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Monday, October 20, 2014

How I Use YouTube in My Homeschool

How I Use YouTube in My Homeschool {The Unlikely Homeschool}


Give her some space, a little free time, and access to a screen and there's no tellin' what she'll create. From crocheting an infinity scarf to learning how to play the ukelele, she's discovered numerous new skills and has grown many new hobbies all within the comfort of our living room and all WITHOUT my help.  


How I Use YouTube in My Homeschool {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Like many 21st century girls, she's turned to youtube to expand her expertise...she's learned to reach beyond these four walls and has embraced her roll as a lifelong learner.  She knows that while I can't teach her everything, I can point her in the direction of people who can via youtube.

She's a youtube girl.
I'm a youtube mom.
We're a youtube family.
  
We use it DAILY.  
Yep.
Every.Single.Day.
All of us.

Because, while I'm a living-literature-lovin' momma, I also recognize that sometimes a book can't paint nearly as vivid a picture as a video can.  And so, more often than not, after exhausting all the words on the written page, we turn to the screen for clarity.  

Once, in an attempt to help us memorize the books of the Bible, I gathered us all around the computer to watch this Go Fish Video.  I did this every morning.  As in every morning for the entire school year!





In addition to playing-a-video-so-many-times-that-we-will-actually-have-it-permanently-etched-in-our-brains-for-the-rest-of-our-lives, here's a few other ways that I use youtube in my homeschool...

Impromptu searches

For Everyday Learning

Not a day goes by that I don't open up the youtube search bar and type in some fascinating topic that we just read about in history, science, Bible, phonics...you name it.  

When my son was struggling to tell the difference between a "d" and a "b", I showed him a frew animated D vs. B clips set to music.

Youtube.

After reading about carnivorous plants in the jungles of South America, we just had to watch a bug getting crunched by a venus fly trap!

Youtube.

When we read the biography of famed American Olympic runner, Jesse Owens, and his victory during the controversial 1936 Olympics in Berlin, we wanted to see how fast he ACTUALLY ran.

Youtube.  

For the past eight years, we've had a front row seat to tornados, Holy Land tours, excavations, pearl divings, and much...much more...all because of youtube.  I keep a laptop or iPad handy throughout the day so that at any given moment, we can bring color to the black-and-white words we've been reading.

For Independent, Project-based Learning

As I've mentioned, Youtube has helped to broaden my daughter's ability to learn independently. Each month, when she tackles a new independent study, she almost always begins her research on youtube. Over the last few years, she has watched documentaries, how-to videos, reenactments, and tutorials. For her own personal safety and accountability, I almost always look up the general theme of her topic and find a handful of potential videos for her to choose from. But then, the learning is left up to her. Watching a short video on a topic has been a great introduction to more extended reading and discovery.  

Subscriptions

Over time, I have come to really value the videos from particular youtube channels.  These might include channels that appeal to a particular interest of one of my kids or just channels that provide interesting and thorough information on a wide variety of topics.  Since I, myself, have a youtube channel, I can "Subscribe" to my favorite channels and get updates on their latest videos under the "My Subscriptions" tab.  Not sure how to register for a youtube channel?  Here's a quick youtube video that will walk you through it step-by-painless-step>>



Some of our current favorite channels include...

Grammaropolis- the School House Rock of the 21st Century
How To Draw and Paint- quick and easy art videos
Tiny Grads- preschool educational videos
Easy Kids Science Experiments- experiments my kids can do on their own


Playlists

Often times, I'll come upon fascinating videos that don't necessarily relate to anything we are CURRENTLY studying, but would be great additions to our learning "someday." I file these away in organized youtube "playlists" so that I can revisit them when I need them.  Playlists are simply youtube file folders to categorize videos of a particular theme or topic.  Here's a short video on creating playlists>>

My favorite playlists right now include the following...

School House Rock Language

Just last week found my Super Boy and I hunkered down to watch a little ditty about nouns.

