My Family’s Fall Bucket List

I love fall – the crisp cold air means you get to snuggle up in a sweater and nurse a hot cocoa but it is not yet cold enough to be miserable. Because we love making lists, every year this time we create a fall bucket list. Here is ours for the year. I would love to hear what would be on yours.

Fall Bucket List

Summer Science Games for Kids

Summer is here and so are lazy afternoons and loads of playtime. Most kids look forward to unstructured summer schedules and you definitely don’t want to take that away. But it’s important to remember that learning is a year-long activity and summer break is no exception. In fact, you can put the hot weather to good use by linking it to simple science concepts that can be taught without investing too much time and do not require special equipment. No matter how old your child is, they are sure to enjoy these fun science games for kids. 

Reading Shadows

Reading Shadows

Photo Courtesy – dvs

Invite your child outdoors to enjoy the sunny weather. Have him observe his shadow at different times of day. Explain how the length of his shadow is related to the sun’s position in the sky. Use chalk or a stick to trace his shadow and ask him to measure and chart it. Why does it grow and shrink at different times?

Grow your own Veggies

Summer is a great time to encourage your child to grow something in the yard or garden, or a pot on a windowsill. Let him grow flowers or herbs or veggies you can use later in the kitchen. Take an empty egg carton, fill it with water and use last night’s avocado pit to grow a houseplant. Explain that not all plants need soil to grow and why.

Stargazing

Stargazing

Photo Courtesy – vincent.limshowchen

Stargazing can be a fun science activity for kids and is perfect for clear summer nights when you can easily spot the stars and planets in our solar system. Camp out in the yard or any open space and ask your child if he can identify the North Star, various constellations and the phases of the moon. Take your child for an outing at the beach and discuss how the tides of the ocean are affected by the moon.

Go Butterfly-Watching

Watching butterflies can be a fascinating pastime. Go to a local park where they have different kinds of flowers and ask your child to observe which ones attract the most butterflies. Discuss how butterflies go through different stages of development and what they look like during each stage.

Make your own Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder

Idea via Pinterest

Spread peanut butter on a roll of toilet paper with your fingers and roll it in bird seed. This is your homemade bird feeder. Hang it on a tree branch, get a pair of binoculars and watch those birds flocking hungrily! It’s a great way to meet the birds that throng your neighborhood and observe their habits.

What have you got in store to prevent the dreadful brain slide?

Easter – The Aftermath

Don’t you sometimes feel like you need a break to recover from a long holiday? Easter has it’s share of fun and family and rituals and I wouldn’t trade it for the world but the lure of a bed and uninterrupted sleep – there is nothing quite like it. Meanwhile, our house looks like it’s being taken over my ninja plastic Easter Egg shells that pop up at you at odd times, especially when you’re sleep walking to the kitchen to get water in the middle of the night.

What to do? What to do?

The internet really is an amazing place for 5 reasons I’ve listed below!

1. Plastic Egg Tea Lights

Genius. Genius. More Genius. Idea from Pinterest

Genius. Genius. More Genius. Idea from Pinterest

2. Easter Egg Russian Nesting Dolls

 

Idea from Dollar Store Crafts

How adorable are these? How Idea from Dollar Store Crafts

3. Halloween Treat Box

Definitely doing this come October! Idea from Pinterest

Definitely doing this come October! Idea from Pinterest

4. Tea Cups for Tiny Tots

Pretend Tea Parties could never get better. This could also be an amazing DIY present for your kid. Idea from Creativity in Progress

Pretend Tea Parties could never get better. This could also be an amazing DIY present for your kid. Idea from Creativity in Progress

5. Mini Terrariums – Earth Day Special

Give your green thumb a bit of a workout. Idea from The House That Lars Built

Give your green thumb a bit of a workout. Idea from The House That Lars Built

Problem Solved!

Hope you’ve had a great Easter Weekend! I’m looking forward to catching up with your blogs!