Simple Science Experiments

Simple Science Experiments

I really enjoy doing simple science experiments with kids.  They learn so much from the experiments and it gets them excited about science.  As a teacher, I love the questions that kids come up with and wonder. After a child asked how water gets into a tree, I wanted to do an experiment that they could easily see with their own eyes how it happens.  They knew that leaves don’t ‘drink’ the rain, but wondered how the water got into the leaves and tree.  I decided to try this simple science experiment with them to help explain. To start, I...

Science for Kids

Science for Kids

Easy science for kids! My kids always get excited when they know that we are doing a science experiment.  “It’s like magic, but better and real.”  Today we talked about how a rocket ship blasts off into space and then guessed how we thought it was able to do this.  This is a great activity for home or school for some outdoor learning. Then we created our own model that works in a similar, but very basic way compared to a rocket, but easy for kids to understand.  I always enjoy preparing science for kids because it is hands-on and kids love...

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....

40 DIY Escape Room Ideas

40 DIY 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 Summer Activities

Homeschool Daily Summer Activities

I have 2 kids at home with me during the summer, which I love! However, sometimes it is hard to find simple, but fun things to do at home. It is a bonus if we do something that also has some learning mixed in. I recently created something to help you feel confident that your children are continuing to learn, but also that they are keeping busy and having fun. Whether you use this during the summer, at school or to homeschool, these boards give you endless ideas and activities. Our printables are teacher created and curriculum based. Best of...