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Fine motor skills for big kids
Big kids need fine motor skills too! A list of ideas and resources to help elementary school children develop and strengthen fine motor skills: http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/06/fine-motor-skills-for-big-kids.html
#finemotoractivities #specialneeds #smartsummer #activitiesforkids #kbn  
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^July book picks for kids age 6+*
Looking for new books to recommend to your children? Here are my picks for July for age 6+ - with extension activities for every book!
http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/07/july-books-for-kids-6-plus.html
#summerreading #smartsummer #summeractivitiesforkids #readinglist #kidlit #kbn
Ideas from +Maggy Woodley +Kids Activities Blog +Still Playing School +The Imagination Tree +Jackie Currie 
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Ice Cream in the bag is always fun. Great tutorial from +Chelsey Marashian
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My kids had a blast making homemade ice cream in a baggie! Such a fun science activity for summer! (Post also includes a free printable sheet for the kids!) http://buggyandbuddy.com/make-ice-cream-bag/ #kbn   #scienceforkids  
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Thanks so much for sharing +Natalie PlanetSmartyPants !
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A simple #stem activity for kids - experimenting with lifting power and sending our Lego minifigures on a balloon ride: http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/07/lego-balloon-adventures.html
#smartsummer #lego #stemactivities #kbn  
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Great hands-on science unit on brain from +Ticia M
#smartsummer #kbn #unitstudies #scienceforkids  
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 brain. {This post contains affiliate links.  For more information read my disclosure page} The … Continue reading →
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An Egg is Quiet book, being quiet in nature and bird watching for kids.
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It's time for a July #gifted blog hop at +Hoagies' Gifted Education+  with a topic of Summer Reading. I am sharing our favorite 6 series for and about #giftedchildren : http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/07/6-book-series-about-gifted-children.html
#summerreading #booklist #childrenbooks #kbn  
Gifted "summer reading" blog hop and books for and about gifted children.
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+Kelly Berryman , I was wondering where all the FB traffic is coming from :D Thanks for the recommendation!
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Are you going camping? Great simple activities from +Megan Sheakoski  - I especially like those rock faces!
#campingwithkids #summeractivitiesforkids #getoutside #smartsummer  
 
Camping with Kids!

We got the chance to take our kids camping last month thanks to KOA and my kids came up with a list of the best camping activities for kids!

READ: http://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/best-camping-activities-kids/

PIN: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/204280533072662387/

By the way camping in a cabin near the beach is just plain awesome! If you are a non-camper you should give it a try!

#campkoa   #campingwithkids   #campingactivities   #kidsactivities   #parenting   #traveltips   #familytravel  
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oh I do like rocks too
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Summer is a time for tinkering. Here are 12 amazing engineering projects that will delight you and your kids: http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/06/12-amazing-engineering-projects-for-kids.html
#summeractivitiesforkids #smartsummer #kbn #scienceisfun #tinkering  
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Funtastic and educational!
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Hands on geography visit to Australia with book suggestions and additional activities: http://www.planetsmarty.com/2012/07/hands-on-geography-australia.html
#countrystudies #socialstudiesforkids #smartsummer #kbn  
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Are you looking for great summer books for your 5 year olds? I am sharing my July picks and extension activities for them by   http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/07/july-books-for-5-year-olds.html
#smartsummer #kbn #fiveinarow #summerreading #kidsbooks
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Originally I come from the former Soviet Union, but now I live and work in Silicon Valley. I blog at Planet Smarty Pants about math, science, books, and other activities to raise enthusiastic and independent learners. I love my husband and my only daughter who was born in 2006. Hobbies include blogging, reading, hiking, and travel.
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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

www.prekandksharing.blogspot.comPreKandKSharing: Montessori-Inspired Spr...
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By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now It's almost spring! Today, I want to share ideas for Montessori-inspired spring math activities u

Hands On Logic Problems for Young Children
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Encourage creative lateral thinking in your children through presenting them with logic math problems. Setting up a classic "fake coin" prob

Why We Love Khan Academy
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Non-sponsored review of free math curriculum for grades 2-8: Khan Academy