JUN
26
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Sidewalk Chalk Fun

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Welcome to another semi-educational summer boredom buster! Today we’re making homemade sidewalk chalk, yep, from scratch. This recipe is fairly easy, I will warn you it can get a little messy, but all in all it went well! And, what better way to get kiddos outside and playing than some homemade sidewalk chalk! It provides hours of entertainment, while at the same time exercising some of those hand muscles they’ll need for handwriting when the new school year starts back up! It’s all part of my sneaky summer education program…um, yeah… So let’s get down to the nitty gritty shall we? What You’ll Need: A mold (This can be toilet paper tubes, or silicone ice trays. In our case, silicone cake pop molds) 3/4 cup warm water 1 cup Plaster of Paris 2 tablespoons powdered or liquid tempera paint (color of your choice, we did red, blue, & yellow, then mixed for secondary colors) Disposable bowls & mixing utensil (like plastic cups, and a popsicle stick or … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Science & Math

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Welcome to another semi-educational summer boredom buster! Today we’re experimenting with mystery potions and color mixing! I will start off by saying that I highly recommend you do the science lab color mixing activity O U T S I D E. Outside. Do it outside. Are you outside? Okay, we can begin… Supplies: Plastic measuring containers, bowls etc Safety glasses, you know for effect and all. Water Food Coloring Optional: Eye droppers, measuring spoons A few willing scientists I found this Liquid Measuring Kit from Lakeshore Learning, but you can really use any variety of containers you have on hand.   If you’d like your children to follow some recipes, try out my color mixing cards to measure and mix new colors! Otherwise it’s also fun to let your students just mix to their little hearts content. As long as they’re outside.   Directions: Mix containers with different color water. Set up the containers on a table outside, and let kids have … [Read more...]

JUN
20
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Bridge Activities

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Welcome to another day of Kids Summer Boredom Buster ideas!   Today we’re taking a break from mindless fun and going towards a little educational refresher. I don’t know what the difference is for my kiddos, but they seem to love the Carson Dellosa Summer Bridge activity books. And since they’re literally ZERO planning on my part, I love them during summer too.   Keeping up with your students reading, math, and other basic skills over the long summer break is important. I’m not sure if this happens to your kids, but it seems like a few weeks after school is out my kids seem to forget everything they’ve learned the previous year. Of course Carson-Dellosa also offers a TON of other great resources, and they’ve just made their website even easier to navigate!   Check out the NEW Carson-Dellosa website! www.carsondellosa.com. Carson-Dellosa asked hundreds of teachers and parents how they wanted to shop online.  Based on customer feedback, the new and improved … [Read more...]

JUN
18
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: DIY Bird Feeder

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Hi everyone! I had so many ideas for  the iHomeschool Network blog hop last week that I decided to extend it a little on my blog so I could share everything. So today we’re talking about DIY bird feeders. I love the idea of watching all those cute feathered friends cruising around in our back yard. So we could get a closer look at some of them we thought we’d try to see if we could get some of them interested in our bird feeder. It went okay, we had more big pigeon type birds than all the little colorful ones we’d hoped for, but hey, at least our bird seed didn’t go to waste. Keep on reading to find out how to make your own bird feeder. And this isn’t just a summer thing, make sure to help feed your feathered friends all winter long too! Materials Needed: 1-liter empty soda bottle 1 to 2 wooden spoons craft knife and marker small eye screw Bird seed Directions: Clean out the inside of the soda bottle with warm soap and water then allow to dry. … [Read more...]

JUN
13
2013

Summer Boredom Busters: Moon Dough

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 5 of my Summer Boredom busters series. Some days I wonder what the heck I’m thinking. For example days when I say “Hey kids, let’s make some moon dough.” I really dislike moon dough. My kids really like moon dough. Who knew a little flour and some baby oil could keep my kids busy for so long? Now I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with moon dough. My kids love it, and I hate the mess it makes! That said, we braved the mess and made some of our own for super cheap. We also did it outside. Which I would HIGHLY recommend. I’m just sayin’.   Supplies: 4 cups flour 1/2 cup baby oil Optional: Crushed pastel chalks to color dough   Directions: In a large container, mix flour and baby oil until well blended. Mixture will be smooth and pack easily together in your hand. To color the dough, add in a finely crushed piece of pastel chalk. I found the red one worked best to color the … [Read more...]

