Monday, August 14, 2017

Introducing The Pasta Kidz by Bryony Supper

‘The Pasta Kidz™ and Petz Adventures’ are humorous, zany, magical and chaotic stories that bring together the pasta-themed Kidz – including Sarah Spaghetti, Rikki Ravioli, Camilla Cannelloni (above) and their creative Petz – Mumbo the Macaroni Dog, Spud the Spaghetti Horse and Val the Vermicelli Snake (above) together in unusual circumstances, engaging with strange magical objects that have a life of their own. The songs, music and humour, told in specially invented pasta language, will engage 4-to-7 year olds in a fantasy world of friendship. For more information, check out the website here. You can get these adorable books from Amazon here and here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Dogs Drinking

What do you see the dog's tongue doing?
How does this different from the way your tongue works when you drink?

Friday, August 4, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Wings and Flight Patterns

Look at the way each creature's wings "flap". 
Do any of them look familiar?
Notice how the dragonfly's four wings each move separately.
Do the two birds flap their wings the same?
What do these patterns tell you?

Friday, July 28, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - A Flock of Birds

What do you see?
What are they doing?
Why do you think they're diving into the water?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Start Code

This is more for children ages 8-18, beyond Kindergarten age (unless you have an advanced Kindergartener!). But in my opinion it's a great "jumping off point" for teaching coding. Coding is the future. It affects computer programs, robotics, and more. And it can be taught in both the home and classroom.

For more information, click the link here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck

The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck 

video here:

Music is indeed all around us, but I never thought a gorgeous piece of music could be found in a cross-section of a tree trunk.
Artist Bartholomaus Traubeck designed and built a record player that “reads” the texture and color variations of tree rings and interprets them as music. Because every tree has its own configuration of rings, every tree has its own song. By doing this, Traubeck has essentially created the infinite library of records. You must love the time we live in.
If you think Nature would sound like crackling and random noises, think again. This is actually beautiful.
1. What instrument does this sound like?2. What does this music sound like to you?3. If this was from a movie, what kind of movie do you think you would be watching?

Friday, July 14, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Slinky

What is the man doing?
What do you notice is happening?
Why do you think the Slinky collapses into itself before it falls to the ground?

Friday, July 7, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Bio-luminescence Defense

What do you see?
What is the fish doing?
Why do you think the fish is "spitting" the glob of light?

This is called a "bio-luminescence defense". It means the fish is using the light to temporarily blind or confuse another fish or creature that may be trying to eat it.

Friday, June 30, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Physics Fun

What do you see happening?
Why doesn't the ring fall off the chain?
Do you think you can duplicate this trick?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

KIWI CRATE - Month Educational Subscription Box

From the Kids Activities Blog:

Kiwi Crate  is a hands-on learning box that includes art, science, games and more for kids ages 5-8. —>Kiwi Crate is offering an exclusive discount for Kids Activities Blog readers (yay!) for 30% off first month pricing (new customers only) plus free shipping with the Kiwi Crate coupon code:  KAB30!

Kiwi Crate Pricing:
  1. One month = $19.95 + shipping
  2. 3 months = $60 with free shipping
  3. Year = $205
The additional suggested activities included making a large robot out of boxes.  Rhett insisted on doing that and we spent the afternoon upcycling cardboard boxes from our recycling bin int a large robot.
What we liked best about the Kiwi Crate crafts subscription box:   My 10 year old got involved too – he couldn’t help himself.  The two boys created robots for 2 1/2 hours that afternoon without fighting.  The activities were ones that I would never have thought of on my own and were very clever.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Word Searches

My Kinder kids loved to do word searches. Giving each child a highlighter, I'd let them work in groups or individually to find and mark the words noted below the graph. Be sure to teach them how to direct another student to a word, rather than point it out. Ex: the word ON is 8 rows down, and 3 squares over.

It's important to start off slow, beginning with 2-letter words. (I've even done Letter Searches, when we first begin learning letter names and sounds, using upper and lower case.) Keep the words horizontal, going from left to right, as you'd normally read them.

