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…

Summer Home School

Summer Home School

Summer and school can mix Well, Summer is finally here, the weather is perfect and the kids are out of school…well all except mine! Our kids are attending Summer home school…and no it’s not because they were bad or didn’t grasp things during the school year. Much of it (not all) is for purely selfish reasons…let me explain… In previous years we have done a more traditional summer break and found that getting back on schedule was a nightmare (that doesn’t even cover it), and even though I consistently read to…

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,…

Easy Easter Bark

Easy Easter Bark

We all want things to look nice and I really appreciate the time people put into many of the things that I see on places like Pinterest. Of course many of them are so over the top, I mean there are preschool treat bags that took more time, money and effort to create, then many people put into their wedding favors. Personally, I am for things being appealing but on the easier side of things and that is where my easy Easter bark comes in! You really couldn’t ask for an…

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,…

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…

Festive Deviled Eggs

Festive Deviled Eggs

  With Easter comes tons of boiled eggs and probably deviled eggs. If you use regular food coloring to dye your clean, boiled eggs, keep the dye and make some festive deviled eggs. After the kids find all of the eggs, it becomes time to make something of them. Deviled eggs are a favorite and to make festive deviled eggs, carefully crack the eggs and remove the shells, rinse the eggs and place an egg in a jar or cup of dye and allow them to sit for a few…

Groundhog Day facts

Groundhog Day facts

  Here are a few Groundhog Day facts… enjoy! 1. A groundhog and depending on your region, is also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, and a land-beaver. 2. A groundhog’s diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy leaves. 3. When groundhogs hibernate, and they are one of the few animals that do, they slow their metabolism and drop their body temperature to just a bit warmer than the place where they’re sleeping. Their bodies can reach temperatures as low as 30…

Making Mummies

Making Mummies

Halloween is here, well almost, and here is a cute craft that most can make, even little ones with a little help.  These mummies are super easy to make and don’t require many materials. What you will need; 1 can for every mummy, black construction paper or cardstock, googlie eyes, glue, tape, scissors and gauze. Special note: can edges can be sharp, please check cans before using. If cans are sharp, push as many edges in as possible and then tape an extra strip of construction paper or cardstock over…

Pumpkin Treats

Pumpkin Treats

  Holidays are so special! As a family, you only get so many together, yes the kids will come back again and someday with their children, but it will never be the same as when they were all small, so I try to make them special and memorable, especially since my husband and I don’t have a large family to share it all with. One of the ways I do that is with treats, here is another easy but fun and delicious treat for the Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons!…