Don’t you think it would be cool to find a cave and discover a long lost treasure?! In The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux by Emily Arnold McCully a group of boys do just that! They discovered perfectly preserved cave paintings of animals estimated to be 17 thousand years old! Caves are fascinating from a geological standpoint and also for their ability to hide and preserve something so old! Continue reading
We’ve been having a magical time exploring the deep blue sea and getting caught up on the happenings at Trident Academy!
Mermaid Tales Review and Printable
Trident Academy is a prestigious school for mer-kids from the fun chapter book series Mermaid Tales. Debbie Dadey, the award winning and prolific coauthor of the Bailey School Kids series, writes for the reluctant reader which I think is awesome since I was a reluctant reader early on. My seven year old daughter isn’t exactly a reluctant reader in the classic sense but she does have some tendencies. She reads above her first grade level but is very reluctant to tackle big words and long books. I encourage but I don’t push. After all, I have a 350 page limit on books I read for myself. Honestly I love reading but I read slow and there are lots of other activities I enjoy too. These books are really manageable. They are under one hundred pages each and have generous line spacing which makes tracking easy. My daughter and I took turns reading the first four books and my five year old son listened in (and sometimes out). Continue reading
Easter Egg Paper Craft for Kids
I have a super duper quickie last minute Easter craft for you today! Print out the following PDF: easter surprise then cut out the chick and egg shapes. Trace the shapes on construction paper. Use a light color for the egg if you plan to decorate it. Cut out two egg shapes but only add the crack to one. Cut out the chick shape and give it an eye and orange beak. Next add a perimeter of glue on the inside to one egg shape. Then sandwich your chick between the egg shapes. Make sure to center your chick so it doesn’t get glued too.
Skip the crack all together and let the chick or chicks peck their own way out!
Happy Easter Friends!
P.S. I did it! This is egg post number 12!
Welcome to the seventh installment of my egg themed series. I am more than halfway to my goal of a dozen egg posts! And since I am over the hump I thought it might be good time for a recap. My first egg post (when I conceive this whole silly notion) was an egg garland craft. My second was egg picture books, next an illustrated coll-egg-tion, then came egg shaped Easter basket gift ideas, also egg inspired design, and yesterday was crayon egg decorating. Wow! That’s a lot of egg posts! And now after all that eggy fun I thought it might be time to step back and learn a little bit about this so called egg. So let’s get crackin! Continue reading
Rainy Day Art Project with Kids
My son expected the first day of spring to arrive with spring weather. Little kids are funny! But turns out he was right! Yesterday being the last day of winter was also perfectly wintry. We woke to freezing rain.
The best thing to to on a rainy day is to not get out of bed but if you can’t the next best thing is to turn that rain into lemon-aid! After dropping my daughter off at school my son and I decided to make son art with the rain! Continue reading
Hey there eggheads!
Boy do I have a bunch of egg-citing posts planned for you to celebrate The Easter season! Well, actually I have two including this one but I am gonna run with it and turn it into a full carton. Yes, count ‘em 12, a full DOZEN egg themed posts!
So let’s go ahead and kick off the fun with a craft!
Is your house starting to look very green with all the Saint Patrick’s Day crafts coming home from school? Would you like to partake in a little Saint Paddy’s Day crafting but shudder at the idea of adding more green to your fridge or mantle? Would you like that craft to be easy, mess free, and bring you fortune? Then do I have a St. Paddy’s Day craft for you!
Heart Shaped Chocolate Box Craft for Valentine’s Day
Have you noticed the seasonal aisles are already stocked with treats for Valentines Day?!
And based on the shelf space dedicated to to them, I think it is safe to say the heart shaped box of chocolate reigns supreme. I always bring one home for the family on Valentine’s Day. It’s a classic! This morning though, I was noticing how much of a premium you pay for those chocolates in that heart shaped box. And after thinking about it for a while it also occurred to me how ordinary those mass produced symbols of love really are.
So I decided to make my own! Continue reading
I learned about it through Mama Smiles, my favorite parenting blog. Each month a different author is featured and you can participate by sharing one of you favorite books by that author and an activity to go with it. You can learn more about it on their Facebook page. December’s author was Jan Brett. Jan Brett interprets many classics with her distinctive and rich illustrations. Continue reading