Easy Science Experiments for Kids: How to Make a Volcano Erupt

We love easy, simple science experiments that we can do right in our kitchen.  This volcano experiment required two easy recipes that even very young kids can help put together. Once you have the volcano set up, you can create lava explosions over and over again.    {This post contains affiliate links.} What could be more exciting than that?  I’ll tell you! This activity (and 149 more) is part of a...

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Dinosaur Feet Craft: These Dino Feet Were Made for Stomping

Learning about dinosaurs is fun! Here’s how to make your own dinosaur feet craft for stomping around. Draw dinosaur feet on a piece of cardboard, like a cereal box. Cover dinosaur toes with one color of tape. Cover dinosaur feet with another color tape. Make a strap by folding a long piece of tape in half and taping it to the bottom of the feet. 5.  Use velcro dots to fasten dino feet to kid feet. Several dots make them...

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Water Beads and Shaving Cream Pretend Play

“Cake batter” (shaving cream)… Plus some “sprinkles” (water beads)… And a spoon for mixing and spreading… And you have some wonderful, quiet, sensory fun. Cost: about $4, but only because my 4-year-old grabbed the shaving cream can and emptied the entire contents onto the tray. I thought, “Cool. That’s some rockin’ fine motor skills, being able to operate a spray can of...

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Letter Matching

All of a sudden, Love Bug, age 3, has a new obsession….letters!  He doesn’t know the names of them yet, or the sounds they make, and sometimes he calls them numbers, but he has been carrying around our collection of magnet letters for a few days and smiling proudly, as he decorates the refrigerator with them. So, this morning, I pulled a few random letters off the fridge and put the same alphabet cookie letters on a tray...

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Learning With Literature: The Snowy Day

 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a Caldecott winner and a Before-Five-In-a-Row selection.  And this year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of this wonderful book. Quite significant, is that it is the first children’s book to have an African American lead character. I have a very clear memory of having it read to me as a child.  I remember how magical the book seemed.  The giant mountains of snow and Peter, so small...

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Science, Math & Reading All in One

We just did a great little activity that my kids, from ages three to seven, loved.  It involved math, science and reading and it only cost me $1. I filled a pie pan with water for each of them and sprinkled in plastic letters or numbers from a dollar store magnetic set.  Each pan of water was geared towards  what each child is currently working on. I left the pans of water outside to freeze overnight, and this morning we got to work...

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