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Best Books: Who Was Charles Darwin

We recently discovered a new to us series, the “Who Was” series. We love to read about history and learn about new people and places. My kids love when they can read a book by themselves and not need me, and with non-fiction that can sometimes be difficult because the language used is often lofty and advanced. The “Who Was” series is great because their target audience is early readers. The language is simple and straight-forward and they are meant to act as a beginners guide to early learners.

There are so many different books available in this incredible series. Biographies range from Jane Goodall to Martin Luther King, and include others such as George Washington, Genghis Khan, and William Shakespeare. Each book allows the reader to get an introductory look in to an historical figure.

This month we chose Charles Darwin because our kids are interested in exploration, animals, and how the animals change. This book gives a great introduction to Survival of the Fittest, looks at Darwin’s expedition to the Galapagos Islands, and gives some details in to his personal life. If you have a child that is interested in learning about adaptation and how species change or disappear this is a great book to start with. Many schools will even give extra credit at the beginning of the school year for students that read and log their reading or create book reports during the holidays. This is an excellent book for a book report, so check it out.

Homemade Cherry Icee: Summer Treats

Are your kids already finished with school? We finish this week. Which means that we will already be enjoying the slower pace of summertime. While mommy and daddy continue to work all summer and the kids go to day camp we try to maintain some sort of slower routine when it comes to summer. There is no homework and we continue our sports, but the days are longer and we have a little more time to enjoy them.

One of the ways we like to celebrate the end of school is with a sweet treat. We love icees, frozen yogurt, and popsicles. This year we are going with Icees. Normally we run out and buy some yummy ones, but the shop that sold them near us moved and we are now looking to create them at home so we don’t have to wait so long to enjoy them. This incredibly simple recipe comes from Passion For Savings and can be crated at home really easily. Be sure to check out Passion For Savings’ other great recipes since they are great at creating your favorite copy-cat recipes for very little money!

This recipe is so sweet and so spot on for a cherry icee that we cannot wait to try it again. It will definitely be one of our go to summer treats from now on!

Bugs Are Fun: Playdough Bug Fossils

We love playdough at our house. We do a lot of playdough activities that keep the little ones busy, especially in the summer when we hear over and over how bored they are. Playdough is an easy activity to keep in the house that will entertain for quite a while. All you need to do is keep fun items on hand that make it feel like a brand new toy every time you play with it.

Our kids love fossils and science. We have a dinosaur kit to use with our legos, but dinosaurs are not the only fossils in this world. Bugs, leaves, plants, and other animals create fantastic playdough fossils as well. Bugs are easy to create playdough fossils with, simply check out his fun activity tutorial from Plain Vanilla Mom. Be sure to check out more of Plain Vanilla Mom’s ideas when you are there, just in case you need more activities to bust the boredom this summer.

You can create many different activities with playdough when you have the right tools and a little imagination. You can even make this a fossil expedition and have the kids look for the fossils in the yard. The possibilities are endless when it comes to learning. Check out this fun and educational fossil link for more information for you and your kids. Thank you Jurassic Coast Trust for the incredible info!