My twins are five year’s old, and play is absolutely the most important thing right now, and for a long while more. So how can you incorporate learning to make play have a little more of an educational slant? By doing challenges of course! Home educating young children doesn’t have to be boring or daunting, and I’ll show you how we are doing this first full year.
To clarify, of course we also do things like reading with them, and basic numbers and maths, but largely it’s all about the play.
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How we are home educating in a fun way
My two LOVE LEGO! There’s no getting away from it in our house, so the very best thing I could do was come up with a set of LEGO challenges that could be done over a long period of time, and that would incorporate some STEM/STEAM elements.
And these are what I came up with.
(Lockwood Estate is one of their LEGO sets – Jurassic World Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate). It’s huge and very detailed.
As you can see, there’s plenty of variety covering a lot of different areas from engineering to art. I haven’t given them a timescale to do any of these, I’ve just told them that we’ll be doing these over the year, along with other stuff.
We’re also open to LEGO related challenges not listed, such as this LEGO Egyptian Pyramid and Mummy we made. This means that if anything not listed piques their interest – we can just go with it!
My Favourite Challenges Find!
I was ECSTATIC when I found out about PawPrint Badges. If you haven’t heard of them, go check them out straight away! Well, once you’ve finished reading this post of course!
PawPrint Badges believe in #AdventureForAll and they provide challenge packs (over 40 at the time of writing this) in all sorts of fun subjects – T-Rex Challenge (right up our street), Superhero Challenge, Bee Challenge, Astronaut Adventures challenge, Pirate Adventures challenge, and many many many more.
Think along the lines of Scouts and Guides (who they are linked with for fund raising through the PawPrint Trust)
You choose your challenge, download and print out the challenge pack (for FREE!), and then complete so many tasks in the challenge pack (number of tasks to complete dependent on age of child), and once done you can then present your child with a gorgeous looking embroidered badge!
That’s just one page of the challenges and badges available, there’s another sheet underneath! I think this is a great, fun way for children to work towards something, by collecting the badges, in such a fun way.
You have to pay for the badges – a measley £1.25 each, and postage, but all the challenge packs are free to download. You can also download calendars to keep track of what challenges would suit each month, and lots of other helpful resources.
PawPrint Badges are definitely worth checking out if you home educate or not. PawPrint Badges challenges are available to anyone in the world to download, and they ship their badges internationally too!
Extra LEGO activites
I love Pinterest, I spend so much time on there, and of course I used it to go searching for suitable activites for the boy’s to do, so as part of this year’s LEGO related challenges I found this LEGO game from Teach With Laughter, and the LEGO Alphabet sheets from Little Bins For Little Hands.
You can follow my Learning with LEGO Pinterest board right here, and find loads more great ideas.
So there you go, that is how I’ll be home educating my young children with FUN challenges! I know that by doing these we’ll be covering so many different topics, subjects, areas and skills – STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) is most definitely covered under the LEGO challenges, and the PawPrint Badges challenges.
Both are getting them using their imaginations, being creative, AND getting them outside with nature, and in the community. FUN!
I hope this has helped to give you some ideas for your own children, whether you home educate them or not – fun and playing is absolutely vital for all!