Sight Word Activities – Summer Slide

Throughout the summer we’re going to be doing some sight word activities to help get a jump start on the words they’ll be learning in Kindergarten this fall. I’ll be posting the activities we plan to do soon, but until then here is a list of sight word activities for you to select your own summer games from.

 Sight Word Activities

Hop on Popcorn from ObSeussed – We’ll be playing this one later in the summer. I love it!
Sight Words with a slap from PBS – Using a flyswatter to slap sight words. I love this idea.
Sight Word parking lot from Juggling with Kids.
Where’s the Bear? from Sprinkles to Kindergarten
Word Tic Tac Toe from Finding the Teachable Moments
Sight Word Dominoes from
Popsicle Stick Puzzles from This Reading Mama
Sight Word bottle cap stamps from Sugar Aunts
Muffin Tin Reading Games from Growing book by book
Roll a Sight Word from I can teach my child
Sight word Play with toys from Kids Activities Blog
Sight Word drag racing from Play dough to plato
Sight Word Stomp from Preschool Powol Packets
Halloween Sight word game from Kids Activities Blog
Beach Ball Sight Words from Kids Activities Blog – I love this idea I just need the ball.
Blowing Down sight words from Toddler approved
Sight Word snacks from JDaniel14′s Mom
Tub Time Sight Words from Tutus and Tea Parties
Sight Word basketball from Toddler Approved
Bottle Cap Magnet Boards from The Mommy Talks
Very Hungry Caterpillar Game from JDaniel14′s Mom
Word Bump from This Reading Mama
Squishing Sight Words from Life with Moore babies
Sight Word Ninjas from Kinder Keepers
Word Rolls from Laughing Kids Learn
Sight word rainbow from Play dough to plato
Word-a-Pillar from Life with Moore babies
Sight Word target practice from I can Teach my Child
Popping sight Words from Enchanted homeschooling mom
Sight and Word Family Games from Time for Play
Sight Word Soup Game from Lovin’ our Chaos
Super Heroes and Sight words from Toddler Approved
Sight Word Clouds from Life Over C’s
Sight Word readers from The Measured Mom

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Avoiding Summer Slide Activities – Week 1 – BUGS

So we’re one week into this whole summer learning thing and I am already behind, this Week 1 - previewcould be a bad sign. To stay positive I’m just going to say it’s motivation to get ahead on future weeks.

Anyway, here is our run down of what we’ll be working on this week with links to the materials.  This week is about the word family UG and we’ll be doing lots of activities with Bugs.



The main activities we’ll be working on this week include.

Monday: Word family practice sheet & Sentence/ Picture sheet

Tuesday: Bug activities! Count, organize, patterns and make fossils from our bugs.

Wednesday: Word family practice sheet & Sentence/ picture sheet

Thursday: Graphing Bugs & Coloring our Bug on a Mug Sheet (FREE)

Friday: Bug Play group!

Each day of the week we’ll also be reading a book about bugs (see below) and working on playing Sight word games.

MaterialsI don’t have a big budget for our summer learning so most of what I’ll be posting are free resources, but I have purchased a few items to help. I’ve focused on high quality materials that we can use for more than one activity throughout the summer. For this week the items we’ll be using are. (If you do a play group there are additional items needed – see that section)

1. FREE UG Word Family Sheets – AtPlayOnline download.

2. Play-dough

3. Bugs to count

4. FREE Bug in a Mug printable (FREE)

5. Graphing Bugs printable (FREE)



I’ve bolded the books we’ll be using this week, but also included a large list for you to select from.
We LOVE Usborne books in this house. Usborne books are no longer sold directly from Amazon so most of the books I’ll post are either used offers on Amazon or you can visit the Usborne site directly and purchase new books there. These links are to an Usborne eshow (Megan’s eshow) which I will receive a percentage of sales in free books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  (Amazon)
Busy Butterflies
Old Black Fly

1001 Bugs to Spot   (Amazon) (Usborne)
Bugs – Usborne Beginners    (Amazon) (Usborne)
Busy Bug Book   (Amazon) (Usborne)
Usborne Big Book of Big Bugs    (Amazon) (Usborne)

SongsWe’ll be singing two songs this week.

