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Picture Books and Math

Many picture books contain math concepts and are a good way to introduce and explore mathematical thinking in the context of a story. Need suggestions? Here are some lists of picture books that incorporate math: Math at play – picture books – This page includes links to several lists of math picture books for 1-3… Read more

Dancing Statistics and Musical Math

The arts can be used to communicate mathematical and scientific concepts. They can provide visual expressions that promote understanding. Here’s a video from Dancing Statistics that explains the statistical concept of frequency distribution. And, this TED-Ed talk demonstrates the math in music.   Try some of these out and post a photo of the results… Read more

Gadgets and Contraptions

Gadgets and Contraptions (Science for 3-5 year-olds) is one of the Activity sheets from Science World’s Big Science for Little Hands @ Home.  It contains two fun science activities – Kitchen Contraptions and Catapults – that make use of easy to find objects that you have at home. You can find more ideas for easy-to-do… Read more

Technology and Sleep

Technology is central to the way most of us live now. So much activity involves some kind of screen. Yet, sometimes it’s a good idea to step away from it. Research indicates that screen time at bedtime can affect the amount and quality of the sleep you get. This is true for all members of… Read more

An Open Door Leads to Opportunities…

Steven Mulvey, September, 2014. Photo by Mike Leland. “After two years of working with the volunteer on a one-to-one basis, I was accepted into the program that changed my life forever.” Growing up in Port Alberni, Steven Mulvey was like any other kid – he was active, easygoing, filled with dreams and aspirations and he… Read more

Sticky Science

What makes things stick? Here are some experiments exploring the science of sticky: Sticky Stuff: Science for 3-5 year-olds  – Ice Cube Fishing and Window Clings from Science World’s Big Science for Little Hands @ Home. Static Electricity – Fun Balloon Experiment for Kids  – Another easy to do experiment that uses everyday material found… Read more

Domino fun for all ages

Dominoes are simple objects with a lot of versatility. They can be used to support all kinds of learning while developing hand-eye coordination. For toddlers, dominoes can be used for sorting, matching and counting. Here’s one mom’s story of how her toddler worked with dominoes. Domino games and puzzles can support early learning of math… Read more

Origami

Origami, the art of paper folding, uses a small number of basic folds in a variety of combinations to create simple and complicated designs. Because there’s so much variety, there’s something for all skill levels from simple to complex. And, the materials don’t have to be complicated. For origami instructions, look for books at your… Read more

Soundproofing

Can you engineer a package that reduces noise? Here’s an experiment from Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide that lets you try: Supplies: 2 small identical containers with tight-fitting lids dry beans or small coins 2 identical one quart plastic containers with lids a variety of materials for testing, enough of each to… Read more

Learn to Code

Want to learn to code with your family? Code.org has a variety of tutorials for all age groups beginning with children as young as four years of age. The lessons are free and while some are about an hour, there are 20 hour courses for more in-depth learning. There are tutorials for beginners, tutorials that… Read more