Classic Train Set

Playing with the classics is always a good time. In 1936, Skaneateles Handicrafters were one of the first toy companies to make a wooden toy train and track very similar to that used by most companies today.


Engineering Skills for Kids


My kiddos love playing with the wooden trains. It isn’t their first choice in toys but once they get started they will play for hours. Learning about magnetism with the cars connections and track layout are great skills gained from wooden trains.


IKEA vs Kids Destiny Brand


When I started to look for my kids first wooden train set, I didn’t realize there were so many options. We originally purchased Kids Destiny Wooden Train Track 59 Piece Pack which states it is 100% Compatible with All Major Brands Including Thomas Train Wooden Railway System making this a great starter kit.

A year later, we were gifted an IKEA train set. I assumed the two sets were compatible. However, the two sets are not compatible. The plastic connectors of the IKEA train tracks doesn’t fit in the inserted connectors of the Kids Destiny tracks. Both are great train track sets but not together.

As you can see in the photo below, we mix and match them but it takes extra planning where the different tracks can go. Kids get a little frustrated and I have to help make it work.

When researching what skills are developed from wooden trains, I was surprised to find a long list at ChildDevelopment.com. Here is some of the concepts that I found interesting. Check out their website for a full description.

• Understanding/recognising items.

• Vocabulary.

• Following instructions.

• Turn taking.

• Counting.

• Requesting.

• Grammar.

▪ Pronouns.

• Moving Concepts.

• Imaginative play skills.

▪ Boundary setting.

▪ Motivator.

▪ Expand play.

Dance Class

I’m feeling so proud today. It took 6 months but my toddler has turned a corner this week. She walked into dance class with no hand holding or bribes. I know it sounds bad but for moms with ‘attached at the hip’ kiddos they will understand. I feel like this is a huge step in her trust in me that ‘mama comes back.’


Class Overview


My kiddos attend Turning Pointe Dance Centre in Snohomish Washington. The staff is patient, educated and fun. The amount of Ballet terms I know now has sharply increased since my daughters started classes. Both girls started dance class at the age of two.

Dance Term:

  • Relevé – Tip toeing or A rise onto the toes.
  • Sauté – simple jump in the vertical direction.
  • First position – The legs are rotated, while heels are together.
  • Plié – A bend of the knees and the torso is held upright.
  • Tendu – A “stretched” from a flat foot to a pointed foot.

For a full list of terms, check out Orthopt.com.

At this age, I found it hard to find any classes or sports that little kids could attend. There are swim lessons available at 6 months old and gymnastics at 18 months old but this is a class they can do by themselves or with mom.

Dance class works on their gross (full) body control as well as listening to tempo and choreography. There are drop in classes to try for about $8-10 depending on the length. At the end of the year, they have a performance to show off their new skills. I’m looking forward to it.

Happy Dancing!!

Bead Heart

This week at my MOPS (mother’s of preschoolers) meeting, the kiddos made little heart ornaments from beads and pipe cleaners.


MOPS Activity for Kids


Twice a month, my MOPS group meets to discuss current topics and upcoming challenges of being a mother. I have learned so much from the guest speakers. Thus I’m a huge fan of MOPS.

When I had a toddler and going through a rough time trying to conceive my second, the other moms in the group were there to hold my hand and listen to my pain. I am so thankful to be apart of this group of women. I pray that every mom has something like this in their life and if they don’t I’d be happy to introduce you to MOPS in your area.

Anyways, while us mommies are learning about some new mommy skills, our kiddos are learning about Jesus and his love in the church’s childcare.

This is a great craft for preschoolers. During the MOPS meeting, the kids made this bead heart to symbolize Jesus’s love for them. The instructors began the meeting by reading a short story about ‘Children of Jesus’ from My Favorite Bible.

Similar to the snowflake ornament from last week, you can make this more challenging by having them follow a sequence to practice their coding skills. When they are done, the kids will have a cute heart to share with friends. Happy Hearts Day!

