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...]

Pretend Play George’s Marvelous Medicine


  Guest post by: Charlotte from Make, Do and Friend. Hi! I blog about creative play and imaginative learning with my 2.5 year-old son, Vincent. I'm so excited to be at Imagination Soup sharing our Roald Dahl inspired playtime. Recently Vin and I caught a reading of George's Marvelous Medicine at our local library. Vinnie loved the story; we brought it home and read … [Read more...]

Engaging Puzzle and Activity Books for Kids

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Are you keeping up with summer learning so your kids don't experience the dreaded "summer slide"? Me, too. But, that's where puzzle and activity books come in. They'll keep your kids and mine learning and thinking this summer. ('Cause I need to get my act together! You?) Activity Books for Kids Ages 2 - 5 eyePad ABC/abc and eyePad 123 Ages 6 - … [Read more...]

Spiral Investigations in Nature, Books, Art, and Math


One of the coolest patterns in nature is the spiral, don't you think? Investigate spirals with your kids by observing in nature, books, art, and making your own. Spirals In Nature You can find spirals in a seashell a spider web flower petals cauliflower florets pine cones seeds of a sunflower  Spirals Are Fibonacci Numbers. Fibonacci numbers are the pattern … [Read more...]

Why I LOVE Singapore Math


As you know, I hate Everyday Math. I believe Singapore Math to be a far superior math curriculum. Singapore Math allows children to master concepts with visual, concrete support. (As opposed to a brief overview in Everyday Math.) I also love Singapore Math because my nine-year old, the one who hated math, now only sort-of-doesn't-like-it and readily admits that her math … [Read more...]

Everyday Math Makes Me Want to SCREAM


I don't normally loathe things. But I loathe Everyday Math for the hell it put my daughter through and the poor math foundation it gave her. Thank you so much. You Don't Know How to Subtract, Mom My breaking point came one Tuesday evening. My sobbing seven-year old daughter told me I didn't know how to subtract. To learn, I needed to read the four page Powerpoint … [Read more...]