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STEM Activities: Flotation Devices for Action Figures

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mechanics is a huge part of learning in today’s modern world. It is very important that we reinforce that learning at home. STEM doesn’t have to be a boring subject, in fact, it can be a quite remarkable subject that includes lots of outrageous experiments. This experiment is fun, simple, and teaches all in one amazing activity.

Teachers Pay Teachers:

Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent resource for parents that home-school. Or for parents that want to help show their kids school can be fun and reinforce lessons at home to keep kids on track. Teachers Pay Teachers allows for parents to purchase or download free lessons. Lessons cover all kinds of different learning activities. This week we want to highlight the fun and educational aspect of a STEM activity  and how you and your kids can do it at home.

stem activities

This activity teaches your kids all about engineering their own flotation device for their toys. The kit includes a rubric for gauging your kids learning. This activity is perfect for grades 3-5. Interacting with your kids and being part of the learning process ensures that kids will see how important their education is. It also show them that you are their for help. No matter what, and will always be their to guide and encourage them.

Check out this fun STEM activity and be sure to look at some of the other learning activities available at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Best Boy Books: When Friendship Followed Me Home

Preteens and tweens can be very difficult periods of development, not just for our kids, but for us as well. There seems to be a gap that develops between parents and their kids during this important step in development. Many of us remember it well, after all, we went through it as well. Only this time, we are on the other end. You know which end, the end that has no idea what anything feels like. Haha. Yep. We know nothing, again. I remember being a tweet and wondering what my place in the world was, would be, and how to navigate it. I remember my parents were NO help and just did NOT have a clue what I was going through. Many don’t you ever wish you could backpedal and fix everything? Hindsight is 20/20.

When Friendship Followed me home

But now we are on the other side. We know it i survivable, we even have a few tricks up our sleeve. But no one wants to hear that. So instead we try to throw our two-cents in when we can. In as many ways as we can without being caught. This is one of those ways. This book, When Friendship Followed Me Home, is about Ben, a young boy that is so absorbed in his routine and his life of sci-fi-fi books and foster homes that he doesn’t feel a connection to anything. But too something, or someone, is going to reintroduce him to the world of people, love, and family. The story follows Ben on his journey with his new friend(s) and along the way we learn more about Ben, his trials and tribulations, and those of his friends going through the same time period in their lives but with a very different journey. The books shows how parents and kids interact, how kids interact with their peers, and it shows unconditional love. While we cannot promise that it holds some special secret to dealing with your tween or preteen we can tell you it will open up a world of conversations with them, and perhaps give them a better understanding of their own journey.

Friendship: Books About Friends

Friendship is such a  fundamental part of our lives as humans. We cultivate relationships from the moment we are born until the day we die. Friendship is one of the most important relationships we will ever have. So it isn’t surprising that we sometimes need a little help understanding why we need friends, and how to treat our friends. One of the great ways we can teach our children about friendship is through modeling. We model how a friend should be treated and appreciated through our own behavior. Another great way to teach children about friendships is through fun and simple books. The following books make the interaction fun, interesting, and is presented on a child’s level.

Books About Friends

This great book, The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers follows a little boy as he rockets in to space and lands on an alien planet where he is stranded. The only other living being there is a small martian. Together the two develop a fabulous plan to fix their spacecraft and return home. They not only repair the spacecraft, they develop a friendship that changes them.

In conclusion:

This fun book is playfully illustrated with child-like stick drawings that speak to the reader and help to rekindle that child-like innocence. It is perfect for reading with a parent, sibling, or for a child to read alone. The emotions expressed are universal, and will help to show just how important friendship really is in this world.