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Star Wars Math: seven-day math challenge

“I don’t like math anymore,” announced my 8-year old son taking another plate out of the dishwasher and carrying it to the pantry.   “Where does this come from?”  I spun around in surprise, “You said you liked math!”  It was such an unexpected revelation I forgot that I was measuring ingredients into a bread…

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DIY Valentine’s Day 3-D Card (Printable)

Do you have a child who wants to make “the best Valentine’s Day card ever” and asks for your contribution?  In my house, it started early on a Saturday morning.       It was five am by the living room clock and I was trapped on a coach with my 2-months old sleeping in…

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Fabulous Dragon Books for Kids

What were your favorite dragon books when you were growing up?    When my kids asked me this question, I was stumped.  I’ve been reading about one hundred books a year ever since I remember, but I couldn’t remember reading one single book about dragons.      After I pondered it for a bit, I…

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Why T-Rex could eat rotten meat and you can’t

There it is again! That horrible stink!  I retrace my steps, stop in front of the living room window, and sniff the air.  The narrow space behind the squat, leather arm-chair is difficult to squeeze into, but that seems to be the only spot in the room I haven’t checked.  I tug on the heavy…

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15 Books About Shadows To Inspire Young Scientists

Children are innately curious about the world around them, especially when those things are a little mysterious.  Shadows satisfy both these requirements by being part of our life and by creating suspense. Is it a monster or a teddy bear shadow?  Over the years we have collected a few exciting books about shadows, but never…

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How many Pennies does it take to get an APPLE up an Inclined plane?

How many pennies does it take to get an apple up the inclined plane?  This is the question my 8-year old set out to answer the other day.  In the last year we have done a lot of inclined plane experiments.  It’s a great way to learn about gravity and motion, easy to set up…

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Pirate Science – 20 ways to play and learn

There are lots of wonderful science topics in a fascinating world of pirates – boat engineering, star navigation, cartography,..  We really enjoy looking closely at different aspects of pirates lives and doing related hands-on activities.  I ended up putting together a list of the best science-related, pirate-themed activities on the web.  Some of those activities I absolutely…

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Acrylic Silhouette even small children can do

During one of our art classes my daughter noticed a young artist sitting at the back of the room making a profile portrait of a school owner’s daughter from a phone pic.  With practiced movements she drew free hand steady beautiful lines and curves directly with acrylic paint on canvas.  The lines were black and background…

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Surprising Science for kids: LEGO and Sand

Have you ever looked at a bowl of mixed nuts and wondered why all the large nuts are on top?  It seems to be counterintuitive.  What’s more, it’s totally inconvenient, if like me you prefer smaller nuts. My favorite nuts are hazelnuts and in any typical container of mixed nuts they are always at the…

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Science of Sunsets: painting watercolor sunsets with kids

Did you take time to watch a sunset this summer?  For most people with small kids the answer is probably no, unless they just went on vacation.  And it’s a pity considering that sunsets are not only beautiful, but also very educational.  Educational, you ask?  That’s right, the colors in sunsets are the realm of…

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How to make a LEGO airplane “really” fly

The question of how to make LEGO airplanes fly came up in our house at regular intervals ever since my kids started making them.  “There got to be a way to make it move through the air without me holding it,” kept insisting my oldest son.  There might be quite a few ways to do…

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Fun Science with Fruits and Vegetables – Symmetry in Nature

Fruits and vegetables are important and useful.  And your kids might possibly find them more appealing after you explore them together. Kids are natural scientists and they are drawn to activities that use their observational skills.  So next time you come back from a grocery store look carefully at what you brought home.  The bigger the assortment…

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Cinderella is a boy and other Cinderella stories that caught our fancy

When I mentioned to our librarian my post Who need another Cinderella Book, she asked what I thought of Cinderella as a boy version.  I didn’t think anything because we have not come across it yet.  Apparently we were not through with Cinderella.  Upon further investigation we discovered a whole new treasure trove of Cinderella…

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26 ways to Play and Learn with Symmetry

It is said we are all born to follow our passion.  I didn’t know what my passion was until I started creating unit studies for my homeschooled kids.  I realized that putting together a unit study combines all my most favorite things in the world: kids, creativity, researching, finding answers through thinking and doing, and writing.…

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Symmetry and Patterns with LEGO bricks (with Free Printables)

