⚗️STEAM WEEK - A is for Art, Part 2🎨 . If you've been following our ☀Summer Camp at Home🏡 series, we are nearing the end of our ⚗️STEAM Week🔬This lobster 🦐is art meets science and history! . Use it to make wearable art 🎨with the 200+ year old Japanese technique for fish prints, aka gyotaku. All you need is a REAL fish 🐟 (or sea creature of your choosing), acrylic paint 🎨, brush and a medium for printing on. . You can use tissue paper or print on 👚t-shirts to create awesome ocean themed wearable art perfect for summer!☀️ . Check out the video 🎥how-to in the full post in my bio 👆🏻📲(along with the rest of our STEAM Week fun). And check back here later today for M is for Math, the end of our STEAM Week Summer Camp!
⚗️STEAM Week - A is for Art🎨 . STEAM Week continues today with ART! 🎨 Be sure to catch the rest of the ☀️Summer Camp at Home 🏡 posts from the week in our last few posts... . For pint-sized Picassos👦🏼👧🏼, I'm a big supporter of Process Art. 🎨What does that mean exactly? It means art that is more about the creating and less about the finished product.🖼 It encourages little artists' creativity, exploring materials and mediums, and boosting self-esteem. 😍👍 . And today I've got two fun options to do just that! For the younger crew, take art outdoors 🏡and life size with Graffiti Art for Kids. 🎨 . All you need is a roll of craft paper 🗞spray bottles, paint🎨 and water! 💦 This is one of the most often requested and repeated activities at our house during the summer months... and my only rule? 🚫don't spray the house or each other (and even if they do, it's washable and rinses away with water). 💦 . Let your kids create their own masterpiece, and check back here tomorrow for the second ART option and M is for Math! Direct link in profile for the complete ☀️Summer Camp at Home 🏡 line up 👆🏻📲
STEAM WEEK - E is for ENGINEERING . For kids, engineering is all about problem solving, 🤔visualizing 🌉and building 🏗and today's activity sets up a challenge just for that! . 🐘🐘🐘🐘Inspired by the book, Twenty One Elephants and Still Standing, 🐘🐘🐘🐘which tells the true history of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge🌉challenge your child to build a bridge for elephants! . You don't have to have the exact counters we do - use whatever small toys you have - maybe it's LEGO minifigures or princesses 👸🏼 or even matchbox cars 🚗 Set up your child with recyclables - think cardboard tubes, strips of cardboard - and craft supplies (we used mini solo cups ☕️ and large craft sticks). See how many figures your child's construction can support! . They can build up ⬆️ out ➡️ and across ⏩. For older kids, try limiting supplies or upping the number of figures they need to support. . To see the complete ⚗️STEAM Week ☀️Summer Camp at Home 🏡 activity list, as well as links to each day's activities, visit the direct link in my profile 👆🏻📲... and check back later today and tomorrow for ART 🎨 and MATH 📊options!
⚗️STEAM WEEK - T is for TECH💻 . Today's kids are so much more tech savvy than we were at their age... and maybe even more than we are now!😮 . So for TECH, we are going screen-free 📵and exploring a little about the history of technology. 📜This activity is inspired by the beautiful children's picture book, Ada's Ideas. It tells the story of Ada Lovelace, now widely considered the world's first computer💻 programmer - even though she lived nearly 100 years before the first computer came to be. . She wrote the first algorithm for the first Analytical Engine, invented by Charles Babbage... and they used punched cards to feed the machine.🎞 . Let your future mathematician test their fine motor skills on our own number punch cards (F R E E to download) 📲and use them for countless math activities. There's also a similar alphabet set. . See this and the full 🔬STEAM Week for ☀️Summer Camp at Home 🏡at the direct link in my bio 👆🏻📲
💡STEAM WEEK - DROPS ON A COIN💦 . This is a quick and easy science 🔬experiment you can do at home with kids of all ages. All you need is spare change, an eye dropper and water!🚰(Don't think you have an eye dropper? Check your medicine 💈cabinet and 'borrow' one from the baby vitamins!) . This challenges little hands' 👐fine motor skills, while also introducing money💸, works on counting🔢, and the scientific principle ⚗️of surface tension. . Visit the complete🔭 STEAM Week 🔬Summer Camp At Home🏡 schedule from the direct link👆🏻📲 in my profile . Also, learn more about the surface tension of water🚰 and grab the F R E E printable recording sheet📄 to help yoru kids keep track of how many drops 💦 they can fit on each coin!
