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💐Mothers Day 🎁Flowers ✂️DIY 🌼Daffodil Bouquet Tissue Paper Craft

This DIY Daffodils tissue paper💐bouquet can be a perfect Mother's Day gift! All you need to make these awesome 🌼flowers is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. 

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To make this craft, we are referring to a Tissue Paper Flowers Craft book (buy here), which features incredibly simple-to-make tissue paper flowers that look good enough to fool the bees.

DSC_0182-2The book has clear and easy to follow instructions, and it comes with 75 sheets of brilliantly colored tissue paper and variety of green pipe cleaners for stems.

DSC_0188How to make this Daffodile bouquet Craft: ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸

  • layer paper at least four-fold and cut out a shape as shown in the book above,
  • poke one end of a pipe cleaner and slide the cut-out papers,
  • roll a bead the other end of the pipe cleaner and make a knot to  resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen,
  • slide all the papers towards the nub and slightly scrunch.

DSC_0188The book offers various ways you can make your Daffodils.

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Use color-combinations and shades of yellow, and some white to have your Daffoldiels look as real as possible. 

DSC_0185I personally do not like fresh cut-flowers (the entire demise process in front of my eyes is kind of depressing). I prefer orchids in a pot, but these Daffodils made by little hands with love would brighten my days for many more years to come!

DSC_0020-001 We do like going on nature walks and enjoy all the glory Spring has for us.

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You can always cut a bunch of Daffodils as a Mother's Day gift, but harvesting hand-made Daffodil flowers that will defy nature's cycle makes them even a better gift!  

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Daffodils And Men ~ Poem by David Taylor

Daffodils dance upon the breeze with such sweet scented ease, 
as men walk past with minded cares not seeing dancing everywhere.
They walk, but do not know how to dance as the daffodils they bend and bow, 
they dance to life with no furrowed brows and need no one to tell them how. 

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This flower craft is very similar to the one 🌻 below, which Adrian made when he was 3 yo ~ same process ~ ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸🌼crunch!  

See details and links to materials and books we used here  in a post "   🎨Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper ♻️ Cardboard Roll Paper Mache ✂️Craft."

DSC_0159This purple 💐bouquet of flowers Adrian made using the same technique as in Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers craft.  Again: all you need is tissue paper, pipe cleaners and a sprinkle of creativity! We also knotted a bead in the middle of the flower to resemble a"male" or pollen-bearing part called the stamen.

 DSC_0097Another gorgeous 💐bouquet we made! See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action.

 DSC_0049-3See here ♻️Recycled ✂️DIY 🌸Spring Flower Craft. 

DSC_0521For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.

I hope you enjoyed our Mother's Day inspired themed unit. Please, leave a comment, which craft was your favorite! And, do share ~ sharing means caring!

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DIY ☀️Solar 🌎System Craft From ❌♨️No-Cook Natural 🏡Homemade Play Dough 

As a tribute to National 🚀Space Day, which is held annually on the first Friday in May, we are making a DIY Solar System craft from homemade no-cook natural play dough.

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 To explore our solar system and the planets, we read National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space which is kids' absolute favorite Space book with colorful illustrations and simple text, explaining basic concepts of the universe as well as its wonders!
DSC_0122First, to resemble Space, Adrian made black play dough. ( See the recipe and details on how to make this natural play dough here ~in a post "No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough Recipe.")
DSC_0122Next, apply glue to a large cardboard piece and spread the black playdough over it.
DSC_0122Leave empty the space for the sun as it will be easier to glue the Sun to the cardboard rather than over the play dough. 
DSC_0122To resemble our universe and the sparkling twinkling stars, galaxies, and supernovas, we are adding glitter to our black play dough.

DSC_0134 We are using this iridescent and this chunky-holographic glitter.
DSC_0134Did you know that stars come in different colors and sizes? From blue to orange to red!

DSC_0134Making the Sun from our natural no-cook play dough. 
DSC_0134Yellow glitter adds shine and sparkle to our yellow Star.

DSC_0134Next, trace planets on a cardboard. We are using this book for size-reference.

DSC_0134Glue the Sun to the part of cardboard that has no play dough. 

 Earth Play DoughMake each planet (by spreading the play dough over the cutout cardboard piece) according to planet's characteristics, such as size, color, surface.

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Finally, arrange the planets in order: 1) Mercury, 2) Venus, 3) Earth, 4) Mars, 5) Jupiter, 6) Saturn, 7) Uranius, 8) Neptune. Discuss the four terrestrial planets, separated by the asteroid belt from the four gas giants. Bring child's attention to any distinguishable planetary detail: such as The Great Red Spot on Jupiter (a huge storm raging on for hundreds of years) or Neptune's The Great Dark Spot (a huge spinning storm in the southern atmosphere of Neptune which was about the size of the entire Earth). 

