world in a new way and look out for ways to care for others. These works can be used by all ages, although many of the activities are geared towards preschool and early elementary. You may find that some of these activities are easier to use spontaneously when a need arises to work through conflict, frustration, or care in a different manner.  

 

These are perfect when you want to try a “new” approach. If your child has issues with specific rude behaviors, there are a few games they can try in this pack like the "Quiet Game" or "Preparing and Serving Food". These are great to start the conversation around manners in a “fun” way. However, discipline does have its place to help children understand their actions have consequences.

Some of these activities may be incorporated into role-play activities as well.  

 

Parents and adults in a child’s life are always the best examples. Our children are always watching and imitate the ways we interact with others as well. Grace and Courtesy skills are skills we work on all our lives - skills we can model for the benefit of those we mentor.

 

More tips for parents to model Grace and Courtesy:

 

  • Avoid talking on your cell phone when at the store, bank, or other locations where you will be interacting with employees

  • Demonstrate speaking with a calm, quiet, and clear voice

  • Look people in the eye when speaking to them

  • Ask before hugging or touching others

  • Call cashiers, servers, librarians, etc. by their name when thanking them; this small step makes a dramatic difference to them and to your child in learning how to politely interact

  • Demonstrate pushing in your chair, hanging up your coat, and careful care of your environment

  • Communicate when you need some time alone, and when you have strong feelings that may mean you need a little extra space

  • Speak in the positive during challenging situations and suggest positive solutions

  • Ask your child if you can join them in watching them work, playing with them, or joining in an activity

  • Use open communication with a lot of “I feel,” “Please,” “Thank you,” “I appreciate you,” “Excuse me,” “May I” phrases

  • Show how to take turns with another adult

  • Write a letter to someone with your child

  • Aid anyone you see in need while out and about, help the older woman carry her groceries, distract the crying baby, grab the item off the high shelf, etc; this can be a bit awkward to develop but sets a big example

Songs and games children enjoy that enforce these concepts include:

 

  • Where is Thumbkin?

  • Mother May I?

  • Polite Patty Says (Simon Says)

  • Getting To Know You

  • Telephone

  • Teddy Bear Picnic

 

We hope you enjoy this pack and please share with your friends on social media!

 



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Free Montessori Thanksgiving Printables

12+ FREE Montessori Activities for

Harvest and Thanksgiving


Autumn is upon us. The crisp cool air lingers throughout the day. Beautiful fall leaves line our streets. In our homeschool we have found the steady flow of our school year. We embrace relaxed mornings in our jammies and afternoon ShillerMath by the fire. Our printers whir out warm harvest and Thanksgiving printables that we work on over a slice of hot apple pie.  What’s not to love about this time of year?

Showing Gratitude in Our Homeschool

 

A spirit of thankfulness and gratitude is always a good spirit to have. It’s especially prevalent this time of year. As we approach Thanksgiving, here are some ideas to incorporate a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness into the rhythm of your schooling.  

 

  • Stick a poster board or large piece of butcher paper on your wall. Encourage your children to record moments of gratitude throughout the day. For example, your youngest might write about how they were thankful their older sibling helped them with math.

  • Research your family history. Find out where your ancestors immigrated from. Learn more about their journey to get here, what early life was like, and the lineage of people who brought you to this moment in history. Learning about our past can be a great way to bring gratitude for where we’re at today.

  • Tell your family members thank you more often. So often we ignore the simple act of thanking one another for their kindness.

  • Make “caught in the act” cards. Write the word “caught in the act of ___________” on a small paper, or make business card size cards. Everyone in the family gets a stack. Family members hand them out to one another to show appreciation for one another. Examples of times you may wish to use them, when you see someone else doing a kind deed, going above and beyond, or working hard at something they struggle with. Fill in the blank for the recipient.

  • Write “Thank You” notes as part of your daily language arts or writing time.

  • Visit your local library and do something nice for the librarians. As homeschoolers, librarians are some of our best helpers! Bring them a nice card, ask if there’s a way you can help, or tidy up the toys.

