Cool Math Game: With a Fly Swatter

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We love cool math games, especially for our kids who don’t like “school” – you know the sit and learn from a book “organized” school? We homeschool so I am constantly looking for ways to bring the learning to life – especially for my son. Flyswatter math is a huge hit! I think it has […]

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Playing with Paint: Weekly Activities Round-up

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Playing with paints is a favorite activity at the Quirky Kid household.  Just this afternoon we had our paint pens out creating more colorful clothespins (never have enough of them).  Here are some of the recent paint activities that we have enjoyed replicating through the It’s Playtime linky.  Each Wednesday afternoon we co-host a linky […]

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Sense of Touch: Discovery Bags

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Sense of Touch This summer, my son and I went to a nature center. Besides some live fish and turtles to look at, there were a few hands on activities for kids. One of our favorites was a group of boxes designed to reach your hand inside, feel around, and try to figure out what […]

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Ocean Play Dough

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Play dough can be an amazing doorway into imaginary lands. Take a batch of home-made dough – we always use this no-cook play dough recipe  – and add in some food coloring to set the scene. Today we went with blue for the ocean. Provide some props. I like to offer open-ended items – materials […]

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Art for Kids: Food Coloring Tie Dye

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On Father’s Day Weekend, my preschooler and I were busy filling up ice cube trays with food coloring and water and made a few spills.  After mopping up our mess with some paper towels, we realized that we accidentally had come upon a beautiful Paper Towel Tie Dye art activity. Materials paper towels water food […]

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Playdough Learning: Prewriting for Toddlers

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Summer is the perfect time to find packages of colorful drinking straws on sale at your grocery store. I think they are a terrific crafting material.  Drinking straws are easy to cut, come in lots of colors, and are super cheap (you don’t feel badly throwing them away when you are done). We’ve combined drinking […]

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Pillow Stacking: A Physics Lesson in Balance

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I am always on the lookout for ways to encourage and extend the natural learning that happens through play.  Language acquisition, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and social development are easily recognized as being developed through play. But have you ever thought of science skills and concepts as fitting naturally into play?  As children are playing, […]

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Pig and Pancake – 20 Recipes and Activities for Kids

20+ Activities and Recipes for pancakes. Start a fun family "pancake" tradition!

Pancakes are part of a family tradition. We love our family traditions!! We love our bucket lists and Activities for Autumn.  These pancake activities are on our list of favorite activities.  The kids enjoyed reading the book, If you Give a Pig a Pancake. When my hubs is working late we have a pancake night, […]

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12 Cool Math Games for Kids

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Let’s play with math today! We home-school and as we have added new kiddos to our family we ended our “school time” earlier than normal and I am looking for ways to ease back into a form of “catch-up” school time with some fun games. These math games are perfect for helping our kids keep […]

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Shapes in Nature

Finding Shapes in Nature

My son loves being outdoors – whether it’s digging in the dirt, playing in the sand, splashing in puddles, going for walks, smelling flowers, looking for wildlife, or just running around. Among his favorite activities are scavenger hunts.  We’ve enjoyed photo scavenger hunts and sound hunts.  This time we went on a hunt for shapes […]

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Stop Summer Learning Loss: 25+ Activities

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It is another Wednesday afternoon! Time for our weekly round-up and link party – It’s Playtime. Thanks to all the terrific bloggers who helped contribute to this list of fun, educational activities for our kids to enjoy this summer – ones to keep their brains alive and active – stop the summer brain drain! Link […]

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Choosing a Healthy Plate: A Nutrition Activity for Preschoolers

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Do you have any picky eaters at your house? Do you have kids who would rather eat fruit snacks than any fruit or vegetable you give them? My kids are complete opposites with regards to food. My 18 month old daughter will eat basically anything and my 4 yr old son is very selective with […]

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Recycled Art: Cup Holder Sculpture

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Sometimes you hold onto an object to use a craft for a long time waiting for the perfect idea for a recycled craft to come to you. This cup holder has been in my craft bin for several months waiting for inspiration to come. I would look at it almost every time I opened the […]

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What is Surface Tension?

