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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 Pin It Personalized Guess Who? Game at Counting Coconuts Pin It Portrait Tiles, from Creating and Educating Pin It All About Me Timelines … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Educational Blogs, Featured, Geography, History and Culture, Science

Is the “Summer Slide” a Myth? Talking About the Brain with Dr. Rob Desalle, Curator at the American Museum of Natural History

Is the “Summer Slide” a Myth? Talking About the Brain with Dr. Rob Desalle, Curator at the American Museum of Natural History

We’re winding down the “Smart Summer Challenge” over here. The challenge is all about combating the “summer slide”: the “brain drain” some researchers have found happens during the summer. Does the summer slide really even exist? I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Rob Desalle, of the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and curator of Brain: The Inside Story, currently on view at the Museum. — The media made a mountain out … Read entire article »

Filed under: Science, Smart Summer Challenge, The Brain

Tickly Octopus Craft

Tickly Octopus Craft

Octopuses have so many fascinating adaptations and we found a storybook that captures this information with humor and charm: Tickly Octopus. Pin It Tickly Octopus is the story of a fun-loving octopus who enjoys tickling his friends–but only the wiggly, giggly fish appreciate his tentacled-tickles.  When our octopus protagonist goes on an adventure to recover his friend oyster’s pearl, he discovers he has so many other talents, including zooming through the water, squeezing through holes, and squirting … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Featured, Science