July 22, 2014

Kid's Biology Resources at Mom's Library

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My Biology Features This Week! 

Our Adventure Story is Studying Birds and provides some great resources for you to conduct your own study!

Sunshine and Hurricanes created a Sea Creature Catching Net!

3 Boys and a Dog have a collection of books about Octopi!

Growing in God's Grace has great activities for Studying Skin!

Every Star is Different created an entire unit on the Immune System!

Gift of Curiosity came up with some great Books about the Five Senses!

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July 17, 2014

DIY Foam Aircraft Carrier

When we got new kitchen chairs last year, I made sure to hold on to some of the big sheets of foam that cushioned them in the boxes. I know, I know....I hoard recyclable craft supplies (and books, but that isn't relevant to this post). One day when the kids were watching Planes, I came up with the idea to turn one of these sheets into an aircraft carrier for the pool. I was hopeful it would work in the bath too, but it was just too big!

I enlisted my husband to actually draw and cut the carrier out. It was really easy (especially since I wasn't the one doing it), but really he just looked up a picture and drew an outline with a sharpie. 

Cut around it with an Exacto knife and you have an aircraft carrier!

I decided it was a little small for the Planes planes, but it worked well with the smaller planes he had. He loved having his planes take off and land on his aircraft carrier which he decided was an airport. 

In fact he played with it so much we had to make a second one! Guess the foam can only handle so many planes landing on it! 

July 16, 2014

Harry and the Hot Lava Book Review

Chris Robertson has done it again! He has created a fun, whimsical story that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

Harry and the Hot Lava takes you inside the mind of an imaginative young boy and his game of "avoiding the hot lava." Pretty sure most of us have played this game at one point in our lives, and most of our kids too will play it, but most of us may not get as carried away as Harry!

I read it through to my kids who have not yet played the "hot lava" game, and there was definite concern in their faces until the end when I explained it. Then they were like, "OH, like pretending all the carpet is water," something they do like to do. I have a feeling this story is going to kick their game up a notch to lava instead of water too!

The illustrations are very similar to the simple, happy pictures we saw in My Yellow Umbrella (which my kids still love), but with a lot more action! They fit the imaginative feel of the book so well too!

Overall a quick, fun read that gets kids imaginations going! I think my favorite part is the very end where Chris himself shows up. My kids loved it too; probably reminds them of their own silly dad! You will have to read the book to see what he is up to there; I can't give everything away!

Want to go ahead and purchase the book? Head over to Amazon, but don't get stuck in the hot lava! To see more of Chris's work visit his website, Chris Robertson Books, or follow him on facebook or twitter!

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