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What makes water molecules stick together to form a drop of water? Surface Tension. What allows those cool water bugs to walk on water? Surface Tension. But what is surface tension and how to you teach it to children? According to Wikipedia, surface tension is a property of the surface of a liquid that allows […]

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Science Experiments for Kids – Exploring Ramps

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Ramps are fun for kids to explore. Rolling objects down or pushing objects up them seems to fascinate them. While they are really conducting simple science experiments with the concepts of force and gravity, kids may just think they are having fun. Recently my son and I build a simple ramp using cookbooks found in […]

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Dramatic Play: Inspired by Piaget

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“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” – Piaget. Dramatic play is one of the things that instills a sense of belonging and identity.  Our children experience who they are and how to relate to others as pretend in various roles.  Pretend play helps our children develop empathy as they practice putting […]

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Farmers Market Fun for Kids

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It’s Springtime here (hopefully where you are too!) and with the warmer weather & sunny days, our family loves to take advantage of fresh produce with the openings of local farmer’s markets for the season.  We like to go to the farmer’s market for fresh fruit, veggies, and baked goods. Getting to sample all of […]

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Earth Day Activities

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5 Earth Day Activities to Do with Children of All Ages Earth Day is a worldwide celebration of our beautiful planet.  It is also a reminder that we need to promote awareness of Earth’s need for protection through conservation and recycling.  It is important to teach our children at an early age to take care […]

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Clutter Busters for Kids

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Do you find yourself constantly “tidying –up”?  Do you feel like all your hard work cleaning is undone as soon as the kids walk in the door?  Do you ever ask yourself if you live with a bunch of ‘whirl-winds’? As a mom of 3 busy kids, I felt like I was constantly picking stuff […]

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Building with Lego Candy

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Did you grow up eating candy buttons? I used to love them and recently bought some giant ones for my son’s Lego birthday party. I cut the candy buttons into a variety of shapes and passed them out in goodie bags. I tend to overbuy for parties… so I still have a lot lying around. […]

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Health Awareness: Blindness

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I try to teach my children about disabilities at a young age. It’s important that they have at least a basic understanding of disabilities and realize that although some people have more challenges in life, may look different or act different than us, that they are still just as wonderful as anyone else. I also […]

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Math Play: Egg Carton Number Toss

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We are excited to be participating in Tinkerlab’s Egg Carton Challenge this week! The goal of the Creative Challenge was to create something using an egg carton that is child-centered/child-directed. My son loves games, especially ones that involve throwing or bowling. For the last creative challenge (with paper bags), we created our own Paper Bag […]

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Easter Tradition: Create a Resurrection Garden

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Are you looking for something meaningful to do with your children this Easter weekend?  Last week a Quirky Momma shared how to encourage kindness in our children this Easter.  This week, our family was inspired by Ann Voskamp  and Multiple Mommy (who linked up her garden to our It’s Playtime, Kids Activities Meme) to plant […]

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Scientific Method for Kids – Gravity Experiment

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We love simple science experiments.  A couple of weeks ago the kids got to see a documentary about canals and how liquid is transferred from one “level” to another…. and this led to today’s post about siphoning.  I know that most modern canals do not use siphoning as the method to move water, but our […]

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How to Build a Volcano

How to Build a Volcano

My boys have been obsessed with volcanoes for awhile. I think it all started on our road trips between Dallas and Colorado several times a year. Just off the highway in Capulin, NM is a volcano. Capulin, NM is interesting because it is the only “hill” for MILES and MILES.  It is in the middle […]

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Children Helping Others: 3 Ways to Serve at Easter time

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We love for our children to focus on others more than themselves and to seek out ways to help those around them.  Easter is a holiday that we love to celebrate. My son is usually really excited about what he’s going to “get” from the Easter bunny, so this year we decided to focus less […]

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Play with Math… through PlayDoh

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Play dough is one of our all-time favorite play materials. It’s great for children of all ages and provides a sensory play experience that can be adapted in so many different ways to encourage lots of learning. It lends itself well to exploring many aspects of math – through number recognition, counting, shape exploration and construction. […]

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Learn Map Reading Skills with a Snack Map

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We had fun this past week learning map skills together thanks to a recent conversation in the Horizon Healthy Families community.  Caroline of Food and Art had the idea of hiding food all around a room for kids to find – sounds like fun!  We decided to mix it up a bit and added a […]

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Cool Math Activity: With Eggs and Buttons

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This week we’ve been having a lot of fun creating learning activities that also relate to some of our favorite spring topics- eggs, bunnies, and flowers. Today I want to share a cool counting game we created using buttons and some large foam eggs. Materials Needed for Egg Math: Large foam eggs (or some eggs […]

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Baking soda and vinegar reactions: Make Lava

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Kids love exploring and experiencing cause and effect. Last spring we had fun creating fizzing sidewalk paint where the kids and I painted our patio with sidewalk paint made from baking soda and then sprayed the paint with vinegar, watching and listening to the sizzles and pops.  This rainbow lava activity is an adaptation off of […]

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