NOUNS...
an otherwise pretty boring topic
brought to life by animation and a foot-tapping tune.



One final thought...

We live in an interesting age...a time when information comes at the click of a button.  Youtube is just one of many helpful "outside the box" learning tools worth embracing. While I don't think they can ever replace the teaching that happens with hands-on discovery, free videos can enhance any run-of-the-mill lesson and create an endless supply of independent learning opportunities.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5 Homeschool Blogs You May Not Be Reading But SHOULD Be

5 Homeschool Blogs You May Not Be Reading But SHOULD Be {The Unlikely Homeschool}

CONFESSION TIME...
While I absolutely love writing this blog and have found so much encouragement in the community surrounding The Unlikely Homeschool, prior to finding my little place on the web, I never really read blogs.

Nope.  Scratch that.

I read two blogs...TWO.

The first was...and still is...the private blog of one of my dear friends...it's a quirky little chronicle of her faith and family.  But, that's reasonable.  I KNOW her and I LOVE her.  Two very good reasons to invest my time in her words.

The second was a deal-finding site. Over the years, I've randomly chimed in to read of great shopping sales to stretch my dollar and make one-income living a bit more attainable.

That was it.  Just TWO BLOGS.

But in the last few years, I've come to see blogs and on-line communities as in-home career training resources in my calling as wife, mother, and homeschooler. Through them, I have been encouraged, challenged, and inspired towards making this journey even better.

That being said, as a busy momma-of-five deep in the everyday trenches of homeschooling, my time is limited.  My moments are valuable and have to be invested with purpose...in things that really matter.  In the noise and flash of the internet, it's easy to find the BIG NAME Homeschool blogs like Simple Homeschool with its gentle call to simplicity and intentionality...or Free Homeschool Deals, because let's face it, who doesn't like FREE?!


But, there are so many others...so many unassuming blogs tucked obscurely between the blinking lights of the BIG NAMERS...hidden gems of truth and transparency just waiting to be discovered.

If, like me, your time is limited but you'd like some daily direction to this crazy thing called HOMESCHOOLING from every day mommas sharing their triumphs and tragedies...might I suggest a few good blogs.

I've chosen five with purpose.  And here they are in no particular order...

Blog, She Wrote

When I grow up, I want to be a homeschool momma just like Heather!  She has clearly tapped into the gifts and passions of each of her kids and tailors their days to their God-given bents.  To be honest, I kind of have a blog-crush on Blog, She Wrote and the culture of homeschooling within its pages.  



Hip Homeschool Moms

Ok...Ok...I'm a little biased here because I used to be a contributing writer to this eclectic look at all-things-homeschooling.  But, trust me when I say, this is a site worth investing your time.  Written by a few dozen different homeschool veterans of all walks of life, Hip Homeschool Moms is a lovely buffet of the "there's-no-one-size-fits-all-homeschool" mantra.

Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

This veteran homeschool mom of three is the comic relief to a plethora of on-line seriousness.  While I appreciate the wisdom Kris brings to her readers, I am most drawn to the fact that she does not take herself too seriously and offers a tongue-and-cheek look at the chaos of living and learning.


Our Journey Westward

This is a go-to site for project-based learning and unit studies.  Cindy has packed her entire blog with enriching learning extras for all ages.  She offers up a level of creativity that most of us "average sort" need to move us onward and upward.


Hodge Podge

Tricia Hodges is the tender whisper of wisdom that every young momma needs.  I've heard her speak a few times in on-line interviews and find myself being lulled into a deep breath by her sweet southern "momma voice."  Her calm and gentle resolve is painted all over her blog and gives this somewhat spastic momma hope that with time, I CAN grow out of my audacious ways. She's a mother with method.  And don't we all need a little bit of that?!

So, there's a peek into my favorites.  
What blogs would you add to my list?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

This past summer, like all the summers before in our homeschooling journey, the kids and I spent our days exploring one part of God's creation.  Since we live in the tundra for nearly nine months of the year, our ability to investigate nature is limited to summer time.  

