Practice Gross Motor Skills with Miniature Golf

When we were on vacation in Put-In-Bay last month we realized that none of our children had been to an 18 hole miniature golf course. I couldn’t believe it but then thought about all the places where my hubby and I played in our childhood which are now closed down. We used to be able to drive to a handful within a 30 minute radius and now there’s maybe 2 or 3 at most!

Practice Gross Motor Skills with Miniature Golf

I truly am an educator at heart but have not really shown that here on our blog. I am going to try and change that in order to give parents more confidence in homeschooling their children. I started my blog in order to help others locally and now globally find what resources they need in order to homeschool no matter what age from baby to college.

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Lil’ Red will be turning 2 in August and he loved chasing after the ball during our 18 holes of miniature golf. He watched the ball go zigging and zagging which helped increase his tracking skills. He tried a few times to hit with his own club but most often needed help swinging in order to hit the ball thus working on some hand-eye coordination. Sometimes he got a little too interested in someone else’s ball so we sent his ball zooming down the green so he would chase after it (gross motor).

miniature golf

Big Red was pretty good at using the golf club to swing and hit the ball. He is 5 years old and had a lot of fun trying to get his ball into the hole. He got frustrated a few times when the ball went sailing some place he didn’t mean to but overall had a great time.

miniature golf

Miniature golf is a great way to increase hand-eye coordination even for older children like Princess and Eldest. They don’t use those particular muscles very often in everyday life since they use lots of up close computer work.

miniature golf last hole

We forgot to explain that on the last hole the ball goes away. This was confusing and concerned Lil’ Red deeply. He laid down on the green to see where the ball went. Then he got up and marched off in a huff when we told him it was gone.

 

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

I love planning and I love festivals but I am sad to say that I have never been to the Ohio Renaissance Festival! We only live an hour or so away and not really sure why we’ve never gone besides babies and young children. The first weekend each year is Family and Friends Weekend which I have heard is really crazy and filled with people. I have read all about the fun theme weekends which include: Time Travelers Weekend, Pirates Weekend, Barbarian Invasion Weekend, OktoBEERfest, Highland Weekend, Romance Weekend, and Tricks or Treats.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Not sure which weekend we will be able to attend but I wanted to share with my reader’s all about the Ohio Renaissance Festival and even a special coupon code at the bottom of this post!

Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!

Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.

Ohio Renaissance Festival Discounts –

Get $4 off Adult (ages 13+) and $2 off Child (ages 5-12) tickets by using promo code “family” when purchasing discount tickets on our secure web site. Tickets good any day of the 2015 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 5 – Oct 25). Online discount only. Not valid with any other offers.

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Over 25 Free French Resources

Free French Resources

Who doesn’t want their child to learn about the world through another language? My daughter chose to learn French as her Foreign Language for homeschool.  Since we don’t have a huge budget for homeschool I decided to find free French Language Resources for her to use. I try to share what I find so that other homeschool families can save time and money in their educational journey!

Learn French with free resources

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Put In Bay Condos: Great Stay at the Lake

We had the privilege of staying at Put In Bay Condos right near the airport. Before we arrived we were sent an app to download with all the information we needed. A good thing too cause this place was a little hard to find since there’s not a big sign saying Put In Bay Condos, lol. We recognized the Condos from the pictures from the app and website!

PIB Condo #LakeErieLove

This condo had a nice sized living room, kitchen and dining area. Our condo had two bedrooms: one with two double beds and the other with two queen beds. We also had a full bath and a half bath which makes it very nice for a family of 6! We don’t have this luxury at home. The washing machine was an HE version which took a little bit to figure out but worked very well. We were provided with a golf cart and the linen package which I highly recommend getting BOTH!!! We barely fit everything we needed in our van as it was and we would not have had room for linens on top of all of our stuff.

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Homemade Magnetic Tangrams

 

I was on a major Busy Bag kick a few years ago and made some magnetic tangrams as part of a busy bag swap. I had found magnetic felt on clearance a few years before and just bought it not knowing quite what to do with it. Once I remembered I had the magnetic felt I knew homemade magnetic  tangrams were the way to go.

Homemade Magnetic Tangrams

I first found a printable tangram pattern online and then proceeded to cut them using the pattern and my Cutterpede paper cutter. I made over 6 sets which didn’t take too long so I am confident if you are making just 1 or 2 sets you can whip them up in no time.

 

tangram making

Just print out your pattern for your tangram pieces and print out your challenges. I recommend laminating your challenge pieces for durability. I used my Purple Cow laminator that my mom found at JoAnn’s on clearance with laminating pouches.

My nephew came over a few weeks ago and whipped through a couple tangrams while we were out in the backyard playing. He is 11 but found them fun!

completed tangram puzzle

You will need some tangram puzzle challenges  or ideas to create. I have found a handful of very fun challenges listed below in the free tangram resource section of this post.

Free Tangram Resources:

Number Tangrams

Tangram Template– B&W

Fun Tangram Puzzle sheets from Activity Village

Jewish Symbols in Tangrams from Bible Belt Balabusta

Alphabet Tangrams from Making Learning Fun

If you are too busy to make your own tangram or would like a wooden tangram you can check out all sorts of options for tangrams on Amazon!

math manipulatives

This post is part of a series by School Time Snippets called Math Made Fun with Everyday Manipulatives. You will want to check out all the other 29 ideas since I was the LAST one!! Be sure to hop on over and see all the simple ways you can make your own math manipulatives from everyday objects. I used affiliate links within this post.

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