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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

title image for oreo grid game

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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Pretend Pizza Play Ideas // 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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