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7 Picture Books for Father’s Day

7 Picture Books for Father’s Day

Mama Mama/Papa Papa (0-3) is a beautifully illustrated board book for babies about why little animal babies love their parents. One side shows all the helpful and loving things dads do for their tiny offspring. Flip the book over for moms and this is really two-stories-in-one. Human children will recognize all the tender care parents give to babies throughout the animal kingdom. The rhyming text is delightfully evocative of the bond between parents and children … Read entire article »

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Memorial Day Picture Books

Memorial Day Picture Books

Memorial Day is coming up. While we’re preparing for barbecues and family time, we take a moment to think of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Any subject involving death is a tough one to broach with young children. For most families, the idea of memorializing our soldiers is very abstract. For others, though, it is all too real as thousands of soldiers have died in … Read entire article »

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Growing Bean Plants

Growing Bean Plants

It is that time of year when kids grow like weeds and everything is verdant, sprouting and budding. We’ve been studying the water cycle and now we are learning about the plants the grow after the early spring showers. Question: How do seeds become plants? My daughter hypothesized that they need light and water and that the roots would come out first. Materials: seeds (we planted beans since they sprout so quickly) glass jar (so you can observe the growth) potting soil … Read entire article »

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Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo

Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory over the French military at Puebla. Although the date has limited significance in Mexico, it has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage in the United States. Interest in Cinco de Mayo increased during the Chicano movement of the 1940s. We made a papel picado banner to decorate our home in preparation for Cinco de Mayo. Materials: colorful tissue paper or thin construction paper scissors, punches glue or tape cord or string Directions: 1. Fold the paper in … Read entire article »

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Earth Day Books for Kids

Earth Day Books for Kids

Many of our crafts involve re-purposed /  recycled materials and now that we are in full spring swing we are closely connected with the new growth going on outdoors.  We also enjoy picture books that address Earth Day directly or environmentalism in a more general way.  Here are a few of our favorites: The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, is the classic children’s story of the damage one person’s greed (the entrepreneurial Oncler) can do to the … Read entire article »

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April Showers (Water Cycle Experiments)

April Showers (Water Cycle Experiments)

Mommy, why does it rain? Or, lately, the question is: Why does it drizzle, rain, and pour so much around here? April is the month of showers and we are eagerly awaiting the May flowers those storms will bring. We did two experiments to learn more about why it rains. Experiment #1: Cotton Ball Clouds Question: What happens when a cloud becomes full of moisture? Hypothesis: It will rain. Materials: cotton ball small tray or bowl filled with water Procedure: 1. Ask your child to describe … Read entire article »

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R is for Rain

R is for Rain

My kids love to water color, so we created water color letters for our study of rain. I outlined bubble letters–the word “Rain” for my daughter (4.5) and just an “R” for my son (2.5).  On reflection, I would have also made a lower case “r” for my son. My daughter painted “in the lines”: While my son opted for covering the entire page. Then, they each got to sprinkle salt on their paintings for a nice droplet effect. My … Read entire article »

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In Your Easter Bonnet, With All the Frills Upon It

In Your Easter Bonnet, With All the Frills Upon It

Although it may be a bit early for Easter, this bonnet is a fun way to welcome spring. We made this craft last year so I don’t have a lot of detailed photos but the instructions are fairly simple. Materials: paper plate paper bowl tissue paper glue Easter and spring embellishments (silk flowers, butterflies, etc.) stapler ribbon Directions: 1. Cut out the center of a paper plate. 2. On either side of the hole in the paper plate, staple a length of ribbon long enough so you … Read entire article »

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March Lion and Lamb Masks

March Lion and Lamb Masks

We’ve been enjoying our March poem and updating our calendar with the lion or lamb to match the weather–and the weather has given us plenty of opportunities to choose both!  Last week we had 75 degree weather and then it snowed yesterday! We made lion and lamb masks to help us with our daily weather observations. Lion Masks Materials: paper plate orange and yellow construction paper, cut in 1″ x 4″ strips brown construction paper (for ears) glue (we used Elmer’s disappearing … Read entire article »

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Irish Spring: A Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft for Kids

Irish Spring: A Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft for Kids

Hope the green is sprouting up in your neighborhood!  Have you found any four-leaf clovers? We are starting to see the signs of spring in our yard and so our crafts are turning green, too!  And this craft is green in more ways than one–it re-purposes cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel or gift wrap rolls. Materials: cardboard tube green paint green glitter green tissue paper green chenille stem X-ACTO knife single hole punch Directions: 1. Cut three segments from your cardboard tube. All … Read entire article »

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