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Using some delight-directed planning, we usually choose one nature topic to investigate all summer long. This year, the children unanimously voted to learn about WEATHER. 

Here are a few things we included in our three-month-long unit...

Books

Clouds (Weather)
The Usborne Book of Weather Facts: Records, Lists, Facts, Comparisons

Projects

Cloud/Temperature Calendar

Every day through the month of July, we tracked the high and low temps as well as determined the type of cloud formation that was prevalent throughout the majority of the afternoon.  We documented our findings on a calendar printable and glued these into our nature journals.  

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Weather Fact Fans

We put together a simple fact fan and designated a page for each major type of weather occurrence. As we learned about each topic, the children did a small notebook journal entry onto that particular card in their fact fans.  

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Water Cycle Demo Bag

After learning about the water cycle, we each drew a sketch of the process onto a ziplock bag.  We poured about a cup of water into the bag, taped it to a window on a sunny side of the house, and waited.  Within a day or two, we were able to see the water evaporating, condensing, and precipitating on the side of the bag.  

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Rain Gauge

Using the bottom half of a pop bottle, we made a simple rain gauge.  We set it outside and checked it after each rain. We just happened to have an unusually wet summer this year, so there was a lot of action each week in our gauge.  

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Air Scale

To demonstrate the fact that air has weight, we made a simple air scale.  We blew up two equal-sized balloons to two different sizes and taped them each to opposite ends of a ruler.  We tied a string to the center of the ruler and held the entire contraption up by the string.  Just like on a traditional scale, the ruler tipped towards the end with the heavier balloon showing that air does, in fact, have weight...the balloon with the most air weighed more.  

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Simple Barometer

A barometer is used to measure air pressure.  While our homemade version did not tell us an exact measurement of pressure, it was able to clearly show CHANGES in pressure.  

You will need:
  1. a glass with a wide mouth
  2. a balloon
  3. a rubber band
  4. scissors
  5. a drinking straw
  6. tape
  7. a piece of paper or cardstock and a pen

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Directions: 

  1. Cut the mouth piece off of the balloon and discard.  
  2. Stretch the balloon over the mouth of the glass.
  3. Secure with a rubber band.
  4. Using the tape, secure the straw to the top of the balloon.  The straw should be placed as close to the middle of the balloon as possible.  


Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Use the paper or cardstock to mark the place where the end of the straw naturally rests.  Check the placement of the straw end each day and mark any changes.  

You should be able to see that the air pressure raises or lowers the balloon which in turn moves the end of the straw up or down.  

Weather Unit: Books, Videos, and Projects {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Videos

What is a Tornado? by Monkey See
What is a Hurricane? by Monkey See
Reading Rainbow: Come a Tide- an elementary-appropriate look at dangerous weather






Monday, October 6, 2014

What We're Reading in October 2014


What We're Reading in October 2014 {The Unlikely Homeschool}

With a full month of school under our belts, we have officially gotten into the rhythm of a new schedule.  We find freedom in a schedule...freedom and extra time.  Extra time to read. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Here's what's in our book box this month.
(In case you're curious, our reading time typically looks like this>>)

Read Aloud- Everybody

So technically, we haven't started our October read aloud because we just finished our September one, but we've narrowed our search of potentials down to two.  We've checked them both out from the library and will be taking a family vote to see which one makes the cut.

Ragweed- "Early polls" show that my animal loving crew will probably choose this one.



But, I'm kinda hoping I can swing the vote to THIS ONE!!

More Perfect than the Moon- Since I was a little girl, I have always loved the Sarah, Plain and Tall trilogy.  I've shared them with my kids and even our co-op families.  Little did I know, it is NOT a trilogy at all, but a series of FIVE BOOKS!  How could I have missed that? Why didn't anyone tell me? This is the fourth in the series and since it is short, I'm hoping we can somehow...just maybe...read book four AND five this month! (But, if the vote goes the other way, expect to see a 35-year-old woman reading two children's books ALL BY HERSELF.)


