5 Tips for Exploring Nature with Kids

It’s important for children to be encouraged to connect with nature, but what if you are a little timid when it comes to exploring the outdoors? Whether you identify yourself as an “indoors” person or you just don’t know where to start, here are a few things you can do to make the transition a […]

Fossil Hunting at the Creek

Summer is hot and the water in the creek is cold! We had fun cooling our toes while hunting for fossils! The rocks in the creek we visited were predominantly shale and limestone. Mixed into the bunch were some incredible fossils! I explained to the boys that fossils were impressions of the remains of creatures […]

5 Must Follow Pinterest Boards for Summer Learning

Are you on Pinterest? Looking for some inspiring boards to follow for plenty of Summer learning activity ideas? Here are five of our all-time favorite Pinterest boards you’ll want to add to your “must follow” list to help foster your child’s love of learning throughout the Summer months and beyond! 1. Inner Child Learning — Educational crafts […]

Bubble Science

Every kid has a fascination with bubbles.  There’s just something enticing about them.  We recently spent an afternoon playing with a bottle of bubbles, which led to lots of discovery about the science behind bubbles.  Here’s a few of the fun concepts we learned as we explored bubbles.    Does wand shape effect the bubble? […]

Around the Web: Sidewalk Chalk

There are so many ways to learn and play with sidewalk chalk. It’s great for play prompts, open-ended play, and educational activities. This makes it a must-have in the summer, and we know you’ve been stocking up!  Are you looking for creative ways to use your stash? If so, you’ll want to stockpile these 10 […]

Learning in an Instant- Letter Sounds Hopscotch

We’ve been talking about fun ways to play and learn with sidewalk chalk, and today we have another playful idea to share. Letter Sounds Hopscotch! Encourage your kids to practice letter sounds and their gross motor skills with this simple game.  Instead of drawing numbers in your hopscotch grid, draw objects beginning with the letter […]

5 Ways to Learn with Chalk

Truth? I have never intentionally planned a “learning activity” for my children using chalk (bad blogger mom Melissa!). To me, chalk is simply an inexpensive medium used to create driveway art or something to occupy the boys’ hands and minds while I page a magazine and chat with an old friend on the phone. However, […]

Exploring Nature with Books

 The best part about summer for me is getting outside with my children!  I love watching their eyes light up when they pop a wild berry into their mouths or find a snail along a forest trail.  We spend hours and hours outside each day, sometimes doing more formal learning such as species identification and […]

Around the Web: Homemade Learning Manipulatives

There’s a lot of learning potential in the simple items you can either find around your home or make yourself with a little creativity. There are many benefits to making your own learning manipulatives. It can be a fun, rewarding experience that allows you to save some money and perfectly tailor the end product to […]

Learning in an Instant: Simple Letter Writing Activity

For a super quick and mess-free letter writing activity for the kids, remove the label stamp from a zipper freezer bag using a paper towel and a bit of rubbing alcohol. The label will wipe right off leaving you with a completely clear bag! Next, fill the bag with some clear hair gel (from the […]

Learning with Ordinary Household Items

Learning manipulatives (items that are used to engage a child in hands-on learning) are used for problem solving and to help increase understanding of a concept, such as counting. There are literally thousands of incredible learning manipulatives available for purchase through education websites and catalogs; making a choice can be very overwhelming! But did you […]

How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

Kids love to look at and examine animals. But we don’t always have a backyard that encourages animals to come to us. So, how can you promote animals in your backyard?  First you have to know what kind of animals you are wanting to attract. Are you wanting a variety of birds? What about insects? […]

Using Blocks to Teach Your Child About Tints, Shades, and Mixing Colors

What I love about simple wooden blocks is their versatility. A child can use blocks to create a zoo . . . a school . . . a road! (Or, a road through a zoo that leads to school!) Blocks deliciously challenge a child’s fine and gross motor skills as they practice balancing and building, […]

Becoming a Chicken Mama

Raising baby chickens is a rewarding task that leaves us with entertainment, wonderful learning opportunities, and of course, amazing eggs.   If you have ever thought about raising your own chickens for eggs now is the time to consider giving your children the rare experience of having their very own backyard flock!     My daughter is […]

Insect Lab Nature Investigation

Spring brings flowers, warm air, green grass . . . and insects. Many, many insects! Due to mild weather and their natural instinct to hunt for food after winter hibernation, insects are abundant in the spring. Many spring insects are young; they have recently hatched out of an egg case or matured from pupae to […]

“April Showers Bring May Flowers” Handprint Art

Have you ever gazed at your child and wondered to yourself, “How did he get so big?” or, “Did she grow in her sleep last night?” Colin had just come home from preschool and was excitedly sharing what he had learned that day from his teachers. As he yapped on and on, it became one […]

Rainbow Song

This week we’re exploring weather themes, and here to start off the week is a great video from Angelique teaching a rainbow song! Watching Angelique’s videos always makes me smile!  You can watch the video of the rainbow song here: Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to view it on YouTube, and don’t forget to subscribe […]

Planting a Three Sisters Garden

Short on space but still want a garden?  Try planting a Three Sisters Garden with your kids this year!  With a few modifications this Native American technique can even be adapted to grow in a pot and you can enjoy all the benefits of these plants that help each other grow in even the smallest […]