☀️SUMMER CAMP AT HOME - STEAM WEEK⚗️ . I'm only a day behind this week... the story of my summer! ☀️BUT I don't want all of you to miss out on this week's Summer Camp At Home. It's ⚗️STEAM Week!🔬 . Each day this week, I will be covering one of the letters in the STEAM acronym - with activities for the 3 - 8 year old age group. 🤹♀️Yesterday was 🔬SCIENCE.⚗️ I shared 3 awesome options for exploring science with your kids, including my kids favorite - 🌈Making a Rainbow! It's as easy as 1️⃣empty containers, 2️⃣water and 3️⃣red, blue and yellow food coloring. And will entertain them FOR.E.VER. My rising kindergartener literally asks to do this almost everyday!💦➕🖍▶️🌈 . You can check out the full week's schedule🗓including a printable calendar and supply list (along with the other 2 science activities from yesterday) in the direct link in my profile. 👆🏻📲 I'll be playing catch up today and sharing at least one STEAM activity a day for the rest of the week! Happy Summer Camp at Home! 🤗
✨ DIY CONSTELLATION PROJECTOR🌌 . Any other moms out there have a little star gazer🌃 on their hands? I find my girls with their windows open staring 👀out at the stars 🌠 at least once a week. . So to *try* to keep them in bed 😴 last summer we made a super simple 🌌 DIY constellation projector. All you need is your phone 📱 (lightsource), a toilet paper roll, and these 📃printable constellation punch cards... oh and a push pin 📌 . It's a great fine motor challenge 👌and the girls had a blast both making and projecting stars ✨ day and night! This has been our most popular 🤗 post of the summer... grab your printable constellation cards 📇 and check out our entire 💖Studying the Stars💖 activity series, featuring 9 different star and space themed activities from the direct link in my bio 👆🏻📲 . 🌠Happy star gazing!🌌
🦐LOBSTER PRINTS🎨 This week I shared one of my *favorite* projects from my childhood with the kids... the 200+ year old Japanese art 🎨 technique for 🐠fish prints, or gyotaku. I did it at a summer art program when I was 8 - and it was one of those cool 😎fun things that you never forget! . It combines 🐡 sea creatures 🦀(science) + paint🖌 (art) + Japanese tradition📚 (culture and history) making it a total kids learning activity trifecta. . So yes, that's a REAL 🦐lobster... and after she first inspected it🔍 she then painted it 🖌and used it to make super cool prints. 🔖We even put them on t-shirts👚 the kids are loving 😍 - because they made them AND they have cool fish 🐟and lobster 🦐prints on them! . This is an awesome 🤗summer activity to make a lasting memory with your child, whether it's simply a cool art project, or to preserve your child's first catch 🎣 or your beach vacation 🏝You can see their finished tshirts and the complete fish and lobster print tutorial at the 👆🏻📲direct link in my profile (sneak peek 👀 in my IG stories). 🎨🦐🐠🐟🐡🦀🖌📜👍
#FOLLOWFRIDAY - INSPIRING MAMAS EDITION 😍 Y'all these mamas are my daily inspiration 😇 on those days when I'm struggling just to keep the kids fed and alive or when I'm just one more tantrum away from cracking a bottle of wine 🍷 before noon, these moms are my go-to for commiseration, support and reinforcement. 👯They keep it real, while inspiring me to be a better mom at the same time! From L to R, top to bottom... . 1️⃣ @onehailmaryatatime - Kristin and I know each other from real life, dating back to our college days. 👩🏼🎓She's now a full-time working mom 👩🏼💻with 6 kids!!! 👧🏼👦🏼👦🏼👦🏼👧🏼👶🏼I have no idea how she does it, but I'm truly in awe of her - her humor, the faith she instills in her family, and her honesty about what life is like as a mom working outside the home with a full house - each and every day! . 2️⃣ @wunder_mom - Rachael is a military mom with 4 kids 👧🏼👦🏼👧🏼👧🏼the youngest of which is that little spitfire in her lap. We share a love for common sense, practical parenting, while raising our kids with strong values, solid manners, and encouraging their passions. I love following Rachael for her brilliant parenting and kids activity ideas... with the added bonus of her hilarious anecdotes about her youngest's dramatics . 3️⃣ @sunnydayfamily - Laura has been my blogging BFF for going on 2+ years now. She is mama to almost 5 year old twin boys 👦🏼👦🏻and a menagerie of pets. 🐶🐱And she is my organization idol - follow her for an endless supply of checklists, planners, and organization tips to keep your house and family running like a well-oiled machine... BONUS - lots of adorable pet pics . 4️⃣ @mamainthenow - last but not least, my friend Tove. Danish by birth, Tove is now mama to 4 boys 👦🏼👦🏼👦🏼👦🏼 in Florida. I adore her Danish-inspired parenting style, which she freely shares, and her endless supply of LEGO ideas. And my girls are obsessed with the adventures of her boys' LEGO minifigures . Who are your favorite IG mamas to follow for your daily dose of inspiration? Want to connect with more inspiring mamas? Check out my 20+ favorite Facebook groups for savvy moms at the direct link 👆🏻📲in my bio... Happy Friday!