Where Are the Bees?
Sing to the Tune of “I’m a little teapot.” – actions in italics

Here is the beehive,    (hold fist together)
But where are the bees?    (put hand on forehead and look around)
Hiding away where no one sees,    (Cover face)
Watch them all come creeping out of the hive,   (Open fist and use fingers on other hand to mimic crawling out)
One and two and three, four, five!   (hold up fingers while counting)

Bug Countdown

Three ants marching in a line,
Two big beetles jumping in time,
One caterpillar who just couldn’t stay,
Now there are none because they all went away!

Play Group

This week we invited a few other friends over to have our first play group of the summer. Since we’re studying bugs this week I decided to take the theme over to our group.

This week people who attend will be painting our bug molds and eating dirt cake. (post with pictures and recipes to come). We’ll also be using our Animal Activity Cards.




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FREE Animal Activity Cards Printable

We only have 16 days of school left! Which means I am starting to freak out a little, okay a lot.

I really wanted to work with Owen this summer before he enters Kindergarten. He learned so much in preschool this year, I don’t want him to suffer from summer slide.Summer Slide Image

To keep him in tip top shape and have fun while doing it I’ve planned some fun activities for this summer. Some are educational and others are just for fun. I’m planning to share the printables and other things we’ll be doing a little each week. So keep checking back. I’ll also be updating and linking post to this calendar here. Make sure and bookmark the page for easy reference and sign up for our email updates so you’ll know when I post new materials.

All right, now that all the administration stuff is done, I wanted to share the first FREE printable.

Animal Activity CardsClick here to download a PDF copy of the Animal Activity Cards

During the Summer I try to plan a weekly playgroup on Friday mornings. The kids normally just run around with each other and do their own thing while expelling copious amounts of energy, but sometimes I like to try a short activity for the first half. It stops us from breaking out the wine before at least 10.30; although, I’ll admit there have been times I’ve opened the door already holding a glass… summers are hard.

These animal cards seem like a fun activity to get the kids up and moving plus they tied in with our monthly theme for June – Nature. I could not find a set I liked online with a working link so I made a set for us to use. The cards were designed with our week 1 – Bugs theme in mind, but I’m sure we’ll be using them multiple times over the summer.

After you print the 3 pages, cut out your cards, and you’re done! It’s that simple. If you are like me and planning for extended use get them laminated. Staples or Office Max will laminate them for just a few dollars (depending on the thickness you pick) or you can even laminate them yourself with self-laminating sheets. Buy a lot or just a few for only a couple of dollars. No expensive machine needed!

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Review – Little Chick’s Bible

We don’t have any super small children in the house, but I absolutely loved this Little Chick’s Bible when it became available on so I requested a copy.

The Little Chick’s Bible is a soft, cuddly Bible that children age 2-5 can call their own.  Throughout this plush-covered book little ones learn that they’re loved and cared for by God as they hear about God’s faithfulness in stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  With sweet, rhyming text and colorful illustrations, this soft and cuddly character storybook Bible is sure to become a classic with preschoolers

This little bible is so cute, the outside is super soft all the way around so small children can chew on it, which we all know they will. The little beak even moves up and down as well as the little wings too. It is just so soft and cute.

The inside of the Bible has a a short poem about a bible verse on one page and then a full page image on the following page. You get eight verses and pictures that are on heavy duty pages so they can’t rip or bend with little fingers.

The Little Chick’s Bible is just super cute, I can’t say it enough. This would be a great gift for any new little ones you need a present for, but I think it would be exceptionally cute for Easter this year. I think it’s the chick, it just says Easter to me. And there is still time to get an order in on Amazon and receive it by Easter, if you need any last minute gifts.

But if you aren’t feeling the chicken theme they have a similar product in different animals. Check out the rest of them.

The Sheep
The Lion
The Bunny


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REVIEW – It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change by Lysa TerKeurst

A few months ago we received a copy of It Will be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst from to read with Owen. We really love this little story and the great illustrations. Since we’ve had our copy it’s been one we’ve read at bedtime on more than one occasion.

Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  

Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances—and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God. 

Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us.

