36 End of School Year Party Ideas

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school

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The school year is winding down, and summer is almost upon us once again!  Kids are excited for longer days spent in the sun, playing and taking long vacations.  Perhaps you’re looking forward to more family time and day trips you can’t take during the school year.  In any case, a celebration is in order!  If you want to welcome summer in style, here are 36 end of school year party ideas to give you some inspiration.

 

DECOR:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSchool Bus Theme – From a table and backdrop made to look like a life-sized school bus, to bus decorated cookies, this school bus theme is a cute reminder of schooldays.  Pair it with a banner that says “Schools out for summer!” and you’re end of school party will be ready to roll!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolIce Cream Theme – This ice cream party features adorable decor – from paper ice cream cones hanging on the backdrop of the table, to washi tape covered trays!  There are cute signs for each station and lots of coordinating paper products that fit the whole Ice Cream Social theme.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolPool Theme – A pool themed party is perfect for welcoming the coming summer!  What makes these decorations awesome is that they are totally functional AFTER the party is over!  You won’t pay a dime for extra things you’ll just throw away – just buy summer items (like beach towels, pails and a wading pool) that you would normally buy and use them in unique ways for decor!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Theme – This carnival themed party is over the top amazing.  From a large, big top style tent fabric backdrop, to hand designed carnival graphics printed on paper products, this party has it all going on.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBright Future” Theme – If you’re planning a graduation party at the end of the school year, you’ll love this decor!  Taking inspiration from the “bright futures” ahead of the grads, there’re pops of neon colors, a sunglasses motif and fresh flowers.  Learn how to make mortarboards from scrapbook paper with neon tassels!  Whether you’re celebrating preschool, 5th grade graduation or high school graduation, this decor would work wonders for you!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolDIY Honeycomb Apples

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school

and an Apple Theme – What says “school days” more than an apple for teacher?  Learn how to make your own honeycomb apples to hang around the room.  And this adorable apple themed party features a black paper background with white writing – reminiscent of blackboards – and a tree adorned with apple cookies.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeach Theme – Everyone’s looking forward to long days at the beach, so why not bring the beach to your party?  Dollar store beach balls make a cheap decoration and you can serve food from sand pails with shovels.  Toss in some rope, pilings and driftwood and you’ve got some inexpensive, cute summer-themed decor!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSurfing Theme – The decor for this “Surf Into Summer” party is luau-inspired – with grass table skirts and blow up surf boards everywhere.  Bright colors in sand pails and signs nod to exotic locations.  Throw in some sunglasses and the kids will love it!

 

FOOD:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeach Cupcakes – These adorable cupcakes feature a sunbathing bear, such a cute nod to sunshine and warm days on the beach!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSchoolbook Sandwiches – For a school-themed party, you’ll need some textbooks!  All you need are flour tortillas, cheese and deli meat cut into rectangles – then simply assemble and write on them with food coloring markers.  Too cute!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSunshine Cupcakes – Cupcakes are a party must, and these are a cute and delicious symbol of summer.  This smiling sunshine will be a perfect addition to your “welcome summer” party!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeachball Fruit Pizza – You can learn how to turn a fruit pizza into a beachball!  If you’ve got a beach or summer themed party, it’s a great treat that’s also healthy.  Plus, it’s just as pretty as it is delicious!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school“Build Your Own Picnic” – This is an easy and super cute way to host a picnic lunch.  With lots of individually packaged options, everyone can pick and choose the elements of their own picnic lunch.  Bright labels are a fun pop of color.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolIce Cream Social – The food for this party is all ice cream – tons of toppings, syrups, waffle bowls and cones, and lots of ice cream.  Then let everyone build their own perfect sundaes.

 

ACTIVITIES:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome Summer Banner Burst – Make a large-scale banner welcoming summer and let the party-goers race through it – bursting into their vacation!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolFrisbee Tic Tac Toe –  This tic tac toe board is made out of a shower curtain!  Players toss frisbees, trying for three in a row.  It’s an inexpensive and summery outdoor version of the classic!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolOutdoor Water Party Games – You’ll find all sorts of inspiration for water-filled games here – like sponge relays, trike and bike wash and water gun filling stations.  If your end of school party is outdoors, you may want to include lots of water fun!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome to Summer Outdoor Games – This party included all the outdoor summer classics – like kickball, frisbee, water balloons and blowing bubbles!  When in doubt, you can never go wrong with the old standby’s!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolChalk Drawing – Host a chalk drawing party!  The whole point of this “festival” is to brighten up the neighborhood with art while celebrating the longer days of summer.  It’s a super easy, inexpensive and low-key activity all ages will love doing!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolLast Day of School Basket – While this activity was created for family’s to do on the last day of school, it’s certainly something you could alter a bit for a party.  Simply leave a basket out with lots of fun summery activities – water guns, water balloons, chalk, bubbles, balls, treats, towels, etc – and have the kids dig in!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWalk of Fame – This activity would be perfect for someone who’s graduating – whether from preschool or high school (or anything between).  Just place milestone events on cards attached to dowels or stakes and line the walkway to the party.  Guests coming to the party can appreciate the special moments and the guest of honor will enjoy reliving it all.

 

FAVORS:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSidewalk Chalk – What a cute, practical and fun way to wish your party-goers a happy summer!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolPopsicles – Nothing says summer like a nice, cold popsicle!  These are a great treat for any age.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSunglasses – You can’t beat a nod to the 80’s!  These are cute and super functional.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolKool-Aid and Crazy Straws – Kids love kool-aid!  And they’ll love it even more with a crazy straw.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSwedish Fish – You could use the same phrase and card with fish crackers, gummy fish, or other fish candy as well.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSummer Science Kit – If you want to stay away from sugary sweets and are trying to encourage continued learning, this fun science kit will be a big hit with kids.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolJump Rope – Another staple for long summer days – a jump rope!  Inexpensive, active, and fun!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolMonogram Chalk Slate – A little chalk spray paint, colored chalk and some chipboard letters creates a unique, one of a kind favor that’s schooldays themed.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolDr. Seuss Bookmarks –  These Dr. Seuss bookmarks are a cinch to make and require few materials.  They’re colorful and fun; the quote is perfect for little learners.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolFla-mingle Info Tag Pencil Toppers – What a fabulous way to leave your information with friends from school so you can set up play dates!

 

INVITATIONS:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSmart Cookies – These cookie-themed invitations are so cute!  Host a cookie bar to toast your smart cookies – and don’t forget the milk!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolThat’s A Wrap! – The invitations for this party state a clear theme – candy!  Wrapped up in colorful papers and plastic, candy makes for a tasty and decorative (not to mention easy) party.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Ticket – This adorable ticket shaped invitation to a carnival themed party is just perfect!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSidewalk Chalk Festival – Here’s a cute and easy invitation to a “chalk festival”.  Simply made on the computer and printed out, they’re easy and inexpensive and can be completely customized.

