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Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Back to school time often means hurried days and busy evenings, which can sometimes equal a dinner of one of the favorite go-to take out foods for hurried mealtimes – pizza. There are endless ideas for reusing pizza boxes. The following are a few for giving the pizza box a spotlight as the leftover that can be focused around educational activities for kids. A simple do it yourself pizza box solar oven is a fun weekend project to involve the whole family or to entertain sleepover guests. With just a few supplies and sunlight children can learn how the process of… read more

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

To some children, Legos are a first primer to serious architecture. Though in the fun guise of play, most of us don’t recall the strategy, composing and hours of constructing, erecting and regrouping to begin again, that was involved in a serious afternoon of Lego assembly. Science, who is no stranger to hours of constructive exploration, often strays from the ordinary to investigate and find answers, and when searching for a solution to fill a laboratory need one team did just that. Researchers at Iowa State University wanted to investigate what effects the environment has on plant development. In order to… read more

Getting Kids Into Gardening

Getting Kids In The Garden

Teaching kids where their food comes from is a valuable lesson that will stay with them forever. Gardening fosters a sense of independence, models sustainability and encourages healthy eating. Match kid’s creativity by rethinking what a garden plot should be. If space is an issue, container gardens or vertical varieties are easier to maintain and can be done to scale in order to fit the child’s abilities and growing plans. A simple planter concept that also reuses plastic bottles can be seen in a product called the Petomato. By taking an ordinary empty water bottle and fitting on the special cap that contains… read more

Solar Powered Cookout

Solar Powered Cookout

Teaching kids about renewable resources doesn’t always have to be a lecture or a lesson on paper. For example, all ages can appreciate a sun-cooked food festival, and the solar process makes for good dinner conversation. Getting outside and providing some hands-on explanation of how the sun’s energy can be applied is useful, teaches self-reliance and sustainability, and is fun for kids. Campfires and hot dog roasts are a rite of passage in some childhood circles. Instead of building a fire, build a solar hot dog cooker. Host an activity and have kids bring their own cardboard box. Gather a… read more

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Children’s curiosity allows them to catch onto a concept and wrap themselves up in the idea of it, generating experiences that naturally invoke learning. The following are a few ways for kids to learn and apply real world technical applications that will enhance their knowledge while being science literate and having fun. Code.org is a computer science based site that offers online classes and educational resources for a range of ages. The site features games, videos, tutorial apps as well as lessons and advice from guest lecturers. Users can test out different skill sets, like learning JavaScript, creating and performing commands and… read more

Have Fun Being Green

Have Fun Being Green

Adopting a green way of life often has its challenges. At times it can be harder being responsible than just not thinking about consequences, and sometimes we forget that revelry is a necessary human component. It’s important to remember that there is a fun side to being socially responsible. Adults and kids alike can have some good, green fun with these ideas. Did you know you can make homemade marbled paper, stationary and cards using shaving cream and food coloring? Use biodegradable shaving cream or make your own organic formula. In addition to using it for the project, whip up some extra and store in… read more

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Weather events have been extreme over the past few weeks, with many experiencing either blazing hot temperatures or frozen days, depending on which side of the globe you are on. It can be easy for kids to become bored being indoors, and introducing a few new things to do can break a case of the stuck in the house doldrums. Family Education has a good roundup of imaginative things to do, and many just require some time and household items. Kids will enjoy games like coming up with unnecessary inventions and spin the globe. For silly conversation, everyone will want… read more

Preschool Activities That Offer Ecological Lessons

Preschool Activities That Offer Ecological Lessons

Preschool aged children love to learn about a variety of topics. They also love the outdoors, and the combination of learning and being outside is perfect for introducing ecological responsiveness. Learning in an outdoor environment can engage children and offer experiences that they do not receive indoors. As pointed out in one study, children are exposed at a young age to environmental issues that can often be upsetting. However they often are not given enough firsthand experiences with nature in order to form meaningful connections. Outdoor connections can actually advance a child’s skillsets. Research has shown that nature based activities instantaneously enhance skills… read more

Fabric And Paper Crafts Perfect For Boring Spots

Fabric And Paper Crafts Perfect For Boring Spots

Certain places around a house can seem a bit lackluster. Rather than spending a lot of money updating, budget friendly projects can completely change a look. Perking up areas around the home that are the opposite of exciting is simple with a few do it yourself applications. This tutorial from a graphic and textile designer shows how to make wallpaper with fabric. Demonstrating how to update a typical white door, a thin fabric is painted on the surface using cornstarch and water. Applied with a brush or paint roller, the mixture should be thick but still pourable. Patterns and color… read more

Fun and Free Early Literacy Activities

Fun and Free Early Literacy Activities

Reading is a powerful skill, and though we largely possess the innate capability to learn it, the majority of us have to be instructed on how to do it. Without guidance and learning basic principles, reading mastery becomes much harder and more less likely. Helping children with their reading and providing them with resources is a great way to add some quality to their downtime. It also offers a way for them to explore new places, learn about life lessons and ecological concepts, all of which help them understand more about the world around them. The following are a few… read more