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04 April 2009

Free class

I just ran across this online class for elementary kids. Here's the link. It is FREE and begins April 13th. You download new material each Monday for 4 weeks I believe. It looks interesting and I think Tamarin might enjoy it even though he is not quite "Elementary" age yet.

02 April 2009

Cut it up

This is no new idea, but we had a blast yesterday doing it. I brought together a whole bunch of our old National Geographic Kids magazines and a couple of pairs of scissors. We were focusing on the letter "E" so Tamarin (almost 5) looked for words that had the letter E at the beginning, middle, and end. He also found pictures with E. Little Baboon (3.5) cut out mostly pictures of E with some large printed E to accompany.
Later in the afternoon, we made colages with our findings.

You can do this activity with just about any theme, colors, math, science, spelling, or make your own book, tell your own story and add handwriting to the pictures you cut out. Using scissors helps develop great dexterity with little fingers and hand-eye coodination.
Post comments if you have done something like this. I love variations on the same theme!

31 March 2009

Groovy Lava Lamps

The boys have been into experiments lately. I found a bunch that we are trying out on We tried this one today. I thought the instructions said to use Kosher Salt so we did and it doesn't work so well! We also found that using a wider jar works better.

We'll probably do this again once I get some more oil and salt from our new house. I keep realizing I've moved things we need! The boys enjoyed it a lot. We talked about why the oil floats on top. The boys loved seeing the bubbles.

Sorry we didn't get a picture. It was a little messy and the camera was upstairs.

29 March 2009

Let it snow!

We didn't get much snow this winter so we decided one day to make some of our own! A friend of mine gave me a great tip to use tissue paper or coffee filters when making them. They are much easier for little hands to cut out. We happened to have some coffee filters in our 72 hour kits, so I pulled them out for a little fun!

Here's what you need first!

We had some fun with art while getting our snowflakes ready. On this day. we focused on DOTS!

Fold your circle in half.

Then fold it perfectly in thirds. (The edges need to meet the folds.)
Here it is all folded in thirds.

Fold it in half again.

Next we added some "shapes" to the edges. Another great way to sneak in some basic math!

My kiddos are still a bit young for cutting out the intricate shapes, so I did the cutting here, but here is our finished product!

Learn all about the man who first started photographing snowflakes here:

Some incredible pictures of snowflakes here: (and the science of them too!)

Some fun "how to's" here: