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Pipe Cleaner ❤️️Heart ✏️Pencil Topper Valentine's Gift

Are you looking for a simple and inexpensive ❤️️ Valentine's Class gift? Julia needs to make 38 class gifts this year, and this super quick and easy Heart Pencil Topper DIY is a perfect fine-motor craft, which will keep those little fingers busy and classmates happy!  These Heart Pencil Toppers would also be great as last-minute Valentine’s Gifts to friends or as party favors! 

DSC_0038What you need: pencils and red pipe cleaners. 
DSC_0038Make a ❤️️ heart shape from a pipe cleaner.

DSC_0038Wrap a ❤️️ heart pipe cleaner over the top of the pencil. 

DSC_0045-2Vola! A simple yet practical Class Gift! 

Please note, that these toppers will stay on, but if mingled with, they may fall off. The solution? Glue them to stay put! 

A note on fine-motor stimulation: Children engage in a variety of fine motor activities such as drawing, tracing, cutting, bead threading, and writing from a very young age. By the age of four, they are expected to be able to write few letters, such as those in the child’s name, and cut with scissors in a straight line. By the time they turn five, a child’s fine motor skills are expected to progress to the point where s/he is able to accurately write all 26 letters, the 10 number symbols, and child's full name with all letters in the proper order as well as cut straight lines and simple curves. By the age of six, children are expected to be able to tie their own shoes, cut out complicated shapes and color “within the lines.” What we can do to meet those expectations is to create a sufficiently stimulating prepared environment where the child will be able to exercise those fine motor skills while carrying on the love of learning, and we can do so by setting up activities that spike an interest, such as themed activities, holiday-inspired activities, and unit studies, amongst the few. 

DSC_0066Read here a post about Classroom Valentine's Gifts (Julia made last year).

DSC_0003-2Julia & Adrian's feet Art Projects, along with 36 Classroom Valentine's Gifts last year.

Hearts from BeadsFor more on pipe cleaner DIY, see here Valentine's Inspired ❤️Hearts Pipe Cleaner Beading Craft.

For more on Valentine-Inspired activities, see here ❤️Valentine's Inspired Activities for Kids.

Frozen Juice ❄️Ice 👄Lips 😋Taste Matching • Sensorial 🖐️👀👂👅👃 101 🎥 Series 🎇

This is a very easy DIY sensorial exploration of the sense of TASTE. Tasting activities are my children's favorites, and I like to come up with variations of a traditional Montessori tasting activity. Also, since ❤️Valentine's Day is approaching, we are using 👄 lips shape ice tray, but you can use any ice tray or use holiday-themed ice trays (like a star ice tray for Independence Day, shells for summer inspired activity, etc. ... possibilities are endless).

DSC_0073Pour the juice into the ice tray and put it in a freezer.

DSC_0093Remove the ice tray once the juice is frozen. DSC_0093Offer to pair the food: orange, cranberry, carrots, and lemon to its juice.  

Exploring how our brain and senses work: Did you know that much of what we think of as 👅taste is actually 👃🏻smell❗️The back of your nose is linked to your mouth at the throat so that you can smell the food as you chew it. That is why when you have a 🤒cold, tiny hairs in your 👃🏻nose get clogged with mucus. This stops them from wafting smell particles deep into your nose and makes it hard to smell or taste things. That is exactly why you cannot "taste" anything when you have a stuffy nose!

DSC_0093Matching carrot juice to carrots.
DSC_0093Since I had frozen two of each type of the juice, you may also offer your child to match the two identical tasting ice cubes. But be swift as our ice lips were melting quickly.

See here our original lesson on 5 Basic 👅Tastes (Brain & Senses, Tongue Taste Map). These lessons are a part of the "💉 Inside of the BODY Anatomy Unit Study" -   read here.

For more on Valentine's activities see here "❤️Valentine's Inspired Activities for Kids" roundup. Or see here our last year's "Valentine's 💗 Inspired Shelfies." 

Colorful 🌈 Skittles Fun💧 Water Science Experiment for Kids •🔬⚗️⚖️  101 🎥 Series 🎇

This simple and fun ⚗️science experiment with Skittles is visually astonishing and scientifically intriguing! It is also very easy to conduct at home utilizing 🍭materials you probably have {Do you still have those unwanted 🎃👻Halloween candies?} but 🙅🏼refrain from giving to your 👦🏼child due to artificial coloring⁉️ So, what to do with those ❌not-too-healthy 🍭sweets? ⚗️Science experiment of course!


