Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: March 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

24 Science Explorations and Experiments for Kids - The Sunday Showcase 3/30/13

The Sunday Showcase  
featuring..... 
Science Explorations & Experiments
for Kids!


Easter is here! Did you enjoy time with family and friends? Did the kids decorate and hunt for eggs?  We've been on Spring Break and have had such a busy week that we are just getting to our egg decorating this weekend. Oh well, better late than never - right?

This week, I have featured some awesome Science Explorations & Experiments for kids that are sure to thrill the children in your life. If you're looking for even more science inspiration check out our Science posts and Science Fun Board

The Sunday Showcase

The Sunday Showcase is hosted on FIVE blogs!

Each blog showcases their own features
 (from the previous week's linky) 
so be sure to check them all out!

If you are here for the first time please read this informational post for the full details.  Anything kid friendly and/or child centered is welcome!  You are welcome to share more than one post,  but we don't accept links for giveaways,  shops, or downloads for purchase, etc.  They will be deleted.

If you're linking up we encourage you to visit 
some of the other links & our Pinterest board!  

*Important* 
Please note that by linking up you are giving us permission to use a photo (with proper link to you!) in our featured section and on our Pinterest board!  If you prefer not to be featured simply comment below or e-mail me to let us know.

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The Showcase Features:


Try one or all of these 10 Magic Potions from Mums Make Lists
or how about these 10 More Magic Potions from Science Sparks.

Have fun exploring a Sink or Float Sensory Sink 
from My Nearest and Dearest or
get hands-on exploring with a Surface Tension Experiment 
like this one from Carrots are Orange.

Feels Like Home made some awesome Crystal Geodes
and We Made That created Fireworks in a Jar.

What fun science explorations & experiments for kids!

Do you have a favorite Science activity
Please share in the comments below.


If you have been featured, grab a button you deserve it!

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From your Hostess:

I hope you enjoy a wonderful Easter is this weekend!

If you are left with lots of plastic eggs,
 you might be wondering what you can do with them.

Here are
  10 Ways to Use Plastic Eggs 
for Learning with kids



Thank You for sharing your child centered ideas with us!
Bern

Friday, March 29, 2013

10 Ways to Use Plastic Eggs for Learning with Kids

If you celebrate Easter there is no doubt that you after the egg hunts have passed and the bunny has visited, you are left with lots and lots of plastic eggs. At least that's how it is in my house. I refuse to simply throw them away.  I save some to reuse next year but each year the collection seems to grow.  I make it my mission to think of fun ways to use them with the Lil Divas.

In the spirit of blogging and sharing, I have compiled a handy list of 
10 Ways to Use Plastic (Easter) Eggs
for Learning


Are you ready for some playful learning ideas
Here they are -



2. Antonym Eggs




4. Contraction Eggs 




6. Synonym Eggs




8. Compound Word Eggs 





These are just a few ways you can use these handy learning aides.
There are so many other fun things you can do with them
involving art, crafts and play.

How do you reuse your plastic eggs?
Bern

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What Time Is It? - A Telling Time Review Game

If you have seen our 5 Ways to Play and Learn with Easter Eggs post, you know that I think they are great learning tools. There are so many ways to use them for art, crafts and fun learning activities.

The Oldest Diva has been learning to tell time so I knew I had to dig in to my plastic egg stash and make a quick game for her that would help her with practicing telling time.


Prep was fairly easy. I drew a clock with a target time on one half on an egg. Then I wrote the corresponding digital time on another half. To make this a bit trickier for her (she is in first grade & can handle it) - I mixed up the colors so that they did not match. You can have them match depending on the degree of difficulty you want to provide.


To play, I set up the clocks on one side and the digital times on the other side.


The Oldest Diva had to match the clocks to their corresponding digital times.


It was a simple, fast & fun way to review telling time.

Looking for more fun ways to play and learn with plastic eggs? 


Have fun telling time!
Bern

Monday, March 25, 2013

Rhyming On the Go: A Play to Learn Phonics Game

I am always trying to "sneak" learning into our day that requires no prep or set-up and only take a few spare minutes time.

Rhyming On the Go - A Phonics Game

Part of learning to read means having a solid foundation in phonics. To nurture this I play simple, fun and wacky phonics games with the Lil Divas. Our favorites often involve rhyming - both real and nonsense words. We play during bath time, in the car and whenever else we can fit it in.

I like having games that sneak in learning no matter where we are, take no preparation or materials and can be played with 5 spare minutes or longer if we feel like it. Doesn't that sound great? Seriously, even busy mamas on the go can totally do this on your way to school, errands, playdates, extracurricular activities - wherever you are going and anytime of day or night. Let's make learning fun, informal and easy. It doesn't always have to require tons of prep and planning.

