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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 »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Art, Featured, History and Culture

Math is Everywhere! Bedtime Math #STEMchat

Math is Everywhere! Bedtime Math #STEMchat

Math is everywhere! Every day we use math–to estimate distances, tell time, divide up treats, listen to music, take care of finances, and to make the most of our day. So, I am thrilled to be part of the Bedtime Math Parent Blogging team supporting an excellent new project to promote mathematical literacy for kids: Bedtime Math. Just like we make special time for reading to our children at the end of each day, Bedtime Math … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Mathematics, Me

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

“Lead with your values” is good advice for a well-lived life. As it turns out, it is a good practice for brands, too, according to Jackie Huba, author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and a speaker at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Throughout the Celebration / Conference, Disney took the opportunity to highlight the company’s values. As someone who has admitted ambivalence about the “princess culture,” and as a … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Media, Values Education

You’re A-MAZE-ing! Simple Photo Valentine with a Maze

You’re A-MAZE-ing! Simple Photo Valentine with a Maze

My daughter cannot bring candy in with her Valentines so we could not use lollipop Valentines. Instead, we usually use pencils. This year, she wanted something different and we found a bag of inexpensive heart mazes at Michaels. So, we made these “A-MAZE-ing” class photo valentines. First I took a photo of my daughter holding a giant poster board/oak tag heart. I ‘shopped a clip art hear-shaped maze over the heart. This way, there is a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 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), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Tinfoil Painting (Just Make Art!)

Tinfoil Painting (Just Make Art!)

Yesterday, I promised my kids we would make some special art so we painted on tinfoil. I wanted to share this with you to give you a better picture of what we do around here. Generally, I share projects and activities that require special instructions. However, most of what we do around here is just play, just read a book, just make art–no themes, specific directions, or structure. My kids like to draw or break out … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Art, Featured

Hearts for Ana – A Project for Sandy Hook

Hearts for Ana – A Project for Sandy Hook

One of the beautiful children who was murdered at the Sandy Hook tragedy was due for heart surgery at Boston Children’s. As a “heart mom” (my daughter had open heart surgery at three months old), I can only imagine the roller coaster of emotion they went through to have so much hope and then to lose their baby to such random, awful violence. If, like us, you had been planning to make snowflakes for Sandy … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Charity

New Year’s Interviews with Your Children

New Year’s Interviews with Your Children

Our children change so much every year and I wish I could bottle up a little of this precious time with them. Despite my compulsive documenting through photographs and notes, the days fly by. One fun tradition is to interview the children every year at New Year’s. I think I originally saw this idea from Amy at TeachMama.com. I asked the kids about their favorite color, their favorite activities, their favorite memories, and more. I also … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Intrapersonal, Winter

Our Gratitude Tree

Our Gratitude Tree

We made a gratitude tree out of a cardboard paper towel tube, a paper bowl, and construction paper to express our thanks for all of our blessings this Thanksgiving. This was such a simple craft and it really engaged the kids’ attention. Materials: cardboard tube (either a paper towel tube, 2-3 toilet paper tubes taped together, or a wrapping paper tube cut in half) construction paper (brown, green, red, orange, yellow) glue scissors marker craft knife Directions: 1. Wrap and glue brown construction paper … 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), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal

Just Make Art: Oil Pastel Resist

Just Make Art: Oil Pastel Resist

Despite how it might appear from my blog, most of our time at home is spent playing. And most of our art-making is very open-ended. I might put out certain materials, demonstrate a technique, but from there it is all up to the kids and their own inspiration and creativity. One of my kids favorite things to do is to paint with watercolors. And they love making crayon resists. When the nice people at CraftProjectIdeas.com sent … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Art, Featured, Science, Visual-Spacial

Blackberry Jammin’

Blackberry Jammin’

Have you been enjoying the summer? I cannot believe it is almost fall! We were able to join the tot cooking classes at Garden of Eve this summer and made blackberry jam. I love the whole fields-to-table experience as it gives the kids an idea of where we get our food. It is also a wonderful insight into the how people lived in a time before supermarkets–or refrigeration. The kids were able to: 1. Pick the blackberries. The kids … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Home Arts, Summer, Taste