My son got invited to a birthday party for a fellow geekling. Birthday invites are a good thing, right?
Except the birthday girl is one of my wonderful Little Leafers nature study students, as well as the daughter of a friend and fellow geeky homeschooling mom… so the gift should be somewhat personal.
And I had no clue what to get her!
Cue mild panic attack.
Then, Geek Dad shared a link to a fully awesome bowtruckle tutorial on their Facebook page.
(If you don’t know what a bowtruckle is, they are teeny tiny little magical creatures, that look like twigs and leaves, who guard the trees whose wood is used to make magical wands.)
I checked it out and I already had everything I needed in my craft supply stash. Score!
Magic wands are incredibly easy to make, a fun craft for adults and children alike.
And since the materials cost is so low, there is no reason you can’t make magic wands by the dozen!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to download our free printable Harry Potter Inspired Gift Tags for all occasions. (more…)
For the sixth and final week of Little Leafers Nature Study Autumn Session, we explored pumpkins.
In lieu of doing a craft, I sent each of my students home with a pie pumpkin and this handy list of things to do with a pumpkin, besides carving it. (more…)
This writing prompt is super simple to make and is an excellent way of reviewing elements of a story terms such as protagonist, antagonist, setting, conflict, character, etc.. (more…)
I thought of this game when I was trying to find a way to incorporate the map of the Barbaric Archipelago into our HTTYD fan club meetings. It is essentially a HTTYD version of Battleship. (more…)
OK, so this game is more about Vikings in real life than it is the Vikings from the HTTYD fantasy universe but…. it was still a fun and educational game to play at our fan club meetings.
And it was super easy to make since it didn’t require any extra pieces. Just download the game file below, print on cardstock, cut the cards out, laminate, and play! (more…)
My children and I had so much fun creating this game, and it was such a hit at our HTTYD fan club meetings, I thought I’d share it here for all of you. (more…)
LittleMan was playing with our sight word Jenga blocks when I got the idea for this game.
It is essentially Jenga, but each block has a word on it related to the How to Train Your Dragon book series: names of characters, places, dragon species, etc..
Players take turns pulling a block and discussing the word on it. This gives them an opportunity to review plot points, debate ideas, and generally just gives them a conversation starter related to the books.
One of the best ways to get children excited to learn is to make learning into a game.
They can never get enough sight word practice so any way we can work sight words into a game, the better. Sight word Candyland, sight word Jenga, sight word catch- you name it, we’ve added sight words to it.
Most recently we’ve been playing sight word hangman.
Tired of the same old lacy hearts with the over used words, “Be Mine” embellished across the front?
Looking for Valentines to pass out at a party that will WOW the guests but won’t take you hours to assemble?
Whether you are into anatomy, astronomy, zoology, paleontology, or just science in general- we’ve got the Valentine for you!
All 14 Valentine options come with fun facts printed on the back. (Did you know frogs can use their eyes to push food down their throats? Or that ours is the fifth largest moon in the Milky Way?)