Archive for March, 2016

More Really Cool Science and Art Videos for Kids

More Really Cool Science and Art Videos for Kids

My son selected four cool videos from a slew for your viewing pleasure. I added some book suggestions. Like his video picks? Here’s more:

The Kid Should Really See These Videos!

Amazing Videos to Share With Your Kids

My Son’s Favorite Fun and Educational Videos

The Kid Should Really See This Videos

Flu Season Science for Kids

Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa Experiment (then and now)

Best Fun and Educational Videos for Kids (with matching book)

More Fun and Educational Videos for Kids

Coolest Star Wars Art Ever!

My son and I watched this and had the kind of reaction you get when watching an amazing fireworks display. Please watch the entire video as architect and artist Red Hong Yi has seven amazing Star Wars shadow art displays. She shines a beam of light from a specific position onto different shapes arranged on wires to get these effects!

Pair this with Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series.

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House Monkey App for Chores

House Monkey App for Chores

The House Monkey App is an interesting idea. It’s an app that you set up for your family to track chores and tasks around the house. It has features to reward participation, and lets you create training videos to show someone how to do a task.

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My Chinese Silk Road Heritage

My Chinese Silk Road Heritage

I covered my Japanese Daimyo family history and my husband’s Chosun Dynasty family history on his father’s side, so I thought I’d cover my Chinese family history today. My father immigrated from China before the Communist Revolution to attend UCLA for a PhD in mathematics. He was asked to return to China right as the war began, but he decided to stay in Los Angles instead. A wise move in hindsight, given the Cultural Revolution that lay ahead. As an educated professional with family roots in the silk trade, he would have not fared well. Indeed, when we visited relatives in the 1980s, I met our Chinese relatives and heard the sad stories of what happened to his favorite nephew.

The Old Silk road

But I never knew much about the family silk business which I assumed was vertically integrated — from silk worm to silk thread to silk fabric to the Silk Road. I find that when I go to my public library, I always grab a few picture books that catch my eye that are on display. Read more…

Fun STEM Project: Make an Easy Pop-Up Card

Fun STEM Project: Make an Easy Pop-Up Card

I showed my son this video below on how to make an easy Pop-Up card. He watched it once and said that he “got it,” and then went off road, making two cards of his own.

Fun STEM Project: Make an Easy Pop-Up CardIt’s a fun and easy way to introduce STEM (or really this is more STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) to kids of all ages.

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Children's Books on Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival

Children’s Books on Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival

Today is Holi which I know very little about so I asked author of Dev and Ollie: Colour Carnival to help me out. Please welcome my guest blogger today Shweta Aggarwal!

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There’s only one thing that comes to mind immediately when the festival of Holi is mentioned – bright, vibrant colours everywhere! Holi is literally one of the most colorful festivals in the world because PEOPLE get coloured!

Children's Books on Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival

The spirit of Holi embraces everyone, bringing people together. Although this Hindu festival has been celebrated in India for thousands of years to commemorate the victory of good over evil, it has recently gained widespread popularity. Traditionally, the festival kicks off with a Holika bonfire the eve of Holi where people dress in their finest clothes and sing and dance around the bonfire. The next day, on the contrary, everyone’s out on the streets wearing their shabbiest clothes because what’s in store is to get coloured from head to toe! Dry coloured powder, water pistols and water balloons are a common sight when ‘playing Holi’. Read more…

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.

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Picture Book Doll House at My Library

Picture Book Doll House at My Library

My public library has a display that I’ve long admired of a picture book doll house. Each room represents a children’s book.

picture house doll house

Isn’t it wonderful? Three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and living room.

The Good Night Moon room was the most obvious to me; this is such an iconic book but Five Minutes’ Peace is new to me. I’m glad there is a bathroom in this doll house though!

How about you? Did you guess all the room correctly? Read more…

7th Grade Model of Cell Science Project

7th Grade Model of Cell Science Project

7th Grade Model of Cell Science ProjectThe model of a cell cake is a popular science project for 7th grade. My daughter says that anyone who bakes this cake gets an A on their project. Her class ate the cake after she and her partner presented it. It was delicious even though it was a day old.

Here are instructions to  bake your own Edible Cell Model from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. There is a lot of leftover candy after the project is completed which is why I think my daughter chose this project!

  • Blue Mike and Ikes = mitochondria
  • Pink Mike and Ikes = smooth endoplasmic reticulum
  • War Heads = vacuoles
  • Air Heads Xtremes = rough endoplasmic reticulum
  • Sour gummy worms = Golgi apparatus
  • Candy disc sprinkles = ribosomes
  • Cupcake = nucleus

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Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the March 2016  Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, now monthly hop, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!
Simply make a post related to Children’s literature and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog.

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