 

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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6 Hands-On Art Activities for 3-6 Year Olds

Art education is crucial to emotional, mental, and physical development. Supplement your preschooler's art education with these fun hands-on art activities! 6 Hands-On Art Activities for 3-6 Year Olds - Tipsaholic, #art, #kids, #preschool, #homeschool, #preschoolactivities, #painting

 

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Art education is perhaps one of the most undervalued curricula in modern public school systems.  Visual arts has been the focus of many academic studies, the results of which suggest that art is crucially linked to the development of core human emotions such as passion, empathy, love, sincerity and happiness.  Art also helps kids develop communication and self-expression skills.  It leads to higher performance across a range of educational disciplines, and encourages self-discipline, time-mangement, imagination, innovation and spacial reasoning.  For very young kids, the practice of hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, language skills, and connectivity is invaluable.  If the thought of tackling art with your kids scares you, don’t be intimidated!  How do we best supplement the art education they receive at school?  With hands-on application of course!  Here are 8 genius ideas for easy art activities they’ll love!

 

1. Life Size Self Portraits.  You’ll need an extra large sheet of paper for this project!  Kids will have a ball creating an artistic version of themselves!  Lay the paper on the floor and trace around your pre-schooler.  Have them paint or draw themselves.  You could make this as interactive and detailed as you want – use construction paper, fabric, yarn, ribbons and glue along with crayons and paper.  You can find instructions here.  Depending on your child’s age, you can include a short description and explanation of the self-portrait and a bit about the history to round out their art lesson.

 

2. Tasty Color Mixing.  Introduce kids to the primary and secondary colors with this delicious activity!  All you need is vanilla frosting, food coloring, plastic knives and sugar cookies.  Help the kids make frosting in different colors, mixing the food coloring to create new shades.  Explain how mixing two specific colors will always yield the same result.  In the end, you get to eat your creations for snack, so this is a surefire favorite!  Get fell details here.

 

3. Marble Art.  Creating marble art is a great introduction to Jackson Pollock and his contemporaries!  You can show kids examples (Like this one) of this famous artist, then create your own look-alikes!  Simply place a piece of paper in a tray or bin (that is easily washed).  Place small dabs of different colored paint here and there – use tempera or other washable/non-toxic paint – and throw in some marbles.  The kids can tip the tray this way and that, making the marbles run through the paint and creating trails of color, splatters, and fun mixtures.  This is one kids of many ages will love, as the groove, sway and flip those balls around on the tray!

 

4. Wax Resist Watercolor.  A wax resist watercolor painting is easy to create, and fun for kids of all ages.  Here’s a full tutorial for making a monet-inspired wax resist painting.  Simply have them color a picture using a white crayon on a white piece of paper.  Nothing shows up!  Then have them use watercolors to paint over the paper – all of the white lines will appear!  Preschoolers and kindergartners will think it’s like magic!  If you’d like to include some information about impressionism, here’s a good resource for a slimmed down summary.)

 

5. Construction Paper Collage.  A collage is a simple and fun form of artistic expression.  Little hands love the freedom involved in cutting and pasting to their hearts content.  All you need is construction paper, child-safe scissors and glue or glue sticks.  Have your children cut shapes from different colors of paper.  Then layer them however they’d like on a blank piece of black or white paper, gluing the pieces down one at a time.  This doubles as great cutting practice as well as a study of Matisse.  If your little one becomes frustrated with scissors, it’s a good idea to have some shapes already cut as backup.  You can find instructions for this Matisse-centered art project and information about the artist here.

 

6. Fruit and Veggie Stamps.  Printmaking is tons of fun for kids of all ages.  It’s also a well-known art form with famous printmakers including Andy Warhol, Hans Baldung, Ernst Haeckel, and Hokusai.  (Here’s a link to images of famous prints, so you have an idea).  To introduce kids to printmaking, all you really need is stamps and paints!  For preschoolers and kindergartners, printing with produce is an incredible experience.  They’ll be intrigued and amazed that the food they eat can make such fun shapes!  Gather together a few different vegetables, a large piece of paper and some tempera or other washable paint.  Some good ideas for vegetables are: apples, bell peppers, smaller peppers like poblanos, potatoes, and okra.  Cut the vegetables in half to create an interesting edge.  Have your child dip the end in paint of their color choice, then stamp it on their paper.  Here’s an awesome example of okra printing with a tutorial!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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10 Science Books 6-9 Year Olds Will Love

If you want to reinforce science concepts at home, reading picture books with your kids is a great idea! 10 Science Books 6-9 Year Olds Will Love - Tipsaholic, #science, #books, #read, #kids, #education, #sciencebooks

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As children start school and begin acquiring reading skills, designated reading time at home becomes even more important.  While your child is learning to be a more competent reader, they are also absorbing more information about a variety of subjects.  If you want to foster a love of science in your early elementary aged child, one of the best ways to do this is through books!  Picture books are engaging and entertaining, even when they’re full of scientific facts!  Not sure where to start?  Here are 10 science books 6-9 year olds will love!

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1. Science Verse by Jon Scieszka –

Written by the creator of the famed “Math Curse”, this book all about different science concepts is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones!  Covering such topics as the food-chain, black holes, combustion, amoebas, metamorphosis, the universe – and more! – in quirky, silly, rhyming verse, this book is pure fun.  It combines clever illustration and witty writing to create a scientifically accurate celebration!

 

2. The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. Branley –

Have your children ever wondered why the moon looks different from night to night?  This book covers some basic astronomical concepts – like how the moon revolves around the earth.  With step-by-step instructions, your kids can conduct an experiment using only an orange, a pencil and a flashlight that will help them visually understand what is happening to the moon.  Teach your kids about the phenomena of the moon’s phases!

 

3. Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart by Natalie Rosinsky –

Magnets affect our lives in many unseen ways!  Have you ever watched a child play with magnets?  They love the magic behind them!  Watch them get even more excited as they read this book and learn all about how magnets work – from compasses and magnetite to the magnetic poles to motors!

 

4. Bite-Sized Science by John H. Falk –

The only thing better than reading about science is DOING it!  This book is an introduction to many elements of science – including the scientific process!  Teach children to observe and evaluate the natural world through short, “bite-sized” activities and demonstrations you can do together.  Each one is 15 minutes or less, including set up and clean up, which makes them perfect for kids.  Kids get to make predictions, test them and observe results.  What’s more, a lot of them involve food, so your kids can eat their experiments!

 

5. What is the Earth Made Of? by Katherine Weidner Zoehfeld –

Young readers will be engaged with the cute and colorful illustrations in this book, while the text is perfect for read aloud fun.  It’s an introduction to a very important scientific building block: solids, liquids and gases; and how they can change states of matter!  Kids will love learning about ice cubes, water and gas – evaporation and what it all means for the world around them.