Supplies:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads

Weekend in Cle Elum, Washington

Hello. My family was fortunate to go to Suncadia in Cle Elum, Washington over this midwinter break from school. This is my fourth trip enjoying this large resort that includes indoor and outdoor activities like swimming, wild life encounters and trails for every age. Here is my detailed review of this beautiful resort.


4 Out Of 5 Stars


Suncadia has some of the best views as you walk through the lodge. This resort has an Inn as well as a Lodge. We stay at the Lodge that over looks the valley. Here are some positive points about our trip.

Customer Service

The staff is kind and helpful in every area of the resort from front desk to the restaurant staff. We were very pleased with their help.

Rooms

Relaxing in the bedroom while the kids and husband make a snowman.

The bedrooms have a cozy fireplace, comfy beds and clean bathrooms. Just big enough for my family of four to play. The room we stayed in had a small kitchenette that included a cooktop and fridge. It was stocked with plates, cups and utensils for four. There was a k-cup coffee machine with coffee and creamer (my life support). Plus a toaster which we used for waffles in the morning.

A huge plus for me is their 100% cotton bedding and towels for my daughter who has eczema. I didn’t have to worry about them making her itchy.

Restaurant (Portals)

Beautiful views from every seat in the restaurant overlooking the ridge. The food is high quality and fancy and I was loving it. My kids had tater tots and chicken strips with ranch or ketchup (no bbq; just a heads up).

Pool

The pool isn’t connected to the hotel. Though includes a indoor and outdoor pool with 2 water slides (outdoor pool isn’t open in the winter). Kids must be 42″ tall to ride the slides and no double riders. Only single riders so my kiddos were interested in the slides. But the pool is warm and they have indoor and outside hot tubs for kids 6 and older.

Activities

There is a kids junior club which we didn’t try this trip (I feel my kids are too young) but they had great indoor kid activities in their conference room. These activities are an additional charge. Here are some of the activities we participated in:

Outdoor activities include:

  • Sleigh ride
  • Sledding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Skating
  • Visit the elk

Why Suncadia lost a star?

It all comes down to poor communication. I made an reservation for dinner and didn’t know they only have buffet right now. This is new. If I knew I was going to eat a buffet maybe I’d skip lunch.

Another area of miscommunication is on their website. The double queen description states there is a fridge in the room. When I walked into the original room we were given, I asked the bellhop where the fridge was and he stated not all rooms have fridges. I thought weird and asked if I could get one. He said I’d have to switch rooms with the front desk. We switched rooms to a king with sofa bed to meet my needs but I felt it was a little false advertising.

Either way, I recommend calling to make a reservation so you know exactly what you are getting. Ask lots of questions.

Conclusion

We had a lot of fun and look forward to going back again soon. I recommend to my friends, family and readers a trip to this growing resort on a ridge in the middle of the forest. Wishing you the best on your next family adventure!!

Horse Sleigh Ride

This weekend we enjoyed a wonderful long weekend at Suncadia in Cle Elum, Washington for the celebration of president Washington’s Birthday. Originally, we made these plans a while ago thinking our family would experience the winter wonder for only one weekend away however to our surprise we got snow at home the two weeks prior to our visit at Suncadia. Luckily, the mountain passes cleared up and we got to experience the fun activities Suncadia had in store. For example, the magic experience of a horse-drawn sleigh ride.


Calming Sleigh Rides


This experience was like the lullaby tune “Jingle Bells.” So much so I began to sing the song when I heard the sleigh bells jingle as we rode through the forest under the cozy blankets that were provided to us. The ride was so peaceful and we were so cozy under the blankets that my toddler fell asleep 10 minutes into the ride. I have to thank the team at Three Peaks Outfitters for a great memory of this winter outing!

