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Digging into a Dinosaur Cake!

July 10, 2015
Digging into a Dinosaur Cake!

Dig Into A Dinosaur Cake! Materials: sheet cake (homemade or store bought) sugar cookie dough (homemade or store bought) chocolate frosting template for “bones” 1 cellophane package of chocolate graham crackers coconut flakes green food coloring (optional) zip-lock food storage bag flour to cover the surface to roll out the cookies on rolling pin...
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Bubble Meter!

January 29, 2015
Bubble Meter!

Bubble Meter Great activity!  Simple to set up and kids loved the activity! You’ll need: small bowl or cup 1 teaspoon liquid detergent water empty plastic bottle (1/2 liter) bowl of warm water bowl of ice In the small bowl or cup stir in 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 2 teaspoons of water....
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Bubble Tester for Better Bubbles!

August 18, 2014
Bubble Tester for Better Bubbles!

  Kids love bubbles so this gave them bubbles but also an opportunity to problem solve.  They will test out different solutions to discover which solution makes the best, biggest and most magnificent bubbles!  All  you need is a few items: 4 small containers – baby food jars, bowls, cups… 4 pipe cleaners (just...
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The Importance of Playing!

July 20, 2011
The Importance of Playing!

  Children learn so much through play.  They learn: cooperation problem solving language mathematics They develop: curiosity self-esteem strength and coordination self-direction values While piano lessons, soccer games and helping around the house are important, unstructured play is so beneficial for children.  Play enables children to become inquisitive learners and well-rounded individuals.  Through play...
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Oobleck Anyone?

July 9, 2011
Oobleck Anyone?

Looking for something fast and very fun?  I’ve never had a group of children (or adults) that don’t enjoy playing, touching and experimenting with this mixture.  It has many names; Oobleck, Slime, Glurch or Goop and is like Silly Putty. The name Oobleck comes from Dr. Seuss story “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”. Reading the...
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Totem Pole Animals

July 7, 2011
Totem Pole Animals

Totem Poles Whether it is done simply for the fun of it or to learn more about history of other cultures making a totem pole is easy and fun to do.  Your child can pick animals they feel give them strength, courage, wisdom or just their favorites to make for their totem pole. Or...
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Project-Based Learning with the Whole Summer to Explore!

July 6, 2011
Project-Based Learning with the Whole Summer to Explore!

  No matter what your child loves – dinosaurs, insects, superheroes – summer is a wonderful time to follow their imaginations! It’s a great time to read, play, let them become, create and learn everything they want to know about their passion!  That is what project-based learning is – taking a topic and doing...
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Creating Imaginative Cities

July 1, 2011
Creating Imaginative Cities

Creating Cities One of our final projects for the year was Geo-Cities.  Our students made cities to show their understanding of geometric terms but in a way that even if they didn’t understand the terms beforehand,  they did afterward. Parallel, perpendicular and intersecting always confuse kids so this was a great opportunity to create...
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Summer Safety!

June 29, 2011
Summer Safety!

  Summer is time for family fun but take care.  Reading “Healthy Generations Magazine” from Garden City Hospital.  I was reminded of a few things to keep in mind when you’re out and about this summer. Automobile crashes are the number one cause of fatalities and with more people on the roads from June...
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4th of July Celebrations!

June 28, 2011
4th of July Celebrations!

  The 4th of July is coming and there are lots of fun things you can do with children. Family Fun has recipes and crafts you can easily do.  Parent Magazine has the classic decorating kids bikes with streamers for a neighborhood kid-style parade. I have great memories of my son decorating his bike...
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