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easter egg hunt alternatives

Building with blocks is a huge pastime in our house. Kiddos and adults come together to create amazing things. We've recently graduated from DUPLO blocks to LEGO blocks and our creations have become that much more exciting and intricate. With egg hunting season right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to add some strategy to the hunt and extend the activity to last longer than it takes to gobble down handfuls of jelly beans.

preschool science

We enjoy when our homeschool subjects overlap. In this case, it was art plus science and Valentine's Day seemed like the perfect day to make our mini volcano sculptures that we then had to demolish with baking soda and vinegar lava explosions. Fun!

fall pumpkin kindergarten math activity

Fall is such a fantastic time of the year. The hands on learning and field trip opportunities are endless. With pumpkins, squash and gourds abound it's hard to resist those vibrant colors and interesting textures and shapes. The kiddos have been playing non-stop with this little bookcase I put together. Check it out!

montessori multiplication board printable

We purchased a Multiplication Board a few months back, and really enjoy using it. The kiddos use it for multiplication practice, but also for fine motor work. Quality Montessori materials are worth the investment, but can be a little overwhelming to your homeschool budget. Check out our printable...

printable montessori puzzles

Quilts have always inspired me. The process of making a quilt and the detail that can go into them are fascinating. From the denim quilts my uncle cuddled us into, to the busy hands of my great grandmother and grandmother piecing intricate, original designs together. In our house, quilts mean creativity, warmth, and love. Printable quilt square puzzles are the perfect intro for little ones. Download Quilt Quandaries now and use with foam, felt, paper, cardboard, or fabric.

gross motor math using pedometer

I've always found pedometers to be motivating when it comes to fitness goals. They are a little reminder of what you've accomplished (or still need to!) in a day. We invested in some fairly inexpensive pedometers for the whole family hoping that these little accessories would help with motivating the kiddos, too. It's working! Better yet, we've even found ways to use the pedometer for learning.

water beads and marbles for sensory play

Mixing water beads with clear marbles creates a unique sensory experience. Challenge your kiddos to find all the marbles using their hands. Blindfold them for an intensified experience. Or, if you're like me and prefer to mess with your children for fun, give them a big bowl of water beads and see how long it takes them to figure out there is something off about this sensory bin.

 

We also thought it would be fun to do a time-lapse for the growth of our water beads. Apparently, we have a lot of free time. Enjoy!

 

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web design basics for kids

Web design and computer coding are regular discussion topics in our house. Mr. eager Ed is a super talented designer and web developer and we view coding as an important part of our kiddos education. I do not know how to code, and am definitely learning along with them. I admit, sometimes my eyes glaze over a bit when coding comes up. My brain has to work extra hard to understand. Cue...

coloring changing bracelets

The kiddos had a ton of fun making these bracelets! They ran from inside, to outside, and then back in giggling and hiding inside a dark closet. The beads are clear when you're inside, change to color outside in sunlight, and then glow in the dark. Yep, they are that awesome. The color changes amazingly fast and is so vibrant. We added an element of intrigue by coding the bracelets to reveal secret messages when they change.

insect and bug unit study homeschool

Insects are fascinating. Did you know that a bug is a type of insect? I always thought that bug was the overreaching term for insect, but I was wrong. What makes an insect a bug is the type of mouth it has. Where did I learn this important piece of information you might ask? An encyclopedia? Try again. A consult with an entomologist? Nope. The Internet? Nota. It was from...

coloring mixing with playdough STEM STEAM

The kiddos love to build and building with playdough has been high on their building bucket list. We have been looking for the perfect building material to go along with the playdough. It needed to be something that was strong, not too pokey and colorful of course. We had a major score when we found these colorful popsicle sticks at the dollar store. Yeehaw! I don't need much of a reason to make colorful playdough, so off we went.

backyard kids archaeological dig pretend play

We are listening to The Story of the World on CD and are so digging it! I ordered the companion Activity Book and am so glad I did. It is full of review questions, additional reading references, maps, coloring pages, and awesome activities to go along with each chapter. We borrowed the archaeological dig concept from the book, but expanded it for a few days worth of archaeological adventure. Let's dig in!

heat sensitive easter eggs

A few weeks ago, we visited a local science museum and were given color changing pencils for completing a survey. The pencils blew my mind and I had to figure out how to make them myself. My brilliant cousin, who remembers everything and has a mind like a steel trap, instantly recalled Hypercolor t-shirts from the 90's and that was my launching point. After an intense Google session, I found the product and basic process I needed to start our color changing experimentation. With Easter right around the corner, eggs seemed the perfect...

hands-on learning math uncle goose groovie blocks

Math is a popular subject around our house; especially with our five year old. Just last night Mr. eager Ed went in to tell her it was lights out for bedtime, and she was writing out addition problems in her notepad. Warms my heart. We use Singapore Math and Life of Fred, but also mix in a lot of hands-on math experiences in our homeschool. With her help, I've gathered a list of our current fave hands-on math resources.

anatomical human heart coloring page

Looking for something a little different this Valentine's Day? Try our FREE anatomical heart coloring pages! Our kiddos are currently obsessed with their internal organs, so this set seemed like a good idea. We've included a simple coloring page and color-by-number. Who does your heart belong to?

rotary phone cipher worksheet printable

We like to pretend we are spies. We dress in disguise, create secret messages, and eavesdrop on each other. We also love retro home appliances, so we combined both in this FREE simple cipher printable.

painted shapes with texture stamps

Be warned:  these textured foam blocks will haunt you. Bring them into your house and they will never go away. They spread quickly, and seem to multiply over time. I find them under the couch, in the bathtub, outside, and now with the art supplies. They do make great stamps though, so go get some. Just remember, you've been...

sparkle foam octagon

Isn't it cool when one shape can be made into a completely different shape? We do just that with this FREE Octagon puzzler. Use eight triangles to make one outstanding octagon. Geometry is fun!

red blue silver glitter quilt square

Make your own puzzle using our FREE Patriotic Patchwork printable! We call these quilt square puzzles in our house and primarily use foam and felt for the pieces. You could easily use scrapbook paper, colored cardstock, cardboard, or crazy printed fabric instead. After you fall in love with this freebie, check out our...