15 of the Coolest Science Ideas for Kids

15 of the Coolest Science Ideas for Kids

Pebble is still a keen little experimenter, often an experiment is the first thing she suggests doing each day (well, maybe second, after painting). Rocky has gotten in on the act too, playing with all things that roll. I found some fab science ideas in The Weekly Kids Co-Op last week, we’ll be putting them on our ‘to do’ list.

Learn all about birds with You Clever Monkey

Go to an awesome science fair from Planet Smarty Pants

Enjoy some coloured ice play with Excite and Explore

Finding out how bubbles work with Left Brain Craft Brain

Investigate states of matter using candle wax with Gift of Curiosity

Grow veggies with kids with Outdoors in London

Make pepper runaway with P is for Preschooler

Choose one of these simple science favourites over at Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails

Experiment with shaving cream over at Preschool Powol Packets

Play with vinegar and baking soda over at Mom, Teach Me to Read

And here are a few fun science ideas that we’ve enjoyed before, you might have missed them:
Rainbow Coloured Roses
Make your own wizard's brewDIY Science Kit
Simple science with kids - things that roll
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I wonder what cool ideas we’ll find in this week’s Kids Co-Op?

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Awesome Apps for Preschoolers

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Book Creator

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app is a powerful and simple tool for creating iBooks on the iPad and is just amazing for practising literacy skills. There are so many things you can create with it – it’s not just for little kids, older children and adults can use it too. Pebble loves creating her own stories by taking photos of her toys and recording her voice.  It took about five minutes for her to learn how to use it independently. I love using this in the classroom too.

Play School Play Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This is one of Pebble’s favourite games to play, especially in the late arvo as I’m cooking dinner. If she’s not in the mood to help in the kitchen she sits at the kitchen bench and plays this instead. It’s fantastic for teaching children about time and patterns throughout the day with lots of interactive games. There is a game for every hour of the day on the Play School clock with each game teaching new skills. Children can also watch Play School through the app.

Bo’s Bed Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app teaches kids about bed time routine with the help of a cute giraffe named Bo. They help Bo to tidy her room, take a bath, brush her teeth, put on her PJs, find her teddy bear, read a book and give kisses goodnight. It’s super easy for kids to follow and play along, and some parts of the game change each time you play, which helps to keep it interesting. It includes concepts such as colour, sorting, matching and counting. Bo has a bunch of other games available too.

Bugsy Kindergarten Reading School

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Go into outer space with Bugsy and learn about letters, sounds and words. When Pebble first started playing this game she didn’t know many of the letters, but now she is getting much more accurate. The game allows for mistakes, giving you as many tries as you need to get the answer right, which is perfect for preschoolers who would get too frustrated with a three-strikes-and-you’re-out style. Parents can choose which subjects the game covers, so if you’re child isn’t ready for spelling or reading yet you can choose to turn that off.

Bug Builder

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Bug Builder allows kids to create their own cute bugs using coloured paints, dress them, feed them, wash them and take a photo of them. Once each bug has had his turn it pops out a little egg, which sees the arrival of a new bug to be coloured, dressed, washed, fed and photographed. Just for fun :) I love hearing Pebble laugh hysterically at her creations. This app is also great fun for toddlers.

Pocket Phonics

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Another app that I love to use at school and home. this app teaches children letter sounds and formation and simple words. I love how quickly Pebble has been able to make words on her own, and so does she! She almost exploded with excitement as she read new words. You can add different profiles for each user, so that they can continue their learning from the last time they played.

Which apps do your preschoolers love to play? 

Finding My Style: The Grey T-Shirt and Jeans

Finding My Style: The Grey T-Shirt and Jeans {via Octavia and Vicky}

You might remember that I recently had the pleasure (the joy!) of  a personal shopping experience with the gorgeous and talented Nat and Tatum from Make It Look Easy. They’ve taught me to embrace my own sense of style with the help of scarves, The Tuck, colour, texture and FUN. Let’s not get too serious about this folks, ok?

One of my very favourite additions to my wardrobe is the grey t-shirt. When Nat and Tatum came over to my house for my consultation and took a look in my wardrobe one of the first things they said was, “where’s the grey t-shirt?” I didn’t really ‘get’ it at the time, but since then I have been gallivanting around town in my grey t-shirt A LOT.

I love that it can be dressed up or dressed down. It can form the basis of my daily ‘uniform’ while still looking like a completely different outfit with the help of a few accessories. I’m sure that Nat and Tatum have some clever fashion-speak for why the grey t-shirt rocks, but I’ll let it speak for itself.

Finding My Style: The Grey T-Shirt and Jeans {via Octavia and Vicky}Finding My Style: The Grey T-Shirt and Jeans {via Octavia and Vicky}Finding My Style: The Grey T-Shirt and Jeans {via Octavia and Vicky}

Stuff I wore: Grey T-shirt : Jeans : Leather Jacket : Scarf : Scarf (similar) : Necklace : Necklace 

What are you waiting for? Go grab a grey t-shirt now and have a play with it. You won’t regret it. 

If you’d like tips on how to Make It Look Easy you can sign up for free weekly newsletters full of style tips or follow Make It Look Easy on Facebook. Nat also shares her daily outfit posts on her Defined Image Facebook page. Find out about Make It Look Easy packages and ebooks in their online shop and while you’re there grab a copy of Nat’s new ebook ‘My Wardrobe, My Way: Secrets of a Personal Stylist’.

Play doesn’t have to be complicated

Play doesn't have to be complicated {Octavia and Vicky}

 

I love Pinterest. I can get swept up in all the amazing, inspiring play ideas that I find there. But more often than not, in reality, we enjoy simple play around here. Like playing with bubbles in the kitchen sink. Play doesn’t have to be complicated.

In The Weekly Kids Co-Op you’ll find play ideas of all kinds, art and craft too, for kids of all ages, all abilities. Dive in and find something to play today.

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Easy Pop-Up Card Craft for Kids

Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky}

Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky}

It was Hubby’s birthday last month and which gave Pebble the perfect excuse for making a birthday card. Previously we’ve made Christmas gift tags, birthday cards and Mother’s Day cards. This time we cut up some old birthday cards to make a brand new birthday card for her Daddy. Pebble loves pop-up cards and books at the moment and wanted to make a pop-up card. This is how we did it.

Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky} Easy Pop Up Card Craft for Kids {via Octavia and Vicky}

DIY Pop Up Card

You will need:

  • old greeting cards
  • A4 coloured cardstock or coloured paper
  • glue stick
  • sticky tape
  • scissors
  • markers

How to make a DIY Pop-UP Card

  1. Take one piece of A4 coloured card and fold it in half to make the base of your greeting card.
  2. Cut two pieces of coloured paper so that they are slightly smaller than the size of your greeting card (slightly smaller than A5).
  3. Stick the coloured paper pieces on the front and inside your card, to create a place for writing the greeting and also create a nice border around the outside.
  4. Write any messages that you like on the front and inside the card (this is easiest to do before you stick on your pop-ups).
  5. Cut out some cute pictures from the old cards to use for pop-ups. We chose some stars.
  6. Cut a few strips of card board from an old card approximately 15 cm in length and 2 cm wide. They will need to be narrow enough to hide beneath your cut out pictures. Fold the strips of paper into a concertina (zig zag fold).
  7. Stick the cut out pictures to one end of the concertina with sticky tape. Use more sticky tape to stick the other end of the concertina to the card. We stuck our pictures to the front of the card, but you could also stick them inside if you liked.
  8. Give your card to your loved one  :)

Want more fun ideas for kids? Just download your copy of the Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook. Watch the 30 second video and buy your copy now or find out more.


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