STEM Challenge

STEM Challenge

Kids love to build and create. A bunch of blocks can quickly become a work of art. My children have shown an interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Technology) activities and hands-on building and constructing. They love building with their wooden blocks, and this activity kept them creating and thinking all afternoon. All you need is a handful of blocks and you are ready to begin! I have created a set of over 50 S.T.E.M. building challenges to compliment this activity and keep kids busy, while learning and problem solving, as they build and create at home or school....

Escape Room Ideas

Escape Room Ideas

Who doesn’t love an escape room? Escape rooms are exciting for all ages and you can easily create one with things around your house. I have compiled 40 escape room ideas that you can do at home or in any room, for kids or adults, for birthdays or just for fun! The more clues that that you include in your escape room, the trickier it becomes and the longer it will take to complete. Take a look through the 40 clues to create the perfect escape room of your own! For ways on how to incorporate the ideas into an...

Success Criteria – Grading Levels

Success Criteria – Grading Levels

This is an activity that I make sure to do every year. I always talk to my students about improving their work, the success criteria, and aiming for their best. I truly believe that all kids want to do well, however, they often don’t know or fully understand what they need to do to improve their work and marks. That’s where cupcakes come in! We teach kids how to read and write and lots of other important skills, but I realized that I also needed to teach what a level 4 (or an A) looks like in order for students...

Math Worksheet and Activity

Math Worksheet and Activity

Estimation Station One of my favourite activities that I did with my class this year was our Estimation Station. It is so simple to incorporate into any classroom and because of the amount of math and student engagement that results from this activity, I will always have an Estimation Station in my classroom! Beyond the hands-on part of the lesson and activity, I also often had students complete a math worksheet to further their learning. (Link to worksheet at bottom) This activity works well in a classroom setting, or can easily be done at home for homeschooling or distant learning....

Homeschool – Daily Activities

Homeschool – Daily Activities

There are many parents right now working from home, but also (unexpectedly) have their children at home with them. It is hard to know what your kids should be working on and being able to prepare something everyday is very challenging. We all want our kids to be learning, but it is hard to know what to teach. We’ve created something to help you feel confident that your children are continuing to be challenged and learning at this time as you begin to homeschool. Academics are important, but so are hugs and cuddles with your kids. Find a balance, and...

Paper Mache Bowls

Paper Mache Bowls

I love working with paper mache!  It is so easy for young kids to create something amazing.  With my kids, I have made pinatas and one year we even made a paper mache pig.  The other day they wanted to try to make something different, so we decided to make paper mache bowls!  We used materials that we had at home.  I cut up some old sheets of paper that my kids had doodled on – every day is earth day, my kids reminded me.  For the mix, I used flour and water.  We added a bit of food colouring...