Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Preschool Physics and Engineering Lesson with Ramps

All you need is a lot of cardboard and you will have a wealth of meaningful activities for your child.
In this activity your child will be learning engineering and construction. They will learn theories in physics; gravity, velocity, inclined planes, and speed. If you are doing this with more than one child they will learn teamwork and social skills.

When I made the ramps I wanted the children to have as much flexibility and options to create as possible. Therefore, I used strong but flexible tape for the middle sections. I left enough space between the two pieces of cardboard so that the ramps would bend giving the children the opportunity to vary the inclined planes.

I used some boxes as tunnels that could still be used as ramps. I made some low boxes to wedge the ramps in so that they would stay up.

I included sealed boxes for the children to build the ramps on.

I made cardboard handles on the ramps so that they could more easily move,
balance and hold the ramps in place.

I also left pieces of boxes (as shown in the picture above) to catch the items at the bottom of the ramps.

This is a project that you can fold up into a box and bring out again and again. To make it a new and different experience each time use different items for the children to use on the ramps such as cars, trains, pegs, and balls of varying sizes and types.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

4 FREE Things for Kids that make Learning FUN!

It is great when we find free resources for kids. Here are 4 that I found from ecology to origami that will delight and educate your little ones! 

This Coloring Book will introduce you to 
21 endangered plants & animals found in the United States. 
Use your crayons to bring to life 
oceans, swamps, deserts, islands and a variety of plants and animals.

By working together, 
we can share the earth with these
 fascinating species of animals and enjoy them in the wild instead of 
only in the pages of books.
To order a free bound copy of the "Endangered Species Coloring Book" contact:

I LOVE Origami...and it is actually in style for making garland decorations 
from weddings to parties to children's room decor!

I found this free site where your children can follow step-by-step 
tutorials to make cool things...

I was thinking that you can have them 
use unwanted/recycled paper to practice on and then,
when they have perfected their folding skills,
you can download free origami paper on the same site!
I have printed gorgeous paper from this site! 


Gift of Kindness Cards and Poster

I LOVE this site because it teaches children the intrinsic reward 
achieved from performing random acts of kindness
by giving you Free "Kindness Cards" to 
pass along with whatever good deed you do!

"This card enables you to present a tangible reminder 
of kindness to its recipient. 
The purpose of the card is not to elicit a reward or response
 but rather to be used in times of autonomy 
where the recipient can appreciate the act. 
The card draws emphasis to the actual Gift of Kindness 
provided and hopefully prompts the recipient to
 "pass it on" 
by way of providing a kind act to another."

Dont you just LOVE IT?!? 
(your kids will too)

You can also download a free "kindness" poster
for your child's (or family's) wall from the same site.


Save Our Planet by Reducing Waste, Reusing and Recycling!
You can get a Free Membership Kit for your child that includes:

An official membership certificate
An official Planet Protectors Club badge
Activity booklets for grades K-3 and 4-5

Enjoy meaningful time with your child!
If YOU know of any other great resources like these, 
please leave them in the comment section for everyone to enjoy!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Mississippi River of Song - American Music History Resource

The Smithsonian Institution Series The Mississippi: River of Song is a series for public television and radio that explores the richness of American music at the end of the 20th century. This is an extraordinary resource for exposing children to traditional American music. There are many genres explored: gospel, bluegrass, rock, and soul to name a few. The resources on this site are high quality, inspirational and designed to meet the educational standards for music education in America.

"Through live performances and intimate discussions with musicians 
along the course of the Mississippi River, 
the series discovers the music that has flourished in the heart of the nation."

     A journey crossing boundaries of genre, geography and ethnicity 
to reveal the artistic and cultural influence 
flowing through our national landscapes.

Take advantage of the 
 Teachers Guide Page  and program materials that 
will focus the students experience in a way that 
will educate, enrich, entertain, and meet the 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day - FREE Kids Online Activities and MORE

Happy Earth Day!!!

has a whole page of games and activities
dedicated to Earth Day

Online Earth Day Activities

Canada's Environmental Destination for Kids

Send an Earth Day e-Card

So much fun stuff and animals too!

For Tweens and Teens 
Cartoons, Games & More

Games and Curriculum for Teachers
and Home Schoolers

Variety of Types of Online Activities and Games