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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sensory Bin with Safari Ltd Dolphin Toobs


This is a sponsored post from Safari Ltd.  Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids received free toys in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own.


Anyone starting to think about summer?  We're buried in snow, but tax return season means that we spend time planning summer vacations.  We have a trip to the beach scheduled for May, which the entire family is counting down to excitedly.  With the ocean on my mind, this Caribbean-colored dolphin sensory bin is the perfect way to wait out the winter storms.




To make the sensory bin, I used an entire container of table salt.  In a small cup, I put a small amount of warm water and some gel food coloring.  The water is needed to incorporate the dye into the salt.  Put the salt in a zip top back and dump the colored water into the bag as well.  Close the bag, then shake and manipulate the salt to mix them together.  Allow the salt to dry on a cookie sheet.  The kids can play with the sensory sand on the cookie sheet or you can put them in a bin for play time.


Dragonfly couldn't wait to get her hands on the adorable animals.  She dreams of being a marine biologist, and loves to learn all she can about ocean animals.  When we opened the Safari Ltd Dolphin Toob, Dragonfly immediately started telling me the names of the mammals and where they live in the world.  I hadn't realized she knew so much about them!  She claims it's from watching the Octonauts TV show and Johnathan Bird's Blue World.  She wants to study dolphins and swim with them in the future, and this toob gives her a great chance to pretend to do just that.




One of Safari Ltd's missions is that they made toys that teach.  This toob of dolphins is great for learning about marine mammals (especially paired with their Dolphins and Whales toob).  Pair these toys with a great book on dolphins or even a 4D model with all it's parts.  Place them on a world map to show which oceans they live in or watch a dolphin show on Youtube.  The colored salt is also good for a Montessori-inspired salt tray to practice handwriting.


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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Oreo Grid Game

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We're getting ready for National Oreo Day on March 6th with some great activities, foods, and crafts coming soon to the blog!  I also wanted to add an Oreo grid game to my collection of Battleship-inspired printable games.  The kids loved this one because it uses real mini Oreos that you can eat when you're done playing!

You can print 4 copies of the game board and play the grid like a battleship game, where players take turns guessing where the other person has hidden their Oreos.  When a cookie is found, the person player who found it gets to eat it (motivation- wink).  The game continues until all the cookies are found.  I recommend 5-10 per round.

For my younger kids who are still learning how coordinates works, like mine, can play the game in a Bingo-type of way.  I had my kids sit in a line in front of me with their game boards.  Then, I would hand them a cookie and give them a coordinate.  We only moved on when everyone had their cookie in the right place.  It wasn't a competition, but 2/3 understood how to find the right box after eight rounds or so.  Of course, their favorite part of game was getting to eat them at the end.


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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Pretend Pizza Play for National Pizza Day!


Next Saturday, February 9 is National Pizza Day!  Instead of focusing on the best homemade pizza recipes or all the places you can find deals next week (you should check locally though), I decided to put together a fun round-up of pretend pizza play ideas.  Similar to the Pi Day Pie blog post I did last year, this one has a bit of DIY crafts, sensory ideas, ways to learn, and more.



Pretend Pizza Play for National Pizza Day // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // 16 ways to play pretend and learn with pizza.  Celebrate National Pizza Day (Feb 9) with play!  So many ideas from DIY felt play food to pizza sauce slime to paper toppings kids can make themselves.  Learn fractions, money, patterning, and more with pizza!













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Friday, January 25, 2019

Dinosaur Toys that Teach

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We've been on a dinosaur kick lately.  I know we're a bit late for the Jurassic World movies, but the kids are too young for those videos.  Instead, the kids' interest has been inspired by our summer trip to the dinosaurs at Museum of the Rockies, the dinosaurs they've received for Christmas, and the Jurassic World Evolution video game that they watch me play.  Plus, who doesn't love dinosaurs?  They're the stuff of our dreams and substance of our primal fears.  There are a lot of awesome dino toys on the market, but for this post, I wanted to focus specifically on toys that help us learn.

