Sink or Float Tray Experiment

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Materials Needed:

Tray

bowl with water

random assortment of materials some that sink some that float
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I taped off our tray into sections so once they figured out whether something sunk or float they could put it in one square or the other.
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This is a fun game the kids love playing in water and they love discovering which items sink and which float. Its fun to if you want to let them go around and collect more items to discover if they sink or float. I also like having the kids make a hypothesis before they drop each item in to the water trying to guess if the item in question will sink or float.
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Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set

IMG_20160413_152154966We have been working on STEM/ STEAM activities for some time now. While I have the science, math, art and engineering activities pretty well situated finding suitable technology has been harder for me to incorporate. When we look for new toys we are always looking at what and how the kids will be learning from them. By introducing children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse with a build-able customizable maze we have introduced our technology. This toy offers a  great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math. Children program the mouse with easy push-button controls to follow their created maze and find the cheese. The Mouse lights up and makes adorable sounds setup is perfect for tabletop or floor play. My children love setting the maze up in different ways. Children experience STEM through hands-on activities and experiments while challenging them to think critically, solve problems effectively. While this toy is definitely ideal for ages five plus my three year old also loves helping his big brother and sister set up the maze and he really enjoys watching the mouse after it has been programmed go through the maze. I have also let me try coding just on a much smaller scale where the mouse only needs to be programed one to five paces. If it is nice and simple my three year old can feel accomplished and we can work towards more complicated coding.

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There are also two different kinds of cards that come with the Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set. One type of card is a maze card that shows examples of mazes you can setup, they help to give ideas. My kids do prefer creating their own mazes. But it is also a learning experience to try and duplicate and follow an example. The other type of card is one that helps with the coding. The cards have the symbols for the coding patterns so you lay out each card in front of you so you can see the code you will need to input into the mouse. We have found it helpful especially when our mouse doesn’t find the cheese and goes a little astray we can follow the code we set and find the kinks in our coding a little easier.
stemThe race is on to build hands-on coding skills! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse (LER 2841), sold separately. Colby measures 4″L and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Disclaimer: I received a free product to help facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and unbiased.

HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy

Cuddly little musical toys are always a favorite of babies. The HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy plays soft music when the string is pulled the methodical gentle music can help calm and soothe baby. This would be a great toy for in the car, in the stroller, or just for baby to roll around with. Every part of this cuddly puppy is soft and baby friendly. It is a sure favorite for every infant. I love that it is also gender neutral so you can pass it down from child to child as well.
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This super cuddly puppy will become a snuggling favorite of your little one. Pull the little shamrock tail and listen to “Hush Little Baby” lull them to sleep. Made of high quality cotton produced by controlled, organic farming and polyester filling which is washable and hygienic. Music box is water proof, so parents will love that this item can be washed in the washing machine on the gentle cycle.
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Buy It: You can purchase the HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy from the HABA site.

Disclaimer: I received the HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy. All my opinions are my own.

HABA Shakin Eggs- How We learn with them

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We love educational toys in this house. In fact so much that when we get a new toy the kids always say ” I can’t wait to LEARN with this ….”. HABA’s Shakin Eggs are no different. These adorable wooden eggs that are so beautifully made help with auditory recognition, color recognition, patterning, matching, fine and gross motor skills and so much more.
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We are always working on auditory learning and sound differentiation in our house. Both my boys are speech delayed and so sounding out as well as just listening to different sounds is something we are constantly working on to make sure their hearing is not the issue.
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Talking about colors was a no brainer. While yes these fantastic little eggs make beautiful sounds when shaken and twisted they are also delightfully colored. We talk about the different colors and also about how even though their are different shades of the same color they may look different but they belong to the same color family.
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While talking about sounds we talk about each sound that particular egg makes so that I can ask for the egg that makes the shaka shaka sound, for the egg that makes the clickity click sound, the egg that makes the jingle sound etc. So that my son has to think and listen to each egg to find the sound I am asking him for.
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Below is the different sounds these eggs make.

BUY IT: Shake things up this Easter with HABA’s Shakin Eggs. Develop your child’s musical abilities early with these brightly colored eggs that all make different noises. Most are shakin’ but one of the five is twistin. For ages 2 years+. MSRP: $19.99. Available online at www.HABAusa.com

HABA Crash Cup Karambolage Review

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We love games in this house. We even have a night of the week designated to family game night. Where the kids get turns choosing a game to play. And one of our kids favorite games specifically my older sons favorite game is Crash Cup Karambolage. It is a game that if you don;t have the “right” skill (that would be me) it becomes pretty hilarious. Its all about flicking a piece of string to get your piece to go where you want it to go. Sounds simple and it is but for whatever reason I am not the best at it. Thats fine its still so much fun to play and my whole family loves this game. My middle son at 6 adores it and is pretty good. The game does test that fine motor control while string-flicking is at the heart of the game which requires some practice to master, as you want to carefully control where the disc you are flicking goes. You also need to be thinking ahead where do you want your piece to land. Which is why the game is more of a school age game and up. This is a great game and simple to. It will keep everyone happy and entertained for some time.
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You can feel the racetrack vibrating – six of the best racers are fighting for victory today: Larry Leadfoot straightens his helmet, Thea Rocket revs up the engine, Captain Karacho is raring to make tracks, and off they go! The goal of all three game variations is to use the string to flick the vehicles along the racetrack. The player who proves themselves to be the most courageous and most willing to take risks will have the best chance of landing at the top of the podium! A fast-paced, action-packed flicking game for 2-4 players, ages 6-99. A popular and classic HABA game with over 100,000 copies sold in Europe, in a brand new design!
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Buy it: You can purchase HABA Crash Cup Karambolage on the HABA site.