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Create Your Own Nature Notebook

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

I've found some really amazing nature printables this year for our nature study activities!  Really super awesome stuff! 

But you know how it is -- you take a piece of paper outside for a scavenger hunt or garden activity and before you know it, it's blowing around the yard with the kids chasing after it. 

Or the pencil you have goes missing. 

Or you don't have enough time to finish the activity and then can't find the darn sheet the next day.

Or you DO finish the activity but aren't sure where to store them all so the kids can see what they've accomplished.

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Books & Activities that Explore Plants and Seeds

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

My daughter was in her first play this past weekend (she was a swan with a beautiful costume).  And as is the custom with many performances, we brought her flowers on her first night. 

They were pink, deep purple and orange -- she's a kid that loves bright things -- and as she rearragned the flowers each day (because that's what kids do when they get their own flowers), she noticed a number of things. 

Sometimes the flowers were limp and sometimes the stems were very firm.  The color in the orange flowers faded quickly while the pink and purple flowers retained their color.  And some flowers turned brown and had petals fall off earlier than others.

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Gardening with Kids: How Fast Does a Plant Grow?

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

Gardening is such a fun science activity for kids.  It allows them to explore botany (the study of plants), habitats and pollination.

It's also a wonderful family activity as everyone can get involved in planting, growing and harvesting from your own backyard.

Even if you don't have the time or space for a full-blown garden, the kids would enjoy starting some flowers and veggies in a few posts on your porch.

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12 Learning Activities using Cars, Boats & Trains

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

One of the best ways for kids to learn is through play!  And you can easily introduce some formal learning (such as math and science) by using everyday play things.

In our house, the kids are always more likely to practice math or enjoy spelling practice if we connect the activity with a fun game or one of their favorite toys.

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Books about Trains, Boats, Planes and Things that Go

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 Category Books for Kids

Today our Discover & Explore topic is Things that Go! 

This is always a favorite topic for young kids -- cars, planes, boats, trains -- anything they can ride, drive or fly.  It's always fun to take kids on a new adventure whether it's their first train ride, flight on a plane or boat tour. 

Our kids just loved our first real train ride -- we took Amtrak to a small town about an hour and a half away from our house.  Just enough to enjoy the experience of riding the rails.  It was so great to be able to do things as a family on the train.  We visited the dining car for a snack, played a game while in our seats and (of course) had a round of "I Spy" out the window.  Since no one had to drive, it truly was family time!

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Items that Help Improve Fine Motor Skills

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

When my kids were young, they had no issues with their fine motor skill development.  I attribute it to the fact that they loved Cheerios and were always playing tug-of-war with the dog :)

But once they hit elementary school, they both began to have issues with their printing and writing.  I always thought that fine motor skill development was important when kids were younger but I never realized it was a skill they would need to work on after preschool.

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Great Nature Activities for Your Spring Bucket List

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

After a long winter, kids love to get outside and stretch their legs! 

Let them get their hands muddy, get their feet wet and discover what happens to nature in the spring.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

This week, Discover & Explore is going colorful and also hoping to bring the luck of the Irish to you as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and rainbows.

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10 Culture & Map Activities for Kids

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

I love to explore the world with my kids! 

There's something very eye-opening about learning how other people live and seeing the beautiful places around the globe.

And even though we love to travel, most of our foreign explorations happen right in our own home.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

This week's Discover & Explore linky theme is Kids Explore the World!

There are a lot of fun ways to introduce kids to geography and different cultures.  We love to use maps with different activities to explore the world.  Having a map in your home is an inexpensive but excellent learning tool!

We also love reading books that introduce us to different places across the globe.

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8 Unique Ways to Play & Create with Books

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

When is a book not a book?

When it's an inspiration for a really awesome activity!

As I was browsing through the Discover & Explore linky from last week, I was blown away by some of the great ideas that were inspired by kids books.

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9 Colorful Ways to Learn Math

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

I remember the first time my daughter had to do a math worksheet at school -- she's a rainbow kind of girl so a black-and-white worksheet full of numbers was just not her style.

Sooo... she decided to use a different color crayon for each of the problems on the worksheet :)  "When life hands you lemons, make it colorful" is her motto!

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

Ok, so here's the issue in our house -- we've got one child who is a math whiz and another who wouldn't mind if math was wiped off the face of the earth. The one thing they both have in common is neither enjoys any math homework: 

"It's boring, Mom!"

"Yes, I know.  Worksheets aren't always the best way to enjoy math."  But you still need to do your homework. 

This is how it goes for so many things in life, right.  Practice isn't always as much fun as 'the real thing'!

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Olympic Themed Activities that get Kids Moving

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

Watching the Olympics can be a great family activity!  Kids will rarely see sports such as ski jumping, luge and biathalon unless it's during the Winter Games.

The athletes make it look so easy as they compete -- they've had a lot of practice in perfecting their sport.  But it's hard to decribe to the kids how much skill goes into become such a great athlete. 

One of the best ways for them to understand the skill and dedication needed is to introduce kids to some hands-on activities where they can practice and learn about Olympic events.

And there were some wonderful ideas for Olympic-themed activities that get kids up and moving shared during last week's Discover & Explore linky!

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Olympic Activities for Kids

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

It's hard to believe that it's time for the Olympics again! 

This year, the world will be watching all the winter activities in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Games.

It's a great opportunity to introduce something new to the kids -- maybe a new winter sport or a quick tour of the globe to find the location of Sochi. 

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85 Free Valentine Printables

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

We are snowbound this week!  Yep, 12 inches of snow overnight tends to shut down most of the city. 

Now this is all fine with us as we LOVE snow days -- BUT we had plans to go shopping for some Valentine items this week.  And that's just not going to happen for a few days.

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Artic Book and Craft Activities

Thursday, 30 January 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

Well, we're getting another winter storm tonight.  Obviously the cold weather is going to hold on a little longer.  So instead of shaking my head, I thought I would embrace the idea of winter with a few fun ideas that were shared at last week's Discover & Explore linky.

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Quick DIY Valentine Box for Kids

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm sure your kids have been thinking about what they will give their classmates this year.

Will it be candy hearts?

Maybe a Star Wars valentine?

Or are they going to make something special for their friends?


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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

Today we are exploring the ends of the Earth (literally!) 

The focus of this week's linky is Discover & Explore Polar Animals.

Most of us will never have the opportunity to visit the North or South poles.  The media frequently shares numerous stories about how changes in our environment are affecting the habitats of animals that live at the poles.  And scientists continue to study both the climate and animal behaviors at both ends of the earth.

I don't know about you but not being able to visit a location usually seems to pique my curiosity.  So we turn to other ways that we can learn about the area -- books and hands-on activities!

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8 Gorgeous Handmade Instruments Made From Recycled Items

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

You don't need a lot of fancy instruments to create beautiful music. 

In fact, kids can make so many types of instruments on their own AND using items you would either recycle or throw away.

We had some absolutely gorgeous and wonderfully creative ideas shared at this week's Discover & Explore Music linky.  So grab that recycle bin and get started!


 

 

 

 

 

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