How to Make a Lung

How to Make a Lung

How Does a Lung work? We recently purchased the Magic School Bus Human Body Lab, shown at the left and which I will be reviewing when we are completely done with the projects. One of the experiments showcased the Respiratory System and showed how to build a lung, however, this experiment is easy to whip up and I thought I would share how the kids enjoyed it! You will need a 2 liter bottle, tape, cling wrap, scissors, a balloon and a small strip of paper. To build the lung…

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother’s Day Flowers

A simple but cute mother’s day idea  The kids and I visit the library, usually on Tuesdays, and with Mother’s Day coming up they had a cute, little craft waiting after story time and the kids were able to make Mother’s Day flowers. We love our library and those in children’s department, they always have things for the children but this one was too cute not to share, and honestly… Dads, husbands, boyfriends…this one is for you! Why you might ask…well any mom would love the thought of her man…

Hands on Learning

Hands on Learning

Earth’s Layers For school recently we have been learning about the Earth’s layers and I thought it would be fun to do some hands on learning along with the reading, so we made mini Earths out of homemade dough. To make the dough you will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and food coloring in blue, green, red and yellow. Mix the flour, salt and water until you get a dough consistency and then separate into 4 separate pieces. Once that is done,…

Easter Confetti Eggs

Easter Confetti Eggs

My oldest and middle child are only 50 weeks apart, in fact my second born was due on my first born’s birthday, but I had to be induced and that “awesomeness” wasn’t to be. Sometimes their birthdays are right after Easter, depending on when it falls, and for a preschool birthday party one year I bought some discounted Easter confetti eggs for Easter as party favors. I purchased a couple cartons of eggs that were a dozen eggs each, made with actual egg shells and filled with confetti, to be thrown or…

Easter Egg Rainbow

Easter Egg Rainbow

With Easter approaching dyeing eggs is always on a parent’s mind and it tends to sneak up on us. A few years ago I tried some alternative methods, you can see those here, and kept coming across the graphic to the left, an Easter egg rainbow. I really wanted to try them ALL but I just couldn’t find the time. Last year (2015) I finally decided to give it a try and I loved the colors, of course half way through I wondered what mad person had talked me into this idea,…

Thanksgiving fun for little ones

Thanksgiving fun for little ones

Thanksgiving, is that awkward holiday that most people glaze over to get to the craziness of Christmas and often is missed, especially by children. Explaining the history of Thanksgiving to a child is a daunting task, of course there is the coming together of the pilgrims and Indians, however, the story takes a very non g-rated turn after that event, not to mention that being grateful for blessings doesn’t always come naturally to a child. There are ways to savor the holiday for what it is and make Thanksgiving fun for…

Catch a Leprechaun with a Leprechaun trap

Catch a Leprechaun with a Leprechaun trap

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, my kids wanted to catch a Leprechaun, with a Leprechaun trap. They devised a plan that involved at trap and gold. I had them color regular printer paper with St. Patrick’s day themes, including “Free Gold” and we taped them onto a box. Then, my son grabbed a wooden spoon, placed some “gold” under the box, anything sparkly will do and I sent them off to bed. The next morning we found the trap had been sprung but alas, no Leprechaun, however, he did leave…

There is more than one way to dye an Easter egg

There is more than one way to dye an Easter egg

  So, as Easter approaches the time to dye Easter eggs is at hand, and while many might buy the packets of compressed colors at the box stores, the truth is, they do hinder the experience with color limitations, they call for the use of vinegar, which many people oppose, not to mention that there are those that are completely organic and using commercial dyes are out of the question. There is more than one way to dye an Easter egg and over the last 3 years the below are…

Make a Groundhog

Make a Groundhog

Who says Groundhog’s Day can’t be fun? Groundhogs are the only animals that have their own holiday here in the US, so whether it is Groundhog Day or a unit studying them or just because, they deserve a little wink and a nod. I think the little guys are adorable and this past Groundhog Day, the kids and I made a craft to celebrate. Maybe your kids will find this fun too!   What you will need… The small groundhog printable here, scissors, toilet paper tubes, crayons, popsicle sticks, glue…

Valentine’s Day ideas, with fingers and toes

Valentine’s Day ideas, with fingers and toes

  Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and maybe you are still looking for something small but meaningful, to do with your little ones. Over the years I have done different things but when I can, I like to us their hand and foot prints to commemorate. It might seem redundant now, but some day when their hands are as big as ours, we will be glad we took the time! Here are 2 quick Valentine’s Day ideas, with fingers and toes! This little blue Valentine was done when my youngest was…