  • Cook a meal for a local military or public service member’s family.

  • Start a “Thankfulness Jar.” You’ll find all the information on starting this in the FREE Activity Pack download below.

 

FREE Montessori Activities and Thanksgiving Printables

 

In the spirit of gratitude and harvest season, we have put together this Homeschooling Harvest Pack. You’ll find activities for preschoolers through teens, including works for mixed ages. This FREE pack of Montessori activities is one you will want to include in your shelf works. It would also be fun to have these Thanksgiving printables available while you’re in Thanksgiving-prep-mode. A handful of the activities may be done any time of year - cultivating gratitude is never out of season.

 

You’ll find a couple projects designed to enhance your Thanksgiving meal. We included a fun and easy craft for your student to make place cards to put around the table. They’ll also learn how to roll napkins. It’s amazing what pride and joy our children find when they get to contribute something beautiful to the family table. We also have included a couple Thanksgiving research activities. Your children might enjoy sharing what they have learned over the Thanksgiving table.

 

Your students may also enjoy completing these activities on Thanksgiving Day if they start to get a little restless. The Apple Taste Test Comparison would be a fun activity for the whole family over Thanksgiving weekend.

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and are able to find a new season of joy and gratitude in your homeschool this year. Make sure to fill out the form below for your download of our Harvest Activity Pack.


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Freebie Roundup: The Best Homeschool Freebies

Freebie Roundup

The Best Homeschool Freebies



Did you know that there is a plethora of incredible, free homeschool resources out there? Cailin Sandvig from Homeschool Buyers Co-op separates the wheat from the chaff and shares some of her favorite free homeschool resources from the Co-op's huge collection.

Cailin Sandvig is a passionate education and homeschool advocate. She has been helping to develop and share incredible education resources from music to math to art since 2010. Cailin joined Homeschool Buyers Co-op in 2018 and dedicated to helping homeschool families find the best curriculum, tools, and resources for their homeschool. She lives with her husband, 1-year old twins, and very good dog Jeremy in Utah.

Click here to access the amazing list of homeschool freebies assembled by Cailin Sandvig at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Start enjoying them today!

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You can learn more about each selection on Cailin's list in this video. Cailin, thank you for putting this together for ShillerLearning fans to enjoy!!




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10 Tips for Easy Homeschool Planning

Have Your Best Homeschool Year Yet With These Great Planning Tips


What is it that happens between the fresh excitement of homeschool planning and the spring slump? Why do we go from being motivated, organized, and passionate to burned out? The back-to-school season is a season of excitement. Even those who homeschool year-round feel it. The season comes with a crisp touch in the air and a renewed motivation in our hearts. Only to find a few months later we’re exhausted, disorganized, and in a slump.

Burnout at Home and in the Classroom

 

I came to homeschooling after years of working in schools. First, I worked in a traditional Montessori preschool for almost a decade. It was actually my first ever “real” job. I stayed in that job throughout college. My head-of-school gave me a chance to work in every single classroom. I also worked in the before & after school program. I even helped in administration and office duties. Throughout college and my first few years after graduation, I continued to work in education in one capacity or another.

 

After a few years, I landed at an incredible school for special needs kids.   I worked in a K-2 class and sometimes substituted with older kids. I was given the chance to see many different teaching styles and approaches. I stayed there for several years until my son was born. Now I continue my work in education as an at-home-educator with Montessori homeschooling.

 

Why do I tell you this? Because teachers burn out too! In fact, I observed that many teachers burn out faster than moms at home. What I have observed through all my years in education is something that seems to separate those who burn out from those who don’t.

 

Systems and Organization

Those who came into a school year with an organizational system seemed to stay motivated. I also noticed they were much less likely to get in over their heads. Yes, the systems adapted as the year progressed. And, yes, sometimes things didn’t work.   Now I have worked my way from class educator to home educator. I find so much value in having good systems in place to bring ease to our days.