 

6. Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer –

Those creepy crawlies you love finding in the lawn?  They’re part of science!  You’re child will love learning all about worms and how they help soil, compost and plants!  The realistic pictures might make them squirm, but they’ll be intrigued by these wiggly wonders!

 

7. Science in Seconds for Kids by Jean Potter –

This awesome book contains 100 science experiments you can do with your kids in ten minutes or less!  Most of them seem like magic – like seeing colors that aren’t really there, or staying dry underwater! – but the book also explains the why behind what you’re doing, so your kids will have tons of fun while learning.

 

8. National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes –

This book is chock full of wonderful pictures and interesting facts about the universe in which we live.  The book is divided into short chapters that explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to children and moving outward into the universe.  The simple text and vivid graphics will grab their attention.

(check out the other National Geographic Kids books, as well!)

 

9. Gravity is a Mystery by Franklyn M. Branley –

Everyone knows that when you drop or throw something, it will fall to the ground.  But WHY does that happen?  There’s a mysterious force pulling us all toward the center of the earth, and no one really knows what it is.  In this book, you can follow along with an adventurous scientist and his funny dog as they learn all about gravity.

 

10. Forces and Motion: A Question and Answer Book by Catherine A. Welch –

This book uses real life settings with photographs to explain the basic elements of physical science.  Through question and response, kids learn all about air resistance, mass and gravity and the connection between force and motion.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Science Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love

Reading picture books together is the perfect way to supplement your child's education. Here are 10 science books your pre-reader will love! 10 Science Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love - Tipsaholic, #science, #kids, #education, #preschool, #sciencebooks

 

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Reading books out loud to young children is a great way to introduce new concepts and reinforce learning.  Picture books for pre-readers are specifically designed to be read aloud while engaging young kids.  Science doesn’t have to be complicated or boring, and reading about scientific ideas together can help kids feel more confident about what they learn.  If you’re not sure where to start, here are 10 science books 3-6 year olds will love.

 

Reading picture books together is the perfect way to supplement your child's education. Here are 10 science books your pre-reader will love! 10 Science Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love - Tipsaholic, #science, #kids, #education, #preschool, #sciencebooks

 

1. What is Science? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich –

From soil to rocks, hurricanes to airplanes and planets and stars, science is all around us!  This book is a charming introduction to science told through rhyming verse and colorful, cute illustrations.  Kids will be delighted to learn that science is a part of the world they already know.

 

2. Clouds by Anne Rockwell –

Your children will love applying what they learn in this book all about watching the clouds for weather clues!  A basic introduction to meteorology, the simple text is perfect for young children.

 

3. Dinosaurs Big and Small by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld –

This is sure to be a favorite with kids.  As the book introduces very basic paleontology through pictures and easy to read text, it also compares specific dinosaurs to familiar objects from today.  Kids will retain the information they learn as it is applied to the world around them now.

 

4. A Germ’s Journey by Thom Rooke, MD –

It’s natural for little kids to wonder how they get sick, and hard for them to relate to something so tiny they can’t even see it!  This funny adventure follows a cold germ on it’s journey, and your child can follow it from sniffle to snuffle to sneeze!

 

5. My 5 Senses by Aliki –

There is simply no better way to introduce preschoolers to science than by talking about their senses!  After all, what is science but discovery, observation, and hypothesizing through our senses.  Kids will love learning all about what they can discover on their own through delightful pictures and simple text.  They’ll be ready to see, hear, small, taste and touch their way through the scientific process!

 

6. My Amazing Body by Pat Thomas –

Just think about everything your body can do!  This simple introduction to physical fitness and health science is perfect for pre-readers.  Kids learn about diet, exercise and health in an easily understandable way.  The book also encourages independence by exploring the importance of making good decisions about taking care of their bodies.

 

7. Motion by Darlene R. Stille –

Think physics is too difficult for preschoolers to grasp?  Think again!  This fun book has bright, graphic images and simple text that explains motion in relatable ways.  Kids learn about movement, speed, force and inertia by thinking about their own motion.

 

8. Sleep is for everyone by Paul Showers –

Did you know that sleep is part of science?  It’s true!  Kids will particularly enjoy learning about an everyday occurrence that applies to science concepts.  Read lots of eye-opening facts about the science of snoozing.  Help your kids understand the why behind sleep, and bedtime might be even easier!

 

9. Light by Natalie M. Rosinsky –

Young kids are naturally intrigued by light and its properties, so read this book with them and learn all about the science behind it!  Kids can learn how to make shadows, reflections and even rainbows.  They’re sure to be engaged by the cute illustrations.

 

10. From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman –

Follow the life cycle of a butterfly with this easy to understand storyline.  A caterpillar come to school in a jar and the class watches as it changes – growing larger and creating a chrysalis – but one day the caterpillar is gone!  Where did it go?  The colorful drawings in this book are eye-catching, and kids will love this basic introduction to metamorphosis.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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10 Science Books 9-11 Year Olds Will Love

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If you want to foster a love of science in your elementary aged kids, you’ve got to make it readily accessible at home.  Science class is great for teaching basics and fundamentals, but supplementing what they learn at school is key to a more well-rounded education and deeper understanding.  One great way to reinforce science concepts is by reading books with your children.  Here are 10 great Science books 9-11 year olds will want to read over and over!

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1. Big Book of Why: 1001 Facts Kids Want to Know, by the editors of TIME for Kids Magazine – It’s no secret, kids are curious critters.  Sometimes the questions pile up high and parents have a hard time answering!  That’s when this book comes in handy.  Why do we have eyebrows?  What’s the fastest a human can run?  What’s the deepest point on Earth?  The highest?  Kids can find all of this and more.  The book is divided into subjects and covers lots of different scientific areas – humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space – and it’s full of photos and illustrations to represent the science and history behind each question/answer.  Once they start reading, they won’t be able to stop!  They’ll want to wow their teachers and parents with all the fun facts they learn.

 

2. Extreme Weatherby H. Michael Mogil –  This book is full to the brim with amazing images and quality diagrams on everything from types of storms to how to observe weather to places known for their specific extreme weather conditions.  The images – taken at unique and unexpected angles from up-close in the action will take readers right inside the book.  The text answers likely questions about weather and will guide your kids to a better understanding.  It’s an engaging follow-up to meteorology basics and a fun read.

 

3. The Elephant Scientistby Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson –  This book chronicles the research and findings of Caitlin O’Connell, an American scientist who traveled to Namibia to research Elephants in their natural habitat.  Set in the African scrub desert, this book includes breathtaking photographs that will truly engage young readers.  O’Connell’s observations of elephant behavior led to a groundbreaking discovery in her field.  For those interested in Biology and Animal Sciences, this is a great representation of the field.

 

4. Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun, by Steve Spangler – This book is written and endorsed by the original creator of the mentos geyser!  Inside your kids will find extraordinary science experiments they can do with household items.  This isn’t your average science – these tricks are sure to entertain and amaze, all while your kids learn more about the why’s and how’s!

