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Pipe Cleaner Doll — Hermione

Pipe Cleaner Doll — Hermione

My daughter has read and re-read the Harry Potter series so many times her paperbacks are falling apart. She is dressing as Hermione Granger this year for Halloween. Her class has an optional assignment to make a mini version of their costumes and my daughter wanted to create a pipe cleaner doll. I love how this came out and we had a lot of fun crafting together. We’ve made pipe cleaner fairies in the past and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Literacy

Halloween Cardboard Tube Monster Craft

Halloween Cardboard Tube Monster Craft

My three year old and I made these little cardboard tube monsters for Halloween. We’ve been meaning to make some tube creatures for a while and Halloween seemed the perfect time. I like these because you can go as wild as you like–any colors, any embellishments, and construction! These are not only great for Halloween but would also make good alien lifeforms or new specimens for your own Seuss-inspired Zoo. My biggest question was how to cover … 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), Featured

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 »

Filed under: 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Logical-Mathematical, Science, Toys

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 »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics, Visual-Spacial

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 »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics

Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Some of our favorite kids’ crafts for St. Patrick’s Day: Beaded Shamrock Ornament Cardboard Tube Leprechaun Cardboard Tube Shamrock Sun Catcher Paper Pot of Gold and Rainbow Dyed Pasta Rainbow Suncatcher Tissue Paper Rainbow Suncatcher More St. Patrick’s inspiration on Pinterest… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Featured, History and Culture

Picture Books About Early Humans

Picture Books About Early Humans

We’re currently studying early humans, from the origins of man to the prehistoric stone ages to the Neolithic revolution of agriculture. Here are a few fiction and non-fiction children’s picture books we’ve read to explore this time period. Fiction: The First Dog, Jan Brett: This was our favorite of the fiction stories from the prehistoric period, possibly because “Kip the Cave Boy” looks a lot like my third child. The kids really did enjoy the story, though, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

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

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 »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

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 »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture