These 20 Pom Pom Crafts for Kids are so much fun! Not only do they work on hand-eye coordination but they also work on their fine motor skills as well!
Crafting is always a lot of fun. Sometimes we play with clay, sometimes we use construction paper, but other times, we get to create and craft with pom poms. And if you’ve never used them in any type of crafting activity, you’re truly missing out!
They’re bright and colorful and such a fun and simple addition to just about anything. They can take most crafts that are just okay…to great!
Now, let’s get to all these awesome pom pom crafts! I hope you’re as excited as I am!
Creating animals from pom poms is really quite addictive!
These pom pom crafts are all special and unique in their own way. With 20 varying crafts to do and choose from, you can be certain that your child will have hours and hours of creativity and imaginative play!
Consider ordering online or in bulk for your pom poms since you’re going to have so many crafts that you’re going to be creating. Save money and time where you can.
Lapbooks are a great way to have a hands-on learning experience with your kids. Lapbooks work great with children of all ages. I always get asked two questions: What is a lapbook and how to make a lapbook yourself?
What is a lapbook?
Before we talk about how to make a lapbook, let’s quickly review what a lapbook is. Lapbooks are generally made out of file folders. Using the file folder you make a few folds and you create a fun little “mini-book” of sorts.
You then print out your lapbooking pages which will include fun hands-on activities such as pockets, fold up tabs, and more. This is a great way to put the focus on a subject your child is really interested in or to enhance your current studies.
Once the lapbook is completed you can easily store it away later for future review. For older children you can have an “open lapbook quiz” and they can have fun digging through their lap books again!
How To Use A Lapbook In Homeschooling?
You can use lapbooking to bring a subject to life! You will be surprised at how much information is retained when a child builds their own lapbook on the subject!
For older kids, you can set them loose on their own researching adventure to fill in all the information in their lapbook on their own. This is a great way to build independent learning skills!
For younger children, you can sit down with them and help them discover new things as you cut, color, and paste your lapbook together. This is a great way to give direction on how to properly do research, plus also a ton of fun!
There are a few basic lapbooking supplies to get started. All of which are affordable and super easy to find.
File Folders – tan or colored
Scissors and glue
Tape and double-sided tape
Makers and crayons
Printer and paper (I like Astro brights for younger children!)
There are many different types of clouds lingering in the skies above and know more about them can help you predict what kind of weather is on its way. These cloud worksheets and this post should help you begin teaching your children about the different types of clouds.
The types of clouds are classified by their shape and their altitude in the sky. They’re made up of tiny water droplets or ice particles that are floating in the sky at different heights. As the sun heats these water and ice particles, they turn into an invisible gas called water vapor, also known as evaporation.
Temperatures cool at higher altitudes and so does the water vapor as it rises. Eventually, it becomes cool enough to become water again and it forms a cloud.
Clouds are warmer than the air around them so they are able to float because warm air is lighter than cool air. The clouds are warmer because as the water vapor cools and turns back into water droplets, it releases a small amount of heat. The main types of clouds live in the lowest part of the atmosphere, closest to the ground. This area is called the troposphere. The stratosphere is in the middle, just above the troposphere. After the stratosphere comes the mesosphere, the thermosphere, and finally the exosphere as you go further up in the sky.
Different types of clouds appear to be different shapes, and even colors, from each other. There are ten different types of clouds in the sky, here’s what you need to know about them.
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These are the balls of cotton you see on clear, usually sunny, days. They have rounded, puffy tops with flat, sometimes dark, bottoms, and they are bright white when lit by the sun. They usually indicate good weather, but beware, they can quickly turn into a thunderstorm under the right conditions.
StratusThese clouds usually sit low in the sky, hiding the clouds above them. They are flat and grey, sometimes bringing a slight drizzle. Fog is simply stratus clouds which have come down to ground level. When you walk through fog, you’re actually in a stratus cloud.
Stratocumulus is a sort of combination of a cumulus cloud and a stratus cloud. As stratus clouds break apart, they start to form cumulus clouds. And as cumulus clouds cling together, they become stratus clouds. The time in between the formation of a cumulus cloud or a stratus cloud is called a stratocumulus cloud. These clouds are low, puffy, and either grey or white and they will have patches of blue sky between them. From underneath, they look a little like a honeycomb. They are most commonly found on cloudy, overcast days.
The altostratus clouds lay in the middle of the low water-based clouds and the higher ice-based clouds. These clouds are usually lighter and thinner than stratus clouds and if you look at them carefully, you may be able to see the suns rays shining through them. These clouds tend to turn the sky into a grey or bluish-grey color and look more like a sheet covering the sky instead of cotton ball style clouds. They tend to form just before a warm or cold front.
These clouds are the highest in the sky and made entirely of ice. They appear wispy in the sky, much like their name suggests, which is Latin for “curl of hair.” They are thin and white and usually streak across the sky. Cirrus clouds live above 20,000 feet (or about 6,100 miles) above the ground. They are usually fair-weather clouds but they can also form just before a warm front or a large ice storm. Seeing them in the sky can mean that a big storm is coming.
Cirrocumulus clouds are cumulus clouds at cirrus cloud level. They often look like fish scales and arrange themselves in rows. Like cirrus clouds, they are also made of ice crystals. These clouds are rare and don’t stick around for long. You’ll only find them in winter weather when it’s cold, but bright.
These clouds cover the sky in thin wispy layers, but unlike their mid-level and low-level counterparts, they can create beautiful optical effects and they are often distinguished by haloes in the sky. The sun shines through their thin layers, almost transparent, layers. These clouds will let you know there is a lot of moisture in the upper atmosphere and they usually come with a warm front.
Nimbostratus clouds are named appropriately as “Nimbus” is Latin for a rain cloud. These clouds bring long-lasting rain or snowstorms that have a light to moderate intensity. They are low and mid-level thick clouds that cover the sun’s rays. They cover the sky in a dark grey sheet. If rain or snow is in the forecast, you’ll see these clouds, often looking like one gigantic cloud, covering the sky. Cumulonimbus
These are the most intense clouds in the sky and they come around when heavy rain or hail is expected.
Cumulonimbus clouds are the only ones that can produce thunder and lightning so they’re easy to recognize. These clouds grow big and tall through all layers of the sky. They may look puffy at the bottom, but they grow tall and can look more like cauliflower at the top. The bottom of these clouds are almost always dark.
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Knowing the different types of clouds, when you’ll see them, and how they form, can help you determine what kind of weather is coming. But beware, clouds change and move quickly based on many factors so don’t be surprised if a rain storm pops up on a sunny day. I hope you and your child enjoy learning about clouds with the different types of clouds worksheets. Now it’s time to get out there and go cloud hunting!
Finding crafts for your kids to explore and create is so much fun. These stained glass crafts for kids are simple, beautiful and easy to make. Plus, they make great homemade gift options for family members and friends!
If you’re looking for some fun and unique crafts to create with your children, look no further than these 20 options. They’re not only beautiful but they really allow for creativity and imagination to shine through as well.
Now, let’s get to the stained glass crafts for kids! I hope you’re as excited as I am!
These 20 Sponge Crafts for kids are so much fun and simple to do! They’re certain to have hours and hours of play with these fun crafts and activities!
Now that the warmer months of the year are here and the kids are winding down on studying for a bit of a break, it’s time to load up on the crafts and activities to keep their minds active and healthy.
These sponge crafts are not only unique, but they’re a ton of fun as well. Your child will love being able to use sponges to create some of these really simple and unique crafts!
Below you’ll find 20 different sponge crafts that your kids will love to make. They’ll be messy at times but it’s so worth it in the end!
Now, let’s get to these sponge crafts! I hope you’re as excited as I am!
So, in doing some research about playdough, and if it’s really okay for little ones, I discovered that its original intent was for wallpaper cleaner, and it has borax in it…not too healthy for small hands to handle.
So, I decided to check out a lot of different recipes, and came up with this one that seems to be a good fit for playdough that’s soft and pliable, and can be stored in a Zip-loc bag. We really do love using soft playdough with bright vibrant colors!