What you will need:

  • a plate with a white middle part,
  • Skittles (or other coated sweets),
  • water.

DSC_0021Place your Skittles on a white plate, creating a circle. (You may offer an older child to create a pattern.) Carefully pour warm water, just enough to have the water touch the Skittles. Watch what happens!

Skittles dissolve quickly, so you have an awesome science unfold in front of you right away!

Science mystery revealed: The color and sugar dissolve into the water and then diffuse through it. Since Skittles are coated with food coloring and sugar (ingredients that are prone to dissolve in water), when you pour water over Skittles, the colored coating dissolves spreading through the water.

DSC_0029This low resource fun activity provides many opportunities for investigation and further extensions:

  • Make a rainbow! Arrange Skittles in a circle in rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, and purple on a white plate. (A perfect St. Patrick's Day activity!)
  • Try using different water temperature, or white vinegar or even lemonade to discover what happens. 
  • Try using other coated sweets: can you find one that works as well as Skittles? (Did you try spearmint?) Candy dissolving science is fun to test out with a variety of liquids and candies. Different candies dissolve at different rates.
  • Time how long does the color take to reach the center of the plate using cold and warm water? Which do you think will be faster? The reason sugar dissolves faster in hot water has to do with increased molecular motion. The added energy in the hot water causes water molecules to move faster and sucrose molecules to vibrate faster. This added movement tends to make the bonds between sucrose molecules easier to overcome.
  • Time how long does it take for Skittles to dissolve in water? After about two minutes in contact with water, Skittles lose its outer coating. After about 12 minutes, half of the Skittle have been dissolved, and after about 25 minutes of sitting in the water, all Skittles have completely dissolved. 


More questions for the inquisitive mind:

  • Why do you think the colors do not mix, but rather gather like a rainbow in the center?
  • What can you do to hasten the process?
  • Can you detect the ‘S’ from the skittles? What happens to it?

For more on Science🔬⚗️⚖️:

  • See here 💛💙❤️Primary Colors, 💦Water & Paper Capillary Action ⌛️Timelapse ⚗️ Kids Science Experiment (🌈 Rainbow Walking Water). 

  • See here a video-post "🎨Painting with 🌈Colored Vinegar on Baking Soda Science Experiment."

  • See here a video post "🎶Musical 💦Water 🌈Glasses (Science🔬⚗️⚖️ 101 🎥Series 🎇)."
  • See here "Paper Towel, Markers and 💦Water 🌈 Color Mixing ⚗️Experiment (🔬⚗️⚖️Science meets 🎨Art 101 🎥Series 🎇)."

For ❄️ Winter inspired activities, see here ☃️ Winter Inspired Unit Study.

For🎅🏻Christmas inspired activities, see here  🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study.

🌑Lunar Craters No-Cook 🏡Homemade Play Dough 🌙 Moon 🙌🏻Sensory Bin • 🌌COSMOS Unit Study

We are continuing our 🌌COSMOS Unit Study with this sensory invitation to learn about the Moon, Lunar Craters, Meteors and Meteorites. We are using National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space book (buy here) as a reference. This book, with its colorful illustrations and simple text, introduces young children to the wonders of Space, explaining basic concepts of the universe, beginning with what is most familiar and expanding out into the cosmos. We learned that many chunks of rock float around in space. If the rock zooms into Earth's atmosphere towards the planet's surface, it is called a meteor. Usually, a meteor burns up before it reaches the ground. But sometimes, a meteor reaches Earth's surface, and if it hits the ground it is called a meteorite

DSC_0020 A crater is a big, bowl-shaped hole on the surface of a planet or moon. 

To learn about the asteroids and its impact on planets and moons hands-on, we made the Moon from home-made play dough and simulated the impact of asteroids with different colored marbles. We were inspired to create this invitation to explore and learn after working on KUMON Science Sticker Activity Book (buy here). "The moon has many holes on its surface. These holes are called craters." [A child is invited to draw more craters on the KUMON book's picture.]


We made no-cook home-made play dough, which came out very different from the one we used to buy, being much softer and lasting much longer.


