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Using Kermit to Explain Leap Year to Young Children

February 24, 2012
Using Kermit to Explain Leap Year to Young Children

Frogs are a natural to explain “leaping” forward a day to children. You can incorporate frog games, snacks or coloring sheets to make the day stand out. Playing leap frog with a group would be fun and you can extend it into a math activity.  Measure how far everyone can hop then it can...
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2012 is a Leap Year!

February 23, 2012
2012 is a Leap Year!

Why do we need a Leap Year? Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days to circle once around the Sun. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a...
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Using Donuts to Create a Snowman!

January 8, 2012
Using Donuts to Create a Snowman!

  Using Donuts to Create Snowmen! It’s winter and I want to see snow! Where is it?  So I decided to make a snowman without snow! This one you can eat too! All you need are: Powdered sugar doughnut holes Toothpicks Coconut (optional) Stick licorice to use as a scarf Frosting or mini-M&M’s for...
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Gingerbread House Recycled

January 5, 2012
Gingerbread House Recycled

Gingerbread House I assembled the gingerbread house that I got from IKEA (that is a story in itself – lessons learned) and used it for the table centerpiece for the holidays but once they were over, what to do with it?  There was way too much sugar for me to suggest eating it, besides,...
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Marble Mazes!

December 29, 2011
Marble Mazes!

Marble Mazes I have never met a child that their eyes didn’t light up when they were given an opportunity to make anything to their hearts desire. On a day that it’s too cold or too rainy to play outside, watch your child stay busy and happy for hours! Materials: Gather interesting and clean...
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Doing a Taste Test with Apples!

October 1, 2011
Doing a Taste Test with Apples!

Yummy Apples for a Taste Test Have a variety of apples available; Granny Smith, Gala, McIntosh and any others you may have in your area.  Prepare by cutting up  the apples into slices and make a graph for everyone to make select their favorites then let the fun begin.  I always ask my students...
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Colonial America – Tri-Corn Hats

September 11, 2011
Colonial America – Tri-Corn Hats

  Tri-Corn Hats Helping my students get in character of a colonial child, we made tri-corn hats for the boys and bonnets for the girls.  It was very simple.   Using felt for the durability and ease of working with it. We made a pattern by measuring around the head of one of the oldest...
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Colonial American – Cooking Hasty Pudding

August 31, 2011
Colonial American – Cooking Hasty Pudding

Hasty Pudding Cooking is always fun for children and there is so much to be learned while cooking. There are a few things to keep in mind: It is assumed that with any recipes that require the use of a heat source (stove, hot plate, oven) there will be adult supervision. Make sure your...
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Colonial America – Root Beer

August 30, 2011
Colonial America – Root Beer

Recipe for Root Beer Ingredients: 1 t. dry yeast 1/2 c. warm water 2 c. sugar 5 t. root beer extract (located in the spice aisle) 8 c. hot water gallon jug with a lid Steps: Let your child stir the yeast and the warm water in a small bowl until it dissolves. Have...
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Colonial America – Mulled Cider

August 29, 2011
Colonial America – Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider Mulled Cider is great especially on a cold fall day. Ingredients: 1/2 gallon of apple cider cloves a cinnamon stick a few allspice berries Steps: Pour the cider into a sauce pan. Add all of the other ingredients into pan. Heat until hot, but not boiling. Pour into mugs and serve. Tweet
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