Jamie- that's me!

The Best Yes- As a self-proclaimed "Martha", I have struggled with sacrificing THE BEST on the altar of THE GOOD my entire life.  In my late twenties I began to see that saying "yes" to everything meant I had to often times say "no" to the things that really mattered to me.  Little by little, I began to make big changes to the way I prioritized my commitments.  I'm still a work-on-progress when it comes to choosing the BEST yes, but I have come a long way.  When this book, by one of my favorite authors, recently hit the shelves of my library, I was the first to bring it home!



Sweetie Pea- 6th Grade

The Care and Keeping of You- (Mom-assigned book) I'll confess, I picked this book up at a garage sale when my daughter was only about two-years-old.  I had it tucked away ever since, but have finally unearthed it in anticipation of the changes headed her way during these tween years.  



The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud - (Read-for-fun book) The epic length of this book combined with her school/church/social schedule, pretty much guaranteed that it would take her more than a month to finish it. She started it in September and isn't quite halfway done with it.  It is reeeaaally long.  But, according to her, really good and worth the commitment.


Super Boy- 3rd Grade

The Snow Walker- (Mom-assigned book) This true story of the bravery of 12-year-old Milton Daub during the blizzard of 1888 is the perfect book to inspire courage and selflessness into any young boy



National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals- (Read-for-fun book) My rock-crazed-boy has carried an old black-and-white-barely-any-pictures-lots-of-words rock field guide around for the past three years...pouring over the pages until he has practically rubbed off all the ink.  I was glad when he found this book at the library which is more his reading level and actually has colored pictures in it.  


Blonde Warrior- 2nd Grade

Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride (Chester Cricket and His Friends)- (Mom-assigned book) This is the sequel to The Cricket in Time Square which we read for a family read-aloud a few years ago.  




Greased Lightning- Kindergarten

Step Into Reading Phonics First Steps, set 2- This is a series of graduated phonetical readers that comes in a boxed set. 
















Now it's your turn.  Whatcha readin'?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Winner of the New SEEDS Family Worship Album

Winner of the New SEEDS Family Worship Album {The Unlikely Homeschool}


Congratulations, Heather K!
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You are the winner of a copy of the new SEEDS Family Worship album, The Word of God (vol. 8)!You will be contacted via email and will have 72 hours to respond or your prize will be forfeited and another winner will be randomly selected.

Thanks to all who entered.  I'm sorry I could only pick one winner.  But, if you still have a desire to own this or any other Seeds Family Worship album, be sure to check them out on Facebook or Twitter.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dear Homeschool Momma with a Struggling Reader

Dear Homeschool Momma with a Struggling Reader {The Unlikely Homeschool}


Dear Homeschool Momma with a Struggling Reader, 

If you're anything like me, you've taken full ownership of the struggle.  You wear it like a badge of shame...an ugly cloak that veils all the successes of your day.  As if it is your fault.  As if something you have done or haven't done has crippled your child's ability to ever get it right.  You tell yourself, "if only someone else would have taught him how to read..." or "maybe a 'real' teacher would know how to do it better."  

But, what you don't know, momma, and what you don't see, is what a dear friend reminded me of recently...a "struggle" shows that you are doing something RIGHT!  

Struggle is a verb.
It implies action.
It implies effort.
It implies giving it all you've got.

If you are teaching a struggling reader, it means that together you are RIGHT NOW developing a reader.  You are not sitting idly by and watching from the sidelines.

You are not growing comfortable with "good enough."

You are moving forward.

A few days ago, I was with three of the many amazing homeschool mommas in my "circle" and we were all sharing of our struggles with our struggling readers.  WE WERE ALL SHARING...as in, we all have one, myself included. A common theme poured out from our hearts...a desire to unlock the mystery of words for our struggling ones...to see the black-and-white words bring forth the color that only a well-written story can.

