Grade 2 Science – Mealworms

Grade 2 Science – Mealworms

This activity is something that I will remember for many years to come!  It was so easy, but there was so much learning that came from it – for both the kids and myself.  I love the animal unit in science and a lot of the expectations revolve around interaction with actual animals.  I also love the idea of a class pet; however, since I am not in the classes full time, because I cover teacher preps, and do not have my own classroom this presents a challenge.  I wanted to have students responsible for a pet though.  This year,...

Fun Activities for Kids at Home

Fun Activities for Kids at Home

There are some days that my kids and I just feel like spending at home.  Sometimes on these days I try to come up with fun activities for kids at home.  We have plans to go camping this summer, and my kids are really excited.  I thought that maybe we could spend the day doing some indoor camping.  I set up our tent in our living room and then added some camping elements!  I used plants from around the house to add to the camping, outdoor feel, and then I added some lights just for fun.  My kids love smores...

Easter Ideas for Kids

Easter Ideas for Kids

This is a great, and easy way to make a bath fun for kids.  This bath could be used for spring time or simply for Easter ideas for kids.  I often add a few drops of food colouring to a bath for my kids.  When I do it seems to immediately become a special bath.  I used baking soda, mixed with a bit of water and food colouring for the paint.  My little ones helped me mix baking soda and food colouring and then squish it into one of their plastic Easter eggs.  They then loved to watch the egg fizz as...

Crafts for Kids

Crafts for Kids

Looking for some easy summer crafts for kids?  My kids loved creating these grass heads.  They are really easy to make and I love the fact that it was a craft that we keep looking at and taking care of for weeks after we made it.  Plus the grass grows really fast and looks super cool! We always have a garden in the summer.  We don’t usually end up with much growing, but usually something pops up.  This was a fun twist on watching plants grow.  Just add the grass seeds to the bottom of the nylon and then fill...

Kids Birthday Party Ideas

Kids Birthday Party Ideas

I did this at home for my daughter before she started kindergarten.  However, if you need kids birthday party ideas, it would work really well.  With the help of a friend, we planned a small celebration for a group of girls about to start kindergarten.  We set up a tent in our living room and covered it with bed sheets at the sides to create walls.   The mom’s of the girls brought their daughter’s collection of dresses, jewelry and shoes and the girl’s dressed up for their party.  We made necklaces, decorated cupcakes and made them a special lunch.  It was...

Table Manners

Table Manners

Sometimes the best adventures are ones that I didn’t plan for at all.  We had read a book about manners and later that day I see some little ones setting a ‘table’ for their stuffed animals and role playing how they need to behave to show proper table manners.  I guess they were listening! One of the things that I really loved about this was that the kids used materials from around the room to create their table.  They did not have chairs or a table so they made them out of Connex straws.  Having these materials available to them...