Apr 162014
9 ideas for celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day will be celebrated in the United States on April 22, and the date is fast approaching. Earth Day provides us with a wonderful opportunity to teach our kids about the environment and how we can all do our part to take care of the Earth.  Are you looking for fun and fresh ideas for celebrating Earth Day? Several posts were shared at last week’s Kids’ Co-op that relate, in one way or another, to our planet and/or our environment.  Any of these activities would be appropriate for teaching kids about Earth Day. So whether you want to get [...]

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Apr 152014
15+ ideas for using do-a-dot printables to help kids learn

Over time, I have created and distributed a number of do-a-dot printables at Gift of Curiosity. (You can see the complete list on my Do-a-Dot Printables page.) When I initially began creating do-a-dot printables, I knew they were useful for helping toddlers and preschoolers develop their understanding of one-to-one correspondence. When it became clear that my kids had mastered the skill of one-to-one correspondence, I began looking for other ways to use do-a-dot worksheets. My kids still enjoyed doing do-a-dot activities, but I knew that simply putting a dot in each circle was no longer challenging.  Wanting my kids to [...]

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Apr 142014
Earth Day Do-a-Dot Printables

Earth Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on April 22. Earth Day activities typically focus helping the planet. People may plant trees, work in a garden, or learn about recycling and conservation efforts. Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach kids how to be good stewards of our planet and its resources. In honor of Earth Day, I have put together a pack of Earth Day Do-a-Dot Printables that you can download and use with your children or students. My Earth Day Do-a-Dot Printables Pack contains 21 pages of Earth Day do-a-dot worksheets. By completing these [...]

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Apr 132014
Free Kindle books for kids 4/13

Who doesn’t love FREE books? I’m listing some free Kindle books for kids. That’s right – these books are currently being offered for FREE at Amazon! So if you have a Kindle - or just have the free Kindle reader app for Android, iPad or iPhone - you can download these free books and begin reading immediately. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosures for more information. Note: Many times these free Kindle deals only last for a short time. So if you see a free book you want, be sure to download it right away. Prices can change quickly and I have no way of knowing how [...]

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Apr 132014
Activities inspired by Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

Earth Day will be celebrated in the United States on April 22. With Earth Day approaching, I thought it was finally time for me to share Dr. Seuss’s book The Lorax with my kids. It is such a classic piece of literature and I wanted my children to be familiar with it. Plus, its messages of environmental stewardship and the perils of valuing profit over nature are great for sparking Earth Day discussions about how we can all protect our planet. For those who aren’t familiar with the book – and if you aren’t, you really ought to check it [...]

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Apr 112014
Teaching kids about ant anatomy {insect printable}

If you’ve been following along lately, you know that I am sharing a number of activities my kids and I did as part of our recent unit study on ants. One of my goals for our ant unit was for my kids (and myself!) to become familiar with ant anatomy. So I created a printable ant anatomy cut-and-paste activity that my kids and I worked on together as part of our studies. I have included a link to download my ant anatomy printable at the end of this post. (I also have another post sharing a free insect anatomy printable game [...]

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Apr 092014
9 learning games using plastic Easter eggs {Weekly Kids' Co-op}

Welcome back to the Weekly Kids’ Co-op! Is your family celebrating Easter later this month? Are you up to your eyeballs in plastic Easter eggs? Indeed, those plastic Easter eggs are ubiquitous this time of year! Every year we seem to collect more of them from the various egg hunts my kids do. Thank goodness you can use those eggs for more than just going on an egg hunt! In the past I’ve shared how we have used plastic Easter eggs to play an Easter egg memory game and an Easter egg sound matching game. But those games are just [...]

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Apr 082014
Easter do-a-dot printables

If you’ve spent much time on Gift of Curiosity, you may have already noticed that I’m a fan of do-a-dot activities. I have created a number of do-a-dot printables over time, and today I’m thrilled to release my Easter do-a-dot printables. My Easter do-a-dot printables are an easy way to sneak a little fun and learning into your child’s routine from now until Easter.  Note: This and other Easter ideas can be found on my Easter printables and Easter activities for kids pages. The activities in my Easter Do-a-Dot Printables pack are designed to be completed using do-a-dot markers. Do-a-dot markers are especially good for young children who [...]

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Apr 072014
Ant Mini Printable Pack {insect printables}

We have been getting into a habit at our house of doing an insect unit study every so often focused on one particular type of insect. We previously studied ladybugs, butterflies, and silkworms. Our most recent unit, however, was focused on ants. As part of our ant unit, I created an Ant Mini Printable Pack with 24 activities focused on skills such as shapes, fine motor skills, math, and literacy. These ant printables are geared towards kids ages 2-6. Note: For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page. This post may contain affiliate links. See [...]

Apr 062014
Books about ants for kids

If you are studying ants or other insects, there are some excellent books about ants for kids that would be wonderful to read as part of your studies. Below I have reviewed three non-fiction and five fiction books about ants for kids. Note: For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page. Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros This was by far our favorite ant book. Although geared toward kids a bit older than mine, both of my kids were very engaged with this book and asked to read it over and over [...]

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