By GreatSchools Staff
Looking for some fun ways to help your child learn important skills? Try some of these teacher-tested activities.
This activity will help your first grader build reading and writing skills.
This number-sense game played with dice helps your first grader build math concepts such as "greater than" and "less than."
This easy-to-create noisemaker makes amusing sounds. The activity reinforces observation, asking questions and experimentation - important skills in building scientific knowledge.
By creating a map of your house, your first grader will build mapping skills and learn that a map is a representation of an area.
Making shawabtis, small mummy-like statues that were used in Egyptian tombs, helps children learn about Egyptian art and culture, while exercising their imagination.
With the help of a word-processing program and a digital camera, your first grader can build computer skills and create a wonderful book about his family.
First graders can use their natural interest in art and drawing to express how different music makes them feel.
By making her own book, your first grader will build reading and writing skills.
First grade is not too early to start keeping a log of daily activities and observations. This practice builds writing skills.
This fun word-building activity will help your child master spelling skills.
When your child practices skipping, hopping, galloping and side-stepping, she'll be building coordination and endurance skills.
Printmaking using fruits and vegetables is a fun art activity to try at home.
Have your child make a story map to sequence the beginning, middle and end of a story.
Go outside with your child and look for shapes.
In this activity your child makes predictions about what objects will sink or float, tests the objects and then classifies them.
Have your child explore the sense of smell by having her guess different scents.
In this activity your child explores letter sounds by making a collage.
Have your child create this fun flip book to practice reading.
Have your child make a mental image of a passage that has been read aloud.
In this activity your child makes a creative book to write a story in.
Here's a clever and tasty way to review fractions with your child.
In this activity your child acts out a story with a hand-made storyboard.
Have your child find living things and nonliving objects.
In this activity your child writes about an object in detail.
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