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Fall Leaf Prints

Fall Leaf Prints

We’re in one of the last zones to experience the fall leaf change. Well, our trees have finally exploded in color! I was concerned that we would not get the really vivid colors this year after the hurricane. Hurricane Irene cut a swath across the area, “burning” crops and trees in addition to causing floods and knocking down tree. Nature is resilient, however. Although there are more browns this year than golds and reds, there is … Read entire article »

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

You know what really terrifies me? Spiders. I fully admit this is irrational and spiders are an important part of our ecosystem and yet… there is just something about those eight legs that creeps me out! Whether you are an arachnophile or an arachnophobe, Halloween is the perfect time to make spider crafts with kids! Weave a Paper Plate and Yarn Spider Web at Naturally Educational: This was our spider craft last year! Hula hoop Spider Web … Read entire article »

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Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

After we finished our Pumpkin Shaving Cream Art, we had some bisected mini gourds we did not want to waste.  So, we turned them into bird feeders. First, I took the gourd I had cut in half length-wise and cut two holes at the top of the gourd. Then, the children threaded the yarn through the holes. We filled them with nut butter (you can use sunflower if you have peanut allergies), bird seed, and raisins. Then we hung … Read entire article »

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Criss Cross Applesauce

Criss Cross Applesauce

We went apple-picking and have two pecks of apples–and now the kids know what we mean when we sing “a bushel and a peck”? So, we made some applesauce and I think we’ll make baked apples and apple crumble and possibly some apple muffins. This is a great addition to our study of apples as well as a prelude to the (very basic) colonial lifeways studies we do in November. I need to get a canner, though, so … Read entire article »

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Outer Space Crafts, Activities, and More!

Outer Space Crafts, Activities, and More!

Who hasn’t gazed up at the stars and wondered about the universe beyond our own planet? Looking at the night sky has the added attraction of staying up late–a sure-fire way to sneak in a little learning with children. For outer space week of the Smart Summer Challenge*, we saw plenty of out of this world ideas! Here are some of the outer space crafts and activities my family did: Constellation Pictures Outer Space Songs for Preschool Earth and Moon … Read entire article »

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Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

In almost every season we love to go out hiking in the woods. We never know what forest creatures we’ll find! And we love seeing how the trees change over the seasons. There are so many great lesson plans, crafts, activities, songs, and books for studying the forest! The Forest-Friendly Linky from the Smart Summer Challenge* really made me want to get out and explore the nature surrounding us! Some of the ones from our participants (and … Read entire article »

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Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Children are natural scientists and the backyard is the perfect laboratory. Whether you are digging in the garden with kids, chasing butterflies and other bugs with your children, or studying animals with junior naturalists, you are sure to find plenty of ways to explore nature. I really dug the ideas in the Backyard Science Linky (get it? digging? for backyard science?) of the Smart Summer Challenge*! Some of the ones from our participants (and other hostesses) … Read entire article »

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Me on the Map Round-Up

Me on the Map Round-Up

Studying the human body with your kids? Or maybe you are practicing cartography and navigation with your junior adventurers? Here are some of the best lesson plans, activities, crafts, and picture book lists, about the Human Body, ourselves (“me”), maps and geography. These are highlights from the “Me on the Map” Linky from the Smart Summer Challenge!* All About Me Personalized Guess Who? Game at Counting Coconuts Portrait Tiles, from Creating and Educating All About Me Timelines from Early Bird … Read entire article »

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Mathematics Beach Party!

Mathematics Beach Party!

Beaches, water tables, sprinklers, the sink, the bath–if it involves water and getting soaking wet, it is sure to be a hit with young children…especially during the hottest days of summer! We were off to the beach yesterday and while the kids built sandcastles, waded in the water, and floated in an inflatable raft our friends brought along, I threw in a little math and science. Which molds better? Wet sand or dry sand? Interesting! The water helps … Read entire article »

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How Are You Making the Most of Your Summer? #readandplay

How Are You Making the Most of Your Summer? #readandplay

I cannot believe that July is almost over!I love the slower pace of summer and the opportunity to find lots of fun learning opportunities for my family. With the heat wave, we’ve gotten creative trying to beat the heat.  We have to watch our budget, though, so frugal entertainment is always a big plus! How are you enjoying your summer so far? Have you been checking items off your bucket list or wondering where all the time … Read entire article »

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