Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ways to Play and Learn About Australia

We loved learning about Australia so much for Project Around the World, that we did a few extra projects we found on other blogs. Luckily, there are a ton of great crafts, activities, and recipes that you can do with your kids for at at-home exploration of Australia.

Here are some of the best I found:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aboriginal Dot Painting: Exploring Australia Through Art

Our next stop in Project Around the World was to a country most everyone knows something about - Australia. It was one of those places where we took a pause and immersed ourselves in all the wondrous things to explore. One of my girls' favorite things about Australia are the animals. Australian animals are different from anywhere else in the world. The kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and more are endlessly fascinating. But, before we completely immersed ourselves in the animals, we learned a little about the Aboriginal culture in Australia.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Skip Counting Store

My girls have always loved playing store. Always. And just when I think we've played every version imaginable, I think of a new idea. I've already shared one way to use a pretend play store for math practice with our Number Stories Store. This time we're going to use a store to practice skip counting.

The set up is so easy. In fact, let your kids help. They enjoy setting it up as much as they enjoying playing with the store.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Spoon Bear

Today I'd like to welcome a special guest, Amanda from Easy Crafts for Kids. She's going to share a fun puppet craft that I know you and your kids will love. Take it away Amanda!

Time for a bit of let’s pretend with Easy Crafts for Kids and their Crafty Critters! Make our spoon bear and then don’t stop there – make him some animal friends too!

Craft Supplies Needed:
Plastic spoon, glue, markers, pipe cleaner, craft foam, googly eyes and pom pom

Recommended Age Range:
4 years old and up

Time to Complete:
30 minutes

Step #1:
Grab a brown marker (you can choose to make your bear grey or black too). Color the back side of the spoon completely with the marker.

Step #2:
Glue on your googly eyes and a pom pom for a nose. We found that using a hot glue gun will help these stay in place better – just remember hot glue guns require adult supervision!

Step #3:
Bend a brown pipe cleaner into two small circles, these will be your bear ears. Cut out two circles of pink craft foam to fit in the middle of these circles. Glue the craft foam in place.

Step #4:
Glue the pipe cleaner ears to the inside of the spoon at the bottom (which is the top of your bears’ head).

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Skip Counting by 10's with Bottle Caps

We've been reviewing skip counting this summer to help get my youngest ready for 1st grade. There's a big emphasis on skip counting in the early elementary years. It sets the stage for so many math concepts, so it's important for kids to get really good at skip counting. You can find out more about the importance of skip counting at this Math Homework 101 post.

We made up a simple set of manipulatives to help us with our skip counting with clean plastic bottle caps. Then, we were able to use them for a few activities to help us review counting by 10.

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