Today I hope to offer a few homeschool time management tips. It is my hope these tips will be something you can incorporate to avoid slump and overwhelm later

 

Back-to-School Time Management Tips

 

Pick a method and stick with it- Don’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater” too fast. It takes at least 40 days to adjust to a new routine. Just because a routine or planning method doesn’t work at first, doesn’t mean it will never work. You may need more time to iron out the wrinkles.

 

Expect the unexpected- We lay out our bright, shiny new schedule at the beginning of the year. Then life happens. Someone gets sick. There’s a job transfer. You face a death in the family. Your schedule gets out of whack and you get frustrated. Leave in flex time! Add in a few “buffer” days- sort of like how public schools add in extra days for snow days.

 

Buffer your day- Often we forget to add in transitional time to our daily routine. It can take children a while to transition from activity to activity. This is not because they are stubborn or not listening. It’s because their brains take longer to transition and transition is sometimes hard. Give yourself a 5-10 minute buffer between each activity. You may even need to make that longer if you have young children, a baby at home, or a child with special needs. This can make a dramatic change in your homeschool routine.

 

Plan like a funnel- Start out with a broad overview of where you hope to be by the end of the year. Then schedule out each element. It can be helpful to have goals for each month set at the beginning of the school year. Then, perhaps, only do a detailed schedule for every six-eight weeks. Keeping the idea of a funnel in mind is helpful. Broad for what’s to come, narrow for what’s happening now.

 

Schedule in time for YOU- Give yourself at least an hour a week of YOU time. No kids, no responsibility. Make it two if you can. An hour to relax and unwind alone does remarkable things. If you can add in another hour to take time to learn and nurture your interests, even better.

 

Track your time- Use a time tracker app, a Bullet Journal spread, or a piece of paper. Write out everything you spend your time on in a week. Then evaluate it and see what you can drop, outsource, or needs better balance. Use this to help inform your decisions about scheduling.
 

Put it down in paper and pen (or pencil)- The neurological process is different when we plan with paper vs digital. Using real paper and writing out goals, schedules, and plans can be revolutionary in and of itself. We even made it easy for you with a beautiful FREE printable planner. Homeschool planning takes on a new life on paper!

 

Give loop scheduling a try- Instead of scheduling specific subjects on certain days, try looping. This way if you have something come up on, say your “History Tuesday” you won’t miss it. To loop, write down the subjects you want to cover daily and the subjects you want to cover weekly. Start at the top of your weekly list and cover at least one of those subjects a day. The next day, move to the next subject(s) on the list. Then if you miss a day of school, you won’t miss a topic- you move to what’s next on the loop.

 

Follow the lead of the child- This is a core component of a Montessori education. If your child needs to spend an entire quarter covering the same 4 sections in Math Book 1, that ’s ok. Adjust your plans to follow their lead. This also applies you find your child dawdles, struggles with focus, or seems to zone out. We’ll talk more about this in an upcoming blog. Montessori homeschooling is the perfect environment to follow your child’s lead.


Get a little help from ShillerLearning- We have made planning easy for both parents and students. Check out our FREE printable planners- there’s a set for homeschool parents that we brought you last month. This month, we’re happy to bring you a Student Planner Pack. In it you’ll find back-to-school activities your kids will love. We have activities like timer races, schedule card creation, cutting strips, clockworks, and more! Plus it has a FREE Student printable planner to help your child get organized along with you!


Focus on your next best thing- A time will come in planning, or in your year when you’ll get overwhelmed. Or an unexpected situation will arise, a new baby will come, etc. and your schedule will get backed up. In those moments of overwhelm, ask yourself “What is my best next thing?” Maybe that’s working on Math, or maybe it’s going out back to lay in the grass and watch the clouds. In moments of overwhelming- all you need to focus on is one thing at a time. No matter what it is, go from one best thing to the next and before you know it- you’ll be feeling calmer.