Here's a game we like to play in the car -


How to Play:
1.  Look out the car window and name an object you see.


2. The other people in the car think up rhyming words until someone gets stumped.


3. The winner of the round (last person able to give a rhyming word) gets to look out the window and names the next object.


4. Repeat and play as many rounds as time permits or children are interested. 

We try to find "hard" words/objects to stump each other while we play. This game is so simple kids of varying ages can play. It's a great way to get younger kids started with recognizing rhymes and word endings.

A fun twist we like to incorporate is to use/allow nonsense words. The Lil Divas enjoy trying to come up with the silliest words and it always gets lots of giggles when we play this way. An added learning component would be to have children identify real versus nonsense words. This is sometimes difficult for younger children to discern. 

What games do you play on the go?
I'd love for you to share.

Have fun rhyming on the go!
Bern

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring Crafts & Activities for Kids - The Sunday Showcase 3/23/13

The Sunday Showcase  
featuring..... 
Spring Crafts & Activities
for Kids!


Spring is officially here! I have featured some fabulous and easy Spring Crafts, Snacks & Activities for  kids this week that are sure to thrill the children in your life. 

If you're looking for even more Spring inspiration check out our Spring posts and Spring Pinterest Board

The Sunday Showcase

The Sunday Showcase is hosted on FIVE blogs!

Each blog showcases their own features
 (from the previous week's linky) 
so be sure to check them all out!

If you are here for the first time please read this informational post for the full details.  Anything kid friendly and/or child centered is welcome!  You are welcome to share more than one post,  but we don't accept links for giveaways,  shops, or downloads for purchase, etc.  They will be deleted.

If you're linking up we encourage you to visit 
some of the other links & our Pinterest board!  

*Important* 
Please note that by linking up you are giving us permission to use a photo (with proper link to you!) in our featured section and on our Pinterest board!  If you prefer not to be featured simply comment below or e-mail me to let us know.

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The Showcase Features:


Deb Chitwood via PreK and K Sharing has some 
Buggy and Buddy made some awesome
Craftulate shared 3 simple & fun Caterpillar Crafts.
LeahInspired made the cutest Birdhouse Creation.
Fantastic Fun & Learning made an awesome Garden Sensory Bin.
Life With Moore Babies made adorable & yummy Nutter Butter Chicks

What a fun spring treats, crafts & activities for kids!

Do you have a favorite Spring activity
Please share in the comments below.


If you have been featured, grab a button you deserve it!

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From your Hostess:

Easter is next weekend - are you ready?

Check out these Easter Themed Books for kids in K thru 2nd

and try a few of these
  Easter Science Experiments and Explorations for kids!


Thank You for sharing your child centered ideas with us!
Bern

Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Science for Kids: Fun Investigations and Experiments

We had so much fun with eggs and peeps last year that the Lil Divas are begging for more experiments this year. My thinking cap has been on & my mind has been working overtime and I am excited to share some of our science investigations with you...soon.  In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to recap all those Peep and Egg experiments from last year and have them in one handy place for you.



Let's start with some FUN
Peep Experiments
(click the titles and it will take you to the original posts for full details)

The Dissolving Peeps Experiment


The Super Sized Microwave Peep Experiment
The Lil Divas enjoyed last year's microwaved Peep experiment so much that they asked to do it again this year. When we spotted extra large Peeps at the store, we knew we had to try them in our experiment. The Lil Divas were super excited to see how large these would puff up in the microwave.

Here are the original sized bunny peeps:

Here are a few "action" shots of the peep heating up in the microwave:
We just hit the 1 minute button on the microwave & watched carefully
so I could stop it - it happens fast.


Here's a quick size comparison -

They start shrinking quickly once there's no more heat.
I tried taking a quick photo to no avail,
 the original heated peep was even bigger than this.


See how it takes up the WHOLE plate!
The Lil Divas were beyond thrilled with this giant peep bunny.



Now onto our
Egg Experiments!
(click the titles and it will take you to the original posts for full details)

The Floating vs. Sinking Egg Experiment



If you are looking for some cool Egg Decorating Ideas, check these out:

Tie Dye Eggs

Melted Crayon Eggs


and if you need some cool Egg Craft Ideas, how about these -
Tape Resist & Wet Chalk Eggs (my favorite!)
Tie Dye Coffee Filter Eggs

and if you want even more inspiration check out all our
  Easter posts & our Easter Pinterest board.


