Super Duper Simple Circuit Science Project

Easy circuit science project perfect for first graders and kindergarteners

This simple circuit science project is perfect for kindergarteners and first graders, but my 10 year old enjoyed it, too.  It is so easy, but still produced a little spark of “wow”. (Like that pun I got in there? “spark”.. electric circuit project… ???…sigh) Experimenting with simple science projects at home is a good way to… Keep Reading →

16 Picture Books about Women Scientists

Biographies and picture books about women scientists for kids.

Although March is Women’s History Month, I hope you will read these biography picture books about women scientists, as well as the titles on my lists of picture books about women in history with your children all year round.  I have mentioned before that I am very picky when it comes to picture book biographies…. Keep Reading →

11 Advanced Concept Math Picture Books

Math picture books that make math fun for 8-12 year olds

Hopefully I’ve been able to show you with this series of math book lists that reading about math can be fun. This final list is the series designed to appeal both to kids who have a particularly affinity for math and to show kids who protest, “I hate math!” that not only is math all around us,… Keep Reading →

Spring Coloring Page and Rhyming Activity

Spring coloring page for kids with garden.

Is it spring, yet? My kids are stir crazy! This new spring coloring page by children’s book author and illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg has me dreaming of gardens and bunnies and most of all, watching my kids run madly around the park (as opposed to running madly around our tiny living room). It’s the latest… Keep Reading →

Inertia Zoom Ball: Super Fun S.T.E.A.M. Project!

Inertia Zoom Ball science project for kids.

Have you ever heard of an inertia zoom ball? Yeah, me neither! When researching the theme “react” for this week’s S.T.E.A.M. based project (did you see our diy indoor boomerangs last week?) I happened across this activity. It looked exactly like something my boys would enjoy doing. Plus, let’s face it, anything with the words “zoom” and… Keep Reading →

Melted Crayon Art Project for Kids (Even for those who “Hate Art”)

Drawing with melted crayon art project for kids.

When I was a kid my mom used to pull out the electric hotplate, turn it on and give my brother and me paper and crayons. We placed the paper on the hotplate and drew with crayons. I loved the way it felt to draw with the smoosh-y, smooth, melting crayons. It was one of… Keep Reading →

Diverse Picture Books: 14 Classics to Have on Your Shelf

Diverse picture books for kids. Classics everyone will love.

The “We Need Diverse Books” campaign is picking up steam and it looks like publishers are indeed making an effort to publish diverse picture books which reflect the multicultural world we live in. But what about classic picture books? There are indeed some wonderful diverse, multicultural books that many of us remember from our childhood. Some of… Keep Reading →

Hold on to Your Bookmarks! March Book Madness is Around the Corner

March book madness. A friendly (sort of) book competition!

Fun fact: I had no idea that March Madness (the basketball version) even existed until I was in my mid twenties? I think it’s safe to say that I am not a sports fan and the university I attended did not have a team. I was probably reading a book or in the library while others… Keep Reading →

The Dos and Don’ts of Story Time (Tips from a Volunteer)

Story time tips to make the most of your library visit.

Taking kids to story time can be a lovely respite from the daily grind of being a parent. It’s an effective way to help your child love books, reading, increase their literacy and to see the library as an amazing resource. But if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time (Hurray! You are… Keep Reading →

9 Fairy Tale Chapter Books (No Princesses Edition)

Fairy tale chapter books for kids ages 8 and up. These are non-princess stories.

I have a confession. I love modern fairy tale retellings and I have no shame in admitting I’d rather read one of these middle grade fairy tale chapter books than a “grown-up” book any day. So why have I not made a book list before now? Well, the mysteries of the universe are vast, but at least… Keep Reading →