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Sphero 2.0 the Robotic Sphere Teaches Programming and More – Review

Sphero 2.0 the Robotic Sphere Teaches Programming and More – Review

Maybe we were easily impressed in those pre-tablet days of the 1980s but I can still remembering programming a toy robot to follow commands. Robot: walk, forward, 10 steps. My dad, who holds a degree in engineering and has made a career out of computer systems, would patiently guide my efforts. I learned to be precise with the directions because the robot would either spin out of control or, more frustratingly, refuse to budge. Sphero 2.0 is … Read entire article »

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Sugar Cube Pyramids

Sugar Cube Pyramids

My children and I tried two methods to build pyramids as part of our study of Ancient Egypt. The first is the sugar cube pyramid. We’ve been continuing with our World History lessons but I have not had much time to post. We moved on from prehistory to the dawn of civilization: Ancient Egypt and Ancient Mesopotamia. For those who are also using The Story of the World, I find the strict chronological approach involves a … Read entire article »

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Pi Day Printable Magic Hat

Pi Day Printable Magic Hat

Pi is such a magic number and March 14 (3/14) is Pi Day! Coincidentally, it is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Although it is usually represented as 3.14 for basic geometry calculations, Pi has an infinite string of numbers, with no repeating pattern, after the decimal point. Have children color in the symbol for pi on this Pi Day printable magic hat(click for .pdf), cut out the hat, and glue onto a construction paper headband. Measure the circumference … Read entire article »

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Cave Painting with Kids – Prehistoric Art

Cave Painting with Kids – Prehistoric Art

This is really a very simple activity. First, we read about people in the Pleistocene Era and learned about their cave painting. We found out what types of animals were around at that time and the stone age peoples’ relationships with the environment. I taped some postal paper / kraft paper from a box on the wall with painters’ tape. They also sell rolls of this brown paper if you prefer it less wrinkled or don’t have … Read entire article »

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A Fan of Chinese New Year

A Fan of Chinese New Year

Most school kids know how to make folding fans out of a piece of paper. This Chinese New Year, I wanted to make the type of round folding fans that open in a circle for our craft. They are almost as simple and even more fun. Materials: One sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper markers scissors paste two craft sticks tape Directions: 1. Cut the paper in half, length-wise, so you now have two pieces of 11″ paper. Glue the paper end to end … Read entire article »

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Make an Almanac with Ben Franklin and Then Visit Philly

Make an Almanac with Ben Franklin and Then Visit Philly

Philadelphia is like a living history book. We are hoping to take a road trip to Philly, soon, and one of our must-see destinations is the Benjamin Franklin Museum. In the meantime, we are exploring Benjamin Franklin at home. In honor of Ben Franklin’s birthday (January 17), we made our own kid versions of Poor Richard’s Almanac. I began by telling my children a little bit about Franklin’s life but they already seemed to know plenty … Read entire article »

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Discover and Engineer with littleBits (Review with Coupon Code!)

Discover and Engineer with littleBits (Review with Coupon Code!)

The makers of littleBits sent me a Base Kit to explore their unique building blocks of circuitry with my children and share with you. Read on to see what we made with littleBits and also to get a coupon code for a 10% discount. With littleBits, even young children and people with no technical knowledge can put together basic circuits for robotics and engineering projects. littleBits are color-coded building blocks of circuitry that snap together with … Read entire article »

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Christmas Tree Fern Prints on Reusable Market Bags

Christmas Tree Fern Prints on Reusable Market Bags

My kids made these Christmas tree print reusable canvas market bags from pressed ferns two years ago for their grandparents and aunt. We noticed that ferns look a lot like Christmas trees so we saved and pressed some. Didn’t save any ferns? No problem! Fake ones will work just as well. Then, we simply placed our ferns on canvas bags and sprayed some fabric paint to create a negative print. We also flipped the sprayed ferns over and … Read entire article »

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German Straw Star Ornaments

German Straw Star Ornaments

Every year, we make ornaments for teachers, friends, and family. Last year, my children made traditional German Star Ornaments, called Strohsterne. I first spotted these stars at a neighbor’s during trick or treating and I found out that you can order a straw star kit with straw, a 6-strand straw splitter, a placement ring, and instructions.   We bought Kit 1 (I have received no product or other compensation for this post) and made some beautiful stars. However, … Read entire article »

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Native American Comanche Tribe-Inspired Hair Pipe Breastplate Kids Craft

Native American Comanche Tribe-Inspired Hair Pipe Breastplate Kids Craft

My son made this craft breastplate inspired by the hair pipe breastplates of the Plains Indians, originally introduced by the Comanche native tribe. Every year, the kindergartners at my kids’ primary school dress up as tribal peoples (Native Americans / American Indians) or pilgrims for their Thanksgiving party. I look through some old photographs of native peoples in traditional dress with my kids and they decide what elements they want to recreate. My son was immediately … Read entire article »

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