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Valentines Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Valentine's Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Being a homeschool family doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun that comes with Valentine’s Day for kids.  It means mom and dad might have to be a little more creative, but that’s what homeschooling is all about!  There are so many fun Valentine’s themed crafts and activities to choose from that you won’t have time to be bored! 

One great idea is to get together with friends and have your own “class party.”  Get crafty and make your own valentines – check out these adorable Pom-Pom Love Bug Valentines from 5 Minutes for Mom!  If you don’t have other kids to participate, perhaps you could exchange Valentines with family members instead.  Set up a mail exchange so your child can send out Valentines and receive them as well.  This cute Heart Balloon card is simple and fun and grandparents would definitely love it!   

Another fun idea is to find ways to build your meals and snacks around the theme of Valentine’s day.  Start with heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and cover them with red berries or strawberry syrup.  For lunch, you could make heart shaped sandwiches.  Don’t forget desert – Embracing Homemaking has a fun idea for Valentine’s Day fruit kabobs that the whole family will love!   

Don’t forget about some more educational activities as well. Preschool and kindergarten students can practice writing Valentine’s themed words. Those a little more advanced, may want try this Valentine’s Day Word Scramble activity

For a science lesson, check out some of these fun Valentine’s themed science experiments!  You should already have some of the items on hand or be able to pick them up for pretty cheap.  

 

Here are a few more fun ideas:

Heart Suncatcher Activity

DIY Conversation Heart Bath Bombs

Valentine’s Day Photo Frames

“You light up my world” Wooden Mason Jar Craft 

 

Valentine’s Themed Snacks:

Conversation Heart Cookies

Pink Marble Cupcakes

Strawberry Flavored White Chocolate Hearts

Valentine’s Chex Mix

 

Valentine's Day ideas for homeschoolers

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

2018 has been a wonderful year and there is no better way to show your loved ones how much you care than to get them gifts they will truly love!  Here are a few of my favorite suggestions, separated by category for our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 

 

Top Gift Ideas for Kids

Top Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family

Top Gift Ideas for Busy Moms

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas 

Gift Ideas for Your Young Paw Patrol Fan

also head over and check out my friend Ashley’s Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Top Gift Ideas for the Home School Family (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family (Holiday Gift Guide 2018)

 

As a homeschool mom myself, I came up with a list of what I think would make great gifts this Christmas.  They are mostly practical and encourage education or physical activity, while also being fun!  Take a look and let me know what your favorite idea is or if you have something else to add to the list!  

 

 

Flybar iPogo Jr – more than just a basic pogo stick, you will find that this one counts your child’s jumps and encourages them to keep going!  Recommended for ages 5+ and 40-80lbs.  The Aero 2-Wheel Scooter and Pogo Ball Trick Board are also great gift ideas to encourage physical activity.

 

Minecraft Workbooks by Skyhorse Publishing – Make learning extra fun this year with this themed workbook!  Available for grades 1 & 2 and 3 & 4.  For those who are reading youth chapter books, check out The Unofficial Minecrafters Mysteries Series Box Set

 

 

Casio 61 Key Keyboard with App Integration – my own 2nd grader started having much more interest in music this year while learning some basic tunes on our keyboard.  It is absolutely amazing how he has taken to it and I can’t wait to see his musical skills grow.  Having a keyboard in our home has been a wonderful experience for our family and I highly recommend it.  I received my first as a 6 year old on Christmas and I have had a love for piano ever since.  There are many to choose from with varying prices for every budget.  

 

 

Thinkfun Math Dice JR (or the original Math Dice) – I have been eyeing these dice for a while now and I think this is the year I will finally get them for my kids since both are old enough to play the Junior version.  They will be a great way to practice math while still having fun!        

 

 

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cash Register – another fun way to add math to daily play is this cash register.  My kids love playing grocery store (or toy store), exchanging play money, while not even realizing the educational value it is to them.  

 

 

Lil Gadgets Headphones – kids with tablets or laptops will be excited to have their own pair of headphones!  Lil Gadgets has wired and wireless options, as well as earbuds.  All are volume limiting and durable.  My boys have had the Untangled Pro for four years now and love using them as they complete online lessons or games.  

 

Crayola Create ‘n Carry 75 piece art set – every year, my kids tell me they want more art supplies for Christmas.  You can really never have too much :)  This set is great for kids to take with them on-the-go or around the house and keep their supplies together. 

 

 

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Pen Set for Kids – this STEM inspired gift idea is made especially for ages 6 – 13.  It is safe to use with no hot parts.  Your creations are only limited to your imagination! 

 

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet – the Fire tablets have come a long way.  With 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited (giving access to over 15,000 popular apps, games, books, and educational content), this affordable tablet is a great option for any budget.  There is also a great replacement guarantee for accidents.  

 

 

Boogie Board 8.5″ LCD Writing Tablet – rather than dry-erase, chalk, or classic paper and pencil, this LCD writing tablet is a fun way to get kids to write and draw.  The drawing will stay until you simply press the button above the screen to make it disappear.  There is no need to charge it or connect it to anything.  The Scribble & Play or Play & Trace versions are great options for the younger children ages 3+.  