Meet Lucky and Tip from 3 Peaks Outfitters. Both the kiddos got to pet these beautiful, big horses. I believe he said their horse breed is Percheron. Similar to a Clydesdale but a noticeable difference is the short hair near the hoof or fetlock. Not sure if you can see us standing back there with our winter outfits on but we have big smiles on our faces.

The driver offered my daughter the opportunity to sit up front with my husband. She jumped up there faster than she could say yes. The cowboy explained all the harnesses and horse behaviors to us as we rode through the snowy forest. The sleigh would twist and creak during this half hour trek. It was beautiful, peaceful and educational.

Check back tomorrow for a full review of our experience at Suncadia with a list of activities available to you.

Bead Snowflake Ornament

While on vacation, my family took advantage of their winter activities which included this cute snowflake ornament made of pipe cleaners and beads.


Snowflake for Kids


To start this easy craft, take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them together in the middle then separate the end out to look like a 6 point snowflake. I had to twist it together for the kids before they added the beads to each end. This is a great eye hand coordination activity for the kiddos. My toddler was very focused on adding the beads.

When you get close to the end, you will want to hot glue or super glue the last bead on the end so the beads don’t fall off. On one end, tie a ribbon so you can hang it on the tree.

Viola the snowflake is completed. It is an easy and fun activity for all ages. For a complete diy video, check out Crouton Crafts’s YouTube channel here.

For older kids, I recommend making it more challenging by following a pattern to transform this activity into a coding exercise.

Compliment Cookies and Cupcakes

I feel like I talk about My Little Ponies a lot. I guess you are getting a little taste of what it is like at our house with pony craze. (Spoiler Alert) My kiddos and I recently watched an episode where Pinkie Pie was teaching her students about compliments with a cupcake exchange. I thought:

‘Wow that is a great idea.’


Girl Scouts Mari Badge Idea


My daisy troop recently earned their Mari ‘Responsible For What I Say and Do’ Badge. We started by reading the story of Mari the marigold. Luckily the story includes cupcakes decorating. Then the girls watched the first minute of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Season 8 Episode 12 “Marks for Effort,” where Pinkie Pie explains and shows her students how to pay a compliment for the exchange of a cupcake. Then we reviewed the compliments we saw in the show before decorating a cupcake for our exchange.

Today, we decorated cookies similar to the cupcakes. The frosting, sugar cookie and sprinkles were supplied to my kiddos. They might have eaten just 2 large spoonfuls of frosting before any made it onto the cookie. So yummy!!

I think I would call these cookies Rainbow Bam!! Every variety of rainbow sprinkle made it onto this cookie adding just the right amount of crunch. Enjoy!!

Dream Catcher Craft and History

Dreamcatchers originally created by the Native Americans but to be more specific dream catchers are believed to be from the Ojibwa Chippewa and Lakota tribe who lived mainly in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ontario. The Ojibwe word for dreamcatcher is asabikeshiinh which actually means “spider,” which I think is prefect since dream catchers look like a spiderweb.


Dream Catcher History


According to the Ojibwa history, the “Spider Woman” is the spiritual protector of the tribe, especially for children, kids and babies. As the Ojibwe people migrated out across the land, this spirit wasn’t able to protect and watch over all the members of the tribe because of their distance. This is why the first dreamcatcher was created. Traditionally, mothers and grandmothers would create the maternal keepsake as a means of mystically protecting their children and families no matter where they lived (Source: Legomenon.)

Dreamcatchers were originally made from leather and wood, but today we made one from metal and beads. Once the metal ring was complete with beads, tape the ring closed then tie the string to the ring and wrap it back and forth. Make sure the string is tight. The kiddos can wrap it as many times as they want then tie it off with a long tail to make into a loop. This way you have a way to hang it on a hook.

Last the kids add decorations like ribbon and snowflakes gems. Cut a couple ribbons and attach them to the bottom of the dream catcher. Then hot glue the gems like snowflakes.