 

5. Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope, by Bridget Heos – In this captivating book, kids enter the Science lab of Randy Lewis whose research centers on spider silk and its benefits and uses in human life applications.  Through photographs and exciting factual presentation, kids learn about golden orb weaver spiders, and transgenic alfalfa, silkworm silk, and goats, whose milk contains the proteins to spin spider silk–and to weave a nearly indestructible fiber!  They’ll be fascinated to discover the applications: from improving body armor and strengthening parachute tethers, to repairing human bones and ligaments!  This is an exciting look into the world of genetic medicine, with some focus given to the ethical concerns of genetic research.

 

6. Great Scientists, by Jacqueline Fortey –  Great Scientists takes a look at the world’s pioneering scientist, their most popular discoveries and relevance to us today.  The book begins with Aristotle, highlights Archimedes, William Harvey, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble (among many others), and ends with Stephen Hawking.  It’s an overview of leading discoveries and life’s work in the vast field of science and shows a bit about many subcategories.  Each scientist is afforded a summary of work and contribution to the science community and historical effect, some personal information, a timeline, and a photograph.  This is a very in depth look at very important leading scientists that have shaped our knowledge and view of the world and a wonderful introduction to the history of science concepts.  It is interesting and engaging, and will give kids a desire for more.

 

7. Something Stinks! by Gail Hedick, When dead fish continue to wash ashore of the Higdon River, a determined young lady decides to find out why.  At first mocked by her seventh grade classmates, she eventually persuades them to help in her investigation.  They’re led to factories, farms, golf courses and all over town, and their discoveries eventually land them in trouble with law enforcement.  Can a group of kids really solve the puzzle and fix the source of the problem?  While fictional in content, this book sheds light on serious, real-life issues and has been awarded for its outstanding Science content by the NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Committee.

 

8. Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives, by Elizabeth Rusch – This exciting and action packed book begins by detailing the 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz, one of the most devastating volcanic events known.  With amazing real-time photography and engaging sidebar notes and facts, this book chronicles the perils of living in volcano danger zones – as more than one billion people do today.  It also recounts the life-saving missions of the International Volcano Crisis Team.  This is one book about science they won’t be able to put down!

 

9. The Periodic Table: Elements With Style, by Simon Dasher and Adrian Dingle – This super witty book introduces kids to Chemistry and the elements in a new and engaging way.  The pages are designed to resemble popular networking sites online, and each element is given their own homepage.  Kids will love reading through the funny and informative “profiles” – each personally written by the elements themselves – and watching for profile pics that represent their “personalities”!

(Bonus: Look for other Simon Basher books, too!  Each has the same entertaining illustrations and design, along with the witty writing and style typical of Basher.  There’s Astronomy: Out of This World, Physics: Why Matter Matters, Biology: Life as We Know It, Human Body: A Book With Guts, and more about Science, Technology, History and Math!)

 

10. The Elements: a Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, by Theodore Gray – Do not be put off by the intimidating title or the length of this book.  The Elements is the perfect aid in teaching your kids about atoms and elements.  Each page is broken into sections for easy visualization – so there is detailed information without overwhelming the eye.  Bright, bold photographs of the elements in their true form accompany the text, along with sidebar images that show various real-world applications of each element.  Explained in a way that makes elements fun and personal, the text and graphics are easily accessible, even to children.  The gorgeous photographs alone will excite readers and ignite an interest in Chemistry.

(Bonus: See also Theodore Grays’ sequel to Elements, Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything and Marcus Chown’s Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun.  Both of these are done in the same eye-catching, invigorating and exciting style.)

 Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Fun Valentine Activities for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to pull out the paints and doilies, glue and glitter, pipe cleaners and paper and let your kids have a blast!  There are many fun Valentine activities for kids that can encourage creativity and inspire learning. Doing some projects together can make this an even more special time of year. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

 

1. Amp up your learning with Valentine Activity Trays

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There are several ideas for Valentine-themed trays at this link that will help with counting and numbers, color recognition, letters and spelling, matching, small motor skills, hand-eye coordination and more!  Plus, they look totally fun.

 

2. Make Valentine Sensory Bottles. 

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Use the free printable to add a tag to let your kids know they’ve got you “all shook up!”

 

3. Paint with homemade heart sponges.

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Whip out your red, purple and pink paints and let your kids make a painted heart collage.  Throw in some glitter for even more fun!

 

4. Feed the birds

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All you need are pipe cleaners and cereal to make these cute and colorful bird feeders to hang outside!  Your little ones will love threading Fruit Loops onto pipe cleaners and shaping them into hearts.

 

5. Glam up with some DIY heart glasses. 

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When all the cereal is gone, use the boxes and leftover pipe cleaners to upcycle some fun heart shaped glasses to wear all day!  You can even use red cellophane paper for the “lenses”!

 

6. Create these little “love bugs” from clothespins, craft sticks and pom poms!

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Add a magnet to the back to turn them into magnetic clips.  You and your kids will have a great time making fuzzy bugs and they can give them away as gifts to their loved ones!

 

7. Punch a Bunch.

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Of cups, that is.  There’s a game kids can’t resist called “punch a bunch” where you basically fill some paper cups with prizes, cover them with tissue paper and let the kids punch through to the prize.  This Valentine themed punch a bunch game, called “My Heart is Bursting” would be awesome at a party with a ton of kids, or used with 14 cups as an advent countdown to Valentine’s Day!

 

8. Scatter love all over. 

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Make some love rocks by collecting stones from outside and painting them.  Once they’ve dried, deliver them anonymously to places and people who need to feel a little love!  Think hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, bus stops.  Place them around park benches and by doors.  Line a neighbors walkway.  But be sneaky!

 

9. Shoot some arrows – dessert style!

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Create cupid arrows with skewers, sparkly paper and donut holes.  Your kids will like making them almost as much as eating them!

 

10. Weave some baskets

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These Danish Heart baskets are inexpensive and fairly simple to create.  When you’re done weaving them into a heart shape, you can fill them with little treats and drop them off at your loved ones houses!  Or hide them under family members’ pillows!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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5 Hands-On Science Activities for 6-9 Year Olds

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As important as it is to teach your children the basics of science and reinforce the concepts they learn in school, it’s even more important to DO science with your kids!  Kids learn best by doing – whether they fail or succeed at a specific task, acquiring information in a meaningful way is always easier when they are fully engaged.  Luckily, science is full of fun experiments that help illustrate scientific behaviors and concepts.  Here are 8 science activities for 6-9 year olds that will be sure to grab their attention!

 

1. Fantastic Foamy Fountain – Science Bob

This fun demonstration creates an exothermic reaction, and is a great way to teach your kids about chemicals and the way they interact.  You can also teach them about catalysts, as it uses yeast as a trigger for the foaming reaction.  Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the growing foam – it seems like magic!  Until you talk about the science behind it.

