Fun Ways to Teach Kids Ages 4-8 about Weights and Measures

May 20 celebrates the day that the International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established in 1875. Parents can teach kids to notice measurement concepts by trying one or more of the hands-on “around the house” activities listed below. One of the best ways to teach kids about weights and measures is to give children real life experiences involving hands-on practice on a regular basis. Kids won’t be able to say no to scavenger hunt games, cooking ventures and other fun ways to learn measurement concepts. Learning about weights and measures will be more relevant to kids when they experience how measurement relates to their everyday lives. Fun Ways to Teach Kids about Weights and Measures Cooking Activities Using Measurement: Teach kids cooking skills and measurement concepts at … [Read more...]

Science Magic: Inertia Learning Activity

Newton's laws of motion describe the relationship between the forces acting on a body and the motion of the body. Newton's First Law of Motion: This law describes inertia, which means a body will stay at rest or continue at a constant velocity unless acted upon by an external unbalanced net force. Example of the inertia of an object at rest: You can remove a paper from beneath a standing clothes pin and the pin will fall into the container beneath it. Discover for Yourself:Place an index card over the mouth of a heavy drinking glass or jar. Stand a clothespin on top of the card so that it is centered over the glass. Quickly and forcefully thump the card straight forward with your finger. You want only to hit the card and you want the card to move in a horizontal … [Read more...]

Weather Charts for Preschoolers

My girls love to talk about the weather, and this time of year seems to have all kinds of weather to observe. Here are some of the weather charts we have made: This paper plate weather chart is perfect for even the littlest weather watcher. We used die-cut shapes and a cotton ball for the cloud. An arrow attached to a clothespin marks the weather each day. You could also attach an arrow with a brad in the middle of the chart. Another fun and easy way to show the daily weather is with a magnet chart. The girls drew pictures for 4 types of weather - sunny, rainy, cloudy, and windy. I scanned them into the computer and added text. I then printed the drawings on magnet paper and gave this a little spot on our fridge. If you don't want to use magnet paper, you could just glue your … [Read more...]

Make Edible Finger Paint!

I'm looking forward to building my art collection, so I was really excited to introduce my son to this activity! I was tempted to buy finger paint, but since I knew a lot of the paint would inevitably end up in his mouth, I decided to make my own edible finger paint. I like this more because it's free (as long as we already have the supplies on hand), and because it's edible and washable. The paintings look nice when they're dry, too. The colors are pretty bright. What you need: Plain yogurt Food coloring (Natural Food Coloring is best) Choose your painting location--preferably in a contained space. We used the high chair. Easy to clean up, and the finger paint can't run away and paint the wall. Mix up some colored yogurt (a small amount of food coloring in the yogurt), … [Read more...]

Paper Mache Crafts

This video is part of a series of videos about paper mache.  For the crafty Mom wanting a party pinata, this video by Before and After TV will have you looking like a star:   The perfect video for the beginner or youth paper mache artist. This is an easy to follow video by Kinn Community, featuring Crafted with Robert for a beautiful handcrafted bowl.   For the more advance crafter, this Paper Mache Hen clock it a great video by The Ultimate Paper Mache offer a great tutorial for a working clock! View the full video more on our series on Creating a Paper Mache Bowl. We also highly recommend this book, "Make animal sculptures" by Jonni Good  as wonderful place to start  when crafting paper mache in more detail.  … [Read more...]

Night Blindness

DID YOU KNOW? Carrots can help you see the stars! WHAT IS NIGHT BLINDNESS? Light enters your eye and lands on light sensitive cells on the retina (back of the eye). These light receiving cells send signals to your brain where it is decoded and you see images. Visual purple is a most important light receiver, and it is composed of two parts: a protein molecule and a molecule made from vitamin A. People who have a deficiency of vitamin A cannot make enough visual purple to see well at night. This condition is called night blindness. CONCLUSION While carrots and other vegetables, including pumpkin do not contain vitamin A, they have carotene which your liver changes into vitamin A. DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF One way your eyes adjust to the dark is that the pupils dilate (get bigger) so … [Read more...]