Supplies:

  • Metal rings about 6-8″ diameter
  • 60-80 beads available at Dollar Tree
  • Colorful string (my girls prefer rainbow colors)
  • Gem snowflake or similar
  • Ribbon

14 Heart Day Movies and Shows For The Whole Family

Happy Belated Valentines Day! Here are 14 kids tv episodes to celebrate hearts day. These shows and movies include some classics that I loved as a kid as well as some new characters that my kids love today.


Happy Heart Day


As I watch some of these shows, I’m surprised that many of them refer to Valentines Day as Heart Day. Maybe it is more politically correct? If you are looking for a DVD, PBS has combined 8 of the Valentines Day shows on one DVD. Click Here to check it out on Amazon.

In addition to the shows, PBS has free printable Valentines too. Check out their VDay page here.

If you are looking for some recent or classic ideas available on Netflix and other streaming apps, here are my recommendations:

Tv Shows:

    True and the Rainbow Kingdom – Season 3, episode 0 – “Happy Hearts Day”
    Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Season 2, episode 14 – “It’s Love Day/Daniel’s Love Day Surprise”
    Cat In The Hat Knows All About That: Valentines Day – Available on Amazon
    Winnie the Pooh: A Valentines for You – Available on Amazon
    Word World – Season 2, Eposide 1 – “My Fuzzy Valentines”

Movies:

    My Little Pony, Friendship Is Magic – Season 2, episode 17 – “Heart and Hooves Day”
    The Magic School Bus – Season 4, episode 9 – “The Magic School Bus Gets Charged
    Lady and the Tramp (my childhood favorite)
    Beauty and the Beast
    Tangled (my favorite)
    The Sound of Music
    The Princess Diaries
    Cinderella
    Madly Madagascar

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

One Dollar Canvas Painting

So I love the dollar store for craft ideas, party supplies and season decorations. The Dollar Tree is my favorite dollar dealer. They have a great idea section on their website and will ship to you when you buy in bulk. Great for a Girl Scouts craft or MOPS activity.


Valentines Alien


I love painting though I’m not very good at it. I don’t have the patience to be a good painter. Layering the pigment and letting it dry to add depth wasn’t my strong suit in school.

Painting is peaceful and I encourage my daughters to paint to bring peace in the house. They sat at the counter so quietly and focused on their little alien. I was so impressed by the toddler’s focus. Using every color on the brush at the same time. There was a lot of shades of pink and red on her canvas.

My kindergarten didn’t understand her little sister’s technique but I reassured her that everyone has their own way of doing things. Now that she is in elementary school, she knows “you color in the lines” and “don’t make the whole painting one color” (Her words). Both paintings are prefect depictions of their personalities that is why I love them so much. As ancient philosophers once said:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I have to thank my mom for this valentines gift. This cute kit could double as a card. Or the kiddos could give it away as a card when they completed the painting.

Also, I just saw the kit is available for Easter. It is a prefect addition to their bunny baskets. Dollar Tree, here I come.

Do you think Easter is in the store yet?

This adorable little kit includes:

  • Mini easel
  • 4 paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Canvas (4 different picture outlines are available)

Compli-Mat Activity

If you are looking for a fun and bonding experience with your family for Valentine’s Day, I recommend trying compli-mats at the dinner table.


Kindness and Writing Exercise for Kids


Do you know about Love Language? The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a self help book about how to express heartfelt commitment to your mate from 1995. Understanding your spouse’s as well as your love language is important but knowing your kids’ language is important too.

The five love languages are:

  1. Touch (hugging and snuggling)
  2. Quality Time
  3. Compliments
  4. Receiving and Giving Gifts
  5. Acts of Service

My love language is compliments while my daughters’ are quality time and compliments.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, looking for activities to fill our love banks is my goal. I stumbled onto the kindness activity that fills my compliments love language as well as my kids.