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Dinosaur Toys that Teach // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // Dinosaur toys don't have to just roar, they can also be great for teaching kids about prehistoric times.  From DNA to animal anatomy to the formation of fossils, dinosaur toys have a lot to teach us.

Uncle Milton's T-Rex Operation Game- Test your dinosaur knowledge and your nerves with this operation-style dinosaur dig game.  Answer questions and extract pieces without making the dinosaur roar!


National Geographic Real Fossil Dig- Some fossil dig sets have you digging for plastic pieces, but this toy contains real dinosaur and other ancient pieces.  The dig site comes with a 16 page booklet to help kids learn about the things they uncover.


Dinosaur A-Z Puzzle- A different type of teaching tool, this one encourages alphabet interaction and recognition, while creating a 3D object.  This cute dinosaur works on fine motor skills too!


Safari Ltd Dinosaur Toobs- There are so many tiny dinosaurs to chose from with toobs!  They have carnivores, feathered dinos, babies, and more.  One of the things that makes them great for learning is all the free printable matching cards you can find for them, like these for the dinosaur skulls.  These plastic toys are perfect for sensory bins


Peaceable Kingdom Dinosaur Escape- This non-reading, preschool game challenges kids on memory skills and turn taking, while they work together to rescue three dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption.  Check out all the Peaceable Kingdom games for preschoolers and kindergartners to see more adorable, cooperative themes.


Dinosaur Fossil Puzzle- Kids ages 6 and up will be able to build a dinosaur fossil of their very own with this realistic T-rex puzzle.  I think it would make a great souvenir after a trip to the dinosaur museum.


Solid Plastic Dinosaurs- Durable animals like those from Safari Ltd and Schliech are great for dinosaur enthusiasts and classrooms, because they're detailed and washable.  They can be used to make footprint fossils in play dough, muddy in a sensory bin, or stand in as a model for a still-life drawing.  Plus, they're just fun toys for whatever your kids can imagine.


4D Tyrannosaurus Rex Puzzle- Add the body parts and bones to the t-rex model to learn the anatomy of the dinosaur.  Recommended for teens and adults, but it would look awesome in a classroom- I'd love to have the whole collection.


Jurassic World Evolution- Fans of Zoo Tycoon will love this dinosaur-themed video game.  Dig for fossils, extract DNA, modify genomes, build multiple parks, deal with natural disasters, maintain habitats and herds, take care of guests, get close to your dinosaurs, fly helicopters, and more.  My kids watch me play, and we talk about carnivores and herbivores, predators and prey, habitats, DNA, and other subjects as they come up in the game.  The kids also enjoy driving the jeep around the herbivores cages and taking pictures.  *Parental Warning*  The game does have dinosaurs eating people, but the gore is greatly diminished if you zoom all the way out.  I wouldn't have my kids play alone, but the game is fun as a family activity*


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Learn Physics with Dominoes

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For Christmas, my kids received a Domino Junior play set.  The Jr dominoes are slightly wider on the bottom than the top so they're a bit easier to set up.  Since they are particularly destructive, setting up dominoes runs is both fulfilling and challenging for them.  It's a great activity for them to all do together as well, encouraging communication, cooperation, and sometimes separation.


We've been enjoying some domino sequence videos on Youtube, too, which has greatly inspired their play time.  I wouldn't be surprised if they don't try other types of chain reactions soon.  Here's one of our favorite videos:



What the kids don't know is how much physics they're learning as they watch these chain reactions!  Each domino is potential kinetic energy stored inside of it and waiting for a force to act on it.  When the child touches it with his finger, he sets off a sequence where one domino affects the other and the next one and the next one until the last one falls.


The line of dominoes is an excellent example of Newton's 1st law.  The law of motion says that an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by another force. The dominoes will stay on their edge forever as long as nothing disturbs them.  However, if someone stomps too hard next to the line, blow on them, or touches it, one or more dominoes will begin falling and will create a chain reaction.  Once the dominoes start falling, they won't stop.


Dominoes aren't the only way for kids to study chain reactions and physics.

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