DSC_0160You can also discuss the solar flares and winds and how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with the solar wind and acts as a shield to protect Earth from damaging solar particles.  See a video from NOVA’s Sun Lab here

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We also watched an amazing series NOVA - Origins which presented some startling new answers to questions such as "Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered?" Both, Julia ( 8 yo)  and Adrian (4 yo) were absolutely intrigued and engulfed in this miniseries ~an absolute must-have DVD for any inquisitive child (or an adult)!

Please, see our entire Space and Universe round up here ~ in a post "🌌Cosmos 🚀Space ☄️Universe Inspired Themed Unit Study."

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DIY 🌘Moon Craft • Baking Soda Acid-Base ⚗️Science Experiment

As a tribute to National 🚀Space Day, which is held annually on the first Friday in May, we are making a DIY Moon craft, but first, we learn about it. The Moon is about 4.5 billion years old. There are three theories as to how our planet's satellite could have been created: the giant impact hypothesis, the co-formation theory, and the capture theory. The prevailing theory, the giant impact hypothesis suggests that the moon formed when an object, known as Theia, the Mars-sized body, collided with Earth, throwing vaporized chunks of the young planet's crust into space. Gravity bound the ejected particles together, creating a moon that is the largest in the solar system in relation to its host planet. This sort of formation would explain why the moon is made up predominantly of lighter elements, making it less dense than Earth — the material that formed it came from the crust while leaving the planet's rocky core untouched. Read more interesting facts about the Moon here

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This DIY Moon craft is a fun project to express creativity while learning about the Moon and conducting a science acid-base reaction experiment. Detailed instructions are below.

DSC_0046Trace a circle on a cardboard. 

DSC_0046Cut out the circle and set aside (you won't be needing it for this DIY).

DSC_0070Take another cardboard piece and trace another circle on it and pour glue in the middle.

DSC_0070Pour baking soda on top of the glue.

DSC_0070Now, invite your child to put on a scientist cap on and perform an acid-base reaction experiment by squirting vinegar over the baking soda. 

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We have done a few acid-base reaction experiments, and children never seize to be amazed by the bubbles and the fizz.

DSC_0070Next, we added few drops of diluted black coloring to give the Moon its grayish look.

DSC_0070Finishing off the moon with glitter. 

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Now, going back to the cardboard where the circle was cut out, paint it with blue and purple color (we are using these washable finger paints). And, to exercise those fine motor skills, offer the child to paint with a pom pom while holding the pom pom with a peg.

DSC_0070 We ended up with a dark ~ galaxy like-color.

DSC_0070Add glitter to the paint while it is still wet.

DSC_0070More glitter! This time holographic chunky glitter. 

DSC_0110Now, have your cardboard pieces ready as you will be gluing one on top of the other. 

DSC_0110   Use a glue-gun to adhere the two cardboard pieces together. 

DSC_0110 Let it dry, and your Moon craft can be framed to decorate a wall in your child's room.  

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I hope this Moon DIY will spark questions such as "Why do we only see one part of the Moon?" or "Why there are craters on the Moon?" and so forth.

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Find out Space inspired books and materials we are using here ~ in a 🌌Cosmos 🚀Space ☄️Universe Inspired Themed Unit Study. For more Moon DIY, see below:

IMG_9737 See here 🌑Lunar Craters No-Cook 🏡Homemade Play Dough 🌙Sensory Bin.

 

For more acid-base reactions and the science behind this experiment, see posts below:

  IMG_6567See here a video of "🌋 Erupting Volcano Science Experiment" 🔬 💡⚖️ 101 🎥 Series 🎇.

 

DSC_0041 Also, see here a video"🎨Painting with 🌈Colored Vinegar on Baking Soda Experiment."

 

DSC_0015Fianlly, see here a video-post "Magic🎈Balloon (Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction)."

