Educational Ideas

Marble Mania. Math and small motor activities for kids from preschoolers to school age

My little adorable toddler, the Big Button, is busy sifting marbles to and from. Clickety-cluck. The door bursts open and his older brother, Smiles, rushes through the door. The daily explosion of greetings and hugs is cut short as he notices the colorful marbles, spoons, tongs and ice cube trays: he is heading straight for [...]

Head Full of Marbles. Great sorting activity for preschool kids.

I always looked at them as a choking hazard.  My kids always found them so attractive to handle, roll, transfer from one container to the next.  My mom always believed it was ok, if done under supervision.  And then I haven’t seen marbles for a really long time, until rediscovered to hem in a completely [...]

10 best MATH toys. Educational gift ideas

Who said that math is boring? We can assure children and parents that with the right play tools, learning mathematics can be fun! Find these math toys that were hand-picked by preschool and elementary school teachers to help parents and grandparents to shop for the smartest holiday gifts. 1. Math Keyboard – Multiplication This educational [...]

10 Fun Facts about Horses

During our Pets Appreciation Week we want to talk about more common and less common pets. How about horses? Many horse lovers consider these gracious animals, not farm inhabitants, but pets. Let’s learn some fun facts about horses. Horses belong to the genus equus. Horses are herbivores (plant eaters). A horse is described as a foal [...]

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 [...]