 

 

Wall Pops USA Dry Erase Decal – this 36″ x 24″ poster decal would make a fantastic gift for elementary or middle school aged kids. It is easy to read and works great with dry erase markers.   The dry erase monthly calendar is a great option too for older students or the homeschool parent.  

 

 

Book of Paper Airplanes – my boys have a similar book and have so much fun trying to create the different paper planes.  While they think they’re having fun, they’re actually learning about physics! 

 

 

Grow Your Own Crystal Mini Worlds Kit – while learning science and Chemistry, your homeschooler can create 3 projects: a dragon’s cave, a unicorn’s forest, and a seahorse’s coral reef.  

 

 

Blank Comic Book – bring out your child’s imagination and drawing skills with this fun Blank Comic Book.  This is perfect for girls and boys alike as they can create stories to their heart’s desire.  

 

 

Genius LEGO Inventions with Bricks You Already Have – inspiring STEM creations, this book will take the LEGO bricks you already have and show you how to get even more creative with them. 

 

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition – I highly recommend adding a smart speaker to your home, whether it is an Amazon or Google device.  There are many fun activities, free music (I personally enjoy Piano Guys while my boys study) and even Audible Books available through these speakers.  The Echo devices connect to each other, allowing you to even use them as an intercom system throughout the house.  

 

Homeschool Mom Shirt – Don’t forget the homeschool parent too!  I just love this and so will the homeschool mom in your life.  Got a homeschool dad instead?  I recommend looking around on Etsy.  There are a lot of fantastic options on there as well! 

Top Gift Ideas for Kids (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift Ideas for Kids - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

I have sought out and compiled my list of top holiday gifts for kids this year.  You’ll recognize some while some may be new to you.  Scroll down and check out the full list – you might find that perfect gift!  

 

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Mini character and vehicle sets by Spin Master are a perfect place to start.  These are small and portable, and work with most of the bigger sets that have space for other vehicles.  These specific vehicles attach to any of the Ultimate Rescue vehicles. Their size and price makes them perfect candidates for stocking stuffers! 

 

 

Epic Christmas Gift Idea - Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle – every little girl and boy needs a castle to grow their imagination!  This medium sized (approx 12×12) castle is perfect!  

 

 

Flybar Pogo Ball Trick Board (ages 6 & up) – this epic gift idea is suitable for both boys and girls, and will provide hours of active fun.  Comes with an air pump, durable pogo ball, and board with grips.  

 

 

Zoom Tubes Car Trax – I have never seen anything like Zoom Tubes before and they are so much fun!  Connect the tube track and use the remote to launch and zoom your car through.  The best part is you can change the track and mix it up!  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  

 

 

Paw Patrol Themed Cozy Phones – I honestly want a pair of these for myself.  These adorable Cozy Phones are super comfy and have ultra-thin adjustable speakers inside.  These are available in several Paw Patrol characters as well as other fun animals.  Recommended for ages 3 & up with supervision.  

 

 

The Incredibles 2 Junior Super Family Gift Set – this is the perfect all-in-one starter set for the Incredibles 2 fans out there!  

 

 

Flybar Aero 2-Wheel Scooter – with a durable steel frame, adjustable handlebars, light up wheels, and holding up to 175lbs, this scooter will provide years of fun!  

 

3Doodler Start: Hexbug Creation Set – Kids can create their own unique Hexbugs with this set that encourages STEM learning.  Comes with 3 Hexbug micro robotic motors, 3Doodler pen and charger, 8 colors of plastic, 4 molds, and activity guide.  

 

 

Strictly Briks Design-Your-Own Ornament – every brick builder will love being able to create their own ornament!  Compatible with all major brands, you can make this ornament your own and update it year after year.  

 

 

Fingerlings – these adorable little creatures have over 40 animations and sound effects to keep your kids entertained.  They make a great stocking stuffer or even gift from one kid to another.  There are different ones to choose from including Unicorn and T-Rex versions, as well as accessories available.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magic Weighted Blanket – made by the original weighted blanket company, this is a fantastic gift for the special needs child or adult in your life.  It also makes a fantastic comfort gift for any other child in your life as well.  Weighted blankets are known to calm those with anxiety or stress.  Pictured is the Star Wars Cotton Weighted blanket.  There are also blankets available in chenille, minky, waterproof fabric, and various patterns and colors.  

 

 

Uno – Uno is one of my favorite card games and a must for any kid!  

 

 

Polly Pocket Big Pocket World: Snow Globe – Polly Pockets are back and as adorable as ever!  This toy is compact enough for on-the-go play, but has so much fun packed into it.  There are several other Polly Pocket Big Pocket World sets available too!  

 

 

Guess Who Marvel Edition – in honor of the late Stan Lee, this Marvel edition of Guess Who is a perfect Christmas gift for the young Marvel fans in your life!  

 

 

LEGO Creative Box – I couldn’t leave LEGO off this list!  LEGO building (and play) is a big part of my own kids’ lives and is a great family activity.  A basic creative box is a perfect way to start or grow someone’s collection if you aren’t sure what exactly to get them.  

 

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