Still Playing School: October 2015

Warhol Inspired Art for Kids

Kids can create their own Andy Warhol inspired artwork with self portraits using a super easy (and free) website! Our daughter loved coloring her facial features in bold and contrasting colors after studying Warhol's art.


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Marinated Tomatoes Recipe

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I'm sharing another one of my mother-in-law's very best recipes! It's simple enough that kids can cook it from start to finish and yet it's so delicious that our whole family gobbles these marinated tomatoes up no matter how many we make! Yum!

Marinated tomato recipe for delicious fresh tomatoes!

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Play Dough Monsters

Our little guy is absolutely play dough obsessed! I knew he'd love this invitation to create play dough monsters. I provided a few simple materials and he did the rest! What kid can resist a fun monster?


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Tips for Observing Nocturnal Animals

We're fascinated by all animals but there is something extra mysterious about nocturnal creatures. Kids are naturally curious about these animals that stay awake while most of us are sleeping. Here are our tips for observing nocturnal animals with kids. 


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Forest Animals Foldable Graphic Organizer

We've been learning about forest animals. We love to use this simple folded fact sheet as a graphic organizer to share what we've studied. 

Use this foldable fact sheet graphic organizer to demonstrate learning

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Shape Sensory Squish Bag for Kids

Our kids love sensory play! We're learning shapes so we created a sensory squish bag with triangles, circles, and squares. It's irresistible to touch and talk about in the window or on the table. It's super easy to make, too!

Kids learn to identify shapes and colors by creating this sensory shape squish bag!
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Feed the Ghost Fine Motor Halloween Activity

We love to practice fine motor skills through play! This Halloween activity was perfect for developing pre-writing skills while feeding the ghost. It was super simple for me to set up and the kids loved it!


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Peanut Noodles

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We love Asian inspired food! Just this weekend we took the kids out for sushi and the very next day we made these peanut sesame noodles for dinner. This recipe is easy to make for when our kids want to help cook plus it's so delicious our whole family loves it!

Peanut sesame noodles recipe

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Introduction to Multiplication with Spiders

We love spiders! They seemed like such a natural way to introduce multiplication as repeated addition to our daughter. It's a seasonal idea with spider rings, too!


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Tally Mark Math for Kids


Kids learn so much better when knowledge is applicable to their lives. Our daughter asks us every day (I'm not exaggerating!) how old we are so we decided to present the information in a different way as we introduced tally marks in this math lesson!

Teaching tally marks to kids

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Crock Pot Chicken Soup with Rice

Is there anything more comforting than chicken soup? It's always better when someone else makes it too so for this Cooking with Kids recipe, I'm teaching our daughter how to make chicken soup with rice with the help of our crock pot! 

Recipe for Chicken Soup with Rice in the Crock Pot

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Spider Races

We came up with a fun and seasonal game for kids that is super simple to set up for a Halloween party! It also has the added benefits from being an oral sensory exercise. This Spider Race game resulted in tons of giggles, too!


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Straws Color Sort

We created a fine motor activity that both our kids loved with a few inexpensive materials! In addition to pre-writing, it was also a great way to review colors and sizes.


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Llama Llama Red Pajama Movement Game

After sitting still for a great book our kids need to get up and move! We created a gross motor movement game to go with the book Llama, Llama Red Pajama for this month's Virtual Book Club for Kids.

A fun chase and tag game to play after reading Llama Llama Red Pajama

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How to Carve a Pumpkin Writing Prompt

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We're in the full swing of fall over here! We've been tallying pumpkins in our neighborhood and trying process art with them, too. I challenged our daughter to practice her How To writing skills this week by describing how to carve a pumpkin as a fun fall writing prompt.

Fall Writing Prompt How to Carve a Pumpkin

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