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:
2 cups of organic flour
1 1/4 cups of water
3/4 cup of salt
2 Tablespoons of corn starch
2 Tablespoons of baby oil
1/2 teaspoon of glycerine (more if needed – use drops for additional amounts)
Gel food colors (colors of your choice)
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:
In a large saucepan combine the flour, salt, corn starch and stir to blend. Add the water and oil, and the food coloring of choice, and stir into the flour mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough begins to thicken. When it starts to form a ball in the pan, turn off the heat and remove the dough to waxed paper to cool. When the playdough cools a bit, knead the play dough for about 1 minute to completely mix, and smooth. If the dough seems sticky, add a little flour, and work into the dough. Repeat this recipe for all desired colors. When play dough has completely cooled, massage glycerine into dough, place dough in a ziplock bag, and keep in a cool dry location. Playdough may be used for up to three months.
NOTE: Amount of food coloring used will depend on the desired shade. If you want pastel colors, start with a drop or two in the saucepan. However; dough will be lighter than the color in the gel package. You’ll need to add more gel color for brighter colors. Play dough is ready to use once it’s cooled and kneaded smooth.
If you want white play dough, don’t add food coloring to the mixture, just cook the mixture until it thickens, and follow the rest of the directions.
You can also add glitter to the dough if you like, just add it when you add the food coloring or add it to the white play-dough when you add the water and oil.
Looking for ideas to create a unit study homeschool curriculum? You may just find what you’re searching for here!
Homeschooling parents can develop a fun, effective, theme-based unit study curriculum that is related to their child’s interests by following a few simple guidelines.
Creating a theme based home school curriculum is a doable and effective way for homeschooling parents to teach their children. According to Multiple Intelligences Theory, taking a central topic and building a study unit around it using a variety of approaches helps children learn with less effort, retain what they have learned longer and apply what they have learned more readily to other areas of their life.
What this means for homeschooling parents is that there is an alternative they can create themselves that works as well as or better than expensive subject-based curricula.
Creating a Unit Study Homeschool Curriculum
There are four basic steps to creating and using unit studies:
Select a Study Unit Theme
The easiest way to select a theme is to pay attention to what a child is interested in and/or curious about. Does he read a lot of stories set in Pioneer America or outer space? Have you noticed that she has a fascination with bugs or horses? Do you feel like he asks a million questions about volcanoes or sailboats? Any topic that can be approached from many different angles is a good choice for a study unit theme.
If a particular interest is too specific to lend itself to doing a study unit easily, a broader approach may be useful. For example, it might be difficult to come up with enough activities for a study unit on skunks. However, it would be easy to do one on mammals of North America.
Create a Unit Study Plan
Once the theme has been selected, parents and students sit down together and decide on a study plan which includes most or all of the following:
Reading and writing assignments and vocabulary lists
Math exercises including word problems, charts, and graphs
Social studies projects such as making maps or cooking
Art, music, and performances related to the theme
Working together to decide on a theme and flesh it out into a study unit is a great way for parents to model valuable life skills such as cooperation and organization.
If there are several children in the family, each of them can do study units based on individual interests. Or they can all work with the same theme and have assignments and projects that are geared to their individual age and ability level.
Follow the Unit Study Plan
Once the study plan has been mapped out, follow through with it. For example, a child at the third or fourth-grade level who is interested in Ancient Egypt might do the following:
Reading fiction books and stories set in Ancient Egypt and nonfiction books about the subject
Writing a research paper about life in Ancient Egypt and a story set in King Tut’s time
Calculate how many blocks are in the Great Pyramid and solve math word problems with Egyptian themes
Research how the Ancient Egyptians embalmed mummies and the causes and effects of the annual Nile floods
Learn to play an Ancient Egyptian game such as Senet and make a map of the Nile Valley the way it was in 3000 BC.
Make Egyptian costumes and perform a play based on an Egyptian myth.
Field trips – go to the library to find books on Egypt and to a museum to view Egyptian artifacts
Review What was Learned at the End of Each Study Unit
An assessment or review at the end of each study unit is important for both parent and child. One good way to do this is to make a chart of all the subject areas and list what specific skills the student gained or developed further in each area during the unit.