Photo courtesy of Amazon

I love this exercise because it teaches my kiddo about kind words. We started by making a list of kind words to help her understand the difference between saying something nice verses mean. Here is the list that we came up with:

  • Loyal
  • Strong
  • Nice
  • Giving
  • Kind
  • Funny
  • Fancy
  • Honest
  • Brave
  • Friendly

This activity takes little prep. All you need is some paper and pens. I found this great free printable available at Teacher Pay Teacher. You will need to sign up for a free account to download the mat.

Once we had all the supplies and kind words list displayed in front of us, we passed the paper around the table. My daughter could copy the words in front of her. She wrote that I (and pretty much everyone) was friendly.

At the end, my daughter loved reading the kind things everyone said about her. Can you guess what her love language is?

Snow Day Activities Outside

It is snowing in the Pacific Northwest. A beautiful winter wonderland surrounds my eager and joyful kids looking forward to touching the snow.


Snow Engineering


My oldest daughter keeps going outside and sticking her finger in the snow to check it’s depth. She is excited to have it up to her knuckles. I’ve already gotten the call that school is canceled today. The excitement to stay home to play in the snow is exploding in my house.

The first order of business is to make a snow angel. My daughter plopped herself down in the middle of the front yard and started to wave her arms and legs.

After a few angels appeared, she set off to collect snow for her annual mini snowman. Whenever she sees snow, she has a strong desire to build a snowman. Side note, don’t try to sing the Frozen song ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ because she will shut you down pretty fast.

The snowman is approximately 1 foot tall that is about all the snow we get around here. We found some rocks for eyes and sticks for arms. Mr Snowman turned out pretty well.


Science Behind the Snow


Why do we have snow?

National Snow and Ice Data Center explains snow as ice crystals (aka. snowflakes) that formed in the atmosphere surrounding the clouds. The ice crystals grow by absorbing surrounding water droplets. In many cases, the temperature on the ground level is warmer than in the clouds were the crystals form so as the crystals melt as it reach the ground. But when the temperatures are freezing outside (below 32 degrees), the crystals (snowflakes) stay frozen and creates snow.

Happy snow day!

Yoga for Kids

While at the library, we stumbled onto this book, Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates. This book has beautiful illustrations by Sarah Jane Hinder. At the end, the book includes a full yoga exercise that flows from one pose to the next.


Yoga Helps Kids Pain


My oldest daughter complains of a sore back especially when she is having a growth spurt or playing a new sport. OrthoKids states the most common reason for back pain in children is:

Muscular strain, injury, or overuse combined with core muscle imbalance.

Yoga always makes me feel better so I helped my daughter with back stretches to alleviate the pain and strengthen her core. I found these adorable Disney Yoga Mats at Fred Meyers.

Though the book is beautiful and instructional, I wanted to find something we could follow together without turning the page so I sesrched YouTube channel. I searched for Kids Yoga for Beginners and found this wonderful storytelling yoga by Saturday Morning Yoga with Jamie. The backgrounds are beautiful computer animations that go along with the story. My favorite is the episode with Popcorn the Dolphin.

I hope to make this a part of our everyday life. Healthy Kids, Healthy Mom.

Building Rollercoasters

For the last day of January, we received our Stem Club toy from Amazon. This month we received the Roller Coaster Challenge by ThinkFun.


Thrill Ride Building Game


Game time. My daughter loves this game. While playing, she asked me if I liked the game too since it is similar to my favorite game Mouse Trap. Not sure if it is my favorite game but I remember being obsessed with playing Mouse Trap as a kid. I recently gave my girls Mouse Trap as a Christmas gift.

This game was amazing because it is challenging and educational. There are 40 roller coaster challenges to solve starting at easy level going up to expert. My daughter completed the easy levels with little help from me. She is doing math and engineering problem solving to figure out the different post and track configurations.

Once she thought she constructed a successful roller coaster track, she gave the little roller coaster car a push and watched it go.

Toward the end of the easy level, the challenge includes a loop the loop. I think my daughter finished the first 9 challenges so she can try the loop the loop.

We didn’t get a chance for free-form play yet but I’m sure my daughter will be excited to mix tracks up and be creative.