Oh the things you can do with LEGO® bricks after the kids are done with their project and the pile of disjointed parts is lying in the middle of the room with no purpose.  You can practice number sense and addition, sorting and measuring, alphabet and sound-symbol relationship, site words and science.  Today I want…

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Symmetry for Little Kids Art Project with Free Printables

For the past two weeks we were doing a unit study on Symmetry for Little Kids.  I found that I could talk all I want about symmetry, but until kids got a chance to do a hands-on project there wasn’t a fire of understanding in their eyes.  This project was super fun for all ages…

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Nadia Activity Pack

Nadia: the Girl who couldn’t sit still by Karlin Gray is a picture book biography of Nadia Comaneci published this month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Nadia Comaneci, who is 55 years old today, is a legendary Romanian gymnast, who will always live in history as the first gymnast to ever score a perfect 10.  Perhaps…

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Wolf Science: exploring the sense of smell

My science posts are designed to show children that science is all around them in everything they do.  When I just started a unit on wolves with my kids I wasn’t sure what element of science we would address.  My kids pointed the way.  They got really interested in a fact that wolves can smell…

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Waldorf-Inspired Summer Activities

There are many reasons I am drawn to Waldorf education.  I love the idea of honoring children and letting them learn at their own pace.  I love the emphasis on educating the whole child – physically, emotionally, spiritually – and not just filling the minds with “knowledge.”  I love the incorporation of art, music and…

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Giraffe Science, Math and Measurement

The International Giraffe Day is coming up.  As you might already know, giraffes are in danger of extinction.  In the last 15 years their numbers fell 40% due to poaching and habitat loss.  They are already extinct in 7 African countries.  Giraffe Conservation Foundation designated June 21, the longest day of the year (or the…

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Twisting Soda Can Experiment

Summer is the time for super fun, outdoor science experiments.  We always seem to tackle harder science topics in the summer because the days are longer and the minds are sharper from all that extra time spend outside.  Today we are going to share with you Twisting Soda Can experiment.  In this fun activity we…

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Water Resistance Experiments for Kids

Anyone who watches Olympic sports is bound to be puzzled: the athletes often seem to defy the laws of science that limit the rest of us.  What you see is of course a result of thousands of hours of training, but there is also a bit of tricky science in it too.  Earlier this week I…

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The Physics of Twisting for Kids

The Summer Olympics start in 60 days and I’m very excited.  Like most Russian girls,  I once dreamed of a career as a professional gymnast.  I was born unnaturally flexible and when I was four years old my parents were offered a place for me in a special training school.  I would have been living…

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Goat Activity Sensory Play

To be honest I haven’t thought much about goats until I got an invitation, along with some other kid bloggers, to participate in International Goat Day Blog Hop.  Once we started researching goats with my kids, however, we came up with enough ideas to last us a week.  First we checked out every goat book…

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Best Books about Goats for Kids

International Goat Day is coming up in June and to do our share in learning more about this little understood animal (no, goats do not eat tin cans, they are actually very intelligent) we have gathered the best books about goats we could find.  We included books for children 3 to 8 (the age range of…

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Teach Symmetry with Backyard Nature Collage

It was once believed that mathematics belonged to a rational, “left-brain” and art was in the realm of emotional, “right-brain” activity. The latest research, however, shows that brain is not nearly as dichotomous as once thought.  The pathways in the brain connect and overlap in complicated ways and there are many activities that integrate both…

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The Science of Shadows (Unit Study)

Hello my friends! For the past week I’ve been hard at work putting together a special subscribers only resource page.  I always thought it would be nice to reward my subscribers with something special and original and now I finally launched it!  For starters I put together the first in a series of unit studies for…

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20+ Delightful twists on the Three Little Pigs

When I was a little girl, the story of The Three Little Pigs was about your life’s priorities, about doing one’s best and about the fact that dedication and hard work win the day.  The first two little pigs built their houses in a hurry to have more time to sing and play and ended…

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Star Wars Science: Defying Gravity

In the middle of our defying gravity experiment my 3-year old walked into the room and saw Luke Skywalker hanging upside down on a paper clip connected to a magnet (photo below).  “Why is it not falling?” he demanded, his eyes wide with wonder.  Even a 3-year old has a pretty good notion of how…

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Shakespeare for Little Kids (Unit Study)

It’s believed that William Shakespeare died on the day of his 52nd birthday, on April 23rd, in the year 1616 and this makes this year 400th anniversary since his death.  I don’t know about you, but I haven’t yet met one person who hasn’t heard the name William Shakespeare.  And I am not aware of any other poet…