 

2. Swimming Spaghetti (and other weird experiments) – Boys’ Life

This easy peasy science demonstration uses things you’ve got in your pantry, so you can do it today!  Break spaghetti into small pieces and watch them sink to the bottom of a glass of water.  Add vinegar to the water and see what happens to the spaghetti then!  Baking soda and vinegar react chemically, creating carbon dioxide – you can explain the science behind it as you cook the rest of the spaghetti for dinner!

 

3. Rock Candy – About Education

Not only is this a fun science activity, but you can eat the result – something your kids are going to love!  All you need is rough string (or wood skewers), water, sugar and food coloring!  Set the experiment up in a glass jar so you can watch what happens while it’s going on.  Be sure to talk about the key science concepts of saturation, precipitation and evaporation.  If you want a scientific explanation for what’s happening, see here.  Once you’re done watching your crystals grow and talking about the science, share the rock candy with friends and family!

 

4. Homemade Gak – Li’l Luna

What kid wouldn’t love making their own slime?  Gak is a fun, slimy, play dough type material with interesting qualities and behaviors.  The science behind this one involves state of being – solids, liquids, gas, etc.  Gak is a non-Newtonian fluid, which is basically a liquid that’s not “normal”.  For younger kids, discussion of state of being is likely enough, but if you’d like to delve deeper, you can also talk about polymers, and how molecules form to create them.  Read the science behind it here.

 

5. Rainbow in a Glass – My Kids’ Adventures

This is demonstration creates an awesome visual your kids will love.  It’s a colorful, fun way to show them how density works.  Basically, you stack liquids of different types which have been treated with food coloring onto each other in a glass jar.  The different densities won’t mix, but will separate and show as stripes.  Not only is this visually interesting, but it will give you an opportunity to talk about density, and thus volume and mass.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Science Education (Ages 6-9)

You can reinforce your child's education at home with little effort! Here are 8 tips for supplementing your child's science education to get you started. 8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child's Science Education - Tipsaholic, #science, #education, #kids, #school

 

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There are so many different aspects and directions a science education can take.  There’s chemistry and molecules, health sciences, natural sciences, earth science and geology, meteorology, physics, biology, plant and animal science, machines, electromagnetics, and that’s just to name a few!  With all of these different elements, plus the basic knowledge of scientific theory and processes, it’s hard to know where to start with your kids’ science education!  Reinforcing what they learn at school is crucial, and you can bolster their education and aid in their success with a little bit of effort.  Here are 8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Science Education (Ages 6-9).

 

1. Focus on fun!  At the elementary level, it’s most important to engage kids in a meaningful way – which really means you need to make science fun!  Kids are more likely to retain what they learn if they are interested in the lesson.  For that reason, keep your talks, activities and experiments short and simple so you won’t lose their attention.

 

2. Be involved.  The best way to engage kids at this age?  Lots of visually stimulating demonstrations and hands-on activities that focus on basic concepts in a broad range of science disciplines.  That means you’ll have to get engaged, too.  Participating in the learning process with your children will show them it’s important and encourage their natural curiosity.  So dust off some easy experiments you can do in the kitchen or backyard, read up on the scientific method and make some science lab books with your kids to record data!

 

3. A family af”fair”.  Get everyone involved in scientific discoveries!  Host a family science fair!  One great way to help kids grow more independent and responsible for their education is to have them tackle projects on their own.  So pick a night far enough in advance to give plenty of time for work, research and planning.  Advertise the science fair in a fun way and make it a big celebratory deal!  Everyone in the family can pick their own project and work on it independently and with others when they need help.  For younger kids, you might want to partner up with mom or dad.  Invite other family members, friends or neighbors to participate as well.  Have everyone give a presentation of their project and make sure that there are appropriate rewards for hard work.  Take everyone out for ice cream afterward!

 

4. Don’t ignore your surroundings.  You may do a lot of your educational activities indoors – and why wouldn’t you?  But a large part of science involves nature, so make sure to take things outside once in a while!  Plan plenty of field trips to the park, the forest, the nature preserve, the hiking trails and even the backyard!  There are tons of things you can turn into scientific lessons with very little extra planning or effort.  Bugs!  Worms!  Trees!  Plants!  Cells!  Photosynthesis!  Life cycles, recycling, composting, weather, animals, physical forces such as movement, velocity, speed, inertia, geology… and so much more!  If your kids come up with questions you can’t answer, that’s great!  Write them down together and look up the answer online!

 

5. Utilize local resources.  Chances are there are many resources in your area that perhaps you haven’t even thought about.  Look online or with your cities travel bureau for ideas.  Great places to take your kids that will lead to scientific discussions and discovery include (but are not limited to): working farms, dairies, recycling plants, paper mills, observatories, planetariums, museums, aquariums, nature parks, or even farmer’s markets.  Just check online or call ahead to plan a visit, or ask for a schedule of events.  Libraries, nature trails, museums and even local universities often have special events for kids that focus on different elements of science.

 

6. Communicate.  If you’re supplementing the education your child receives at school, it’s a great idea to receive some guidance from the teacher.  Don’t be afraid to ask what aspects of science they’re working on in class and what they plan to cover throughout the school year.  Teachers can be an amazing resource as well, and can refer you to local classes, activities and places they’ve been made aware of.  They can also recommend applicable books, websites and videos they’ve come across.

 

7. Don’t underestimate yourself.  You may not be a professional teacher, but you’ve got the skills, awareness and resources to be a teacher to your children.  Use everything at your disposal to help you.  Don’t overthink it.  Keep it simple and relevant to their lives.  A great resource for interactive science games, activities, video clips and more is Topmarks.  Individual items are classified by type of science and age range.  Also, check Great Websites for Kids which lists fabulous educational websites by topic.

 

8.  Play off your child.  Know your child’s interests and hobbies.  Relate their science studies to the things they are naturally drawn to.  Understand their strengths and weaknesses.  Encourage them to work on their weaknesses by playing on their strengths.  Don’t push too hard, but don’t underestimate them either.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Art Education Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love

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Art is an important and vastly under-appreciated element of education.  Fortunately, there are a myriad of ways you can supplement art education in your home.  Reading books to your child is one valuable tool for learning.  Children will become better readers and writers while having fun with you and learning about art.  There are so many different aspects of art education you could focus on – history, masters, colors, hues, composition, to name just a few – that it’s hard to know what your focus should be.  Here are 10 art education books geared to preschoolers that your 3-6 year olds will love!

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1. Art by Patrick McDonnell –

This cute picture book tells the story of Art and his art.  Art is a budding young artist – like so many children.  Follow along and watch as Art creates His fun masterpieces all over the pages of the book.  With rhyming verse and messy, colorful illustrations, this is sure to be a hit with young kids.

 

2. Mini Masters Board Book Series by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober –

(Dancing with Degas, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with MatisseIn the Garden with Van Gogh)

These books combine rhyming text, short and simple phrasing and beautiful works from master artists.  Young kids will learn about Degas, Monet, Matisse and Van Gogh in a fun, engaging and positive way.  The artwork is vivid and beautiful and sure to delight even older readers.