  • 1 cup of plain all-purpose flour,
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil,
  • 1/2 cup salt (Ally suggests adding 2/3 cups of salt- read here, so you may experiment),
  • 2 tablespoons  of cream of tartar,
  • up to 3/4 cups of boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right),
  • food coloring (optional),
  • few drops of glycerine for extra shine,
  • you may also add essential oils or spices like cinnamon to give your dough an olfactory dimension.


  • Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl,
  • Add food coloring to the boiling water and then pour into dry ingredients,
  • Keep stirring until the dough becomes a sticky integrated dough,
  • Add glycerine,
  • Allow the dough to cool and then knead it until all of the stickiness has gone - keep going until the dough is perfect consistency! (If the dough is still a little sticky, add a little flour until it feels just right).

DSC_0020Our black bean sensory bin has colored beads and pom poms to resemble stars.
DSC_0020Stars actually come in different colors depending on its temperature
DSC_0020Round Kids' Puzzle of the Solar System, 50 Piece, (buy here), features the Milky Way, galaxies, quasars, asteroids, and more. The color of each planet's elliptical orbit matches the color of the planet to enhance the educational experience. (Adrian was able to first assemble it at 3.5 yo). 

DSC_0010We love My First Discoveries Books. Buy The Moon Book here.
DSC_0010A hot glowing piece of space rock falling toward Earth is called a Shooting Star.
DSC_0012Transparent overlay pages add a new dimension to a traditional reading. 

DSC_0012The Moon book illustrates hands-on the Moon and its effect on the Earth and oceans.  

DSC_0024For more on Space Unit Study, see here 🌌COSMOS Unit Study.

DSC_0067See here a different recipe in a post "No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough."


If in Holiday spirit, see here "🎄Holiday Inspired No-Cook 🏡Homemade 🍩Play Dough."

For more on Science, see here Science 🔬⚗️⚖️ 101 🎥Series 🎇. 

🎅🏻 Santa ❤️ Red Slime DIY Jar (Science 🔬⚗️⚖️ 101 🎥Series 🎇)

Today, we are making Holiday slime. It has been on my to-do list for a while now, and we are very excited to finally conduct this sensory learning experiment! Slime, besides being absolutely awesome to touch, is also an amazing science demonization. We love hands-on learning through play, and slime is a perfect activity to get children excited about chemistry! 
DSC_0042What you need to make a homemade slime:

  • 1/2 cup of liquid clear glue (buy here),
  • few tablespoons of saline contact solution (buy here) or liquid starch (buy here); some use borax which also has some boric acid but we avoid using since it is toxic). Boric acid and sodium borate are the best slime activators.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, which helps slime firm up,
  • coloring,
  • glitter,
  • slime foam balls (buy in bulk here),
  • confetti stars. 

DSC_0043Pour glue into a bowl. Add glitter and liquid color. Stir until uniformly distributed.

DSC_0043Add contact solution and mix until thick and slimy.

DSC_0043Add little styrofoam micro-beads to your slime to make foam.
DSC_0043Add star confetti and mix well.
DSC_0043Mix and then knead the slime with your hands. If it feels loose, add more solution.
DSC_0043Slime too sticky?  Add more contact solution. Slime too hard?  Add a little more glue.

What is the ⚗️ science behind the slime? Baking soda helps to firm slime. The saline solution is the slime's activator and helps it to get its rubbery texture. The slime will begin to form immediately thanks to the mixture of boric acid and sodium borate present in the saline solution. These two ingredients are cross-linking agents that create your slime! The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is thicker and rubberier like slime and less like the liquid you started with. The final step is to knead your slime. The slime is ready once it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

DSC_0041But where to store your slime which can last for up to a week?


What you need for this DIY Santa Slime jar:

  • recycled baby food jar,
  • picture of Santa (we are using a cover from a notepad), 
  • pompoms,
  • a glue gun.

DSC_0080Glue two large pompoms to the top of the jar. 

DSC_0080 Glue Santa's picture to the pom poms. 

DSC_0080Fill up your jar with slime. 

DSC_0080Hot glue pompoms to make a beard and a nose.

We love hands-on learning through play. Slime = science = kids explore, while learning and having fun in the process. And adding a craft element to the science experiment makes the activity even more multidimensionally exciting! 

DSC_0080Store your slime in a container with a lid and enjoy it for over a week.

DSC_0080Our Santa is very happy to see White Christmas!

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For more on Christmas Holiday inspired activities, see here a roundup post "🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study ."