Looking for something fun to keep your little ones occupied on the weekend or during school vacation? Try hosting a mini dinosaur camp! You can watch a dinosaur movie, read kid-approved paleontology books, and even use dinosaur names for the day. Make a dinosaur-themed picnic and draw your own dinosaur pictures. We’ve also got some fun activities that will let them use their creativity, get some exercise, and maybe even learn a thing or two! [Read more…]
For parents, one of the most enjoyable things in life is seeing their child’s eyes light up upon seeing something they totally didn’t expect.
Wouldn’t it be great if such occurrences happened more often?
Well…they can – with a little help from science!
In this article, we describe three safe and fun experiments you can conduct with your child right in your own home…or, at least, in your backyard.
Let’s dive right in! [Read more…]
Most kids absolutely adore animals. (Okay, most just love the cute, fluffy ones. Anyway…) But there’s a huge difference between just loving to be around animals and actually caring for them.
It’s this second skill that’s much more important for kids to learn – whether they simply want to one day adopt their own animal, or they dream of one day becoming a veterinarian.
In this article, we’ll discuss the main things your little one needs to know about caring for animals, so that they can one day become responsible pet owners – or more! [Read more…]
There’s no denying the fact that kids love toys.
And that’s not a bad thing. As a parent, you probably know that play is incredibly important to your child’s development and growth!
Still, there may be times when you’ve watched them play with a toy – one that doesn’t require much imagination – and wondered whether they were actually getting anything out of the interaction.
If you’ve gotten to this point, you might consider suggesting to your child that they make their own brand new toy. Fortunately, making your own toy is easier than you think!
Here, we’ll take a look at three toy- or game-building activities you can do with your child that will leave them excited and asking for more. As we discuss each, we’ll explain the materials needed, the process for making the project, and the educational benefits of each project.
Let’s get started. [Read more…]
Does your child enjoy drawing?
How about playing with action figures?
Does he or she have a flair for the dramatic?
If your answer to all three of these questions was a resounding “yes!”, you might want to consider introducing them to the world of stop-motion animation.
To be sure, the process of creating a stop-motion video is a bit more involved than the process of, say, creating a comic book full of still images.
However, you certainly can help your child create simple stop-motion animations without breaking the bank – introducing them to a whole new world of artistic expression in the process. [Read more…]
Most parents understand how important it is for their child to always be growing in some way or another.
Which is why, come summertime, many of us worry that our little ones won’t be getting the intellectual stimulation they need to succeed in the coming school year – and long thereafter.
If there’s anything that captures the imaginations of people young and old, it’s the idea of finding buried treasure. There’s the thrill of following a map and the wonder of seeking out the unknown.
Even when the treasure is a bit smaller than pirate’s booty, kids love finding whatever is hidden at the end of their hunt. You can easily put together your own treasure map for a grand adventure. It can involve physical challenges, understanding a map, reading/word puzzles, math, and logic, so it’s just as educational as it is fun.
Do your kids love playing games and get excited at the thought of a new activity to explore?
They can learn so much through play and the interactions it brings, so it’s great to encourage them. If you’ve already worn out all the games you have and want to inspire creativity within your child, it may be time to make your own games from scratch!
Here are a few games you can make with items you can find around your house. No fancy supplies or specialized equipment needed!