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Pasta Angel Christmas Ornaments

Pasta Angel Christmas Ornaments

We saw these adorable Angel Ornaments made out of pasta on a Christmas tree at our local community center and wanted to make them at home. This is a craft for older children primarily because you are better off using a glue gun. My eight and six year old kids were very excited to have (supervised) use of the hot glue gun. If you want to try with another fast-drying glue or pre-glue the bodies for … Read entire article »

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

Learning from the Ballet: The Colonial Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Learning from the Ballet: The Colonial Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

We recently enjoyed a performance of The Colonial Nutcracker, Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester, at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. It was a magical experience for us–the music, the dancing, and the sets were all stunning! Ballet can potentially be challenging for young children but this performance was very accessible. A narrator told the story, which goes a long way towards keeping children engaged. This Nutcracker makes a number of small changes, primarily … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Music, Musical, Performing Arts and Theater, Sound

Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

Mostly this is just a fun little no-bake treat for the kids to make for Thanksgiving but I do have a few educational connections at the end–did Pilgrims really wear buckles on their hats? This is the “Pilgrim” version of some witch hats we’ve made before and they are very simple to make. Ingredients: chocolate or fudge stripe cookies peanut butter cups (my son substituted a Dove chocolate for his peanut butter cup) icing orange fruit leather Directions: 1. Unwrap the peanut butter … Read entire article »

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

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