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Monday, March 2, 2015

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50+ Spring Science Activities

Spring is an exciting time of year for science, exploration, and creativity!



I've collected over 50 spring science activities for you and your kiddos!  You could do one project every "school" day or just pick your favorites!  What do you love most about spring?!!

Also, make sure to read to the end of this post...the Kid Blogger Network has an amazing $500 Spring giveaway for you too!

So, without any more introduction, here are 50+ Spring Science Activities, grouped into the following categories:

Spring Science With Seeds
Spring Science With Flowers
Spring Science With Little Animals
Spring Science With Eggs
Spring Science With Crafts or Art Projects
Spring Science With Rainbows


Spring Science With Seeds:

Germinate a Seed in a Jar at Science Sparks!

Discover the perfect plant to grow with preschoolers at Preschool Powol Packets!

Grow a Cress Caterpillar from Science Sparks!

Watch a bulb grow with Buggy and Buddy!

Learn about 5 excellent plants to grow with kids and an amazing object lesson here!

Grow a Grass Head with Red Ted Art!

Dissect a bean seed with Buggy and Buddy!

Grow a pumpkin in a pumpkin with Life with Moore Babies!

Plant peas with Preschool Powol Packets!


Spring Science With Flowers:

Follow water traveling through a leaf with Buggy and Buddy!

Make Glowing Flowers with Fun at Home With Kids!

Dissect a flower with Gift of Curiosity!

Try making a multi-colored flower with the Artful Parent!


Spring Science With Little Animals:

Make a snail habitat and study snail anatomy with Preschool Powol Packets!

Raise some tadpoles with these tips from Rainy Day Mum!

Study bees with Allternative Learning!

Study worms by making a wormery with We Made That!

Watch ants change colors with this trick at Preschool Powol Packets!

See how Fun at Home With Kids raised Butterflies and learn about Painted Lady Butterflies here!

Create a terrarium with these ideas from A Life in Balance!

Study fungus with The Usual Mayhem!

Learn about Monarchs & plant some Monarch-friendly flowers with us!


Spring Science With Eggs:

Make a "Rubber" Egg with JDaniel4's Mom!

Walk on eggs (without them breaking!) with Preschool Powol Packets!

Dye eggs with this cool "volcano" technique from Toddler Approved!

Find out how to make your egg float at Preschool Powol Packets!

Make fizzing dinosaur eggs (or put little spring chicks in them!) here!

Grow crystals on pipe-cleaner eggs with Preschool Powol Packets!


Spring Science With Crafts or Art Projects:

Use chromatography to make butterflies with Buggy and Buddy!

Learn about the parts of a plant with egg cartons with School Time Snippets!

Make your own watercolor paints from plants with Learn Play Imagine!


Make some Spring Salt artwork from Toddler Approved!

Make Pounded Flower Bookmarks with Rhythm of the Home!

Make Flower Play Dough with Small Potatoes!

Press your flowers with Tinkerlab!

Create perfume with Imagination Soup!


Spring Science With Rainbows:

Check out my Top 10 Rainbow Science Activities (including a Rainbow Volcano!) here!

Experiment with texture & color with Magic Rainbow Foam at Preschool Powol Packets!

Talk about solids & liquids with Rainbow Crayons at Preschool Powol Packets!

Make Rainbow Slime with Little Bins for Little Hands!

Dissolve skittles to make a density column rainbow with Playdough to Plato!




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Ice Painting!

Ice Painting is a fun way to experience different textures, color mixing, fine motor practice, and more!!



When I learned about the Painting Challenge at Messy Little Monsters, I was thrilled to join in.  For 35 days, Louise is challenging parents and teachers to paint with their kiddos.  The challenge is to focus on the experience and not worry about making a perfect final product.  I love this philosophy when making art with young children.  There are SO many different ways you can experience painting, and I am thrilled to bring you ice painting today!!

Even ice painting can be done in a variety of ways!  To do it like us, you will need these

Simple Supplies:

* paint
* ice trays (or other molds)
* craft sticks
* water
* paper

Easy How-To:

1.  To prepare your ice paints, put a squirt of paint in the bottom of each ice tray pocket.  I like to use primary colors because they let your kiddos experiment with color mixing while they paint.  You can use regular rectangle shaped ice trays.  We might have used Halloween-themed ice trays because they have been used for other non-food projects already!



Add water to each pocket.



