The Primary Science Color Mixing Set has been my families favorite newly released product by Learning Resources this year. I will continue to state to anyone that there’s nothing better than learning hands on (especially when it comes to my kids)! This set has made a great impact on my 3 and 5 year son & daughter. Their interest in colors all around them has peaked. They’ve been going around wondering what would happen if you mixed this or that color together to see what the end result would be. It’s truly a fabulous art & science set all combined into one! And if you ask me, it doesn’t get any better for learning and teaching preschool to kindergarten aged children about primary and secondary colors than with the aid of this set!
Author Nancy Elizabeth Wallace makes learning about many different types of shells for children fun, engaging, and quite appealing to those that enjoy the hands-on approach. The craft at the end of the book to make a “I Shell Return” bookmark was a wonderful idea that both my children enjoyed! My kids tend to recall information better if it’s wrapped into a game or craft so I praise the book for a easy to create hands-on craft suggestion!
The Tilt & View Animal X-Rays card set by Learning Resources is an awesome tool to use in teaching kids about animals and their skeletons. You can look at all the cards at once and investigating bones. Or you can take a look at one at time and build your own unit study around the animal cards included! The variations of how you can present and use these in a home or school classroom are completely endless!
The Animal X-Rays Card Set includes 18 double-sided cards that measure at 5″ x 4″ inches in size. The front side of the card features an animal and when tilted the card displays a holographic matching x-ray. On the back of each card, is information and neat facts about the animal. Animals featured include: Gray Squirrel, Green Sea Turtle, Moray Eel, Barred Owl, Emperor Penguin, Mallard Duck, and more.
Slithery Snakes is a great book to use when teaching children about these beautiful and often mysterious creatures. The book features nine different species of snakes (Viper, Coral Snake, Python, Boa, Garter Snake, Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake, Rattler, Spitting Cobra, and Diamondback ) that are located in many different places from all around the world.
As you start reading the book, the first page you come across list a number of fun snake facts. I learned many facts about snakes myself that I had no idea about! For example, did you know that there are no snakes in Ireland or New Zealand? Also how about the fact that the worlds smallest snake is a Thread Snake which only measures in at 5 inches long.
As you continue on through the book there’s a page that basically gives a brief history of snakes and informs about how they’ve been noticed from long ago (It all started with Eve in the Garden of Eden). It also gives mention about how people have been captivated as well as quite frightened of their existence.
After the introduction, readers are introduced to one species at a time of the nine that are covered in this book. How the snakes are introduced are first by a two page spread of the nothing but the snakes colorfully patterned scales and a bit of information about the snake, giving readers just enough information to give a decent guess as to what species of snake it might be.
On the page following the guess of the type of snake, the particular species is then identified with a good bit of information from where it lives and what it eats, and more. There’s also a beautifully detailed two page spread illustration that features the whole snake in its natural habitat.
In ending the book, there’s a section of Fun Snake Words. Kids can really expand their vocabulary ( I know even I did)! There are also a few websites listed where learning even more about snakes.
Overall, I believe this book would be a wonderful addition to any home or classroom, especially for any snake lover. Other ideas for use is to have kids study the illustrations and try to draw the snakes! The close up illustrations of the scales would be pretty easy to mimic so I think this book has a ton of potential. I definitely recommend it.
Interested in Purchasing? Slithery Snakes can be purchased in Kindle ($3.99) or hardcover ($10.00) format as of this posting.
*I received the product mentioned above in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.*
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans, African Cats and Chimpanzee, comes Wings of Life — a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible — and increasingly threatened — creatures.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, Wings of Life utilizes riveting high-speed, time lapse and macro filmmaking to showcase in spectacular detail these unsung heroes of our planet.
Gardening is a wonderful hands-on activity that I recently incorporated into our Bible study. While planting these flowers we talked about other ways in which we “plant and water seeds” in our everyday life! Sowing, reaping, being patient, putting your best effort forward, carefully taking care and being aware, etc. Gardening is a wonderful activity to do with a child to teach so many different character building skills and Biblical principles.
Mark 4:20 says “But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.