Kindergarten book advent calendar

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Each year I make a holiday advent calendar for my daughter.  And each year I try to make the 24 gifts more meaningful. She loves counting down to Christmas Day with a gift each morning; I wanted to make sure the gifts were something fun and educational instead of something she will quickly forget about by next year. We spend a lot of time at the public library because my daughter loves books. She gets so excited each Friday when she brings her library book home from school and loves telling Read More... {Read More...}

Family Fun with Free KidQ app

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Scholastic. My daughter asks me questions all day long. Sometimes it's about the weather, or animals, or street signs. Sometimes it's about why flowers smell good or how many different types of birds live in Arizona. Sometimes it's about silly things she overheard my husband and I say. We have always told her asking questions is how we learn. She has never been shy with her curiosity and we don't discourage her hundreds of daily questions. Read More... {Read More...}

DIY Candy Covered Pumpkin and Free Halloween Printable

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Halloween is my favorite time of the year to make craft projects. My daughter is now five years old and has so many of her own great ideas. She gets excited each time I tell her plans for a new project. When I told her we would be working on a pumpkin project with Skittles and Starburst she couldn't wait to get started. I was excited too because growing up, I loved digging through Read More... {Read More...}

Learning about whales: whale science project (hands on blubber experiment)

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We talk a lot about animal science in our home. We have a variety of pets, visit zoos and aquariums often, and spent a significant amount of time exploring nature outdoors. Between the many educational programs we've watched about whales, whale watching excursions with both Captain Dave's and Dana Wharf, and our many visits to SeaWorld San Diego, my daughter knows a lot about marine animals. One of her earliest scientific questions about marine animals was how do whales stay warm in cold water. Read More... {Read More...}

Shark Snack Mix recipe with chocolate dorsal fins and shark teeth

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We rarely watch TV other than a few animal science shows but I expect we will be spending a lot of time watching the Discovery Channel during Shark Week. My daughter enjoys learning about marine animals and sharks are especially intriguing to her. I'm preparing for the Shark Week fun with shark snack mix. It will be the perfect treat to share while learning about sharks. Shark Snack Mix recipe Ingredients: Chex cereal blue sixlets candy gummy lifesavers chocolate shark dorsal Read More... {Read More...}

Summer Whale Watching in Dana Point, CA with Dana Wharf

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Since attending the Dana Point Festival of Whales 2014 we have been looking forward to returning to Dana Point in the summer to see blue whales. The potential to see the biggest creature on earth in its natural environment was a great learning opportunity for my daughter. While it's never guaranteed you'll see anything specific on a whale watching tour, when you go on a tour with Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching if you don't get a good showing of whales or Read More... {Read More...}