Spiders are not insects

Part of our learning about bugs got us on the topic of spiders and one of the things we discussed is how different spiders are from insects. They have eight legs a different body configuration and you can delve into more reasons why with your kiddos if you like. We stuck to the basics we also made a web for the kiddos to try and catch “flies” with. the flies were packing peanuts and the web was made of a hula hoop with masking tape.

IMG_20151026_094548372We also created a web around the classroom. this is something my boys do almost weekly if not more at my house.

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Fine Motor: Water Transfer Using a Baster

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Using a baster even though it is larger than a pipette or water dropper is still a great way to strengthen fine motor skills. It is actually preferable with younger toddlers who are very young but still interested in this type of activity. And also for moving larger amounts of liquid where a child might loose interest or feel defeated using a small pipette to move all the liquids. Plus it is also just a nice change and will create interest because using different materials is always more exciting.
IMG_20160329_112633280I often include a sponge when setting up water transfer trays the kids can clean up their own spills or might surprise you with using it in a way you might not have expected.

IMG_20160329_112643930Moving water from one jar to the next takes effort and strength as well as dexterity and planning as well as problem solving.

IMG_20160329_112709034remember how I said they might not use it in a way that you would have expected. Well here is one of those cases instead of squirting the liquid from one container to the next he moved it from one container to the sponjge which absorbed the liquid and then he squeezed out the sponge into the next container.

IMG_20160329_112824213This actually created another step and he was using even more fine motor movement strengthening his muscles even more and still doing the same activity. It was really exciting and was actually a better activity then what I had originally presented.

IMG_20160329_112837202Squeezing out all the liquids from the sponge

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Fine Motor and Science- Absorption Experimentation

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Yesterday we did an experiment exploring absorption. Absorption is when an object absorbs or soaks up a liquid. Yesterday we made it easy. Today we are really testing which objects absorb and which objects do not absorb.
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The use of the pipette puts the hand in a pincer grasp and while coaxing the water into the pipette your child is using their fine motor skills. Also the picking up and moving of the cotton balls is using their fine motor skills as well
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We used materials from around the house. So everyone will use different things I also split the tray so that objects that absorb are on one side and objects that repel the water are on the other side.
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Materials:
bowl for water
tray
basket or bowl for items
rock
shell
plastic frog
piece of fun foam
wooden bead
cork
glass pebble
felt
cotton ball
sponge
tissue paper

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Learning Resources Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run Review

 

DSC_0139We adore marble runs. Its true. Some families have game night ( we have that too) but we also have Marble Run Night. There is just something so exciting about creating a run and having your marble roll through all the tracks to finally get to the base place right where you wanted it to get to. Tumble Trax magnetic Marble Run makes our fridge a marble run too. I really like the pieces that you attach to the fridge to create the run.  They are foamy block type pieces with magnets on the back and a clear plastic piece to keep your marble on track..the marble track that is.  I crack myself up. Anyway all three of my kids spent over an hour playing with this creating new and inventive tracks as well as trying to recreate the card track ideas. The marble track pieces are very easy for my kids to move around adjust and place in just  the right place to creat the perfect flow for their marble. This is by far one of the best toys we have had in a long time. I may be a bit biased though since like I said before we love marble runs!

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Get critical thinking skills rolling! Create your own unique marble run with long, short, and curved magnetic pieces—then, drop the marble from the highest point to see your design come to life! Take the challenge to the next level by building the designs pictured on the Activity Cards.
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Can you make the marbles speed up, slow down, stop, or change direction by rearranging the pieces? Engineering and problem solving have never been this fun! Endless combinations of designs provide multiple levels of learning. Includes 14 magnetic foam pieces, 4 marbles, and 10 Activity Cards. Longest pieces measure 10”L x 2”H. –
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Buy It: Visit the Learning Resources site to purchase any of their fantastic products like Tumble Trax .
Disclaimer: I received this game at no cost in exchange for a honest review.

Volcano Color Explosions

We made rainbow Volcano explosions!
Ingredients Needed:
Baking soda
Dawn Dish soap
Vinegar
food coloring or liquid water colors
Kool aid if you want it to smell super exciting too

I wanted the color to be hidden so first I poured some baking soda in the bottom of each glass than I added a squirt of dawn dish soap so the bubbles would be extra frothy.

I then covered each with a big heap of baking soda

The boys grabbed their bottles of vinegar and started squirting

Pretty soon they got some awesome colorful bubbles

After the colors came out and the vinegar was all gone the fun continued

It became about catching bubbles and finding baking soda clumps to squeeze and squish between their fingers

Mixing colors and scooping and pouring

I love that they were engaged for a full forty minutes playing with this

They had so much fun. And my cups and the container were super clean afterwards. The dawn, vinegar, and baking soday made everything shine and sparkle when I rinsed it all out!