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🐰Easter 🐣Egg Bunting Banner Shaving Cream 🎨Marbled Paper ✂️Craft

This year, we decided not to buy Easter decorations, but to make them instead!  If your kids are into messy not-so-messy 🎨 art fun, then crafting these marbled paper Easter Eggs which will make an awesome banner or Easter bunting is a perfect DIY for you!
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 What you will need:
  • cutout egg shapes ~ we are using this 110 lb white cardstock (marbled print came out the best with this paper!) and this watercolor paper (we used to make larger eggs), and brown recycled cardstock
  • food coloring ~ we are using this neon 4-pack food color (we have tried acrylic paint and oil paint and they did not work for us)
  • glitter ~ we are using this glitter from 100% non-toxic polyester
  • a fork and a paintbrush
  • scraper tool ~ you can use an old credit card
  • shaving cream or foam
  • a deep tray. 
DSC_0072For an eco-friendly alternative shaving foam, we used this one. To lift the eggs from the shaving foam, we will be using tongs from this set. Lastly, apply a fixative spray to your finished art product to preserve shine and longevity (buy similar here). 

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First, cut out your egg shapes. We are using an oval inset from Montessori Metal Insets set. Also, use this opportunity to talk about oval vs ellipse shape with your child: an oval (egg) having a slightly thicker bottom vs an ellipse having two points of symmetry. 

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If you are looking for an economic version of the shaving foam ~buy similarly priced shaving cream here (works as good as more expensive ones).

DSC_0050Spray the shaving cream onto a deep tray (you can use a baking tray or this disposable pan) and offer your child to spread the shaving cream around and flatten using a squeegee. Did I mention, this is an awesome sensory experiment!

DSC_0084Let your child decide on the paint colors s/he wants to use for this marbled paper art project and squirt it on top of the shaving cream.

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To prepare your art medium, run the fork through it, creating a ridged surface. (Decide whether you want to go horizontally or vertically and stay consistent.)
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Then, using a paintbrush's pointy side (or any other pointy tool) start dragging the paint in a circular motion creating a marbled look. Experiment by making circles bigger or smaller and stay consistent until you finish the entire row.
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 Proceed similarly with the next row, creating a marbling effect.
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Now, take the cutout egg papers and place them on top of the shaving cream. Apply a little pressure to push each down into the shaving cream ~ leave it there for a minute or two. 
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Then, lift each egg from the shaving cream with a tweezer or tongs (we are using ones from this set). 
DSC_0084Place the eggs on a recycled paper for a few minutes to absorb even more of the color.  
DSC_0099Using some sort of a scraper tool (we used an old gift card, expired credit cards work too) scrape off the shaving cream, and while the egg is still wet, apply glitter. Then, let it dry.  
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To make a new marbled color combination, just squit more color on top of your existing color combination ~ first, we added lilac color to the current red and blue combination.  
DSC_0099Proceed just like with the first batch: run through the shaving cream with the fork first. 
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 Create circles, squiggles ~ be creative!
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Scrape off the excess shaving cream and watch your marbled masterpiece emerge!
DSC_0101 There can never be too much glitter in our house!

DSC_0099  To start a new color batch, just scrape off the top of the shaving cream (about 1/2 inch).
DSC_0101Green and yellow created a beautiful color combo.
DSC_0101 We then added some purple color on top of green and yellow for the next batch.

DSC_0111-2Once the paint has dried, I sprayed each egg with the sealer (buy similar here).  

DSC_0119Once the eggs are completely dry (in an hour or so), I placed all the eggs under a heavyweight (books work great)  lining the eggs up with paper in between. The weight will straighten your eggs, making them ready to be displayed for Easter. 
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Finally, I punched holes and attached a string, making it a perfect Easter Bunting.  
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You can also hang these eggs as ornaments on your Easter Tree.
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Children had so much fun making these shaving cream marbled paper Easter egg buntings, that we have made enough to hang in each room. 
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This was an awesome way to upcycle while creating Easter decorations together and having a wonderful holiday time with the people that matter most! I hope you are having a wonderful Easter Holiday!
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For more Easter fun activities, see our entire Easter roundup here in a post "🐣Easter 🐰Inspired Themed Unit Study."
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DIY ♻️ Recycled ✂️Materials for Homeschool

Montessori materials can be 💰costly,  so I love finding an alternative. Below I will show you some of the DIYs I have created to substitute some of the materials you would generally purchase. 

DIY Color Matching + Fine Motor Pegging

 This DIY resembles matching Montessori Color Tablets ~ similar to Color Box 2 ~ a traditional Sensorial material introduced to toddlers starting at 2 ½ years old. 

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With this activity, besides simply matching color samples from your local hardware store, offer your child to practice fine motor skills by matching colored clothespins and also graduating pegs in order from smallest to largest or vice versa. And if you have plain wooden pegs, just color them either with Sharpies (what we used) or use tempera stick paints which are awesome too!

IMG_1020To learn more about Montessori 🌈Color Boxes, read here a detailed post with presentations on boxes one through three on my blog Montessori Color Box 1, 2 & 3 (Color tablets).


