Apr 232014
 
10 process art activities for kids {Kids' Co-op}

TweetWhen it comes to doing art with kids, I have a bias for projects that are open-ended and process-oriented. Many people refer to these kinds of art projects as process art. With process art, the process of creating the artwork is just as important, if not more important, than the final product itself. Process art is all about enjoying and engaging in the process of creation rather than trying to reach a particular end goal. With process art, kids do not have to be preoccupied with whether their art looks “right” or fits some adult-directed idea of what they were supposed to [...]

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Apr 222014
 
Ant Mazes {insect printables}

TweetMy kids and I recently completed an ant unit to learn all about these amazing insects. As part of our ant unit, I created a number of ant and insect printables. Today I’m sharing the next printable in that collection – my ant mazes. These ant mazes go well with any lessons about ants or insects in general. And they are a fun and effective way of providing kids with some fine motor practice related to pencil grip and control. Note: For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page. This post may [...]

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Apr 212014
 
Ant Do-a-Dot Printables

TweetIf you’ve been following along, you know that my kids and I recently completed an ant unit where we did all sorts of activities to learn about ants. As part of that unit, I created several different ant-themed printables that I have shared at Gift of Curiosity. Today I’m pleased to release my ant do-a-dot printables as the next printable I’m sharing from our ant unit. Note: For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page. And for more do-a-dot printables, see my Do-a-Dot Printables page. My Ant Do-a-Dot Printables Pack contains 17 pages of Ant [...]

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Apr 182014
 
What do ants like to eat? {science activity for kids}

TweetIf you’ve been following along, you know that my kids and I completed an ant unit and I am sharing a number of activities we did to learn about ants as part of that unit. After learning about ant habitats and ant anatomy, we wanted to know: What do ants like to eat? In reading about ants, we learned that different kinds of ants like different kinds of foods, including seeds, insects, and aphid honeydew. However, the ants in our ant farm simply ate the gel that was part of their habitat, so their eating habits were not all that interesting. Therefore, [...]

Apr 162014
 
9 ideas for celebrating Earth Day {Weekly Kids' Co-op}

TweetEarth 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

TweetOver 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

TweetEarth 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

TweetWho 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

TweetEarth 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}

TweetIf 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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