But, as we all sat there reflecting on our four little ones caught somewhere between the "I can't" and the "I can", I reminded them of one simple truth that I've learned after teaching dozens and dozens and dozens of kids how to read...

they will ALL eventually be readers.

In the same way that some toddlers potty train over night while others take months and even years, readers blossom on their own good time.  I don't know of a single adult...of sound body, that is...who still wears training pants. Looking back at any "when will he/she ever have an accident free day" thoughts I may have had, I have to chuckle. Did I really think that I would still be diapering an eighteen year old?  It sounds silly in hindsight, but I think there were moments that I had stamped this as "fact" in my struggling-to-potty-train-this-child mind.

I see how foolish I was now.  I also see that the TRUTH that all kids eventually "get it" applies to reading as well.

Allow me to let you in on a little secret that the "real" teachers don't want you to know...
they have struggling readers too.

When I was in the classroom...especially that one lovely year when I stared straight into a sea of six-year-old faces all anxiously awaiting their turn to cross the great divide between those who can read and those who can't...I did everything I could to forge readers. EVERYTHING. For most of my students, it was the natural "next step"...reading came easy.

But, for others...for a select few...it did not.
It was a struggle.
For them.
For me.

You see, even if your child had one of those "real" teachers teaching them to read, they would probably still struggle.  Why? Because God has given us all different strengths and weaknesses. Just as I can not necessarily take the credit for my son's ability to paint like a budding Picasso, I also can't take the blame for his slow-and-steady start to reading.  It was how he was created.

Here's another secret.
Those little doe-eyed six-year-olds of the "lovely year" have all grown up now.  They just began their first year of college. {Yep, I'm THAT old.} And do you know what? They can all read.  All of them.

You see, the REAL truth...the truth that those "real" teachers don't want to tell you...the truth that you sometimes forget yourself, is that education is not a sprint, it's a marathon.  It's not about who can get to the finish line FIRST.  It's about the journey along the way.

So, momma with the struggling reader, let me cup your cheeks and lift your chin and remind you that your child WILL learn to read.  Just keep struggling.  Just keep moving forward.  The forward motion of your struggling reader might seem slightly slower than some, but ANY forward motion moves one forward.

Trust that.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Construction Worker Birthday Party

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Since he was a tiny tot, Greased Lightning has loved all-things-construction.  You may remember that when given the chance to do whatever he wanted to do around town on the last day of school a few years ago, he wanted to go down the street to watch the road construction workers on the job.  

So, it was only natural, that he should ONCE AGAIN want a construction worker-themed birthday party.  Since he was turning five, he also got to invite a few friends over to celebrate with him, per our house rule.  

Here's a peek at his five-year-old fun!

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

The Budget

While Pinterest is brimming with over-the-top tablescapes and party decor, I tend to go simple and cheap in order to keep my party budget to a minimum.  $60. That's it.  That has to stretch to purchase everything including food, decorations, party favors, and even birthday gifts for the birthday boy. 

$60...that's all I've got to work with.  So, that means I've got to get a bit creative with every detail of the day.  


Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Food

Because of my limited, living-debt-free budget, I rarely serve anything but cake and ice cream at birthday parties.  I try to plan the event to fall in between meal times, so a meal is not needed.  This particular cake was a cinch to make. The actual cake portion was made from two round chocolate cakes.  I cut one in half and stacked these two halves on top of the other cake to form a "step".  I, then, covered the entire thing with homemade chocolate frosting.  By crushing graham crackers to look like "sand", I was able to cover the ugly jelly roll pan that was holding the cake. Then, I cut small pieces of graham cracker to look like "bricks" which I put along the bottom edge of the cake.  