 

3. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds –

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” The art teacher says, but Vashti is not convinced.  She is not an artist and instead, she jabs angrily at the paper leaving an unremarkable dot.  That dot, however, leads her on a completely unforeseen adventure through self-discovery and creativity.  Children can learn right along with her as they recognize the value of each person’s unique, creative spirit.

 

4. Perfect Square by Michael Hall –

One perfect square.  But oh!  What a square CAN be!  This adventurous story shows kids how a simple square of construction paper can transform into unlimited possibilities.  Kids will be excited not only for the next page and the coming surprised, but will love applying this in their own creative lives.

 

5. Press Here by Herve Tullet –

This is no mere book about dots and colors, oh no!  Press the dot and the book comes to life, bringing with it a magical, tactile adventure!  Young kids will love following the instructions in this interactive book.  They’ll press, shake, blow, tilt and jab their way through the pages and find delight in the shapes and vibrant colors.

 

6. Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg –

With endearing drawings, vibrant colors and beautiful text, this book gives kids a lovely life lesson.  Mistakes are ok.  In fact, mistakes are great!  They can help you learn and grow, lead to discoveries, and cultivate creativity.  A spill on your masterpiece doesn’t have to ruin it.  Look for a way to turn mistakes into art – when you’re drawing or in life.

 

7. Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka –

This hilarious romp through New York City’s Museum of Modern Art will have your kids begging for more!  When the main character loses track of his friend, Art, he is directed to MoMA instead.  He continues through the museum, looking for his friend, and in the process learns much about famous artists – Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso and others.  Your kids can learn right alongside him with these playful illustrations and clever, comical text.

 

8. Touch the Art: Count Monet’s Lilies by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo –

This is a wonderful introduction to impressionism for very young budding artists with paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Degas to name a few.  This book is a wonderful take on the average “touch and feel” genre and is a tactile experience for young kids who will love feeling bumpy bark on trees, patting fancy hats and counting fruit.  They’ll increase fine motor skills and learn about famous artists at the same time!  (See the other “Touch the Art” books in the series as well)

 

9. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires –

In this creative tale with vibrant, quirky pictures, the unnamed heroine sets out to create the most magnificent thing.  She has a plan and knows just what she needs to do.  After trying and failing time after time, she decides to give up.  What will happen to her creative vision?  Is it lost for good?  Kids will learn just as much vocabulary from the witty text with fun and functional action words and trilogies of verbs as they will about perseverance, negative emotions and creation.

 

10. The Museum by Susan Verde –

This whimsical look at art is told through charming illustrations and simple, lighthearted text.  Follow the main character on an adventure through an art museum, where each piece speaks to her in a different way.  This playful tale captures the emotion and experience of art, and children will better understand how artwork communicates to others and how they can feel energized to create and express themselves.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

For more educational ideas try these:

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Homework Station Inspiration: 32 Ideas for Organization and Order

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As the school year kicks into high gear, you’re bound to be inundated with homework, calendars, newsletters, flyers and all manner of miscellaneous supplies.  It can be hard to keep track of it all, especially while keeping schedules, activities, due dates and big days straight!  Keeping yourself and your kids on track all year long can see a monumental task: what you need is a homework station!  A homework station can be as simple or elaborate as you wish and should include all the items you and your kids need to stay focused on school.  If you’ve got the space, you can add hooks for backpacks, a calendar or a cork board so you never have to miss another important date!  Whatever your specific needs, there’s a station on this awesome list for you!  So take a look at our homework station inspiration and create a space that suits your family.

 

1. Desk Built-in with Hanging Storage from Better Homes and Gardens

This space is everything you could want in your home: clean lines, lots of storage, tucked into a little built-in.  If you’ve got the space for a built-in desk, you can’t beat it for homework management!

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2. Mini Homework Station in a Tray from House of Smiths

You can pick this tray up and take it with you!  Tucked inside the drawers and boxes are all the supplies your children could possibly need. This is perfect if you haven’t got a designated homework desk, or if your space is limited.  Plus, it’s motivational!

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3. Rolling Cart Station from Smashed Peas and Carrots

The small kitchen cart from Ikea is cute, compact, and totally functional!  Cram it full of supplies for school and still have space left on the bottom to stack homework, worksheets, and books.  Then you can tuck it away and roll it out when you need it.

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4. Magnetic Back to School Station from The 36th Avenue

This magnetic back to school area can hang right on the side of your fridge!  You’ve got everything you need to stay organized right at arms length – including a handy dry erase/magnetic calendar, supplies, and “accountability clipboards.”

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5. Seat Sacks and Curtain Rod Storage from Scissors and Spatulas

If you’ve got a table or desk area, sew up some seat sacks to hang on the back of your chairs!  Kids can slip in all of their homework, books, and papers.  Add a curtain rod with hooks to store supplies they’ll need.

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6. Chalkboard Organization Station from Design Dining Diapers

This little chalkboard is a cute addition to a homework organization center!  The trendy baskets keep supplies within reach and you can write notes, reminders, and to-do’s on the chalkboard.  Get supplies and note clutter off the tables and counters and up on the wall.

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7. Tabletop Homework Station from Polka Dot Chair

This tabletop homework station can sit front and center on a desk or table and be removed during mealtimes since it’s so portable.  No need for a ton of space in order to keep everything looking crisp and neat – and readily available.

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8. Repurposed Crib from A Little Learning for Two

If you’ve got an old crib from your kid’s babyhood, repurpose it into a chalkboard desk!  The great part about it is that there’s a ton of built in space to hang supplies and needed items.  There’s room to spare on all the old crib slats and the desktop provides ample room to work.

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De-Mystifying Math: 8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Math Education (Ages 9-11)

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Math.  It’s necessary, requires higher thought processes, and can be completely intimidating for elementary school-aged kids.  If you have the right approach, attitude and mindset as a parent, you can help your child gain not only an understanding and appreciation for math, but perhaps even a fondness.  In any case, supplementing your child’s education is crucial to help them feel at ease with abstract math concepts.  Here are 8 super helpful tips to help your 9-11 year old with math concepts and learning.

8 tips for de-mystifying math

1. Always consider the individual. 

All kids learn best in different ways — be it visually, orally, verbally, physically, etc.  You can find out more information about each different category at Learning Styles Online.  Keep your specific child in mind when considering your approach and remember to tailor their supplemental learning.  By this age, a “one size fits all” mentality towards education could hinder your child rather than help them.

Kids have started approaching schoolwork in a more individual way at this point in their development.  Worksheets (many which can be found online) might work best for a logical or solitary learner, while active games involving kinesthetics and math concepts would work better for a physical learner.

If you need some help identifying the best ways to teach your child, you can take a “multiple intelligences” quiz online and answer the questions as if you were your child.  The following quiz from Edutopia breaks down learning styles into percentages and offers specific information for each style: Multiple Intelligences Learning Styles Quiz.