It Will be Okay is a super cute story about trusting God through fear and change. It Will be Okay tells the story of Little Seed and Little Fox, two friends who go through times of change and periods where they are lonely and scared. With help of the Farmer (God) the two friends are able to get through their troubles and continue to be happy.

I thought the story was a great and subtle way to tell a story about God being with us at all times, even those when we are scared and alone. But it isn’t just the story that I enjoyed, the book is full of double page full color pictures which help keep children interested in the story.  The font isn’t just black text on a white background, the color, font, and size all change in places relative to the story. These small details help you convey the proper voice while reading.

The story is a little long so it might be more suited to an older child, but my four year old was able to make it through most of it. We really enjoyed this story in our house and I’ll be looking for more books like this from the author. You can pick up hardcover and kindle editions from Amazon, but the price difference between the two is minimal so I would suggest you spare the extra few dollars and buy the hard cover edition, it will be worth it.


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Working on it Wednesday – Candle Burning Tip

This weeks post might only be exciting and useful to those that are slightly OCD like me.

We’ve all been there right, you’re walking past a beautifully smelling candle in your kitchen and look over to notice it is not burning evenly. At first you can ignore it but every few passes you find yourself looking over at it again and slightly scowling. Before you know it, you can no longer smell the once beautiful candle because all you can see when you think of it is uneven wax going up the sides and a burn hole right down the middle. Not only is it wasted candle wax (and smell!) but the sight is starting to make you twitchy.

I can’t be the only one who  has had this problem right? Okay, so maybe I’m the only one that had this problem and let it bother them this much, but it couldn’t be helped. In the past I’ve purchased all those little top warmers that Yankee Candle promises will help the wax burn evenly. They look so pretty and they do work to a point but not enough, I needed to go full gorilla warfare on my current candle collection.

candle tips

My solution? Every day tin foil. I used a longer piece and rolled it around the top of the candle and down a bit on the sides to help keep the heat in. Be care NOT to wrap it around the top of the candle or let it fall in toward the flame. (See picture two) We don’t want any fires on our hands.

This has worked like a charm and I only have to bring out the tin foil every once and a while to bring the candle back to it’s nice and even burn level. Other times I can keep the cute little tops on.

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Recipe Monday – Raspberry Filled Butter Cookies from Tidy Mom

I am in a cookie mood this week, which is too bad because I need to be in a cupcake mood so I can make up the batch I owe Matt’s office.

Anyway, since it’s recipe Monday and I have cookies on the brain I wanted to share this tasty looking recipe from Tidy Mom. I am seriously starting to love her blog. Such good stuff.

You can find more pictures and the recipe for Raspberry Filled Butter Cookies on her site here.

Image from Tidy Mom

And don’t forget to check out all the free cookie recipes we have in the crafts database.

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Working on it Wednesday – Little Turtle

 It feels like it has been forever since I’ve been able to crochet, but I’m getting back into the groove of things around here and have whipped up some projects over the last few weeks.

The first I want to share is this Tiny Two-tone Turtle by LucyRavenscar. Little O, was getting scared having to leave me at drop off for pre-school. By the end of the day he’d tell me what a great time he had, but the mornings were hard…. for all of us. To help him adjust a little I made up one of these tiny turtles (he loves turtles) and he was able to take it to school with him each day as long as he kept it in his pocket.

It definitely worked and now Carrots Jody, don’t ask me where he gets these names, has a special place in his backpack every day.

Here’s my version.

Little Turtle

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6 Free Crochet Cowls to make tonight

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but it is cold here in Michigan.

Now seems like the perfect time to make a quick cowl to help keep warm.

Here are 6 of my favorite designs right now. You can find all of the free designs we have listed on our Cowl page here found on the Crochet At Play database. These are patterns from different designers and blogs all over the world. I know you can find something you’ll like.

Until then check out these six…

CowlsFrom top to bottom – left to right

1. Cilantro Cowl from Fiber Flux  

2. Braided Cowl from Grannysquaredontcare  

3. Chunky Ribbed Cowl from Cre8tion Crochet  

4. Woven Cowl from My Crafts with Love

5. Fake Knit Cowl from Loopsan    

6. Key Lime Neck Wrap from Fiber Flux  


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