Art on an Easel

Happy Monday Everyone!! Today I sit back and drink a cup of coffee while I watch my kiddos draw on an easel. Such a peaceful morning on this non-school day. Yeah!!


Chalk vs Dry Erase Markers


As the teacher get the mid-year report cards ready, my kids sit quietly drawing. Discovery 3-in-1 Tabletop Easel is wonderful. So grateful that my sister-in-law got this easel for the girls’ Christmas present.

The kit includes:

3-in-1 Easel

Paper roll

Oversized Clip

Dry Eraser

My SIL kindly included chalk and markers with her gift. I would highly recommend that if you are thinking about getting this pretty cool gift. You’ll need to pick up some drawing supplies like chalk and erasable markers.

The easel box clearly says for kids 3 years and older but my toddler can safely use the drawing surfaces too. There isn’t any small pieces and the easel is pretty sturdy. Thus my toddler can push pretty hard and it doesn’t move.

Here is my 5 year old’s drawing titled A Flower Growing On Top Of A Mountain. I love the happy face on the sun. Happy child equals happy life.

Say CHEESE Pizza Recipe

Today we read a wonderful book about pizza which lead to us eating pizza. It was delicious.


So You Want To Grow A Pizza


Piggy backing on the library trip we took earlier this week. I stumbled onto a book series titled “So You Want To Grow A…” by Bridget Heos. My toddler and I decided to take the So You Want To Grow A Pizza Book home to read. It was a delightful book with step by step instructions on how to grow a pizza or really grow the ingredients to make a pizza. It was like we were reading a cookbook which I guess you kind of are.

While reading the book, I grew an appreciation for pizza because I learned how long it takes to grow all the ingredients needed to make a pizza. Let’s just say if I start a garden today, I’d be lucky to eat a pizza by next year 2020. The last page includes a recipe for pizza sauce which is a nice little bonus.


Easy Pizza Recipe For Kids


The book lead to a delicious pizza dinner which my kids made. They placed pita bread on a cook sheet then brushed both sides with olive oil. I toasted the pita bread in the oven for 1-2 minutes on both sides. I recommend toasting the pitas; otherwise, they get a little soggy.

After removing the pita bread from the oven, my kiddos spread a thin layer of sauce onto the bread as evenly as they can. It won’t hurt to be uneven. It just cooks evenly.

Once the sauce is spread out, let them sprinkle the cheese and add the topping. My girls like cheese pizza like most kids. While my husband and I tried a Denver omelet inspired toppings with green pepper, ham and onions.

Bake for 5-7 minute or until cheese is melted at 425 degrees. Dinner is served… Yummy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cheese; shredded cheddar or mozzarella
  • 2-4 Pita breads
  • 1 cup of pizza sauce
  • Toppings; pepperoni, ham, veggies, whatever you want

Easy dinner that the kids enjoyed making and eating. Now who cleans up?

Octopus Activity and Book

It was octopus day at our house which was inspired by a trip to the local library. I love going to the library. You never know what you are going to find or learn.


Eight Arms


Today my toddler and I visited our local library and it inspired me to write this blog about octopuses. The librarian at storytelling spoke about the importance of introducing math to toddlers. Story time focused on practicing counting forward and backwards which helps build number sense and teaches children to see relationships between numbers.

Then the librarian suggested this book, My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker, which is pictured below.

The first page references the octopus’s 8 arms; otherwise, there isn’t any other reference to numbers. Though as we read the book, we would count the octopus’s arms on each page. Thus making the storybook a little longer (always trying to go over that 20 minute benchmark).

Did you know that the octopus has existed longer than dinosaurs? As well as octopus have arms; not legs or tentacles.

After we were done with the book, we created an octopus out of a paper plate and scrap paper. One of my daughters drew the face on first while the other scribbled a shape at the end. Either approach is fine.