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Audubon Inspired Bird Study and Cardinal Drawing Tutorial

On our recent trip to the library we stumbled upon The Boy who Drew Birds: a story of John James Audubon.  We enjoyed reading the book very much and decided that we wanted to learn more about this inspiring painter and ornithologist.  Imagine my surprise when the following week my friend, and creator of popular…

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Ten Uses for Dollar Store Flat Marbles

Dollar Stores are great places to discover unexpected items that become my kids favorite toys.  Last year I bought a bag of flat marbles for $2.99 and they’ve been getting a great amount of use.  From budget math manipulatives, to fine motor play, from art tool, to game pieces, I want to share with you…

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Irish Luck – St. Patrick’s Day Counting Game

I invented this game for our St. Patrick’s Day Party.  I wanted something that would appeal to all kids (preschool to 2nd grade) and is easy to setup as well as simple to explain to a bunch of excited kids.  I generally like to play dice games with little kids because not only are they fun, but kids get to…

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Surprising Art with Flat Marbles

I was working on Ten Uses for Dollar Store Flat Marbles when we accidentally stumbled upon this surprising art activity.  As my 3-year was throwing flat marbles in a cup of water, while the older two kids were painting at a dinner table, there was a suggestion to combine these two activities.  Water + Paint + Flat Marbles?  Why…

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Who needs another Cinderella Book?

When I walked into the library last week and noticed a new Cinderella book on the display shelf I knew exactly what I had to do.  No, I did not, scream and run away. Nor did I cover my kids’ eyes and stir them in another direction.  I skipped towards the display shelf and merrily grabbed…

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The Cat in the Hat Engineering Challenge

Improbable balancing act is a common theme running through many Dr. Seuss books, from The Cat In The Hat to Ten Apples Up On Top.  Remember?  “With a cup and a cake on the top of my hat!   I can hold up two books!   I can hold up the fish!   And a little toy ship!   And some…

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Shoebox Treasure Chest for Kids

My obsession with boxes started at the age of five.  At the time, my parents were just graduating from college and money was so tight that bread was a luxury item.  We lived in a tiny room with a pull-out futon, pull-out table, refrigerator and a wardrobe, stuffed so tight that the doors constantly flew…

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Melted Shamrock Leaves – crayons and waxed-paper craft

We are big on holiday decorations any time of the year, but especially during winter when we welcome any opportunity to celebrate.  As soon as Christmas decorations come down, we start decorating for Valentine’s Day and the day after Valentine’s Day we put up St. Patrick’s Day décor.  Ever since we discovered that melted crayons…

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Marvelous Textured Paint Collage: Shapes, Colors, and Fine Motor Practice

Our best projects are usually the result of experimentation.  We started with a lesson on shapes for the benefit of my preschooler and ended with a marvelous textured paint collage that even my second-grader calls “the best art ever” (until the next best art ever that is).  It’s fun for kids of all ages to play…

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Chromatography Experiments with Kids – 5 ways

Last week our annual marker chromatography experiment didn’t go as usual.  I’m blaming the new fancier (read more expensive) brand of markers we used.  Instead of separating, the colors simply spread.  It looked pretty and judging from my kids’ excitement not altogether disappointing, but I started to wonder what other chromatography experiments can we do at home. It had…

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How to make a Valentine’s Day 3D Heart

If you are looking for great Valentine’s Day Craft, we’ve got it.  This awesomely messy craft is fun and easy and we invented it absolutely by chance.  Last week as we were standing in the kitchen, looking at the soggy, colored kitchen paper towels after a Chromatography experiment, we asked what we always ask, “What…

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Toilet Paper Roll Bowling, Stacking and Math Practice

Turn your toilet paper rolls into bowling pins with a bit of wrapping paper and glitter.  Toddlers can practice rolling the ball toward the target.  Older kids can tape the numbers to the pins and practice some math.  They can call out the numbers they knocked down and add them, line the numbers in a correct…

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Paper-Mache Snowman Family Craft

Winter is all about snowman for my kids, but this year we didn’t have snowman snow yet.  We compensate by doing lots of snowman crafts.  I have told you earlier about my love of papier-mâché (paper-mache) projects, so it only stands to reason that when I saw an empty apple juice bottle I immediately visualized…

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Valentine’s Day Game: I love you for…

  Have you told your family lately that you love them?     Was it casual “I love you” you drop on the way out of the door in the morning or a quick, hurried “Lov’ you” at the end of a phone conversation?     Do you take the time to say “I love…

