Sneak Peek at My Educational Gift Guides for Kids


As in years past of publishing learning gifts for kids, I've compiled a guide of the best educational gifts for kids -- toys, games, kits, puzzles, and so forth -- in many learning categories: writing, reading, science, math, art, and games. Since many of you have asked, I want you to have a sneak peek at ALL the learning gifts in this year's gift guide. (It's a LONG list! … [Read more...]

Spooky Halloween Science

Halloween Science With Steve Spangler

You know Steve Spangler, the cool science guy that does The Ellen Show and makes things explode? His Spangler Science store can give your kids a Spooky Science Halloween! Halloween Science Vampire Veins Create your own Halloween Heat Sensitive Worms and Vampire Veins -- worms that are greenish on the outside and reddish on the inside. Ooooh, gross! Atomic … [Read more...]

Favorite Math Apps for Kids

Best Math iPad Apps for Kids Fall 2012

We think math apps make math practice much more fun. Do your kids think so, too? We've found some math app favorites to share with you. Math Apps for Kids Marble Math Jr. $1.99 Players are shown a maze and given a math problem. Example: collect numbers equal to 8 (=5, 3) or collect from last to first (8th, 6th, 4th, 1st). Drag or roll the marble through the maze to … [Read more...]

Creativity and the Lego Story

LEGO 80th birthday video

This month, LEGO celebrated 80 years with an animated story of it's wooden toy beginning and transition to plastic bricks. I love how the story exemplifies the essentials of creativity - failure, perseverance, design thinking. Plus, it's really interesting. Both my kids (7 and 10) were mesmerized. Don't you want to invent something now? READ: StoryStarter Kit from … [Read more...]

Goo, Gak, Goop: Slimy Summer Play


Need another fun summer activity? Make your own goop, gak, flubber! It's slimy fun that gives kids math, science, and sensory play. Talk about learning fun, right? Goop Recipe (This is my favorite recipe, adapted from However, if you prefer a non-Borax recipe, try this cornstarch Goop recipe on Scholastic.) Elmer's Glue Food Coloring Borax Water 1. … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Perfume


My little sister concocted perfumes all summer long. Now, it's time for me to share the fun nature and science activity with my kids. We used a mortar and pestle to mix water and flowers. Then added in other smelly things like . . . We poured perfume in small jars. So pretty! *Inspired by Tinker Lab's Creative Challenge Blog Hop. … [Read more...]

Ideas and Activities for Summer Learning, Ages 3 – 6


If your kids are ages 3 to 6, you want to find easy ways to keep them engaged, playing, and learning throughout the summer. Don't worry, I got you covered with some snazzy, new ideas and resources. (Those of you with kids 6 - 10, you'll want to read yesterday's post about getting organized and finding fun activities for summer learning. Lots of ideas there, too.) Pretend … [Read more...]

Activity Ideas for Summer Learning, Ages 6 – 10


Make this summer a time of playful learning and hands-on experiences. I love what I can do with my kids over the summer to encourage learning. Did you know that most kids regress two months in math and one or two months in reading? (Cooper, 1996) Yikes! We keep a summer schedule that includes learning activities, art, outside time, play, reading, friend time, room time, … [Read more...]