Category Archives: Activities

Back to School: Learning at Home

Do you home-school? Or do you just like to have learning materials at home for your kids to play with and work with? Did you know that we carry books that help young learners find the fun in learning? Check out these items for your home-library now!

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: Geometry is explained to beginners in the fun and out of the box learning tool. Sir Cumference makes geometry an amazing adventure as he tries to achieve his quest in this math adventure. 

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: Sir Cumference is at it again as he goes off to find the sword Edgecalibur. He meets all sorts of brave knights as he learns all about the sword in the cone.

Get Out!: Did you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want to help make the great outdoors even greater? Do you want to help the Earth stay healthy and beautiful? Check out this incredible book and all its amazing ideas to get out there and make a difference in the great outdoors!

Teaching Kids About Emotions: What They Can Control

I have a worrier. I should have expected it, after all, I am a worrier. To be exact, I have Anxiety Disorder. You would think that I could understand my child more, because I too suffer from this issue. But would you believe me when I say that it actually makes it much worse? I know why they feel this way, but since I have no control over my own emotions, fears, and anxieties I have no idea how to help the, deal with theirs. It is a terrible feeling being unable to help your child get deal with something you cannot even deal with.

Since my kids are returning to school soon, I wanted to help my worrier be ready and find some ways to deal with things. I found this really helpful teacher set from Teachers Pay Teachers. It is meant to help teachers show their students how to deal with emotions in the classroom, but I have found it to be a very helpful tool at home as well.

I ordered the digital version and printed it out at home. we put it in the bedroom and it has helped my worrier to visualize what they can and cannot control in their world. We look at it when we are in the midst of an anxiety episode. We see what we can control, and remind ourselves what is outside of our control. We talk about what we can go do instead to ease our worry, we even made a list of ways that we love to ease our fears and anxieties. Now we are on our way to helping one another deal with our overly active emotions.

STEAM Tastes Good: Science Makes Ice-cream

We have been trying to do learning activities all summer long. I try to incorporate fun activities with learning components that will engage the kids’ minds but also let them be little and have fun. This week I found this fun (and tasty) activity.

When I was a kid I remember helping my mother make ice-cream and make butter as fun little at-home science experiments. I had not even thought to do it at home with my kids until i came across this post at Growing a Jeweled Rose.

This activity is actually the greatest science experiment for summer. The Science Behind Ice Cream in a Bag is that the salt lowers the melting point of the ice. This is why we add salt to roads in the winter. When you shake and move the bag it causes the salt and ice to react creating ice-cream!  Check out Growing a Jeweled Rose for the fun tutorial and recipe. Then try it at home and see just how sweet science actually tastes!