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Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick

It’s the time of the year when we are looking for ways to burn energy without leaving the house.  This active math game allows us to be active, while learning something at the same time.  I actually have a long list of active math (and reading) games, which I hope to post soon.  Today I…

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Counting Books + Activities: Developing Early Math Skills

  Counting Books and book-based simple math activites are cornerstones of our first math curriculum.  It’s a fun way to learn and this approach allows to develop mathematical understanding in a natural context.  From counting muffins to eyes of a fox, from tallying train cars to counting down minutes to bedtime, math is everywhere.  In this…

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Arctic for Kids – Winter Sensory Play

  Arctic for Kids is our Winter Sensory Play idea that is great a year round, but we tend to do it more often when the temperatures start plunging and horrid winds begin to howl outside.  In a warmer weather there is no end of activities to do outside.  Sensory bins are one of our favorite…

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In this lesson children will practice decomposition with LEGO men. In the earlier lesson we practiced decomposing number 5, today we are moving up to 10.

Decomposition with LEGOs – Part II

In this lesson children will be practicing decomposition with LEGO people.  Decomposition is a skill that requires practice.  In earlier lesson we decomposed number 5 (click here), today we are moving up to 10.  Math for little kids is about laying a strong foundation.  They might know what number 10 is, but number 10 is…

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Decomposition with LEGOs

  Once your child learns how to count to 10, it’s time for decomposition.  Decomposition is a fancy word that means breaking down the numbers into their subparts.  Eventually, when kids can count to 100, they will be decomposing numbers into tens and ones.  But for now they only need to understand that numbers can…

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Mathful Parent: fostering child’s love of math in creative ways

    The old question of “can I teach my kids mathematics?” that haunts many homeschooling moms never bothered me as much as “am I going to hate teaching mathematics?”  All through the school years and beyond I loathed math with every fiber of my soul. Since I was a business major in college I had to take a…

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The Funniest Thanksgiving Books We Ever Read

  Quality time on a Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be limited to food and games on TV.  You can spread the cheer and chase away stress by reading funny Thanksgiving books. Writing about funny books is intimidating.  I feel the extra pressure to be funny.  It’s not easy because Thanksgiving is not funny.  I can hear a…

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LEGO MAN GOES SKIING – Fun with Magnets

    When I just started teaching my kids science, I did what many moms who are new to homeschooling do, I bought a whole bunch of science toys.  One of the first toys we got was a basic magnet set from Learning Resources. In this set there is a plastic tray with a simple maze on…

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Second Grade Reading List

  Sparking interest in reading has always been right at the top of my To Do list as a parent.  Not only because it’s great for knowledge, memory, focus, concentration, mental stimulation, and vocabulary, but because books are a great bonding experience.  Being together in the same house or even in the same room doesn’t always mean being on the…

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Plant Science: using chlorophyll as a coloring agent

  “What if” questions often lead us to wild science adventures.  (Admittedly, my definition of “wild” changed slightly since I had kids).  So recently when we successfully extracted chlorophyll from maple leaves (read about it here), the natural “what if” question that floated to my mind was “what if we take the extracted chlorophyll and put it…

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Pirate Princess – Literature Unit with printables

Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is a fun, rhyming book about a brave princess who didn’t want tea parties and fancy dresses, but wanted a life of adventure.  When she did end up on a pirate ship her first job was to wash the decks.  It wasn’t her dream pirate job, but she did it…

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The Funniest Halloween Books We Have Ever Read

It has been observed by many wise men and women (the names elude me now) that laughter is the best medicine.  It has even been recorded that laughter can prevent stretch marks, cure diarrhea and fix a bad case of halitosis.  I haven’t actually seen these records, but I only have to look at my kids to…

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Maple Leaf Science: how to extract chlorophyll and paint a duck

  Something interesting happens when you add maple leaves to alcohol.  Do you want to hear what?  I should probably start in the beginning.   One day I was sitting in a backyard watching my 2-year old wash maple leaves.      After the leaves are thoroughly washed, they are usually dried with towels.  The…

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Create with Edible LEGOs (no corn syrup recipe)

“If anyone will do this, it will probably be you,” said my friend sending me a link to This Colossal website with a tutorial on how to make edible LEGOs.  Would we ever!  This is the stuff we live for! We now have done edible LEGOs a couple of times, tried different recipes and I can tell you from experience, this…

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The ultimate guide to Apple Activities