Also keep in mind your child’s interests and try to fit their math education accordingly.  If they love cars, for instance, use games, activities and story problems involving cars.  If they love animals, use this as a theme for supplemental materials.

2. Do it together.

Chances are your child will be more appreciative of a unified learning approach, so do math together!  Sitting your child down at the computer to play games all by himself won’t have the same impact as learning together and discussing the concepts as you go.  So whatever the learning style, whatever the activity, be present.  If you find that you yourself are unfamiliar with a concept, look it up together and figure it out.  Oxford Owls Jargon Buster is a good place to start if you need help refreshing your memory about math terms.

3. Use a variety of tools, resources and methods.

Even if you’ve recognized your child’s preferred learning style, using the same method or activity repeatedly can cause boredom and disinterest — the exact opposite of our supplemental learning goals.  No matter how much your child loves timed tests or flashcards or dominoes, they’ll still appreciate a little variety.  Some ideas you can do with the whole family (even older or younger siblings), include: planning and budgeting for family outings, baking, planning a schedule, gardening, crafts that involve measuring and cutting shapes, weighing items, grocery shopping, charting growth with tables and graphs, online math games, video games, iPhone or iPad apps and board games.

4. Focus on key concepts appropriate for age and grade.   

Not sure what they are?  Email your child’s teacher and ask!  Talk with other teachers and parents you know.  Here’s a short list for kids ages 9-11 year-olds:  telling time (including adding and subtracting times), measurements (inches, yards, feet, miles, grams, pounds, etc. and converting between metric and imperial measurements), calculating with larger or more complex numbers (including up to three digits, decimals, percentages and fractions), understanding shapes (including 3-dimensional shapes and angles), and using different types of charts, tables and graphs.

5. Watch your own attitude. 

If you don’t approach supplemental education as a chore to be completed, neither will your kids!  Your attitude, more than anything else, shows them what their attitude should be.  Keep your comments, actions and reactions to math homework and any math activities you plan positive.  If your child doesn’t respond positively to a certain planned activity, take it in stride.  Don’t force it, but do come back to it later.  Say something like: “It’s ok.  We don’t have to do this now.  Would you rather help me cut out some shapes for a project I’m working on?” or something similar.  Wait a few days before trying again.  Whatever you do, don’t give up!  And don’t make it “work” but rather “math fun time” or “project time” — something your child can relate to and have desire to do.

6. Make it fun!  

It’ll be easier to accomplish tip number five if you’re focusing on making your supplemental activities fun for your child.  Play games.  Read fun math books.  Laugh while you learn.

7. Establish math as regular and routine.

How many times did you ask “When am I ever  going to use this in my life?” when you were in a math class?  Show your kids that math is a regular, everyday occurrence.  You can do this by not only having some type of supplemental activity every day (and it doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out activity – simple is better!), but also by pointing out instances when your child is using math skills when they may not even notice, such as when they are paying someone at the store and counting out money or when they are figuring out how many hours until bedtime.

8. Include the teacher.  

Whoever that might be — if they’re home-schooled, this is an easy one, just be sure to include your spouse!  Email the teacher for more information about what your child is learning.  Ask the teacher for extra worksheets or ideas for activities.  Use the teacher as a sounding board if you’re having issues approaching math with your child. He or she might have lots of ideas for engaging students that you haven’t thought of.  Your child’s teacher could also have access to or ideas about resources, books, websites, math nights, etc. that they can share with you.  If you’re a homeschooling parent, connect with other homeschooling parents for ideas.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Hands-On Literacy Activities (ages 3-6)

 

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Most preschool and kindergarten aged children are tactile, kinesthetic and visual learners.  Activities that engage these learning styles are the most effective way to supplement your child’s education at home.  Whether playing games, using flashcards, singing rhymes and songs or drawing pictures, using a variety of activities will engage your child so you keep their interest and have fun while learning.  Need some ideas for age and developmentally appropriate activities for your preschooler?  Here are  10 hands-on literacy activities for ages 3-6.

 

1. Online Games – Playing games on the computer has a general appeal for kids.  Using these resources teaches them technology skills, hand-eye coordination, gets their brain moving.  Check out these cool literacy building online games: Funbrain Reading and VocabThe Magic School Bus Gets An Earful Sound GameScholastic Building Language Game (Naming, Letters and Rhyming), pbs kids: Super Why Rhyme ‘n Roll Game

2. Board Games –  Board games can get the whole family involved!  Teach your kids valuable life lessons while learning about literacy – like taking turns, cooperation, being a good sport, supporting others, and social interactions/communication.  Try these board games: Alphabet Squiggle Game, Grandma’S Trunk Alphabet Game, ABC Cookies, Alphabet Memory, Spot It! AlphabetAlphabet Go Fish

3. Puzzles – Puzzles come in tons of variations, and get small motor skills going as well as improving cognitive skills.  Here are a few ideas:  Melissa & Doug Alphabet Letter Puzzles, Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzle, Spelling Puzzle Game, See & Spell

4. Flashcards – You can buy alphabet and phonics flashcards at many stores, even the dollar store.  Try Speakaboos online interactive alphabet flashcards.  OR, Course Hero is an awesome online source for creating your very own personalized flashcards!  It’s mainly used by older students as a study tool, but you can make them for your child and print them out or use them in conjunction with the free app.

5. Manipulatives – Manipulative are small items your kids can use in a ton of different ways to learn things from counting to upper and lowercase letters while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  They usually come in fun, bright colors which are appealing to kids and teach preschoolers colors as well!  You can find manipulatives in lots of stores, and here are a few kits to try out: Alphabet Soup SortersAlpha Pops, Letter Construction SetABC Lacing Sweets

6. Colorful Catapult – Alter this catapult game from Spoonful by writing letters on plates instead of numbers.

7. Fly Swatter LettersDelia Creates shares really fun ideas for learning while playing outside.  In addition to the fly swatter game, she also shows how to play the letter game with squirt guns, how to write letters with a spray bottle, and how to play Number and Letter Twister!

8.  DIY Salt Tray – Check out This Mummas Life for directions on making this salt tray, a fun way for kids to trace letters and practice writing.

9. Letter Walk – This fun take on a scavenger hunt uses super simple, everyday items to teach kids letters and starting sounds, while getting them up and moving around!  Check it out on Learning and Playing in 2 Bedrooms or Less.

10. Flashlight Alphabet Game – If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll go nuts over this fun hide and seek game – played in the dark with the aid of an alphabet puzzle and a flashlight.  It’s super easy to set up – go get the details on Happily Ever After Mom.