JUN
12
2013

Summer Boredom Busters: Leaf Art

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 4 of my Summer Boredom busters series!   One of our favorite activities to do is crafts with leaves. We did this later in summer when leaves are changing, but you can really do it anytime and even use things like flower petals, berries, leaves, small sticks, and any other materials you find.     I’m still not sure which part is more fun, the gathering, or the creating…maybe both. I always love to watch Tinker Bell do her gathering. She’s always very specific. The other kids fill their buckets with all kinds of choices, but not Tinker Bell. She usually has something in mind, and only gathers exactly what she needs for her project. The other thing I love to see are kids working together for a common goal. No selfishness, just fun. Once we get back in the house, we dump our leaves all over the table. I know, I promise it will clean up, just go with it.  I suggest making your own design, it’ll … [Read more...]

JUN
11
2013

Summer Boredom Busters: Rock Art

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 3 of my Summer Boredom busters series! I don’t know about you, but my kids love to collect rocks. Then bring them inside. Name them. Wash them. And leave them on my table in a nice pile. So I decided to take advantage of that desire to hoard rocks and have them gather any stray rocks found in the grass that my husband just loves to run over with the mower. I figure we’re killing two birds with one stone so to speak. Not that we kill birds. We love birds. We even made a bird feeder. But that’s later this week. Today we’re making use of all those pesky rocks in our yards!   This is probably one of the most “FREE” summer projects you’ll run across. As long as you have some type of markers or paints, you’re all set! Supplies: Rocks from outside, smooth oval rocks are best Colorful Sharpie markers or tempera paint and brushes. Paper towel, or table covering     Directions: Send kids outside to pick up rocks. … [Read more...]

JUN
10
2013

Summer Boredom Busters: Bubble Fun

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 2 of my Summer Boredom busters series! Some of these ideas have been posted before, but since I have a lot of new readers, I wanted to re-share them for you all. Plus we’ll repeat them this summer too, so it’s a great refresher for me as well!   Today we’re talking about BUBBLE FUN! Who doesn’t love bubbles right? Plus they’re cheap…just like this project! Well, in honor of bubbles everywhere today I present the Do-It-Yourself giant bubble wand!   See. I wasn’t kidding. That’s literally a GIANT bubble! Ready for some serious summer fun? Keep reading, then head to the hardware store for some supplies! Supplies: The image above shows twine. Don’t use twine. The bubbles pop too easy. Use string. I should really follow my own instructions, no? 2 wooden dowels per student 2 hook and eye screws per student cotton string scissors duct tape optional cookie sheet or large tray of some kind to hold … [Read more...]

JUN
09
2013

LEGO Education–Simple Machines Kit

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Hi everyone! I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine can barely wait until summer break… Then about five minutes into our first day of break… They’re bored.   Of course we do all of the normal fun summer stuff like trips to the swimming pool, bike rides, park days, and picnics. But what about those days when you just don’t feel like going anywhere? I have the perfect solution, and best of all it’s educational! You know. Because I’m a homeschooler. And I like stuff that’s educational. Especially when it’s like “sneaky educational”, where they are learning and don’t even realize it because they’re having so much fun! I stumbled onto the LEGO Education website a few months back and I’m so excited I could just scream. Don’t worry. I won’t. But seriously, these kits are so incredibly cool! I mean seriously fun, I even joined in on the fun when we received the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set for review. Disclosure: I am a blogger … [Read more...]

AUG
16
2012

NEW Carson-Dellosa website!

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As you all know, I love Carson Dellosa Summer Bridge activity books! They’re literally ZERO planning on my part, and great for keeping kids skills fresh over the summer. Keeping up with your students reading, math, and other basic skills over the long summer break is important. I’m not sure if this happens to your kids, but it seems like a few weeks after school is out my kids seem to forget everything they’ve learned the previous year. Of course Carson-Dellosa also offers a TON of other great resources, and they’ve just made their website even easier to navigate!   Check out the NEW Carson-Dellosa website! www.carsondellosa.com. Carson-Dellosa asked hundreds of teachers and parents how they wanted to shop online.  Based on customer feedback, the new and improved website now features: $5.95 flat rate shipping on all online orders! A powerful new search function that makes it easy to browse more than 4,200 items by keyword, grade, age, subject, learning need, … [Read more...]