The Friday Five

Amelia on the swings | March 2015 | SimpleKids.netSpring! Actual, real warm weather! Hooray!

1. My grandmother passed away on February 28. She was 95 years old and we miss her very much. When I mentioned on social media that she had passed away, several of you shared some books that helped your children through the grieving process. I really appreciated this and I’m working on making a list of all of those books as well as a few recommendations of my own. If you have any recommendations that should be included in this list, leave me a note in the comments. Thanks!

2. It’s been “essentials only” around here the past week. And that’s okay. I’ve been remembering the 80/20 rule and giving myself grace.

3. In the midst of all of this, my son Max earned his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do. Martial arts is something new to our family, as Max has only been taking classes for a few months, but I think it is safe to say that my son has found the thing that clicks with him. He loves it! Isn’t is a great feeling when you see your child in their element?

4. Speaking of being in their element, Max totally flipped for his most recent Tinker Crate on hydraulics. Note that I am an affiliate for Tinker Crate, so if you make a purchase through that link, SimpleKids earns a small amount (thanks!)

Here’s a quick video of the hydraulic assembly he and Lucy made this past week:

5. Last week we took the kids to Comic Con (because the family that geeks out together, stays together) and while we were there we met The Art of Charles Thurston who creates family friendly art for geeks!

Charles Thurston - family friendly art for the geek at heartCharles is a father of two who was looking for a way to share the stories he loves with his kids, but in a non-scary, family friendly way. He’s got some books he’s illustrated and written that are so cute and the artwork? Love. You can check out his work at his etsy shop.

art of Charles Thurston

And that’s the Friday Five for this week. Have a lovely weekend, friends!

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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