Feed RSS



STEM Straw Bridges

Science Technology Engineering and Math {STEM} activities are fun ways to teach kids how things work. This straw bridge activity takes just a few minutes to prep but will keep young engineers learning for hours. Who can build the strongest bridge?  Find out! This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Building Straw Bridges To give the kids a strong introduction to bridge design, we started our activity by reading Carol Johmann’s Bridges! together as a class. Then, we talked about five popular types of bridges: arch, beam, suspension, cable-stay and truss. As we reviewed the characteristics of each one, I drew a simple anchor chart kids could refer to when they were designing their bridges later. Then, I placed students into teams...

Continue reading



The ultimate creative gift? A 3D printer for Christmas

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who is both wildly creative and a tech whiz? And are you looking to wow them with a fantastic present? I have the perfect suggestion. Combine their two passions into one project. You want the ultimate creative gift? A 3D printer for Christmas is just such a thing. Here’s a quick look at why this is the perfect gift for them. Pure creativity Is there a more creative activity than making something out of nothing? Well, to be accurate, you’re making something out of raw materials not thin air. But the point stands! A 3D printer allows you to dream up an idea for a real world item, and have it...

Continue reading



Helping Your Toddler Excel

Brain growth and development peaks before children even enter kindergarten. Even before preschool both the size and neuron connections within the brain grow at exponential rates that are only seen in those first few years of life. Research shows brain volume doubles the first year and by the second year correlates to roughly 80% of an adult’s, with neuron connections presenting a similar pattern and rate of growth to that of the brain structure. By the age of two, that unique joyous little human who stands less than three feet tall already has 80% of the size and number of neuron connections of an adult size brain and by age 6 that number grows to 90%. So how can we best...

Continue reading



4 Ways To Support A Child Who Is Struggling At School

It’s often said that your school days are the best days of your life. But for many kids, this isn’t always the case. There are plenty of reasons a child may struggle in and out of the classroom, especially during what has been such a disruptive and challenging year for all of us. And children may face any number of issues in school – for instance, a child who has no problems with academic performance may still struggle socially and feel isolated, whereas one who has a thriving social life may instead have trouble focusing and staying on target. Whatever problems they may be facing, these are just four ways to support a child who is having a hard time...

Continue reading



L.O.L. Surprise Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the kids in your life this holiday season, L.O.L. Surprise has some great products for gift giving this year! This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. L.O.L. SURPRISE GIFT IDEAS L.O.L. Surprise! has been the#1 toy around the world for 3 years running! It’s a global phenomenon for big and lil’ girls alike which makes it great for holiday gifting! Get your kids away from the screens for some hands-on fun for hours on end. There’s an innovative and diverse selection of accessories, fashion dolls, collectible dolls, playsets, & more for them to enjoy! These dolls are fierce, fashion-forward, and packed with personality! Check out some of the...

Continue reading