Articles Comments

Naturally Educational » Archive for April 2012

Mother’s Day Pressed Flower Frame

Mother’s Day Pressed Flower Frame

Last year the kids made photo frames with pressed flowers for the grandmothers for Mother’s Day. I wait a year to share our projects because my mother reads this site! Pin It Materials: wood frames (We found these very inexpensively at Michaels. If you just can’t find any, you could cut a frame from stiff cardboard.) paint pressed flowers Mod Podge optional: letter stickers (We used gold glitter letters.) cute pictures of children Directions: 1. Pick and press flowers. If you are last minute, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture, Spring

How Are You Connected?

How Are You Connected?

“Bees,” my three year old likes to call out, “make honey for me!” Global warming, diminishing species diversity, and acid rain are “capital P” Problems that seem very far away to a young child. A glob of honey, on the other hand, is immediate and sweet. We have to take care of the bees because they pollinate the beautiful flowers and make us tasty honey. Raising children who feel connected, in ways both big and small, is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Featured

Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Budding branches are among the most beautiful and clear signs that spring has arrived. While we do not have the opportunity to see many cherry blossoms around here, we do see plenty of forsythia heralding the coming spring. We made twigs bud with tissue paper blossoms. Pin It Materials: twigs yellow tissue paper glue white paper Directions: 1. First, go outside to collect your twigs. My kids love picking up sticks and this step lasted the better part of a morning! 2.  Glue down your … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Featured, Science, Spring, Weather

Join me for a LIVE chat with John Stephens, author of The Emerald Atlas! (1 PM EST April 24)

Join me for a LIVE chat with John Stephens, author of The Emerald Atlas! (1 PM EST April 24)

Pin It John Stephens, author of The Emerald Atlas, is joining the Random House Read & Play Community for a LIVE CHAT at 1pm EST on Tuesday, April 24. Are you a fan who cannot make the chat? Just leave a question below and we’ll do our best to ask it during the conversation! All responses will be archived. To join in, either use a BlogFrog account or you can login with Facebook! You can chat in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9-12 (Middle Grades), Featured

Cherry Blossom Stamps

Cherry Blossom Stamps

Pin It We’re celebrating spring with lots of floral crafts! Here’s a cherry blossom stamp art project. Bonus: you reuse/recycle a soda or water bottle for your stamp. Materials: brown paint pink paint white paper paint brush soda or water bottle Directions: 1. Dilute the brown paint a little with a drop of water and paint the branches and twigs. I showed my kids how you can get thicker strokes by pressing down with the brush. We also examined branches to see how smaller … 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, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture, Spring, Weather

6 Ways Kids Can Help Animals

6 Ways Kids Can Help Animals

The Lorax speaks for the trees and also the Brown Barbaloots, Swomee Swans, and Humming Fish. Children are drawn to animals, both wild and domesticated. Providing guardianship for the animals who cannot speak for themselves is a natural way that children can live like the Lorax. Little people learn that they can make a big difference. Pin It 1. Make a Bird Feeder Our backyard songbirds are in trouble. Vanishing habitats and food sources, toxic insecticides, and predators … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Featured, Giveaways

Teaching Two-Digit Addition with Regrouping

Teaching Two-Digit Addition with Regrouping

My daughter just moved on to two digit addition with regrouping (that’s “carrying” for us old folks). Since a dime conveniently equals 10 pennies, I thought we could use coins to make the concept more concrete. We start with the basic concept that each penny is one cent and that each dime is ten cents so one dime is equivalent to ten pennies. Pin It Next, I write out a two-digit addition problem that will require regrouping … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics, Visual-Spacial

Random House Read & Play Community Launch Party!

Random House Read & Play Community Launch Party!

Random House wants to build a community of readers and you are invited! The Launch Party Live Chat is April 11 at 9:00 PM EST and I hope you will join me and the other community leaders, moms, educators, and Random House representatives, to discuss year long and life long learning! If you have questions, tips, or concerns, about literacy, summer reading lists, book recommendations, special events and holidays, or more, here’s your opportunity to connect with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Literacy

Favorite Easter Crafts for Kids

Favorite Easter Crafts for Kids

Here are some of our favorite Easter children’s crafts we have done this year and in the past: Pin It Plastic Easter Egg Chick, Bunny, and other Spring Animals Pin It DIY Paper Plate and Bowl Easter Bonnet Pin It Easter Bunny Ears Pin It Yarn Easter Egg Ornament Pin It Coffee Filter Easter Eggs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture

Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

We made these coffee filter Easter eggs last year and will probably make some more this year. I love the tie-dye effect! Pin It Materials: coffee filter scissors markers (you can use dried-out markers) water-spray bottles Directions: 1. Trim a coffee filter so that it is egg-shaped. 2. Color with markers. Pin It 3. Spray with water. If you have dried-out markers, now is the time to break them out! Draw with the dried-out markers on the wet surface. Pin It Educational Connections: History/Culture: Why is the egg a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Featured, History and Culture