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St. Patrick's Day Math Challenge

5 Challenge Math Problems for #elementaryschool  (grades 2-5) with St. Patrick's Day theme and a free printable:
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/st-patrick-day-math-challenge.html
#freeprintables   #mathproblems   #stem   #kbn   #mathclass  
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Build a Candy Playground for Lego Mini Figures

Engineer this - build a climbing structure for #legominifig   with gundrops and toothpicks. A lot of lessons learned!
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/design-and-build-candy-lego-playground.html
#kbn   #lego   #stemeducation   #elementaryschool  
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February Book Picks for 5 Year olds

http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/february-books-for-5-year-olds.html
Our favorite books for 5 year olds with themes of Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, and more! Project ideas from +MaryAnne Mamasmilesblog +Danya Banya +Krissy Bonning-Gould +I Can Teach My Child! 
#kbn   #ece   #elementaryschool   #kidlit   #favoritebooks  
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Kid Activities for Chinese New Year

Are you ready for Year of the Sheep?
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/celebrating-year-of-sheep.html

#chinesenewyear2015   #yearofthesheep   #ece   #elementaryschool   #kbn  
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February books for 4 year olds

Our favorite picks for themes of Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, space, and much more. Extension ideas from +Chelsey Marashian +Red Ted Art +ArtsyCraftsyMom +Real Life at Home +The Imagination Tree +Allison Sonnier 
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/february-books-for-4-year-olds.html
#kbn   #ece   #favoritebooks   #kidlit   #preschool  
February book picks with extension activities for the themes of Valentine Day, moon, Chinese New Year, and more.
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A Rainbow Day for Preschoolers

An open-ended art project, a science experiment, and a book about rainbows for preschoolers. Add a rainbow toast, and the day is perfect :)

http://www.planetsmarty.com/2011/03/rainbow-day.html
#rainbows   #stpatricksday   #preschool   #ece   #kbn  
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February Books for Kids Age 6 and Older

I am sharing our favorite books for older children - biographies, fiction, and non-fiction with themes of Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, and more - with project ideas from +Amy Oyler +Karyn Tripp +Tammy Dube
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/february-books-for-kids-age-6-plus.html
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How to build a roller coaster

A STEM engineering challenge for kids - design and build a roller coaster. A list of materials is #ontheblog  
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/design-and-build-roller-coaster.html
#stemeducation   #kbn   #elementaryschool   #handsonlearning  
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WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO THIS WEEK?

An inside look at life beyond the blog:
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/the-week-in-review-february-14-2015.html

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Notable family events of the week ending on February 14, 2015. Germany trip, books my 8 year old is reading.
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Chinese Zodiac in Lego

Make all animals of Chinese calendar cycle from #lego  (with video tutorials)
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/chinese-zodiac-animals-in-lego.html
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Valentine Lego Lantern

A fun project for young #Lego  builders - a lantern with an electric tealight:
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2015/02/a-lego-valentine-lantern.html
#valentinesday2015   #kbn   #kidactivities   #funwithkids  
A simple Lego build for young Lego builders - a Valentine lantern.
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Rock Candy Science Experiment - Coffee Cups and Crayons
www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com

Simple play ideas, learning activities, kids crafts and party ideas, plus acts of kindness for kids!

Zoology for kids - Adventures in Mommydom
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I don't know about your kids, but mine are big fans about animals, and we've got a bunch of zoology for kids ideas to explore after your zoo

6 July Books for Kids 6+
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June book recommendations for kids age 6 and older and book extension activities to go with them.

Learn about the brain activities - Adventures in Mommydom
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After we made our play dough brain cell model, and our play dough brain model. Now it’s time to get into even further details about our brai

Magnetic Robot Art with Tin Cans - Fun-A-Day!
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Create movable magnetic robot art with tin cans and craft supplies. Recyclables and on-hand items make this DIY project each as can be. Lots

10 Jello Science Experiments - The Chaos and the Clutter
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Who knew that so many cool science experiments could be done with jello?!

Coin activities for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade - The Measu...
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Looking for coin activities for kids? This post has over 10 ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

What do ants like to eat? {science activity for kids} - Gift of Curiosity
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TweetIf you’ve been following along, you know that my kids and I completed an ant unit and I am sharing a number of activities we did to lea

Portugal for kids - Adventures in Mommydom
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We studied Portugal this month in our geography studies, and the kids had fun with the recipes we made.

Crosswords for Kids
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Help to develop your child's vocabulary and spelling skills using fun crosswords for kids.

How to Teach first aid to kids - Adventures in Mommydom
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Here's some beginning ideas to teach first aid to kids.

Geometric Design - Shapes in Five Circle Grids
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We created five circle grids and then found shapes in the circles. This activity was very similar to the seven-circle grid shape finding act

An Easter Tree
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An Easter Art Project for entire family - decorating hand blown eggs and setting up an Easter Egg Tree. Additional Easter art and Easter dec