Stir the water and paint together, and place it in the freezer.  After about 1.5 - 2 hours, pull the tray out and place a craft stick in each pocket.  This is definitely optional, but it does make it easier for kiddos to play with the paint when it is done.  Return the tray to the freezer, and let it harden completely.  A few hours should be plenty, but I waited over night because it worked for my schedule.



2.   Pop your ice paints out of the ice trays and give them to your kiddos with some paper.  If they stick, just run warm water over the back of the tray.  This is a wonderful outdoor project in warm weather, but we have had a cold weather week.  So, we just covered the table with butcher paper, and let the kids get busy!  It ended up being the perfect indoor activity too...

They had a fantastic time!


Check out the fine motor exercise!







Color Mixing!




Even with the open-ended nature of the project, we still got a butterfly...


and a comet...


...and a few other "concrete" pictures!  The kids had a great time, and when we were done, we just rolled up the butcher paper and threw the mess away!

Have you ever painted with ice?




This post is part of the Painting Challenge at Messy Little Monsters!  Be sure to stop by and see what other painting ideas you like!








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Disney Cars Preschool Party!!

We were selected to host a Disney Cars Preschool Party as a DisneySide Home Celebration!  I have loads of Cars-themed activities and ideas and am so excited to share them with you!!  First, though, a quick FTC disclosure:

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side at Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.



Disney has always been able to bring a little magic into any adventure our kids can imagine, and just setting up for our party reminded our kiddos of their adventures at Disney World last fall.  Standing at the party table was magical, and I loved watching my son examine everything while we set up!  He just couldn't help touching!  And guess what...it's all real!!




As our friends arrived, we listened to the Cars soundtrack and let the kiddos play with cars and trucks on our ramps and train table.

Preschoolers have a short attention span, though, so we jumped right into our games!

Cars Themed Preschool Games!!


#1:  Cars Parachute Games!



Parachutes are always a popular activity for our preschoolers, and we tied it into the Cars theme by using a Cars ball!  We played three parachute games:  First, played Keep the Ball: we tossed the ball in the middle of the parachute, and everybody tried to keep it from going over their edge of the parachute while trying to bounce it over someone else's edge!  Next, we played Opposite Races.  Two assigned cars (er..kids!) raced across to each other's places while going under the mushroomed parachute.  So, we counted to three, lifted the parachute high in the air, and then the two kids ran underneath it to switch spots with each other.  Our final parachute game was Waves.  The kiddos took turns (some by themselves and some with a couple friends) sitting in the middle of the parachute while everyone else made waves (or wind) by moving the parachute up and down.  The kids love this game!!  

#2:  Red Light, Green Light!

This game is a classic for a reason...everybody loves it!  The kiddos were all happy to play it over and over until everybody had a chance to be the stoplight.  Play is super easy:  The stoplight stands at one end of the room while everybody else lines up at the opposite end.  The stoplight announces "Green Light" and turns away from everyone else while they all race toward the stoplight.  Then the stoplight announces "Red Light" and faces everyone while the racers quickly stop!  Traditionally, anyone that the stoplight sees moving gets sent back to the start.  Since we had a lot of young players, we skipped the sending-kids-back-to-the-start part of the game because it can get very stressful.  Traditionally, the winner is the first person to reach the stoplight.  In our version, everybody won each time!  The light just kept turning green and red until everyone made it home!  Then, I chose a new stoplight for each round.

#3:  Cars Matching!



We spread a deck of Disney Cars Memory Cards out on a yoga mat.  Older children may enjoy a traditional game of Memory, but I knew our younger crew's attention span would not last that long!  So, after we spread the cards out, we challenged the kiddos to simply find the matches!  They didn't have to take turns, and they even ended up helping each other (love that!!).  Towards the end, we encouraged them to leave the cards face-up because they were having a hard time finding a couple of the matches.  It was nice to have a calmer game to go with the other full-body, high energy, loud games, and the kids were all very happy with the matches they found!


Cars Themed Snacks!


We had a ton of fun making these Car themed snacks!  And the best part: most of them were fruits and veggies...I love a healthy, fun snack!

#1:  Apple Cars



Use apple slices, grapes, and toothpicks to make these cute little racers.  And, in case you wondered, these were the most popular snack...well, except for maybe the cupcakes!




#2:  Rainbow Cupcakes



These were just too much fun to resist making!  Each cupcake had a slightly different design, and making them is very simple!  Click here for detailed instructions!  But you can hardly tell from the outside.  It became a magical surprise when they opened up the cupcakes and saw rainbows!




