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Books, Videos, and Websites About Vikings for Elementary Kids

Books, Videos, and Websites About Vikings for Elementary Kids

It’s a Viking raid here on Naturally Educational! My friend, Athena, is always exploring the most exciting topics with her three kids. Last year they delved into American pre-history and found themselves spending a bit of time on Vikings. Here are some of their favorite picture and chapter books about Vikings, primarily for elementary school-aged children.  The Vikings were always a favorite with my classes when I taught high school history, too. I cannot wait to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-12 (Middle Grades), Featured, History and Culture

A Disney Fantasy

A Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Lines invited me to join them for the Inaugural press cruise of the Disney Fantasy. Last year, we were lucky enough to enjoy the Disney Dream Cruise Ship and we are excited to see what the Fantasy has in store for us! Pin It Posting may be a little light but I hope you enjoy browsing our archives. Here are a few Disney-related crafts to celebrate plus a short video of my daughter practicing “It’s … Read entire article »

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

Stained Glass Fairy Suncatcher

Stained Glass Fairy Suncatcher

We’re all about fairies here! We like to dance like fairies, eat like fairies, play like fairies, and decorate like fairies. My daughter wanted to make a fairy suncatcher for our window and so we used the simplest “stained glass” suncatcher technique. Pin It Materials: clear plastic (you can use toy packaging, sweater bags, just about anything will do) tissue paper permanent marker (“Sharpie”) stencil (unless you are an artist!) glue and water mixture paintbrush scissors Directions: 1. Using a black permanent marker, draw or trace … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured

14 Children’s Books to Welcome Spring

14 Children’s Books to Welcome Spring

Today is the first official day of spring. On the vernal equinox, the tilt of the Earth is neither towards, nor away, from the sun. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring means the return of warmth and flowers and butterflies. Pin It Here are 14 children’s picture books to welcome back spring with open arms: Pin It And Then It’s Spring, by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Erin Stead (Ages 3+): A clever little narrative about patiently waiting for the brown … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Spring, Weather

Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Top o’ the morning to ye! Here’s a wee fellow you can make out of a cardboard (toilet paper) tube, some construction paper, yarn, and googly eyes…and a bit of the blarney! Pin It Materials: cardboard tube construction paper (green, light pink or peach, and black; optional: yellow and a second color of green) red marker googly eyes scissors glue orange yarn Directions: 1. Cut the pink or peach paper and wrap around the cardboard tube, approximately 3/4 of the way up the tube. Pin It Pin It 2. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Spring

5 Tips to Teach Your Kids to Go Green

5 Tips to Teach Your Kids to Go Green

Young children are natural eco-warriors. Their interest in their environment provides a deep connection to the natural world. From there it is a hop, skip, and spring puddle jump to learning about responsible guardianship of the Earth. Going green is a lot easier if you are born that way. Taking good care of our planet is a habit you can start from day one. Here are some of the ways that we encourage eco-friendly attitudes in … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Ecology, Featured

Some of our Favorite Rainbow Crafts for Kids

Some of our Favorite Rainbow Crafts for Kids

We shared our favorite St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids. If shamrocks and leprechauns are not your thing, this is also the perfect time to learn about rainbows! The rainy months of March and April provide an opportunity for spotting rainbows, learning how they are formed, checking out rainbow legends, and making your own rainbows! Pin It Paper Plate and Streamer Rainbow (Me – at Lifetime Moms) Pin It Dyed Pasta Rainbow Suncatcher Pin It Tissue Paper Rainbow Suncatcher Pin It Rainbow Windsock Want … 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, Weather

Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Some of our favorite kids’ crafts for St. Patrick’s Day: Pin It Beaded Shamrock Ornament (Naturally Educational) Pin It Cardboard Tube Leprechaun (Naturally Educational) Pin It Cardboard Tube Shamrock Sun Catcher (Naturally Educational) Pin It Shrinky-Dink Shamrock “Lucky Charms” (No Time for Flashcards) Pin It Styrofoam Cup Leprechaun Hats (Crafts By Amanda) I know what you are thinking…just shamrocks and leprechauns? no rainbows? Patience lassies and laddies…rainbows are up next! … 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), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Spring

5 Picture Books About Rainbows

5 Picture Books About Rainbows

Who doesn’t love a rainbow? They are colorful, magical, and full of hope! Rainbows are a bridge into other times and cultures, science, color theory, and so much more! Here are a few children’s picture books about rainbows to get you started on your journey! Pin It What Makes A Rainbow?, by Betty Ann Schwartz; illustrated by Dona Turner (ages 0-3): In this cute tale, a young bunny asks his colorful friends what makes a rainbow. With each … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Logical-Mathematical, Science, Sight, Spring, Visual-Spacial, Weather

Picture Books about Maple Sugaring and Syrup

Picture Books about Maple Sugaring and Syrup

If you live in the northern latitudes, I hope you have had an opportunity to go maple sugaring. If you are too far south, try turning maple syrup into maple sugar candy to explore the science of this delicious treat! Pin It While you are waiting for your pancakes with fresh maple syrup, try these lovely picture books about maple sugaring and maple syrup! Pin It The Sugaring Off Party, by Jonathan London; paintings by Gilles Pelletier: A French-Canadian … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Science, Spring, Weather