Fizz Pop Bang! Playful Science and Math activities

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I‘m so excited to announce a project that some friends and I wrote together. I think you and your kids are really going to enjoy it. Introducing Fizz! Pop! Bang! Playful Science and Math activities – 40 Projects for Ages 3 to 8.

It was a wonderful experience getting to work on this book alongside some of my favorite kid and parenting bloggers. The ebook is chock full of fun and I think if you’re looking for an ebook packed with learning opportunities in math and science, shared through art, play, sensory learning and discovery, for a whole-brain approach, well, then this is the ebook for you (if I do say so myself.)

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities | a brand new ebook from some of your favorite kid bloggers!

We are homeschoolers, but I truly think this book would be great for homeschool, after school, school, weekends, summer, fall break, winter break, at-home days – any time you’re looking to bring some fun projects to your kids
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Painting with Apples

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Today’s unplugged play idea involves playing with our food:  we’re going to paint with apples.

Supplies and materials

  • apples
  • clothes your child can get messy in and/or aprons
  • paint brushes
  • fabric paint and tees
  • OR use craft paint and heavy paper (recycled paper grocery bags would work) to make some apple designs
  • some newspapers to protect your works surface might be a good idea, too
  • corn on the cob stickers (we’ve discovered these help little hands when apple stamping)

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Wanted: A Plethora of Apple Ideas for Autumn Days

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” as the saying goes.  Of course, at our house we eat apples more for their delicious taste than for health reasons.  Baked in a pie, sliced and dipped in peanut butter, or devoured fresh from the tree, apples are a kid (and grown up) favorite at the Fleck house.

There’s also apple fun to be had beyond eating them. We look forward to our annual trips to the local apple orchard each year.  Pulling the little red wagon around, gathering our favorite varieties, and enjoying some time at the orchard store are a part of the year’s rhythm we never miss.

We do a fair bit of crafting with apples, too – from apple stamped tee shirts using the actual fruit, to arts and crafts inspired by the apple.  It is a versatile, wonderful material to work with.

The Apple Star

Take an apple round and red
Don’t slice down
Slice through instead
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

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Come, follow us to … Piney Acres Indy With Kids VIP Family Night

Piney Acres Kids Play Area
One of my favorite resources for finding neat family things to do in our area is the blog Indy With Kids. One of my family’s favorite places in Fortville is Piney Acres. Put these two elements together? Fantastic family fun awaits!

Last night we loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela and we headed to the farm to experience an evening of activities and friendship.

Feeding goats at Piney Acres Farm in Fortville, IndianaIt was a perfect autumn evening and our family enjoyed our visit to Piney Acres (as we always do). This night farmer Rex and the crew had some fun planned that included a hayride, a corn maze, some singing around the campfire, and more as the farm welcomed families to enjoy the 73 acres of wide open space.

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A Simple Autumn: The Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Tastes of Fall

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Last week I mentioned I want my family  to experience this time of year, not just as dates on the calendar, but as an opportunity to use all of our senses to really savor the season.

I thought it would be fun to list some of the different ways we can experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of Autumn with our kids.

sunflowers | a Simple Autumn | SimpleKids.net

What Does Autumn LOOK Like?

The hallmark of Autumn is the changing colors of the leaves, of course.  This provides opportunities to create leaf rubbings and other leaf related crafts. We can rake leaves together, which naturally leads to jumping in leaf piles!

Yesterday, we made a map of our backyard. The kids and I have been talking about the trees in our yard and what they look like now versus what they looked like a few short weeks ago.  We wonder what they will look like in the Winter time.

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