Tag Archives: math

Bubble Gum Math

31 May

Who says math is boring! See who can blow the biggest bubble or try this bubble gum fun.

Garden Art

1 May


This is a simple and beautiful way to bring the garden inside.

Click on the picture for activity directions.

Materials for March 12-16: Light Box Activities

10 Mar

Light boxes provide kids an unusual way to play, but can be very expensive. On Monday we’ll make an inexpensive light box, and during the rest of the week we’ll make different activities that your kids can use on their new light box.

This is what you will need this week.

Monday: Light Box

  • 1 Plastic tote (We’re using a 28 quart tote, but you can use a smaller one.)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Under the counter light (We’re using one with a plug so we don’t have to keep buying batteries.)
  • Waxed paper

Tuesday: Glass Beads

  • Glass beads, several different colors (You can find them in the floral section of the dollar store.)

Wednesday: Colored Salt

  • Table salt
  • Food coloring
  • Snack size Ziploc bags

Thursday: Water Beads

  • Dehydrated Water Beads, several colors (You can find these in the floral section at Walmart. The dollar stores carry them already hydrated but only in clear color.)
  • Clear plastic cups, bowls or plates

Friday: Plastic Discs

  • Soft, colored plastic see-through cups (SOLO brand) I found mine at Target
  • Parchment paper or foil
  • Cookie sheet

Tangram Activity Bag

5 Mar

Click here for the materials you will need.

From abcteach.com

  • Click here for books we recommend for more Tangram fun.
  • Click here to find out the skills Tangrams teach.
  • Click here to find out the history and other interesting facts about Tangrams.

Materials for March 5-9: Activity Bags

3 Mar

Activity bags are great for take along activities for kids of any age. Keep them in the car or grab them on the way out the door and your kids will have something to play and learn with when you are out.

Surprise a friend and make an additional activity bag each day that they can use with their children.

This is what you will need this week.

Monday: Tangrams, Ages 5 and up

  • White cardstock
  • Print off Tangram template on cardstock here
  • Print off animal, abstract and/or people puzzles on white cardstock here
  • Clear Contact paper
  • Quart size Ziplock bag

Tuesday: Water Play, Ages 5 months to 18 months

  • Magazine
  • Clear Contact Paper
  • Scissors
  • 6-8 Small colorful objects such as beads, pom poms, foam shapes
  • Gallon size Ziplock bag

Wednesday: Patterning and Small Motor, Ages 3 and up

  • 5-8 Colored pipe cleaners
  • Pony beads
  • White cardstock
  • Print of the Pony Bead Patterning page here
  • Markers
  • Quart size Ziplock bag

Thursday: Art and Story Writing, Ages 3 and up

  • Colorful felt squares or scraps of felt
  • 1 Light blue felt square
  • Scissors
  • Square of corrugated cardboard, a cereal panel would also work
  • Tacky glue
  • Crayons to match the felt colors
  • 1 Sheet of colored construction paper
  • 5 Sheets of white construction or printer paper
  • Stapler
  • Quart or gallon size Ziplock sized bag

Friday: Buttoning, Small Motor and Patterning, Ages 3 and up

  • Colorful felt squares (You may have some left over from Thursday’s activity.)
  • Scissors
  • One 12″ length of 1/2″ ribbon

Ten Apples Up On Top

1 Mar

Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo. LeSieg

  • Counting activity
  • Ages 2-7
Before watching video, download a set of number cards on white cardstock.

Optional Activities

  • Count from 0-10 forwards and backwards.
  • What number comes before or after…?
  • Read other counting books.
  • Count fingers and toes, arms and noses.
  • How many eyes are in your house?
  • Jump, touch your head, clap  ___ times.
  • Stack objects then count them.
  • Find a certain amount of objects outside.
  • Find the number 3; 21;16; 86; etc.
  • Have your child lay down on the ground and stack apples above their head. Take a picture
  • Sort apples by color.
  • Taste test apples.

Download a free Dr. Seuss Activity Pack for kids ages 2-7 from Living Life Intentionally.

As Seen on TV

7 Feb

If you didn’t see our Silly Snacks on Fox 4 Kansas City last Saturday, you can now! We’ve linked up the live segment on Silly Snacks and given you links for all of the activities we shared on TV. Enjoy!

Silly Snacks News Segment

Octopus Hot Dog

“O” is for Octopus Art

Sea Urchin Craft


Math with Seashells



Simple Things to Do With Kids

1 Feb

Do you need some simple activities to do with your kids? Our new February Activity Calendar is ready for you to download and get started on the fun. It’s got ideas, activities, links and much more! Share it with your friends, caregivers, teachers, grandparents and anyone else who loves having fun with kids.

Impressionistic Art with Kids

20 Jan

Paul Cezanne was a French painter who primarily painted still life pictures. A still life is a picture of something alive but the objects can’t move; for example, fruit and flowers. Cezanne also believed that everything was made up of shapes including spheres, cones, cylinders or cubes. Kids can create their own still life based on Cezanne’s principles of shape.

  • Arrange some fruit in a bowl and place it on a table.
  • Talk about the shapes of the fruit and the bowl. Younger children will most likely use the shapes circle, triangle, rectangle and square because they are familiar with those shapes.
  • Your child can cut or tear pieces of paper into the shapes that resemble the fruit and bowl and glue them on paper. They can also color or paint the shapes on paper.

Once your child breaks the still life into shapes, it will be much easier for them to recreate it on their paper.

The Prescription for Brain Drain

3 Aug

Now that summer’s almost over, it’s time to make sure your kids haven’t contracted the dreaded summer disease – BRAIN DRAIN!

If you didn’t get a chance to read my pre-summer blog on brain drain, here’s my end-of-summer blog on brain drain. This blog is not meant to imply any guilt, because I  admit that my kids have caught a slight case of the disease this summer, too. But, it’s not too late to cure them before school starts.

“Brain drain” is the trendy phrase that means your kids suffer a learning loss that usually occurs during the summer months. And, although the term is cute and rhymes, brain drain is a real issue. Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning researched the topic and found that all children experience some form of learning loss during the summer, and that some kids lose up to 2.6 months of learning! Basically, this means that teachers spend the first two months of a new school year reviewing, and children don’t begin learning new academic material until November. Yikes!

So what can you do? If your child’s been reading, exploring, discovering, visiting museums, talking with you, counting money or items, then you’re off to a great start and you need to keep it up. On the other hand, if your child hasn’t had many of these experiences, it’s time to wipe away the cobwebs and start revving up for school.

Here are some teacher prescribed activities to cure your child of brain drain.

  • Read to, with and next to your kids, even if it’s the comics. Reading is reading.
  • Cook something together. Cooking works on time, temperature, measurement, fractions, pouring and many other skills.
  • Visit a museum, especially a hands-on museum. While your there ask your child open-ended questions about what they are doing.
  • Get outside and explore nature. Let your kids dig, climb, observe.
  • Have your child write a list of all the things he did this summer and things he’d wished he’d done.
The activity doesn’t have to be long or intensive; just fun. It’s also important to give your child the opportunity to lead you in activities or discussions. If you start treating brain drain now, your child will be cured and ready to start a successful, new school year.
For additional activities to encourage learning, visit our campus and search “back-to-school”. 
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