#3:  Stop Light Sticks


Use celery sticks, cream cheese, and bell peppers to build these stop light sticks!  Add a toothpick on for a post.  We also used a new, cleaned marker lid to cut the circles out of the bell peppers.




#4:  Celery Trucks



Use celery sticks, round crackers (broken in half), peanut butter, and raisins to build these cute little celery trucks!  We even used gluten-free crackers because one of our little friends can't have glucose!


Disney also sent us these little Cars place-mats, and I have to tell you: they are the coolest thing ever!  The kids loved eating on them and then, when they finished, it was super easy to roll them up and clean up the mess!



Finally, as they finished eating, they chose a car to take home...



...and got to play some more!  In addition to the ramps and cars we had out earlier, we also had a special Car Wash Fort (though, to be honest, they used in about a billion ways...it's never just a car wash fort!).  You can also see our Cars ball peeking out!



I had a great time, and I especially knew the kids loved it when I tucked my 4-year old in at the end of the day and he said, "Mom, can we have another Cars party tomorrow?"
Yeah,... Disney = Magic...and we love it!

A huge thank you to Disney Side Home Celebrations for making a magical morning for us!


I received free products in order to host a Disney Side at Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.






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Monday, February 23, 2015

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Preschool Collaborative Art: Sparkly Button Rainbow

Isn't this Sparkly Button Rainbow Art gorgeous?!!  Our preschoolers are in love with it, and I love that it was a collaborative project!  Every time they look at, they know they helped make this bright, colorful, and attractive art project!



We love all kinds of art projects, but there are few things that can bring a group of kids together more than cooperating to create something bright and stunning.  They all have ownership.  I cannot tell you how much I love hearing them tell each other things like, "Oooh, good job!" and "That one looks great!" and "Mine looks perfect next to yours!"  It is such a refreshing change of pace from the occasional comparison that we see creeping in on individual art projects.  And if a little rainbow art can encourage team building and group bonding (especially when half the team are my own kids!), I am all for it!

And the best part...you can do it with preschoolers and their siblings and other-aged friends!  Our little group had kiddos from 2-7 years old, and they all loved it!

To make your own Sparkly Button Rainbow, you will need these

Simple Supplies:

* variety of buttons
* variety of pony beads
* glue (we used white school glue, but you could also use modge podge or hot glue)
* glitter
* canvases (We used one 8.5" x 11" canvas for the whole group, but you could easily do one for each child!)




Easy How-To:

1.  In advance, prepare the canvas by lightly drawing the rainbow lines with glue.  I used the pony beads to keep track of how  many rainbow lines I wanted to draw.



2.  Fill in one "color" of the rainbow with glue, and let your kiddos fill it in with buttons and beads!  We raided my button stash and came up with a fantastic assortment of buttons and pony beads! Repeat this step for each color.





Check out the fine motor practice too!








3.  Finally, pour glitter onto the tops of the buttons!!  You can even add some extra glue so more sparkle will stick!  Let it dry!





4.  Ta da!  GORGEOUS group art!  Find a prominent place to hang your Sparkly Button Rainbow!



We made our Sparkly Button Rainbow in conjunction with reading There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover.

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This month's theme for the Poppins Book Nook is Poetry.  There really is an unlimited amount of a variety of poetry books for kids, but since St. Patrick's Day is coming up and we are slightly obsessed with rainbow projects lately we chose this fun rhyming story about an old lady who swallowed a clover and several other St. Patrick's-y items.  There are a couple spots where the rhyming is not as natural as some of the other There Was an Old Lady... books, but my kids loved the couplets and thought the things she did swallow were hilarious!  We also had a lot of fun coming up with other words that rhymed with each couplet.  In the end, the old lady surprises everyone (at least my kiddos!) by burping out a festive, colorful rainbow!

My 4-year old especially enjoys coming up with rhymes lately, so throughout the entire day, we would randomly rhyme some of the words in the book with other words.  One of our favorite games is a rhyming challenge.  For example, if he says, "clover!"  I will say, "over!"  Then he might follow with, "grover!" and I might say "bover!"  The fun part is that (for this game) you can use real words or made up words.  The point is to generate rhymes.

Are your kiddos interested in poetry?  Be sure to check out my {FREE} Poetry Unit here...it's filled with fun poetry reading, writing, and enrichment activities based on poems in Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Also, check out other Poppins Book Nook bloggers!  This month everyone is writing about poetry!!



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Do you have blog post that fits the Poetry theme?  If so, link it up here!  We'd love to check it out!










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