When you're ready to graduate to 3-letter words, keep the words horizontal and L-R. Since they are beginning readers, do not place the words up and down, backwards, or diagonally. Some of the students may be un-diagnosed dyslexic. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Walking

This is the way most four-legged animals walk.
What do you notice about it?
Get on your hands and knees and crawl. Do you "walk" in the same pattern?
Compare how you crawl.
Now try to crawl using the same pattern as the dog. Is it easy or hard? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

IVY KIDS Monthly Educational Subscription Box

From the Kids Activity Blog:

ivy kids subscription boxes for kids
Ivy Kids  – Ivy Kids  is a monthly educational subscription box for children 3-8.  Their activities are centered around quality time with kids.  Each box has the tools for a solid foundation in math, literacy, and science.  Each kit has a personalized item.
Ivy Kids price:
  1. One month = $38.95
  2. 3 months = $110.85
  3. 6 months = $209.70
  4. Siblings can be added to the subscription for $5/month
New subscribers receive 20% off their first kit with promo code:  IVY20
Ordering an Ivy Kids Kit:  The Ivy Kids website has a lot of information, but is really easy to use.  The ordering process was simple and I was given a order summary right after I completed the process.  I liked that it was obvious as to which kit would arrive first.
ivy kids subscription kit for kids - Kids Activities Blog
Inside the Ivy Kids box were a dozen learning activities!  Each is centered around a theme.  This box’s theme was frogs.  Everything we needed to do all 12 activities was included.  We used these for our homeschooling, but they are so fun the kids wouldn’t even have noticed the learning aspect.
What we liked best about Ivy Kids:  There was a book which was the centerpiece to all the learning activities.  It was an easy fit into our preschool curriculum because everything needed was included and they were activities we really enjoyed.
Do you want to SEE what was in our Ivy Kids boxes? They are really cool! Check them out:

Friday, June 16, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - gecko

What is this?
What is it doing?
Why do you think it is licking its eye?
Watch the drop of water disappear from its eye.
Did you know geckos, salamanders, and other amphibians do not have eyelids?

Friday, June 9, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - robotics

What is this?
What does it resemble?
What is it doing?
Can you move like it?
What is making it move?
What would this be used for?

Friday, June 2, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - ladybug

What is this?
What is it doing?
What do you notice about its wings?
What do you think the spotted part of its body is for?

Friday, May 26, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - gravity

What do you see.
What are the rockets doing?
Which one is the fastest? Which one is the slowest?
What is this infogram teaching you?

Time to Google "gravity".

Monday, May 22, 2017

"I've been in education for 20 years, and there's a disturbing trend afoot in kindergartens around the US"

This article was sent to me by another teacher, and - sadly - I can relate all to well with it. At the school district where I taught, nap time was removed, PE time and recess was cut, centers/stations were frowned up, and the entire school day was increased by 30 minutes to "allow for more education time". And this included Pre-Kindergarten. We teachers were constantly having to assess and test our children, leaving less and less time for actual learning and discovery.

Friday, May 19, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - snakes

What is this?
What is it doing?
What is that white thing?
Did you know that some snakes are born alive and not from eggs?
Would you hold it?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Next Time You Take Your Class to a Museum...

...take the time to sit, and observe, and ask questions. Try not to rush. True appreciation is learned, not instructed.

Friday, May 12, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Wind Turbines

1. Do you know what these are?
2. What do they look like?
3. What do you think they're doing?

4. These are wind turbines. By using the wind, they generate electricity. Where do you think these might be located?
5. See that little strip of bare land running in front of all of them? That's a road. See the little black box at the foot of each turbine? That's a generating station that people go into. So how big do you think these turbines are?

(Psst! See the car parked in front of the 8th one down?)

Monday, May 8, 2017

TpT is Having a Two-Day Sale!

TpT is having a site-wide sale from
Tuesday the 9th to Wednesday the 10th.
Now's the time to stock up!

Use code: THANKYOU17
to get up to 28% off!

To help celebrate, I'm giving away a $10 TPT gift card! All you have to do is comment below with your name and email address! I'll announce the winner here, and send out an email of congratulations, on Thursday.
(International educators are also welcome!)
In themeantime, you can access my books at the TPT site through this link.

Friday, May 5, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - armadillo

Do you know the name of this animal?
What is it doing?
Why do you think it's doing that?
What does it look like after it goes into "hiding"?

Friday, April 28, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - ripening

What is this?
What is happening?
Did you notice the seeds turn red before the rest of the fruit?
Can you eat it when it's green? Why or why not?

(You might also want to note that the fruit ripens as it grows. It doesn't grow to size and then ripen.)