    What comes to your mind when I say “apple”?  Quick!  Don’t think about it!      We asked this question 100 people and, if our little research is anything to go by, “pie” is by far one of the most popular answers people give.  Some other popular answers were “tree,” “fruit,” and “red.” …

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Yarn Apple Craft

In a summer we decorated one of our trees with lanterns and it looked adorable until rain, wind and squirrels wore all the beauty away.  Since it’s an apple season now, we decided it would be fun to decorate a tree with apples.  Kids didn’t want any paper crafts and insisted on a 3D design.…

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The Ultimate Guide to Apple Books for Children

Apples are fascinating.  Four thousand years old they are the earliest cultivated fruit in the history of the world. Egyptian pharaohs liked them, the ancient Greeks praised them, the first Botanical Encyclopedia created by Bartholomeus Angelicus in 13th century called apple tree “noble” with a fruit “gracious in sight and in taste and virtuous in…

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Airplane Books and Activities

Airplanes offer endless fascination for children.  How do airplanes stay in the air?  Why do they not fall down when it rains?  Why do they make so much noise? What happens at the airport? And why don’t airplanes flap their wings?  Luckily there are many wonderful books about airplanes to answer all these questions and more.   …

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How to Make an Airplane and Travel the World

      I will tell you about one thing that was in abundance in Soviet Union.  News paper!  It was everywhere: in huge unsteady piles in the corners of our small apartments, in classrooms, flattering on every bench in a park and in dolllike Newspaper kiosks on every street corner.  Every year we had…

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The Ultimate Sensory Play Guide

  Unless you’ve been living in a cave for a few years you already heard that sensory play is all the rage.   If you don’t do it your kids will never go to college and might even sue you for negligence when they grow up.  What’s sensory play?   It’s all the fun learning…

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How to Make Giant Bubbles

Last year we visited Nuremberg, a city in Bavaria, Germany.  The main kid attractions like zoo and the train museum were fun, but the highlight of every day was a stroll through the cobbled streets of Old Town, and not simply because our hotel was right there within the historical city walls.  The Old Town…

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Shark Science: Buoyancy

  Today I want to share with you a wonderful experiment on buoyancy.   The point of this experiment is to help kids understand how oil in shark’s liver help them float.  In contrast to other fish,  who have bladders filled with gas, sharks have liver filled with low-density oil that is similar to vegetable…

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Best Shark Books for Little Shark Enthusiasts

    One of the great things about kids is that when they get crazy enthusiastic about something it rubs on you and you develop a sudden deep interest in a subject that you never cared about before.  Before kids it didn’t occur to me to give sharks much thought.  Like everybody else I watched…

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DIY Faberge Eggs with Kids

For better or worse gone are the days of Russian Royalty.  They may be gone, but their stuff is not.   At a recent auction in Finland a 12-piece sitting room set from Romanov’s Winter Palace was sold for half a million dollars.   I guess there might be some weird sort of excitement in sitting…

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Anansi’s Party Time – Literature Unit

I create our literature units to bring excitement and fun to learning math, to enrich our reading experience, and to have something fun to do with our books.  I discovered that children’s books offer great opportunities to learn about history, math, science, geography, human relations, and of course, language arts.  I find that literature units…

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The Princess and the Pizza – Literature Unit

I create our literature units to bring excitement and fun to learning math, to enrich our reading experience, and to have something fun to do with our books.  I discovered that children’s books offer great opportunities to learn about history, math, science, geography, human relations, and of course, language arts.  I find that literature units…

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Penny Lift Simple Science

Got some pennies and a few trucks?     We got a fun science experiment that boys and girls of all ages will love.        You will need books a long board (a closet shelf worked for us) 2 small yogurt containers or plastic cups a piece of string two toy cars of…

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The top 10 Audiobooks for Little Kids

I have learned that there is an alternative to the “Are we there yet” soundtrack playing in the backseat of my car.  It’s called books on tapes.  Not only they prevent “Mom!  He is breathing my air!” squabbles, but also my kids are exposed to books that are well above their reading level, learn new…

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Russian Tsars Unit Study

  The objective of this unit is to introduce small children to the topic of Russian Tsars and to expose them to new words and concepts.  The outline of the unit:   I – Introduction to Tsars II – Russian Tsars Math  III – How to make an Imperial Russian Crown IV – Story Bag…

