Sensory nature letters {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Sensory nature letters || Gift of Curiosity

Thanks to the warmer weather, it's time to get the kids outside more. So it's the perfect time to start incorporating natural elements into your children's learning activities. The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an activity I call sensory nature letters. I previously created a set of printable Letter Outlines for kids to learn their letters. I've shared how we use these Letter Outlines to make Button Letters and to do Rainbow Writing. I also make use of my Letter Outlines with this sensory nature letters activity. I printed outline versions of … [Read more...]

Make a hurricane {extreme weather science}

Make a hurricane || Gift of Curiosity

During our weather unit, we decided to spend some time learning about extreme weather conditions. One type of extreme weather we learned about was hurricanes. We did one activity to learn how hurricanes form. Then we did the activity described below to make our own hurricane using a few supplies from our kitchen. To understand the rationale behind this activity, it is important to understand that hurricanes form due to warm, wet air rising from the ocean. As the warm, rising air is replaced with cooler air rushing in to take its place, a cycle begins that involves air and moisture swirling … [Read more...]

How do hurricanes form? {extreme weather science}

Model hurricane || Gift of Curiosity

During our weather unit, we decided to spend some time learning about extreme weather conditions. One type of extreme weather we learned about was hurricanes. (See my post reviewing books about all types of weather.) So what is a hurricane? Unlike a tornado, hurricanes form over water, although they can move onto land. Hurricanes only occur in areas and during times of the year when the ocean temperature reaches at least 80 degrees F at the surface. Hurricanes form when warm, moist air over the warm ocean water rises, creating a low pressure area near the surface of the water that is … [Read more...]

Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Worksheets {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Printables || Gift of Curiosity

I love do-a-dot printables. In fact, I love them so much I've created more than 40 sets of do-a-dot printables. Many of my do-a-dot printable packs include activities to help kids with letter recognition. But until recently, I had never put together an entire pack of alphabet do-a-dot printables. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a set of Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot worksheets you can print and use with your child. I found a cute set of animal clip art that included one animal for every letter of the alphabet. I've got alligator for A and … [Read more...]

Make a tornado in a bottle {extreme weather science}

Tornado in a bottle || Gift of Curiosity

During our weather unit, we decided to spend some time learning about extreme weather conditions. So of course we decided to make a tornado in a bottle. Making a tornado in a bottle is an easy and effective way to show kids the twisty way that tornadoes move across land. You'll find more resources for learning about weather on Weather Unit Study page my Weather Activities Pinterest board.  To make a tornado in a bottle, you will need two empty 2-liter bottles and a tornado tube (aka, cyclone tube). We filled one 2-liter bottle about 3/4 full with water. Next, we attached … [Read more...]

Summer Printables Pack with more than 70 summer activities for kids!

Summer Printables Pack || Gift of Curiosity

It has been on my to do list for a long time to create a printables pack for each of the four seasons. In previous years I created a Winter Printables Pack and a Fall Printables Pack. And earlier this year I put out a Spring Printables Pack. Now I'm pleased to say that I've finally created a pack for each of the four seasons, as today I'm announcing the release of my Summer Printables Pack. I hope this pack inspires some fun summer learning for your little ones as we head into this warm and sunny season (at least in the Norther Hemisphere). Note: Looking for more summer printables and … [Read more...]

Icy letter writing {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Icy letter writing || Gift of Curiosity

Both of my kids have loved ice for a very long time. Holding ice, chewing ice, sucking ice - they love it all! The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is inspired by my kids' love for ice. I call this activity icy letter writing. Icy letter writing is not only a good way to get kids to practice writing their letters, it also provides a fun (and cold!) sensory experience. I set up this activity by placing a bowl of ice cubes on the table along with a sheet of construction paper. I invited XGirl to grab an ice cube and practice writing her letters on … [Read more...]

Wind resistance experiments for kids {using 3-D shapes}

Wind resistance experiments || Gift of Curiosity

While learning about the wind during our weather unit, we took the time to conduct some wind resistance experiments in our kitchen. These experiments helped tie together our lessons about the wind with our prior knowledge about 3-D shapes. You'll find more resources for learning about weather on Weather Unit Study page my Weather Activities Pinterest board.  To conduct these experiments we gathered the following materials: hairdryer small cube small cylinder large cube large cylinder tape measure tape to mark positions on the counter white board to record … [Read more...]