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Monday, May 21, 2018

Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts

Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling


Did you know that June 1st is National Donut Day?  To celebrate, I made a new Montessori-inspired printable.  I have a lot of math printables already, so it was a bit challenging to think of something new to make.  My kids were excited to hear that it would have something to do with donuts, though.


I ran across this picture on Pinterest, which links to a DIY wood version of the Montessori Multiplication board.  I prefer printables, because I like to do different themes and it's easy to store several of them (look for more versions in the future).

Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // Use coffee stirrers to mark out the factors and count to figure out the factors.  Also includes 111 multiplication flashcards for lots of practice// math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling

The easiest way to use the printable is just to use a coffee stirrer or string to mark out the factors.  The printable could also be laminated for use with a dry erase marker.  The child can then count the donuts contained by the factors in the grid to find the product.  I have also included 111 multiplication problem cards for the child to work through.


Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // free printable // math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling
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The board can also be used with donut erasers or beads to count out the product.  I included a blank board for such uses.  I have also added a 0-10 chart, as well as the 1-10 chart.


Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // Use this free printable to practice multiplication products.  Use two dice to play area war // math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling

For a bit of fun, two children (or adults) could use dice to play an "area war" game.  Each player would need their own color of marker (or laminate the printable and draw in the perimeter).  The players then take turns rolling the 2 dice and marking out their territory.  Who will have the larges product?  Whose products will add up to the highest amount of land?



What other ways can you think to use the printables?




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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Catch a Spider Fine Motor Travel Activity in an Altoid Tin


I have been blogging like crazy this month!  The first week was all about Star Wars, the second week was camping, and the next week will be donuts.  This week was supposed to be my week off, but I can't stop blogging!  I posted Sea Turtle Life Cycle cards on Monday, a Minion Road Trip on Tuesday, and this game today.


I've also had so many Travel Time Tuesday posts lately that I've been posting twice a week!  Today, I'm sharing an activity I made for a friend's preschooler.  I took an empty Altoid tin and filled it with leftover Halloween spiders.  I also added a pair of tweezers.  The child can dump out the spiders and move them back into the tin with the tweezers.  The pinching motion is very good for developing finger strength.




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The printable includes a label for the Altoid Tin and counting cards for numbers 0-10.  As well as transferring the spiders with the tweezers, the child can also count the spiders and match them to the cards.  If you include 15 spiders in the tin, the child can do numbers 0-5 at the same time.  If you want the child to be able to do all 10 numbers at once, you'll need 55 spiders.  The spiders can be used for simple addition and subtraction equations as well.


Although this activity would probably be best for aircraft travel, it's great for homeschooling, too!  I have a whole cupboard of themed math games and counters.  You can see many of them by clicking the math tab under printables (I'll also showcase some at the end of this post).



How do you make math fun for your kids?



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to Plan a Minions Road Trip for Kids

How to Plan a Minions Road Trip for Kids // In Our Pond // party // travel // road trip // travel with kids // party on wheels // despicable me // minions // banana // yellow // minion party

We're going on our first camping trip soon and since it's going to be a long drive (over 8 hours), we've decided to make it a party on wheels!  As a surprise to the kids, I'm doing a Minion theme!  We enjoy the Despicable Me movies and have been watching the 3rd installment on Netflix, so it seems like a good fit.  I'll try to update this post after our trip with some more pictures, but here are my inspirations.


How to Plan a Minions Road Trip for Kids // In Our Pond // party // travel // road trip // travel with kids // party on wheels // despicable me // minions // banana // yellow // minion party
I was very excited to see that I can purchase many Minion-themed foods at Target and have them shipped to our house.  We live several hours from the store, so this is even more exciting.  Don't forget to grab some party supplies for serving up the food!












Monday, May 14, 2018

Montessori-Inspired Sea Turtle Life Cycle 3-Part Cards


Kids are fascinated by life cycles.  Whether it's mosquitoes or chickens or bees, children love to see how animals are different from us and unique from each other.  Safari Ltd has wonderful plastic life cycle sets for a large variety of zoological creatures, which are great for homeschooling.


The sets allow children to see and feel animal life cycles that they wouldn't normally be able to touch.  My kids love using them in sensory bins.  The pieces clean up well after play time is done, and can be used over and over.



I have several Montessori-inspired 3-part cards, including a couple life cycle ones.  This free sea turtle printable matches the Safari life cycle pieces and can be used in a traditional 3-part way to encourage reading and comprehension.  Children can also use the cards as a vocabulary bank for creative writing or simple science reports.


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The Sea Turtle life cycle cards would be a great addition to a study of the ocean or coral reefs.  Add some counting cards like the ones from Living Montessori Now or make a sensory bin like the one from Every Star is Different to create a fun, kid-friendly theme.  Be on the lookout for more free sea turtle printables and more life cycle printables from In Our Pond.




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Friday, May 11, 2018

What to Bring When You're Camping with Experts

What to Bring When You're Camping with Experts // Free Printable Packing List // In Our Pond

There are lots of packing lists available on the internet for all types of camping trips.  I haven't yet seen a list for weekends with experts, people who have been camping so long that they have all the cool stuff.  The experts already have everything you need for cooking over a fire, cleaning, setting up a great camp, etc.


In our life, the camping experts are my parents.  We always camp with them (great for grandchild and grandparent memories), which means we have a lot less to pack than we would on a normal camping trip.


What to Bring When You're Camping with Experts // Free Printable Packing List // In Our Pond
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Even with just packing for my family, we still end up bringing a lot of things.  I made this free printable to help us pack for camping trips.  I plan on laminating it so I can use it all summer.  The extra lines are for adding more items (or use the back).


Our main responsibilities are clothes for all of us, the tent and sleeping stuff, some personal items, and toys.  Our favorite toys for camping are trucks, cards, glow sticks, and bikes.  In warmer weather, we also do a lot of swimming.


Happy Camping!




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