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Eyedropper Art

It’s a quick filler activity for those times when our schedule gets disrupted, or baby is about to wake up from a nap and there is no point in starting a longer craft session/ board game, or even when a war over toy is brewing between the siblings and I need to quickly switch their focus.…

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How to make the Imperial Russian Crown

Crowns have been around since prehistoric times. If you wonder why look at the animal kingdom.  Lion’s mane.     Photo Credit: Kevin Pluck/Wikimedia Commons  Deer’s antlers.     Photo credit: Bill Ebbesen/Wikimedia Commons  Hoopoe’s crown of feathers.     Photo Credit: J. M. Garg/Wikimedia Commons Russian Boyars   Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons  There is something majestic about impressively…

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What Russian Tsar Ate for Breakfast?

  In the famous play by one of my most favorite Russian writers Mikhail Bulgakov there is a funny scene where lunch is served to Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The Tsar asks what is being served and hears the following list, “Rabbit livers boiled and pike’s heads in garlic and caviar… Anis vodka or cardamom…

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Russia for Kids

      The most effective way of introducing children to cultural diversity is through books.  But not just any books.  Quality books with rich story, beautiful illustrations, and accurate message.  I used this as my guide in putting this list together.  I did include two nonfiction books (the first two on my list) that…

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How plants Drink – Tinted Flowers and Celery

Have you ever wondered how trees get their water?  It’s amazing really. I was just reading a book about Appalachian Trail by my favorite writer Bill Bryson and learned that some large trees lift several hundred gallons of water a day from its roots to its leaves without noise or fuss, “imagine the din and…

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Ooey-Gooey Fun

    If you are looking for a quick, fun activity with relatively little clean up then try our Ooey-Gooey art.  My kids love to play with stuff they can moosh (is it even a word?) and squash with their bare hands, but if your kids are squeamish about having to touch stuff that is sticky,…

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Creating Beautiful Spaces – Fairy Garden

     Happy Earth Day!  We just finished English, Math and Science for the day and to honor the Mother Earth and everything it provides us we will spend the rest of the morning picking up the garbage on the streets and will start the seeds for our vegetable garden in the afternoon.  I always…

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Rainbow Rain

  We have had our share of spring showers this year.  One day watching the raindrops sliding down the kitchen windows my 6-year old exclaimed, “Imagine if each rain drop was a different color!”  So, we decided to do just that – create a rainbow rain!   For this project you need an easel and…

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Titanic Day

Today marks 103th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.  On April 10th, 1912 the “unsinkable” Titanic started on her maiden voyage with 2,223 passengers and crew.  Four days later it hit an iceberg and sunk in the wee hours of April 15th claiming more than 1,500 lives.  So many years later the story of the Titanic…

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Ice cream game – Introduction to probability for little kids

        Finally!  Kids can have ice-cream, eat it, and learn something at the same time.  Both my 6-year old and my 4-year old adore this game.  Who wouldn’t?  Lot’s of tasting involved.  They are especially happy when they guess the flavor right.  But it’s not that important.  The purpose of the game…

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Walking on Eggs – video

What wouldn’t I do in the name of science?  Hmmm… I think I wouldn’t eat a bug.  I just read about a scientist who swallowed a live fly and described the sensation of it fluttering inside his throat on the way down.  You know what really happens when you swallow a fly?  Depending on the…

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I’m standing on Eggs… and you can too

Easter is a week away and our egg-centric activities are in full swing.  Kids have been wondering how is that mother hen can sit on eggs without breaking them.  We looked into it and turns out it’s all about equal distribution of weight.  According to some sources an adult can stand on eggs without breaking…

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Titanic Math Game: cooperative board game for children 4-12

  My kids love everything Titanic: books, puzzles, youtube videos… So I came up with a Titanic Math Game, a cooperative board game that uses their fascination with boats and sinking to teach some math skills, a sense of time, even a bit of spelling and writing, if they choose to write things down. The extra…

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Books for Girls who don’t want to Kiss the Frog

I did not join the anti-princess movement.  I think fairy tales are great as long as you follow them up with a guided conversation.  Little Mermaid throws her life away for a boy?  Do you think it was a wise thing to do?  Goldilocks breaking and entering the strangers’ house?  What do you think she…

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Polar Bear Day

February 27th is a National Polar Bear Day!  We love Polar Bears, so when I started planning activities to celebrate these amazing animals I decided that one day is not enough and we need to stretch the Polar Bear Day into a Polar Bear Week.     Polar Bear Dot-to-Dot I started off by drawing…

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