education

Have you heard of Khan Academy? If not, you’re in for a treat. I’ve just come across it in the last few weeks and I think it’s the greatest thing that has come around for education in a long time. I think there are a lot of you out there, myself included, who have searched […]

Storybook Summer post by Jackie of Ready Set Read Pete the Cat became a famous cool cat in the book, “Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes” and the follow-up hit, “Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes” both by Eric Litwin. Pete the Cat is back with a new book, “Pete the Cat and […]

We are getting better at sewing and it’s time for a little more difficult project, although it is still easy enough for a beginner. We’ve sewn a fabric bookmark, a t-shirt bag, and now we’re sewing up a cute little drawstring bag. It’s perfect for all your little charms or marbles to fit inside. My […]

Now that we’ve done a little practicing by making a fabric bookmark, my son is ready for our next project: Sewing a T-shirt Bag. This is probably the easiest project out there. All you do is sew one long line. That’s it! And it makes such a fun and functional piece. The best part is you don’t […]

My son has been begging me to let him sew on my sewing machine ever since he was little. There’s something about that needle and thread and the fast whizzing sound of the machine. But I’ve been hesitant to do it, thinking he’s not old enough, the “mom” in me being overly protective. Now that he’s […]

There are so many fun crafts and games to play with hearts. They are the perfect shape. We’re using hearts in our letter matching game today. I printed out another set of Valentine hearts from Juliann’s design we used in the 14 Acts of Love countdown. They are the perfect hearts, already colored and printed […]

One of the many subjects my kids do for homeschool is Handwriting, a class that my husband clearly slept through in his elementary years.  I have to tease him about it all the time.  But, then when we’re put in situations where we’re signing documents/checks/whatever, and it takes him 1 second to scribble his “name” […]

Five Senses Poetry for Kids

by Amy on September 19, 2011

I’m thrilled to have Amy of Let’s Explore here as one of Make and Takes newest regular contributors. Amy will be here once a month sharing fabulous ideas for kids. Take it away, Amy… Since my girls were preschoolers, we have been writing poems together. I love seeing little snippets of their imaginations and thoughts […]

Here are some back to school crafts and recipes that caught my eye from over at the M&T Spotlight. Have your kids started school yet? Seems like almost everyone starts right about now. **Next week I’ll be featuring your projects for fall, one of my favorite seasons of all. So link up your crafts and […]

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Congrats to the winners and their new books! 1,2,3, Sew: 557 Kendra P, 159 Andrea E, 307 Autumn One Bite: 7 Dawn, 244 Ashley, 594 Romina Playful Learning: 207 Mal, 529 Miet Don’t say Cheese: 370 Liz, 26 Bonnie Oh, how I love a good book, especially one that […]

Summer Camp guest post by Amy of Let’s Explore On a recent afternoon where there was more squabbling than playing, I knew we needed a quick and simple boredom buster. I grabbed a stack of large index cards and a black Sharpie, and drew a quick squiggle on each one. I invited my girls to […]

We just discovered Geocaching! How have I missed the fun of this search and find sport? This week I decided to look it up and find out what it was all about as my kids are the perfect age for this type of hunt. First, you’ll need to head over to Geocaching.com and sign up […]

We’re getting out our rusty trusty science journal as we make another science observation with today’s activity. Previously, we’ve investigated a tree seed, Observed what happens to snow when we bring it inside, and explored edible science with making butter. For our next scientific observation, I’ve recently guest posted over at Skip to My Lou for […]

We tend to get off our regular routine once the summer starts. Our mornings are slower and our nights are longer. But it’s still important for kids to keep some sort of structure each day. We’re still brushing our teeth, trying to get dressed before noon (me included), and I like to have my kids […]

Summer Camp guest post by Jenae of I Can Teach my Child. Nothing says “summer” like fishing.  And who says you can’t learn a little while going fishin’?  That’s why this activity is so fun much fun for kids of all ages.  The best thing about it is that it can be used over and […]

Were using pipe cleaners to form letters today. This is helping my Kindergartner make letter shapes, talk about the sound of letters, and putting letters together to form words. Supplies for Pipe Cleaner Letters: pipe cleaners, aka chenille stems or fuzzy sticks kid scissors Decide what letters you want to create. Talk about how the […]

When I was a fifth grader, my father would make a weekly trek to my school to teach my class the history of each of the past U.S. presidents.  Even now, I love reading and learning trivia about our present and former commander-in-chiefs. In honor of President’s Day this month, I thought it would be […]

You may not need skills for learning nunchucks, bow hunting, or computer hacking like Napoleon Dynamite, but you may need these art and design skills taught at The Art Weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 5-7th. The Art Weekend is a weekend set out to help you learn and grow in what you […]

My son has just started 1st grade and we’re now back in the school routine of things. Bed time is earlier, breakfasts are bigger to last him through until lunch, and homework has to get done before playtime. I see there are a lot of you too who are gearing up for Back to School. […]

I got the chance to try out this great set of games and activities from Minutes with Me – The Art of Motherhood. Now even though it’s labeled as their Spring kit, it’s got fun things to do all year long. I know this fabulous kit is going to come in handy all summer! There’s […]

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