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Toddler Games: Lego Duplo Ring Toss

My littlest is home with me all day long. When his siblings are away we try to find a little time each day for just the two of us. I do not spend the whole day entertaining him, but I try to find little chunks of my day to dedicate to him.

Sometimes it is just reading a book, or coloring, sometimes we do craft. But sometimes we like to have a little fun. When I was perusing Pinterest the other day I found a bunch of little ideas for playing with his Lego Duplo blocks.

We love Legos. My oldest is even in a Lego Robotics League at school. So we try to stay creative with our Legos and not just build the same things over and over. When I saw this fun little game that uses the Lego Duplo blocks I knew we had to try it.

It was great fun, my little man even got to build the towers as tall as he wanted before we began playing. All I needed was a few pipe cleaners to use as the rings. Luckily I usually have more than a few lying around. I really enjoyed watching him get so excited every time he tossed the rings. He was even more excited when he hooked the rings! This fun activity can also help build your little one’s motor skills and improve their eye-hand coordination. Give it a try, it is a simple and fun way to play. Checkout Stir the Wonder for the full tutorial and be sure to check out their other fun ideas!

Math Games: Fun Learning for K-2 and Middle School

School is back, thank goodness right? Back-to-school nights have been attended, supplies have been bought, first day pictures have been taken, and teachers are assigning homework. Our work is done, right? Yea we wish. Parent involvement doesn’t stop when school starts, as much as we wish all we had to do was drop the kids off every morning and pick them up every afternoon we know that our kids learn and work better in a school environment in which we are involved in the learning process. That is why we spend so much time looking at books, checking on websites, and talking with our fellow mom friends. We know how important it is to you to be able to help your children learn and grow. So we took some time to look at a few special ways to help your kids with math. Since math is often a difficult subject we found two incredible websites that offer fun learning games that help to teach math to two important age groups; K-2 and middle schoolers.

K-2: First Grade Smiles

This incredible teaching blog is written by Melissa a teacher, and mom. Her incredible blog ideas are perfect for K-2. Not only does she share incredible games and fun learning ideas for young learners she tries to make them adaptable for children that learn better kinetically. We want to share the incredible way she teaches math to kinetic learners with skip counting. This hands on learning game is perfect for young learners struggling with math. Check out all the other incredible learning games offered on Melissa’s blog when you. Are there learning how to play the incredibly fun and educational game of skip counting.

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Middle School: Middle School Math Moments

Middle School Math Moments is an incredibly helpful blog written by a mom and teacher of 22 years. Geared towards middle school kids it features activities and games that help middle school kids learn. This fun factor game features a way to teach kids how to practice their factoring skills in fun and interesting ways. Be sure to check out some of the other incredible learning activities and games when you are learning the rules for the factoring game.

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Spring Craft: Caterpillar Metamorphosis

This spring weather has inspired us to find some incredibly cool crafts that will help your boys understand the beauty of spring. Spring is a time of renewal, rebirth, and growth. Nothing embodies this more than the metamorphosis of the caterpillar. Every spring hundreds of thousands of caterpillars make that amazing transition from crawly caterpillar to beautiful flying butterfly. The transition isn’t instantaneous but it sure is amazing.

Caterpillars have captivated the world for centuries because of their incredible transition from worm-like caterpillars to flying butterflies. Now thanks to Danielle’s Place an incredible craft corner you and your kids can highlight this amazing metamorphosis in a craft. This craft is incredibly cool and unique. Not only does it show the metamorphosis of the caterpillar, it also allows you to show it again and again.

caterpillar metamorphosis

 

What You Will Need:

  • Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks -4.5″ – Use good quality craft sticks that lay flat. The 5/8″ work perfect with the one-inch tape.
  • 3M Scotch Masking Tape, 1-Inch
  • Pom poms
  • Chenille Stems
  • Acrylic Paint, Permanent Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils – (The washable markers don’t work well because they smear.)
  • Tacky Glue
  • 10mm Wiggly Eyes

What You Will Do: 

Head on over to Danielle’s Place for the full tutorial. This tutorial is amazing and will give you step by step instructions and includes photos. Hurry on over to get started now.