 

Playing with kids is a great way for them to learn without even realizing it!  Are you looking for more fun learning activities for 3-6 year old kids? Try these 8 Hands-On Science Activities!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Hands-On Literacy Activities (ages 6-9)

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No matter how old your child is or what type of schooling he or she receives, supplementing literacy education at home is super important.  If you want your child to be a life-long learner, enjoy reading and get the most out of their language and literacy education, you need to be an active participant in teaching them.  It certainly doesn’t have to be a chore and should feel like fun to both you and your child!  If you’re not sure where to start, here are ideas for 10 hands-on literacy activities for ages 6-9.

 

1. Board Games

From ages 6-9, kids are more interested in structured games with specific rules and have better attention spans and strategizing skills.  Capitalize on these developments when you plan learning activities for your child!  Here are some board games that focus specifically on language acquisition skills: Silly Sentences, What’s Gnu?, Pop For Sight Words, Tell Tale, Brain Quest.

 

2. Flash Cards 

While flash cards aren’t ideal teaching tools for every child, they’re an excellent way to switch up activities, take along when traveling or waiting for appointments, or for solo play time.  The good news is that flash cards don’t have to be boring!  Here are several sets that are sure to spark interest in kids: Spelling Flashcards, My Favorite Things Flash Cards, Alphabet Animals Flash Cards, Alphabeasties, Rhyming Words Flash Kids Flash Cards.  There are also some great DIY flash card tutorials: Tactile Sight Word Cards, Free Alphabet Flash Cards, Wooden Alphabet Cards.

 

3. Storytelling Bag

Put many different small objects/toys/cutouts in a bag.  Sit in a circle and begin your story with “Once upon a time…”.  Take turns drawing an item from the bag without looking and fitting it into the story.  Pass the bag around the circle to continue the story until you run out of items.

 

4. Word Family Portraits

A word family is a group of words that share a common combination of letters and sounds.  This game is an example of successfully scaffolding and building from what your child already knows.  Use pictures from a magazine or your own family photos with words attached and have your child group the individuals into family units within a “photo frame.”

 

5. Read and Find Game

This is a mash-up of an “I Spy” book and a sensory bin, with practice on reading, hand writing and motor skills thrown in.  You find actual toys with names your child could read, throw them in a bin, make a list of them, and have your child read the list, find the item and write the item down on their own list.  Easy to recreate and easy to learn.

 

6. Rhyming Jars

Gather a few jars and write a simple word on each.  Write words that rhyme with each jar on craft sticks and have your child choose which jar the sticks go in.

 

7. Sight Word Parking Lot

Create a “parking lot” on a piece of poster board with a sight word in each parking space.  Give your child cars and direct them to a spot by calling out a word.

 

8. Sight Word Soup

Using materials from the dollar store, you can easily create this tactile game where kids scoop words out of a “bowl of soup” and identify them.  It’s a fun way to work on letter or word recognition, spelling, reading and fine motor skills.

 

9. Fiddle Sticks

Directions and a picture can be found here.  To create the game, write sight words on the end of craft sticks.  Color the tip of one or two sticks a bright color.  Put the sticks right end down into a cup.  The players take turns drawing one stick at a time and reading the word out loud.  If they can’t read it, they put the stick back in.  If they draw the stick that’s colored, they must put ALL of their sticks back.  Play continues for a predetermined amount of time and the player with the most sticks when the time is up wins.

 

10. Multi-Sensory Activities for teaching Sight Words

Basically, have your child create the sight word with any number of different “sensory” objects.  They can start by copying the sight word from a flash card and move on to spelling it out by themselves after you say it.  Different sensory items they can use to create sight words: play dough, shaving cream (spray it out and have them trace into the cream), sand or salt (have them draw the letters in the sand or salt), pipe cleaners, or yarn.

 

Looking for more ways to engage your 6-9 year old? Try these tips for supplementing your child’s literacy at home.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

 

8 Hands-On Science Activities (for 3-6 year olds)

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Take the dreaded work out of learning science concepts!  Science doesn’t have to be dull and boring or difficult to grasp, even for young kids.  Cultivate a love for learning early on! Interested in teaching your kids all about science?  These 8 hands-on science activities are a great place to start.

 

1. Water Science Activities – The Measured Mom

Very young children will love these activities with water (they’d even be appropriate to do with toddlers)  Water play is great for tactile learners.  Not only will they learn about sinking vs. floating, repelling vs. absorbing, dissolution and various scientific properties/effects of water, they’ll also work on motor skills (large and small), develop critical thinking and learn to make hypothesis and test theories.  Plus, they’ll have a blast splashing around!

 

2. Bubble Science – Scholastic

Making your own bubbles can be a great learning experience in Science (and math too!)  The link has tons of great ideas for science-related topics to cover as you measure, pour and mix up your own solutions and then try them out in different ways!  Even babies love bubbles!  Another plus?  Your kids will get all their wiggles out chasing bubbles around the yard!

 

3. Bug Watch – kidspot

This old classic is still a hit with young kids!  Find instructions for creating your own bug sanctuary out of a plastic bottle… then let your little ones find some critters to place inside and watch for a while.  Check on the bugs at intervals and record findings.  Be sure to talk about their natural habitats and that bugs and insects (along with all animals) belong in the wild, then have a celebration for the grand release into the backyard!

 

4. Fossil Cookies – Martha Stewart

For help explaining paleontology and fossil records, make these awesome cookies with your kids!  The link includes a recipe and the full instructions for making fossil imprints.  When your done with the learning, your kids can have fun chowing down for snack time!

 

5. Borax Snowflakes – Delia Creates

Make your own sparkly, white crystals in the shape of snowflakes!  Delia Creates gives you the recipe for this super fun craft to do with your kids.  While you’re waiting for the crystals to form, you can explain why and how they do so.  Check out the science behind the craft here.

 

6. Carnation Colors – Spell Out Loud

Your kids can have a ton of fun making a rainbow of flowers!  All you need are plain white carnations, some jars, water and food coloring!  Place freshly cut flowers in the mix of water and food coloring and watch what happens!  Kids will love watching the transformation happen right before their eyes.  Have your kids guess what will happen to your flowers ahead of time and compare their findings to their hypotheses.  Have a discussion about how flowers and other plants “drink” in order to survive.

 

7. Balloon Blow – My Kids Guide

Did you know you can inflate a balloon using a water bottle and some simple household items – no breath needed?!  It’s true!  Show your little ones how to blow up a balloon the “normal way” before doing the experiment.  Then use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda in an empty water bottle, stretch the balloon around the opening and watch it expand!  No kid can resist the fun factor of balloons!

 

8. Primary Science Kit

Get started with some easy Science projects with this primary science kit!  The kit includes all the tools you’ll need for some groundbreaking experiments – tweezers, beaker, test tubes, flask, funnel, magnifying glass and more!  There are several sturdy activity cards included and an activity guide for parents.  The pieces are durable plastic, brightly colored and created with little hands in mind – making it not only appealing but perfectly designed for preschool kids.

 

For tons more science ideas and activities for little kids, check out the Activity Corner on Kid Spot.

 

If you want some ideas about hands-on Math activities for your preschooler, we’ve got you covered.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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