Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Polar Bear Masks

As part of our Project Around the World, the girls and I have settled into the far northern part of Canada, up above the Arctic Circle. 

We've been visiting polar bears, learning about their habitat, and learning all sorts of fun facts about them. 

Like, did you know that polar bears bathe by rolling around in the snow? We didn't! 

12 Candy-Free Valentines

Every time Valentine's Day rolls around, I feel like my kids have overdosed on sugar. The idea of non-candy Valentine's sounds so appealing.

Our Halloween candy tends to last well into December, which leads to Christmas cookies, and candy in their stocking. By mid-January, I am so over candy and so over my girls' assumption that we'll always have candy in the house. 

That's what led me to search for some awesome Valentine ideas that contained absolutely no candy. 

These are all perfect ideas for classroom Valentines or just a special little treat for your own kids.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentine Story Stones

We've made story stones in the past. We told tales of princesses, dragons, and enchanted roses. 

But, this time we're telling different stories about secret admirers, cupid, and big boxes of chocolate. 

Story stones are fun and a great way to promote storytelling. For older kids, they work perfectly as writing prompts. Younger kids can use them to illustrate a story. 

Since Valentine's Day is coming up soon, I though it would be fun to make a set of Valentine-theme story stones. 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Slow Cooker Applesauce

My girls would eat applesauce every day for every meal if I would let them. 

I may not let them have it for every meal, but I do let them have it often thanks to this healthy alternative to jarred applesauce. 

Here's my no-sugar, slow cooker apple sauce.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ABC Valentines

A, B, C,
Easy as
1, 2, 3,
Or simple as 
do, re, mi,
A, B, C,
1, 2, 3,
Baby you and me now...

One of my favorite "dancing with the kids" songs was my inspiration for these easy and cute ABC Valentines. 

You just need a few supplies, some willing kids, and dance-able background music for some Valentine crafting.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Math Play: Princess Addition

My Kindergartner has just started learning about addition and subtraction. 

I wanted to do something at home that would be fun and would also reinforce what she is learning in school. 

So, I took one of her favorite things, princesses, and turned it into a math game.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Exploring Alaska: Resource Post

Do you want to do your own exploration of Alaska? I've compiled a list of books, activities, blog posts, videos, and websites that helped us with our project. Bear with me as this list is quite extensive, but I'm providing it in the hopes to help you create your own virtual journey through Alaska.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Greek Salad Bites

We've been to so many fun places while participating in Around the World in 12 Dishes, and this month we landed in Greece. 

I was excited; I love Greek food. Now, I just needed to find a way to introduce it to the girls in a way that they would get them excited to try. 

I stumbled across this fantastic idea for a Bite-Sized Greek Salad from Cooking With My Kid and knew that with a few tweaks, it would be perfect for us.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Exploring Alaska Family Fun Night

Our exploration of Alaska led to a great idea for a family fun night. 

Alaska is rich in culture and history, which can set the stage for a fun family evening.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

10 Science Experiments for Preschoolers

Science experiments for preschool

Science is a big deal at our house. 

My girls love it and my oldest even considers herself a scientist. It's easily her favorite subject in school and she's only in Kindergarten. 

I've compiled a list of 10 fabulous science experiments for preschoolers, which are also appropriate for early elementary-aged kids. 

They're great choices for kids who love science already or for showing them that science can be a whole lot of fun. 

We have already tried some of these and others are on my list of experiments I want to try. I know you'll want to try these out with your kids too!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Moose Silhouette Paintings

One thing we spent some time learning about on our journey to Alaska was the moose. 

My girls are very fascinated by animals (as are many children) and I plan on including as many as I can while we are learning about different cultures. 

We chose the moose for Alaska. It's a animal that is native to North America and is very prevalent in Alaska. It was also the perfect subject for an art project.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Project Around the World: Exploring Alaska

I mentioned in my Best of 2012 post that the girls and are would be embarking on a "virtual" trip about the world. Well, we started our journey in the USA in the northernmost state, Alaska. 

My previous plan of a weekly schedule just wasn't working out for us. So, while thinking of other options, I kept coming back to the idea of exploring the world. We've liked the previous projects we've done about world culture. I wanted to do more and I knew the girls would be interested as well.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Favorite Posts of 2012 & Setting the Tone for 2013

I recently shared my 10 most popular posts and now I'd like to share a few more. These posts were among my favorites and they're also doing double-duty by setting the tone for 2013. So without further ado, here are my favorites of 2012.