 

I hope some of these tips and tricks are helpful. I would love to hear about some of the things you do to help schedule and plan too. Plus, make sure to check out these other blogs and resources:


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How The Montessori Three-Period Lesson Changed My Homeschool


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We hope this pack will encourage you to enjoy and learn more about Homeschooling. Plus this month’s pack is just as free as fresh air and sunshine! So download it now and start reading with your child!


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FREE Montessori-style Summer Activity Pack for Homeschoolers

FREE Montessori-Based Summer Activity Pack for Homeschoolers


Summertime is often when many of us take a break from homeschooling. Even if we school year-round, we usually go a bit lighter in the summer to enjoy those nice warm days while we’re able. With stay-at-home orders still in effect in many places, it’s the perfect time to work on nailing down skills our students have previously struggled with and explore a new subject of interest. We are thrilled to bring you this free summer activity pack. It’s perfect for homeschoolers, or families looking for engaging activities for kids who are out of school.

Summer Activities for Kids

 

In this over 30-page activity pack, you’ll find gobs of easy to put together activities and the free printables you’ve come to know and love from ShillerLearning. In addition to the activities in this pack, here are more ideas to curb hearing “Mom, I’m bored!” this summer.

 

  • Create Your Own Lesson- Kids sometimes say, “If I was in charge, I would...” Give them the chance to do it their way! Set them loose with materials and let them design their own dream homeschool or summer lesson plan. Guide they in researching something they are interested in, encourage them to create their own learning, and see what they come up with! You might be pleasantly surprised as they come up with something to implement in your homeschool, create an awesome game, or (shhhh, don’t tell them) learn a new skill.

  • You-Pick Farms- This is always fun way to create family memories. If open in your area, find a local you-pick farm and head out to pick your own food. Oftentimes these farms are growing berries and sometimes what you eat as you pick is free. Then bring them home and enjoy baking, canning, or freezing of your bounty. Check out fallingfruit.org to see free local you-pick options too!

 

  • Amazing Race- Let the kids come up with their own version of the Amazing Race. Have them create activities and pit stops to do around your house, the block, or your town. Then let them get together with friends and play out their show. Older kids might even enjoy filming and making their own episode.

 

  • Progressive Game Night (or afternoon)- Keep this on your list of things to do when when your stay-at-home order has been lifted. Depending on conditions in your area, a selection of outdoor yard games may be most appropriate. Some participation and help coordinating might be needed on the part of parents for this one, but it is so fun! (Plus, of course, parental supervision.) Get together with neighbors and nearby friends. Have each family pick a lawn game, board game or outdoor activity (like sidewalk chalk or sprinklers). The kids can work together to decide who will do which activity, make a master map ahead of time and set the schedule. Each home can host something different for a fun afternoon, or evening, of time together and exercise as you bike, or walk, between houses. Make sure to invite lots of friends, have plenty of healthy snacks & water, and have a blast!  

How to Use This Free Activity Pack

 

There’s no right or wrong way to implement this pack. We’ve provided you with a book list covering all reading abilities. The rest of the pack is pretty open-ended. You can work through it in order, pick and choose the activities you’d like to do, let the kids pick, do one a day or do them all in a week. It’s really up to you! Most require little to no prep-work and only a few need materials. It’s good to peek ahead and see what you might need to pre-purchase or borrow from a friend.

 

What’s Inside?

 

You'll find over a dozen activities. We have Montessori-inspired works like nomenclature cards, map work, and even a matching game. We’ve also included a couple easy summer crafts followed by nature activities. Many of these nature activities would be awesome to do on a camping trip but can easily be done in your own yard or at a local park. Lastly, we end the pack with a couple delicious recipes of some ice-cold treats to enjoy on these hot summer days!

 

We hope you’ll enjoy this pack and have a great summer, no matter how far you are able to venture from home.

 


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Amanda Osenga

Amanda is a former Montessori teacher, now homeschooling her dear son - an only child. Her family resides in an Airstream parked in Washington State and loves Washington's outdoor opportunities. When not homeschooling, Amanda blogs, loves reading, and creates hand-lettering pieces.