Category Archives: Learning

Pumpkin Launcher: Lego Fun

Every year the weekend of Thanksgiving my family watches a show called Punkin Chunkin. On this show people from all over the country gather in Delaware to launch pumpkins from catapult machines and canons. The pumpkin that travels the farthest wins. It is a silly and fun show that allows for creativity and incredible engineering. This year I found a fun little activity for the kids to do while they watch. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always coming up with incredible ways to entertain my brood!

This Pumpkin Catapult is made from Legos, a family favorite in this house, and uses engineering to launch little candy pumpkins across the room. Now this of course is not on the level of Punkin Chunkin, but it is lots of fun!

If your little ones (or even your big ones!) love to create things and launch things then this is the perfect little activity. You can even use a tape measure and wage your own little competition for who can launch the pumpkin the farthest! Be careful not to launch it at anyone, and have a great time! Head over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for a full tutorial on how to create the catapult!

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. Learning at home - math

And also 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!

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Buy one, two, al three and more to start down the leaning at home path for your family.

Before you speak, THINK: Back to School and Bullying

Many of our kids are back at school this month. This means they are back to the daily grind of making friends, doing math, reading, playing, and in some cases interacting with bullies. Now not everyone deals with bullying head-on. Some kids are being bullied, some kids are witnessing someone being bullied, and some kids are the bully.

We are not here to judge. Kids are human. They have bad days, bad weeks, and bad lives. They are immature, uneducated, and in many cases being guided improperly or not at all. So it is understandable that bullying exists in their world. It is a part of learning how to deal with emotions, other people, and the world around them. Now when it exists into adulthood is when it is an obvious problem and in many cases a choice or lifestyle.

In many cases, with kids, it can be helped or prevented. As parents, we can make our kids aware of the damage caused by bullying. The damage it causes to the victim and the bully, and to the people around them. Bullying comes in many forms, physical, emotional, and cyber are the main ones in childhood. Girls tend to stick to gossip, rumors, and leaving other people out. In today’s world, this can happen in person at school, sports, activities, neighborhoods, and on the internet. However, girls are perpetrators of physical bullying as well. Boys tend to be more physical than emotional but can use both. Combating bullying can be difficult. One of the major ways it has been found to be effectively dealt with though is addressing it before it starts. This means making sure all kids understand the results of their behavior and treatment of others.

Teachers Pay Teachers has an excellent tool for kids to address their actions before they do or say something.

THINK. 

This little acronym addresses the things you should consider before saying or doing something. It is a quick reminder to THINK before you speak.

If you have a student going back to school, or you are a teacher preparing a classroom try printing or ordering this little sign. It is an excellent reminder to try to be kind and not hurt others, even if we don’t mean to hurt them.

Here at The Boy’s Store, we hope that everyone has a safe and fun new year at school and that everyone THINK’s before they speak! Enjoy!