Celery Print Flowers

Celery Print Flowers

  It’s the perfect time of year to give someone special a rose…or a rose print!   Celery Rose Printing Basics  This printmaking project uses simple materials to make a striking painting.  It can also provide a visual (and very basic) introduction to the … Continue reading

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Growing Snow Crystals

Growing Snow Crystals

Have you grown crystals to make a snowflake (or rather a snow crystal!) this winter?     This winter-themed, kid-friendly project utilizes fine motor skills, creativity, science observation, and mathematical skills, including addition, multiplication, estimating and measuring. To get started, first you and … Continue reading

Snow Crystal Geometry

Children are always learning from the world around them.  When studying mathematics and science can be connected to their everyday surroundings, children more readily engage in these activities.  Right now, as we brace for this very cold winter, snow and ice … Continue reading

Gumdrop Engineering

Providing engaging and exploratory learning opportunities allow curious children to develop their creative and analytical skills.  This simple building activity promotes creative thinking and innovative problem solving for children of various ages and interests. Using colorful gumdrop candies (or marshmallows) and … Continue reading

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

If you are over the age of five, you probably know how to play tic-tac-toe.  If you are over the age of eight, chances are you’ve learned the tricks and may have already mastered it.  If you are over the … Continue reading

Montessori-Inspired & Holiday-Themed Learning Trays

  Montessori is a method of education that seeks to develop a child’s natural curiosity and interests.  For young children, Learning Trays are one of the many tools that are used to encourage and promote this approach to a child-centered education. … Continue reading

Holiday Gifts That Inspire Innovation & Creativity – Part 2: Fun with Mathematics

As you begin your holiday shopping for your Little Mathematicians this year, consider these gift suggestions that make learning fun while inspiring innovation and creativity! Fun with Mathematics: Pattern Play provides an engaging (and beautiful!) way to introduce young children to patterns and geometric concepts … Continue reading

Holiday Gifts That Inspire Innovation & Creativity – Part 1: Build & Tinker

As you begin your holiday shopping for your Little Builders and Tinkerers this year, consider these gift suggestions that make learning fun while inspiring innovation and creativity! For toddler through preschool age, a basic Wood Block Set is a must-have for any play space.  This is an … Continue reading

Building Math Skills (and Interest) at Bedtime

I am always looking for books and projects that combine art, reading and math skills, so I was thrilled to discover this book series a few years ago that effortlessly combines bedtime stories with fun math challenges. You probably read … Continue reading

Storybooks to Introduce Architecture and Construction to Young Children

Books are a fantastic way to expose young children to new ideas and topics, and architecture certainly is no exception.  The books shown below are a few of the favorites that I’ve used in the classroom and with my own children. … Continue reading