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As parents, we know homework is a top priority. Our kids? Not so much. If your child has never stomped their feet all the way to dinner table complaining about practicing their sight words or their 10-question math sheet, you have no idea how good you’ve got it. So, unless you’re raising a mini Doogie Howser, I’ve compiled a few simple learning activities to spur your child’s interest in the wild world of homework.

MATH HOMEWORK: Counting Skittles

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Skittles

How it works:
Write out the math problems horizontally with dots at each point. Have your child place skittles on each point. Once all the skittle are in place, move them from the left of the equal sign, to the right. Have your child count up how many skittles there are to solve the problem!

SPELLING HOMEWORK: Spelling Scavenger Hunt

What you’ll need:

  • Ball pit balls
  • Permanent marker
  • Large bag or basket

How it works:
Write your kiddo’s list of spelling or sight words on the plastic balls using the permanent marker. Hide the balls around the house, Easter-egg style. Let your child(ren) hunt for and collect the balls. Once all of the balls have been collected, depending on your child’s learning level, you’ll either have them read or spell the words on the balls to keep them.

Pro tip:
To provide a little incentive, give prizes for different numbers of balls kept. For example, every five balls could earn the child five minutes of additional video game/television/play time that evening, or every five balls earns the child points to be redeemed for a toy they want or a special snack after school one day. The possibilities are endless!

SCIENCE HOMEWORK: Layers of the Ocean

What you’ll need:

  • Five plastic jars with lids
  • Water
  • Food coloring (blue, red, and green)
  • Plastic sea creatures
  • Paper and tape to label bottles

For detailed instructions, visit the awesome Edventures With Kids blog!

Hope you all have fun learning with your kiddos! Be sure to take some pictures and share them with me by tagging @klondikeacademy on instagram!