Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of the Kids Activities Blog have done it again! Not only have they created a website that is chock full of great ideas for kids, but TODAY they launch their book: 101 kids activities THAT ARE THE BESTEST, FUNNIEST, EVER! The suggested activities come with easy to set-up instructions and colorful photos to make playful learning FUN! The book is a must-have for any parent, grandparent, childcare teacher/provider, or others that wish to create special and long-lasting memories with kids!
This project transforms sticky notes into a maze that can be designed and constructed by a kid. The fun thing is that even though they designed the maze, it will still be a challenge to maneuver a pom-pom through it with a straw and some air power.
+ 2+ stacks of sticky notes
+ Tabletop surface (or the floor)
+ Straws—one per child playing
+ A variety of different pom-poms
Create a maze track with the thin post-it notes (or masking tape). Line up the notes close together on a smooth surface, creating corners, turns and twists across the table.
Have your children pick out a straw and a pom-pom and start at the beginning of the maze. They need to blow their pom-pom to go through the maze without falling off the track. If they go outside of the lines of the “track” they need to take their pom-pom back to start and begin again.
Modifications for Younger Kids
Have your children work on blowing the straw evenly to get their pom-pom to move. This is a great way to work on breathing control. Our youngest tykes just liked blowing their pom-poms anywhere. They can have a simple start/finish line or a set of bases to get their pom-poms to.
Modifications for Older Kids
Cut the notes in half to make a narrower trail. Add some twists and turns in the maze, making it more difficult for kids to navigate their pom-pom around the barriers.
For a science twist, have your kids experiment. Is the pom-pom easier to control if they have a thinner straw? What happens when the size of the pom-pom changes?
Wondering how to create a maze? Try filling in an entire 2 x 3-foot (61 x 91.5 cm) area with the sticky notes. When the entire “box” is filled, remove the notes to reveal the maze route.
Regulating breathing by blowing pom-poms is a great way to learn breath control. This is also a good “calm down.”
What Others Are Saying About 101 Kids Activities
You don’t have to spend a fortune at ‘Toys R Them’ just because your kids say they’re bored. In 101 Kids Activities, Holly and Rachel give you a ton of great, free or cheap ideas to keep your children entertained year-round. – DAVE RAMSEY, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host
101 Kids Activities is a must-have for moms and dads everywhere! – MELISSA BOURBON RAMIREZ, bestselling author of A Magical Dressmaking mystery series
I’ve come to rely on Holly and Rachel to continually produce simple and creative activities that really engage kids of all ages. Their blog has long been bookmarked as a go-to resource for me, and I can’t wait to add their new book to our shelves! – STEPHANIE MORGAN, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids
From fun math to learning to use scissors to making crazy sticky crafts to engaging in detective games, this book has it all. I can read it and know that my kids will have a zillion ways to keep busy while still learning! – KIMBERLY CLAYTON BLAINE, MA, MFT, licensed family therapist, executive producer of TheGoToMom.TV
101 Kids Activities is a wonderful resource that will make you the coolest parent on the block. – CINDY HOPPER, founder of the blog Skip to My Lou
Holly and Rachel are THE go-to resources for kids activities. – DEBBIE CLEMENT, creator of Rainbows within Reach
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