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Montessori-Inspired Star Wars Weight Cylinders

If you haven’t already seen them at your local shop, there is this uber cool line of Star Wars Easter eggs out there. We picked some up last year and have used them in various ways such as sensory play and muffin tin snacks. This time I took 8 Vader containers and made them into a set of Montessori-inspired weight cylinders.
Montessori-inspired Star Wars weight cylinders, Suzy Homeschooler2 (more…)

“You must unlearn what you have learned.” – Yoda, Star Wars

If you couldn’t tell, Star Wars is one of my main fandoms. (As evidenced here, here, and here.) But something you probably didn’t know about me is that I also love handprint art. I’ve been on a quest to find ways to combine these two loves. I’ve managed to come up with a few characters, so far handprint Yoda has been my favorite.

Here’s the how to. You’ll need green, white, brown, and black paint. Paint one of your hands and press it to the page, make sure you have your thumb pointed towards were Yoda’s toes would be (down). Then wash your hand and paint the other hand green, press it down pointing the opposite direction, with thumb still down, like so.
Handprint Yoda, Suzy Homeschooler (more…)

Who, as in The Doctor, not the band

Considering that Dr Who is a long running, much loved tv show with a mass of fans, you would think it would be easier to find Dr Who related activities for children. Yet my Whovian friends tell me that finding such activities online is as difficult as ever. So I searched the net and collaborated with my better half and, while it took some time, I think we’ve found some activities that the littlest time lords would love.
Super Simple Dr Who Fun for Kids, Suzy Homeschooler (more…)

Vikings, Venomous Vorpents, and other inhabitants of the Isle of Berk

If you don’t already know, the Isle of Berk is the setting in which our family’s favorite book series takes place: How to Train Your Dragon. These stories are simply fantastic, I can’t say enough good about them. We started reading them aloud as family about 2 years ago and all of us- from middle aged husband to my toddler daughter- thoroughly enjoyed the action packed yet thought provoking tales of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and his tiny dragon, Toothless. In fact we’ve read the books several times each at this point, and listened to the audio books more times than I could care to count as well. So needless to say, being such fans of HTTYD, dragons are a source of interest for my children. I’d go so far as to say dragons are a source of motivation for LittleMan and SunnyGirl. Which is what inspired this activity.
V is for Venomous Vorpent, Suzy Homeschooler1
In the books, the dragons love (more…)

Unicorns, Griffons, and Greek Mythology

I loved greek mythology as a child and I have been very excited to share that passion with my children. Right now we are reading the Harry Potter books as a family and Forks, the phoenix, caught LittleMan’s attention so I made this little craft to  spark conversation with him about the myth of the phoenix. For those who are unaware, a phoenix is said to always be male and to live 500 years. When a phoenix dies, it bursts into flames and new phoenix rises from the ashes. The new phoenix is then said to carry its father’s ashes into the sun.
Phoenix Pinata
It was pretty easy to make and we had everything we needed to make it (more…)

Tabletop Gaming

You can’t wait until a child is 10 years old and hope that they have an interest in Risk or Settlers of Catan. If you want to insure a love of tabletop games then you should start your child off young.
T is for Tabletop Games, the ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings from Suzy Homeschooler
Games aren’t just a fun way for families to bond, they are a great teaching tool as well. Depending on the game, children practice (more…)

Samaris, Anime, and Japanese Culture

* This post contains images of raw dead fish. Those who can not stomach raw dead fish should discontinue reading now. *

It all started with a simple enough request. A Facebook status on my husband’s personal profile, “would anyone be willing to host a Flat Stanley for LittleMan?”

A friend, someone who had served in the Army with my husband, offered to host. They were stationed in Japan at the time. How exciting!
And the pictures they sent did not disappoint. We had a lot of fun reading online about the history of the areas in which the pictures were taken. Best of all, LittleMan took a real interest in learning about maps and where different places were.
Flat Stanley in Japan (more…)