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How to Make a Sock Snowman

How to Make a Sock Snowman

My kids have been so eager to make a snowman. We finally got a snowfall and we were all too sick to enjoy. In the meantime, they were able to make these easy sock snowmen! Pin It Materials: white athletic sock rice yarn googly eyes and other embellishments (felt, pom poms, buttons) Directions: 1. Fill the sock about 3/4 of the way with rice. Pin It 2. Tie off the sock, tight. Pin It 3. Fold the top of the sock down over the knot to create … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

Pin It We had a lot of fun at a Chinese New Year Celebration this weekend! My kids especially loved the lion dancers (in the Southern style). Before we went, we made red envelopes to feed the lions: Pin It In addition to the lion dancers, there was also a demonstration of traditional Japanese drumming: Pin It For the last number, there was audience participation! Pin It Afterwards there was a cute dragon hand print craft in honor of the year of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet

Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet

Last year we made a dragon with paper loops. This year I thought we would try a puppet! It looks perhaps a bit too snake-like. I think next year we’ll try again with something around the head…maybe more ribbons? Or possibly I will just a make a template? Pin It Materials: red paper white paper red and gold paint cardboard tube (toilet paper tube) googly eyes ribbon craft sticks gold  crayon or marker glue scissors Directions: 1. Cut a mouth in the cardboard tube. Pin It Pin It 2. Paint! Then let … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

15 Children’s Picture Books to Welcome the Winter

15 Children’s Picture Books to Welcome the Winter

Here are some of our favorite children’s picture books about winter. I’ll have a separate posts with books specifically about snow and snowflakes and arctic animals. Pin It Winter Trees by Carole Gerber and Leslie Evans (3+): Striking graphic illustrations accented with mat silver accompany poetic descriptions of the silhouettes of trees in the winter. The jaunty rhyming text transforms the commonplace into the magical. Read this future classic, suitable for preschoolers through elementary school, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Weather, Winter

How to Make an Ice Lantern

How to Make an Ice Lantern

We were looking forward to this simple way to welcome the winter but the weather has not cooperated until now! Originally, we wanted to make an ice lantern on the Winter Solstice. Then we were aiming for New Year’s. We could have used the freezer but it is hard getting in the winter spirit when it feels like spring! Pin It Materials: one large plastic container or bucket one smaller plastic container (a plastic cup would work) water one tea light twigs, … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, History and Culture, Science, Weather, Winter

Why is the US Behind in Math and Science? Join the STEM Challenge #PBSKidsSC

Why is the US Behind in Math and Science? Join the STEM Challenge #PBSKidsSC

Remember when every kid wanted to go to space camp and become an astronaut? The frontier is now digital but sciences and mathematics are just as important as they ever were. Curiosity about the world and a creative approach to problem solving are at the core of what I want to impart to my children. And the sciences are building blocks of those sorts of critical thinking skills. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are increasingly the access … Read entire article »

Filed under: Academic Achievement, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Will You Join Me at LifetimeMoms?

Will You Join Me at LifetimeMoms?

Usually the winter is a time for relaxation over here but things have been busy over here! We’ve had unseasonably warm weather in metro-area New York so we have been spending a lot of time outdoors, finding animal tracks in the mud, saying hello to the confused plants that are still growing and budding, and gathering kindling for the fires we hope to build, soon! We have been doing lots of crafts and projects and reading … Read entire article »

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