DIY Montessori Sandpaper Numbers:

Sandpaper Numbers are also easy to make at home.
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What you will need:

  • green cardstock to resemble the traditional Montessori Sandpaper Numbers
  • sandpaper from your local hardware store,
  • scissors (children are also using a paper cutter for more precision)
  • and glue.

 Having your child make or help you make these DIY Sandpaper NUmbers will only ignite the excitement, promoting interest and engagement.

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By sensorily feeling the number, the child is able to perceive the symbol through senses other than just visual. For more on Sandpaper Numbers, see here 🖐️Sandpaper 🔢 Numbers (Montessori 🔢 Math 101 🎥 Series 🎇 Curriculum).


 ♻️RECYCLED ✂️ DIY PUZZLES
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Do you have an old magazine? Recycled old books? Expired calendars? How about turning them into homemade DIY puzzles!

DSC_0221-2Cut out a picture, laminate it (if you don't have a laminating machine iron works great too) and cut it in as many pieces as you think your child can handle. For smaller children, just cut a picture in half; for older in quarters or even eighths. 


DSC_0221-2And why not turn this ♻️RECYCLED ✂️DIY puzzle into a 🐋matching animals game! 

  IMG_1146See here DIY 🍂Fall Inspired Puzzle.

I am using a double-sided 🍂Fall picture I found in a catalog. With this type of DIY puzzle, you can adjust 📈📉the level of difficulty based on your child's age. With smaller children, 📉choose a bright image with many objects and cut in fewer pieces (2 or 4 squares) or simply cut the picture vertically, for easier assembly. 📈With older children, the smaller the pieces, the harder it will be to assemble the puzzle😉so cut it accordingly to your child's level.


♻️DIY TIC TAC TOE

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Do your children play tic tac toe? It's a 🤗fun game and an easy ♻️✂️DIY if you have 💦water bottle caps and 🍡ice pop sticks (any craft sticks will do), and a glue gun.

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♻️DIY 🍡Pop-Sticks, Pegs & Dot Stickers 🔴 ➕🔵 Addition Activity

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This is a super easy and fun ♻️ math 🔢 ➕addition DIY where I ✍🏻️wrote ➕equations on 🍡pop-sticks, and as a control of error, a child can flip that same 🍡 and confirm the answer by counting the 🔴🔵dot-stickers. See here a 🎥video of Adrian solving all the ➕equations as well as how to make this ♻️DIY in a video post ♻️DIY 🍡Pop-Sticks, Pegs & Dot Stickers 🔴 ➕🔵 Addition Activity (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson).


 DIY ♻️Paper Towel Roll 🔤Alphabet Matching Activity

DSC_0109I wrote with a Sharpie upper and lower case alphabet letters on dot stickers, making sure that lower and upper of the same letter were color-matching. 

IMG_1149Since lower case letters are more prevalent, I had Adrian match lower to upper case letters which were sporadically arranged on a paper towel roll. He would simply stick the lower case on top of the upper case.  For some introductory language lessons, see here our Letter Series post. To learn about Montessori Phonetical Sets of Presenting Alphabet letters,  (see here) Set 1:     First set: c  m  a  t  . For early reading, see here "Montessori CVC Picture Word cards with wooden Clothespins (💗Pink Series 🎥 Early Reading)."   Also, see here "Montessori 💗 Pink Series  "e" sound (Language 101 🎥 Series 🎇 Curriculum)."


 ♻️DIY Montessori🍡Popsicles Spindle Box
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In a Montessori Math curriculum, at around two years of age, after introducing Number Rods and Sandpaper Numbers you would introduce Spindle Box (buy here), which teaches a child the difference between the numeral (a 🔢 number/symbol written on a wooden box's slot) and quantity (substance, like when a child is holding actual spindles in his/her hands). The box has numerals zero to nine written on separate slots, and a child concretely learns that one is not a much, while nine is a lot! See here a detailed post "Spindle Box & Sandpaper 🔢Numbers Extensions (Montessori Math)."
DSC_0237Montessori Spindle Box is also an easy DIY activity using any compartments (like utensils organizer), and anything substantial representing quantity a child can hold with the whole hand such as pens, crayons and why not 🍡 popsicle sticks. (Montessori materials need Not be 💸expensive.)


 DIY ♻️Recycled 📦 Cardboard 🔢Numbers & Counters ✋🏻Tactile DIY  DSC_0097

First, the child learns the shape of the number by making it from a pipe cleaner, then through the sense of ✋🏻touch, the child reinforces numeral vs quantity association by counting pom poms.

For more DIYs, see here ✂️DIY, Crafts & Materials.

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