Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Hanukah

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

10 cool STEM gifts {you haven't heard about yet}

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With all of the holiday shopping you have going on, your list should include things that all children to learn and discover through science, technology, engineering, art and math {referred to as STEAM}.  These are not the old fashion stereotype that you have of these subjects, but new innovative hands on discovery play. 

These companies are not only innovative, but they are all small independent businesses that will benefit from your purchases. 

Circuit Stickers $24.99- $89.99

Kids {and adults!} get to play with LED lights by using conductive surfaces to create circuits.  Older kids could be challenged to use the circuits to create and invent using their creativity and imagination. 

Use science to do some cooking.
Inspire a budding chemist and 
learn about history.  
Sun Print Kit average $8-15
Sun print kits uses the sun to expose a film sheet that is treated to stop the exposure.  This is a fun activity that can be done with many different ages. 

Use this kit to make a paper house that will glow in the dark using a non toxic reactive substance.  

Build Your Own Electric Guitar Kit $199.99

This kit is a fun way to create any play with something 
that you made with for long
lasting fun and discovery.

Spin Bot Kit $24.99

The Spin bot is a robotic kit that creates a pattern 
making robot. Click on the video to see how it works

Sew Electric Book and Supplies 
This book will use your sewing skills to create projects that will 
light up, glow and more.  

This kit will let you turn 
almost any object into a touchpad!

This kit inspires using windpower as the energy to inspire creative minds.  You can experiment with different types of blades and configurations to create an efficient power source.

*A big thanks to:*
My cousin, Ben Waber, author of People Analytics and President/CEO of Sociometric Solutions, who introduced me to many of these items.
My friend Sherri who is an amazing educator,artist and tech junkie. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hula Skirt Cutting Fun!

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 preschool cutting fun hula skirt.  

I wanted to practice cutting skills with Baby Bear.  I gave her a few options and she wanted to make a hula skirt. This is a really fun activity to practice holding a scissors and cutting in a way that your child can show off their handiwork.  They get to make something that helps to use their imagination and also keep them active by dancing. 

large brown grocery bag
kid friendly scissors ~we opted for metal blades
stapler or velcro for closure

Open the bag at the seam. Cut off the bottom of the bag take off the handles carefully.

  I always start by modeling what I want Baby Bear to do.  Start by showing how to hold the scissors and cut in a straight line.  Next, draw some guidelines for your child to follow leaving 3 inches at the top for the band. 

Once the bag is successfully cut, either staple it on or use the velcro for a reusable closure.  If you want to make it reusable, I suggest reinforcing the top with tape on the inside or by folding it over for structure. 

Find some hula music and DANCE! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Edible Math Fun for Preschoolers

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Baby Bear loves patterns and numbers, so we took some of her M&M snack and played some games during our tea party.  

You don't need anything special for counting with little ones.  Even your food can do! Start with easy things like numbers and counting.

Then move on to color sorting, sequencing from most to least, patterns, and sizes.

Work up to creating patterns, shapes, and anything else you can imagine.

Making a game out of things that will seem harder later on for children helps to build a foundation of good math memories.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

alphabet hopscotch

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We are taking advantage of the last precious warm days outside.  Baby Bear is learning letters in preschool, so I try to find fun ways to reinforce it at home.  

You don't need anything special do this besides chalk. 

I showed baby Bear how to draw a hopscotch board and we filled it in with letters.  Then we just learned to do the hopping on one foot to open on two feet move that you do with using a hopscotch.  

After getting the movements down, we played the game using letters.  It was so much fun that a friend joined us.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Love Letters from Baby Bear

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Thanks to Baby Bear's amazing teachers, she has begun to compose writing pieces.  I always that that authoring meant that one had to be physically writing things down by oneself, but it does not!  Make sure to tell them that they are writing and authoring so they know the vocabulary associated with it.  

When your children cannot write themselves, it is totally OK to write thing that they compose down and keep it to treasure.  These two incredibly imaginative pieces were things that the teacher wrote down from Naomi to Mr. BBH and I.  The more imagination the better and they are incredibly beautiful!  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

~Bedroom Updo~

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Baby Bear is growing so fast and is so tall that her little toddler bed is getting too small for her.  We looked and looked for a solution for her new bed.  I thought about a bunk bed since she shares a room with Mini but I couldn't find anything that I loved enough to make a decision.  We got a metal bed frame and a board for the memory foam mattress.  We decided that the memory foam mattress was worth it for us over the $99 basic box spring for a few bucks more. I am so glad that we did because I have been cuddling in Baby Bears bed and so has Mini. 

Her great aunt got her this cool tent and Sofia the First sheets, so we went with the theme!  Then her Great Grandma got her the comforter to complete the look. 

The Reveal 

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