Did writing a research paper help the student learn how to outline or improve her outlining skills? Did building an accurate scale model of a famous building introduce him to the concept of ratios (Math) and teach him more about another era (Social Studies)?
Most State Department of Education websites have lists of standards for each grade which are broken down by subject area and specific skills. These are very useful both for developing a study plan and for reviewing what was learned.
Have Fun With Theme Based Learning
Fun and learning can and should go hand-in-hand. In How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, edited by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking [The National Academies Press, 1999] teacher Barb Johnson is cited as being skilled at using unit studies with her pupils. She has them do what she calls “investigations” based on questions they have about themselves and the world.
At the end of each investigation, her students assess what they have learned with often surprising results. As one of her students put it, “I just thought we were having fun. I didn’t realize we were learning, too!”
More About Unit Studies
A unit study curriculum is well suited to the homeschooling environment and easy for parents to create by plugging into students’ interests, creating a learning plan, following through with planned activities and taking time to review at the end of each unit.
Parents who are hesitant about making up their own curriculum but would like to try this fun and effective teaching method can find lists of unit study themes and suggestions for activities on the internet.
Do you have any unit study homeschool curriculum tips?
Learning about space is such a fun homeschooling unit for kids! In this post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite space books for kids that they will love.
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Reading books with kids is a great way to expand their minds to grow and grasp new concepts. Learning about space and all that’s out there is such a fun one to read about! They’ll be so excited and ready to learn when they can explore the wonders of space!
When we first started learning about space, it quickly became an obsession. Everything from what the planets were, to even dreaming of becoming little astronauts! It really is a fun and exciting topic to learn about and I find that I’m just as excited to read and learn along with them.
Below you will find a list of space books for kids – perfect for your next homeschooling unit. When you have the ability to teach young minds about all the wonders of the Earth, what better subject to dive into than learning all about space?!
Now, let’s get to the books all about space! I hope you’re as excited as I am!
Interesting Space Books for Kids
Space by Roger Priddy
This is the perfect introduction to space for kids! Full of interesting facts to teach them all about our universe, planets, the space shuttle, and so much more.
This story is full of wit and humor while teaching us all we need to know about the most important planet in space – Earth. Kids will learn all about what Earth is made of, a deep look into space, and even about the people that live there.
You can’t deny that Dragons are really cool – especially to kids! They breathe fire and fight knights, after all. We have picked out some of our favorite Dragon books for kids for you to scroll through and stock up on! There are so many more, but these will give you a good start.
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I think what I love most about these dragon books is not only are they fun and exciting, but they teach some great lessons too! Everything from fire safety to anger management and everything in between. Books are a fun and engaging way to help kids grasp new concepts and what better way to do that than with dragons?!
When we first started getting into dragons, our little one couldn’t get enough of them! He would run through the house pretending to breathe fire. You can imagine his excitement when I brought a stack of dragon books for him to read. These dragon books are PERFECT for dragon-obsessed kiddos.
The Dragon books listed below will have them excited and engaged for weeks! They could go great with a fire safety unit or just a fun dragon-themed craft. Perfect for crazy little boys (and girls too!). These stories are so much fun to read and flip through. They are sure to enjoy these!
A little girl gets to meet a real-life dragon when he invites her in for tea. But things take a strange turn when he sneezes fire! It’s then that the girl teaches us all we should know about fire safety.
This is such a fun book to read to kids learning their alphabet while introducing them to the loved game of dungeons and dragons. It follows the classic rhyming of kids books and is such a fun one to read!
This story is such a fun twist on learning all about being different! This little dragon can’t seem to breathe fire, but instead breathes out all kinds of different things, like whipped cream and marshmallows. Kids will be laughing to the end in this sweet and funny story.
This story is about a boy who is on a quest to save his village. He finds a magic stone to help his village which then causes the rain to stop and crops to dry out. It is then he must find a way to save his village with his water dragon by his side.
This funny story will have kids smiling to the end! When a little boy finds a dragon, he must tell his mom. To which she says that dragons do not exist! That just makes him grow more and more. Whatever will he do?
This is such a fun story about being yourself and working together! Sleepy must help mend relationships between the unique dragons to find his way back home. They are special individually and even stronger together.