Educational Ideas

How to Encourage Kids to Read

Promote reading in your family. Encourage your children to read more. With busy schedules for both parents and kids it is easier to say that than to accomplish it. PBS Reading Rockets asked the parents and teachers to share their ideas about how to encourage kids, especially those who aren’t excited about books, to do [...]

Let’s test bubbles! Terrific outdoor craft and science experiment

A team of young scientists assembles in our outdoor facility to conduct the science experiment of the day: which homemade bubble solution is the best?  We prepare our own wands, our own solutions, throw in a bottle of a store bought one and our own science experiment gets on a roll.   Supplies: For bubbles [...]

FUNgestive digestive system. Teaching kids about human body.

“After you bite that apple, the saliva starts… and the stomach… what do you mean what is a “stomach”?  Hey, why aren’t you listening again?!”  Because this is boooring!  And I was determined to learn the digestive system in a fun way.  So, we’ve got some strings, crayons, scissors and created a life-size digestive system. [...]

Teach your child to swim with 10 easy and fun activities

We taught our little ones to swim ourselves. Not that hard, really.  Weather this is part of your plan or not, the things we did are really easy incorporate into anybody’s splashy routine to benefit kids being safe and comfortable in the water. ·        Storytime. Lounging on the side of a pool with a good [...]

What do you know about 2014 World Cup champion, Germany?

Let’s take another opportunity to teach kids some geography. After last night triumphal win of German soccer team at the 2014 World Cup, imaginary trip to heart of Europe is an educational “must”. So, what are the most interesting facts about Germany? The name for Germany in the German language is Deutschland. The population of Germany [...]

Cool play for a hot day! Ice cube fun activities for toddlers.

Shlep-shlep-shlep. Ahhh, I just love the sweet sound of the fast approaching bare baby feet. This wonderful sound means I’ll get to kiss the yummy little cheek in a few seconds, when my my dear Big Button joins me in the laundry room. But shlepping stops suddenly. Screeeeech. Ok, that sound I like a lot [...]