Have fun exploring, experimenting & creating,
Bern

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Books for Kids in K thru 2nd Grade

I love sharing our themed book lists with you. Now that the Lil Divas are "readers", we are finding ourselves reading many more beginning readers and chapter books together. I'm sure many of you are in a similar situation. By sharing our book lists with you, I hope to make finding appropriate books for your K-2nd graders easier.

These are our favorite Easter Themed books focusing on the story of Easter, bunnies, eggs and chicks!


Kindergarten & (early) First Grade

Fancy Nancy's Elegant Easter - This is a lift-the-flap book.  While most books in this style are geared towards tots, this one is perfect for your kindergartener because in true Fancy Nancy style, she uses "fancy words" like elegant, divine and gala. This one has no mention of religion. It's all eggs and bonnets and Easter parties. My kindergartener loves this fun book.



The Berenstain Bears and The Easter Story - If you are looking to explain the "real meaning behind Easter versus eggs, bunnies and candy then this book is for you. Mama and Papa bear share the story of Jesus' resurrection in a kid friendly manner.  It even comes with some stickers.



The Night Before Easter - The Lil Divas always enjoy these "night before" books in the style of Twas the Night Before Christmas. This one has the same rhythmic language and follows the Easter Bunny as he delivers his eggs.



The Story of the Easter Bunny - Have your kids ever asked questions about the Easter Bunny? This book gives a delightful explanation of how the Easter Bunny got his "job". We love the illustrations in this story. It focuses on giving and helping others which is a message we all try to impart on our children.



The Golden Egg Book - This one is great for beginning readers to read independently. It's a classic story of wonder and friendship as a little bunny finds an egg and wants to learn what is inside. The bunny is so child-like in his wonder (he imagines a boy and an elephant inside!) and children will be drawn to his antics as he tries to crack the egg.



It's Not Easy Being a Bunny - This isn't an Easter book per say but it fits with the bunny theme surrounding Easter and it's short, repeating text is great for beginning readers in this age group. P.J Funnybunny is tired of being a bunny so he sets out to see what else is out there. Of course, he ultimately learns that it's best to accept who you are. Kids will enjoy reading this one over and over again.

 

God Gave Us Easter - Papa Polar Bear explains how Easter came about in a clear and simple way. A wonderful story to help children understand the real meaning of Easter, in text that younger readers can read independently or with minimal assistance.




First & Second Grade

Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny - Don't let the word "dumb" in the title (or the usual Junie B. name calling and bad grammar) stop you from enjoying Junie B. with your kids. She is as spunky and hilarious as ever and my Oldest Diva loves these books. You have to decide if this series is right for you and your child.  Personally,  I choose to focus on the fact that these books keep my daughter excited about reading with their humor and teach a lesson in a non-preachy way while Junie B.  usually redeems herself in the end, as she does in this laugh out loud book. Confession -I caught myself whole heartedly laughing as we read this story.




Bella the Bunny Fairy (Rainbow Magic: The Pet Fairies #2): If you have a girl in your home, you probably know about the Rainbow Magic series and if you don't - you will very soon! These books are very predictable but girls devour them. The Oldest Diva is a huge fan of the series, of which there are quite a few. In this series,  Jack Frost (the meanie) has stolen the Pet Fairies' magical pets. Luckily the pets managed to escape into to human world. This particular book is about Bella and her magic bunny - the Easter bunny? I won't give it away completely but I will say it was a fast read, a cute story and involved easter egg hunts, chocolate eggs, a fairy, a magic bunny and some pesky goblins.



Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Chick-napped! #13 - The Oldest Diva is a big Nancy Drew fan. We love this series with smart and feisty girl lead characters, tales of friendship and of course mysteries to solve.  In this book, Nancy's class is hatching chickens only to have them vanish.  The Clue Crew takes on the case. The girls ultimately uncover that it was a classmate but I'll let you read the book to find out who, why and how it all happened.



Rainbow Magic (Special Edition): Emma the Easter Fairy - A special holiday edition book to the Rainbow Magic series. This one introduces us to Emma, the Easter Fairy. Jack Frost and his goblins are at it again. This time Emma's magic eggs are missing and it's ruining Easter - without her magic eggs go bad, the chocolate is melting and the Easter Bunny is missing. Rachel & Kirsty help Emma find her magic eggs and save Easter.



The Velveteen Rabbit - This classic story is great to read around Easter time. I still recall reading this as a child myself and it was a thrill to share it with the Lil Divas. The Rabbit yearns to be real and embodies unconditional love for the boy. This is a must read - do not miss book of childhood.



If you are looking for Easter themed activities - check out our Easter posts and our Easter Pinterest Board.

Have fun reading together,
Bern