Supplies:

  • Paper plates; cut in half
  • 8 strips of paper (preferably different colors and marked 1 through 8)
  • Glue
  • Markers

Counting the arms over and over again will help my kiddos with number sequence. I’m interested to see how long it takes my toddler to destroy the octopus’s 8 arms. She is notorious for ripping up paper.

Do you have a fun octopus craft or fact?

Please share in the comment field below.

My Little Pony Season 8 Review

While watching the newest season of My Little Pony, I realize that she was getting a lesson about discrimination. Chancellor Neighsay, played by Maurice LaMarche, dislikes the new characters at the friendship school in the show because they are not ponies.


Equality Topics


Photo courtesy of Amazon

Both my daughters love My Little Pony with the main message that friendship heals all wounds; I can get behind them watching the show too. Though our house is pony central. At one time, my daughter and I would line up all the mini My Little Ponies we owned and recite their names.

Common Sense Media recommendation for My Little Pony TV Show is 5 years old or older. Though I will say this new season of My Little Pony has some content that I feel is intended for an older audience with ponies getting boyfriends/girlfriends but with the show airing for over 9 years I’m sure the producers are considering making content to suit the aging audience.

In recent seasons, My Little Ponies has introduced new characters from different species like dragons, changlings, griffins, etc. Without going into too much detail, the last two episodes of season eight really go into the topic of discrimination. The season has a happy ending and the characters see friendship as the solution to their problem.

In conclusion, these episodes may be a great introduction to a discussion about discrimination at home.

Egg-quality Experiment

Trying to explain equality to my girls is a difficult topic for them to understand. My daughter try’s to be friends with everyone. She is very outgoing so on the playground she try’s to include everyone and doesn’t discriminate based on their ethnicity. If the world could be like her, it would be a much better place.


Difference Between Brown and White Eggs


A Teeny Tiny Teacher blogger has wonderful worksheets that explains equality during a white and brown eggs experiment. Though the exterior of the eggs are different colors, the egg yolks are the same on the inside. Brown eggs have a minuscule amount of more omega-3 fatty acids otherwise there is no difference between the eggs yolks and taste.

Martin Luther King Jr Worksheet Download Martin Luther King Jr. Worksheet

Download the free worksheet here.

Did you know? All eggs are the same color inside the chicken. Eggs pick up their color from the tube (oviduct) as they leave the chicken’s body.

This lesson can turn into a little science experiment about chicken varieties. There are 3 different color of eggs. White, brown and blueish-green eggs.

  • Barred Rock Chickens have black and white feathers and they lay brown eggs.
  • Brahma Chicken have white feathers and they lay brown eggs.
  • Buff Laced Polish Chickens have light brown feathers and they lay white eggs.
  • Ameraucana Chickens have dark brown feathers and lay blue-green eggs.

Hope this lesson will help you explain or have a conversation about equality with your kids.

Headband Craft

Today was a pretty chill day at our house. Ran a couple of errands followed by hanging out at the house. Im always surprised by how fast the little kiddos get bored within minutes of walking in the door. Having a few quick and easy kits get the creative juices flowing.


Melissa and Doug Craft


My daughter received this gift to make her own headbands. I’m happy the kit included two so each girl could make one. My youngest loves stickers and this is a wonderful project to develop concentration and focus.

Melissa & Doug has a great 3 pack of Design-Your-Own Jewelry-Making Kits that includes Bangles, Headbands, and Bracelets available on Amazon.

This headband kit is unique because your kiddos decorate a flat glittery strip of plastic with stickers before threading the strip onto a headband. It takes some coordination and strength to press the headband through the sandwich strips. These headbands quickly became crowns for our two princesses.

Each of my daughters would give this project a two thumbs up and it takes about 20 minutes to complete. This is a great project for a road trip or plane ride because it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Plus when the headbands are completed, the kids can wear them while the packaging is thrown away. One less thing to pack back into the stowaways.

Wherever your trip is this year, hope you have a happy and safe trip.

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