After gathering up and sterilizing a set of construction toys, I handed the entire thing over to The Hubs and asked him to make a realistic construction scene.  I told him I wanted it to look like the worker men were building the cake and that part of the cake had been "torn away" by the big orange digger.  

Construction Worker Birthday Party with game and decorating ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}


This is what he came up with!  Like a true artist, he added some really cute details by putting the extra frosting into the dump truck to look like cement pouring out and by sprinkling graham cracker sand to look like dirty footprints across the cake.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Decor

For this party, I was able to wrangle up much of the consumable products at the dollar store and used construction items that we already had for the rest. 

Yellow paper plates

I tipped them on their side and used a sharpie marker to make each one look like a different road sign. (We had so many extra plates, that when it came time to actually eat cake and ice cream, I replaced the sharpie-markered-plates with clean ones.)

Orange cups 

I placed these upside down on the table to make them look like hazard cones. 

Black table cloth

With the help of some yellow duct tape, I turned a regular black table cloth into a road. (It's hard to see from the picture, but the yellow tape made perfect dashed lines across the table.)

Caution tape

Instead of streamers, I hung cheap yellow caution tape from the ceiling and on the front door.  

Sports cones and cake

Whenever I throw a party, I tend to use the cake as the centerpiece of the table...just another way to keep costs down.  I flanked the cake with some orange cones that we already had in our sports equipment bin.  


Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Party Favors

In another attempt to keep the cost to a minimum, I usually buy party favors that can actually be used during the party...either in a game or as part of a costume.  

Yellow buckets 

I found yellow school supply buckets in the Dollar Spot section of Target.  Because they had handles, the buckets worked perfectly for "tool boxes."

Handyman aprons 

Home Depot was more than willing to donate as many orange kid's aprons as we needed for the party...FREE ADVERTISING for them, fun party favor for the kids.

Rubber mallet 

I bought rubber mallets at the dollar store. Since I needed them anyway for a game, I tossed them into the party favor buckets.  

Goggles

These also came from the dollar store.

Bubble tape 

What tool box would be complete without "measuring tape?"

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Games

Of course the best part of any birthday party is the games!  Greased Lightning is an active boy.  We don't call him Greased Lightning for nothin'. So when planning the activities, I really wanted to introduce games that fit his personality...BIG and BOLD!

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

"Nail Pounding" Race

The Hubs got a styrofoam scrap from an appliance store and some golf tees at Walmart.  We placed all the tees in a bucket in the middle of the styrofoam square and encouraged the boys to use their rubber mallets to pound as many "nails" as they could into the square.  The boy who pounded the most "nails" won.  

Greased Lightning loved this game so much that The Hubs took all the tees out of the square after the party and let him pound them all back in...several times for the next few days until the whole thing kind of crumbled in our yard.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Dump Truck Race

I split the boys into two teams.  At one end of the yard, I placed two dump trucks and two piles of equal amounts of wooden blocks.  At the other end of the yard, I placed orange hazard cones.  On my "go", the boys took turns filling up their trucks with one handful of blocks, racing them down the yard, dumping the load, and racing back in order to tag their team mate so that he could fill, race, dump.  The first team to haul their entire load to the other side of the yard won.

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}


Wrecking Ball

Sweetie Pea and Super Boy stacked up a bunch of discarded boxes to look like a wall.  When it was time to play the game, I handed the first player a "wrecking ball" and encouraged him to toss it at the wall.  The boxes would knock over, we'd count the ones that actually got knocked down, and then set the "wall" back up again.  We played this several times.  The boy who knocked over the most boxes won.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Hide-and-Seek Tools

Greased Lightning looooooooves hide-and-seek games.  So, I put together a construction worker-version. I gathered up all the play tools that he owns and asked his older brother and sister to hide all of them all around the yard. When it was time to play the game, the birthday boy and his pals carried their tool boxes around the property looking for their missing tools.  The boy who found the most tools won.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}


Looking for more party ideas?
Be sure to check out my Party Pinterest Board!

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