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Wummelbox – Kids Craft Their Own Toys

Wummelbox – Kids Craft Their Own Toys

We craft a lot “from scratch” but we also do some crafting from kits. We prefer open-ended experiences but crafting kits save me prep time. Sometimes crafting kits even save some money if they provide materials I do not have on hand and would otherwise have to buy in bulk. Wummelbox sent me one of their nutrition-themed project boxes to try with my kids and review. Pin It As you can see, each box contains a lot of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Toys

Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

As a former history and social studies teacher, teaching about government should come natural to me.  However, I found it challenging to break down this complex topic to a preschool or kindergarten level.  Focusing on national symbols or a simplified version of democracy worked really well for us.  We also explored currency as part of this week.  For primary school students, looking at local government may be more comprehensible than broad questions of national politics. These … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Educational Blogs, Featured, History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge

Skip Counting with Coins

Skip Counting with Coins

I have to make a conscious effort to ensure mathematics gets equal time in our house.  And, really, there are so many mathematics learning possibilities in play! Just spending ten minutes with dice or coins opens up a world of possibilities. We grabbed our jar of change and sorted our coins. Pin It Even toddlers (at least the ones past the mouthing stage) can participate in this step. Pin It Then, I printed out a sheet with 10 columns and labeled … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics, Smart Summer Challenge

Presidents’ Day Science: Coin Cleaning Experiment

Presidents’ Day Science: Coin Cleaning Experiment

We played with coins today for Presidents’ Day, using what we had on hand to determine what would clean coins the best. Initially, we set up our experiment with vinegar, baking soda, and a control (just water). Pin It Pin It My daughter hypothesized that the baking soda would clean the best, followed by water, then vinegar. We poured water into each container and then added vinegar to one, and baking soda to another, leaving the third as just … Read entire article »

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