Six Tools for Building a Child’s Confidence

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“As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.” - Oprah Winfrey One of my close friends recently asked me what I hope my children will take with them into adulthood, and it sort of stumped me. I think about things like this all the time, but the hard part was consolidating it into an … [Read more...]

Organic Shape Monsters for Halloween

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When I saw this idea over at We Heart Art, I loved it for its open-ended qualities and simplicity. Joanna did this project with Kindergarteners, but it was adaptable to my 3-year old and could easily scale up for older children. Plus, the monster theme played out so nicely with Halloween right around the corner. Grrrrr.... And, are you ready to hear how easy this is? All you … [Read more...]

Experiment: Make Fake Snow

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How to Make Fake Snow We've been making fake snow, which is equally fun for kids like mine who celebrate winter under a sea of palm trees or those who are house-bound by piles of real winter snow. Note: This post contains Amazon links for your convenience. Supplies sodium polyacrylate, or fake snow liquid Watercolors plastic pipette low-walled clear … [Read more...]

Straw Air Rockets

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This is a project we had fun testing with Kiwi Crate, a new hands-on kit of monthly projects that launches  soon. Follow their fun blog for more. We've been having the best time shooting air rockets out of milkshake/boba tea straws (found in our supermarket) The baby enjoyed seeing the rockets fly overhead while chasing them around the room, while my three year old … [Read more...]

“E” is for Experiment

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My bloggy friend Deborah over at Teach Preschool just reached her 20,000th Facebook fan. Can you imagine? TWENTY-THOUSAND! She's awesome in so many ways, and is especially extraordinary in that she runs a preschool and also finds/makes/squirrels away time to tweet/facebook/blog and generally keep the whole online preschool community together in one special place. Not to mention … [Read more...]

Permanent Markers on Cellophane

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We received these amazing permanent markers (Project Popperz), courtesy of Elmer's, and I've been dreaming up ways to use them. This is actually almost as simple as it gets, and N got a huge kick out of "drawing on the table." Materials Permanent Markers Cellophane (I used Cling Wrap) I covered her art table with cellophane, being sure to overlap the edges by a few … [Read more...]

Corncob Popcorn Experiment

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We visited a local farm a few weeks ago and after actually milling dried corn into animal feed, we were sent home with a cob of dried organic corn to make into popcorn. Did you know that it's perfect for popping? I didn't, so for us this was a true, yummy experiment. We put the cob in a paper lunch bag... Folded it up... And got soooo excited when it started popping in the … [Read more...]

Science Projects for Kids | Rock Candy

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This fun science project for kids is easy to set up with sugar, skewers, and a few kitchen tools. How to make Rock Candy We've been making rock candy, and in the true spirit of experimentation we made three batches (and hope that we finally got it right!). There are so many ways to get this confection started, and I'll share a few thoughts and links for those of you who … [Read more...]

Sugar Cube Sculpture

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We made sugar cube sculptures. What a fun and surprising lesson in building, painting, and dissolving! Materials Box of sugar cubes Glue bottle Sturdy base to glue onto Paint in squeezy bottles Boxes of sugar cubers were harder to find than I thought, but I ultimately found them at our big supermarket (and bought 2!). We used scrap wood for the base, basic … [Read more...]