Monday, August 14, 2017

Introducing The Pasta Kidz by Bryony Supper

‘The Pasta Kidz™ and Petz Adventures’ are humorous, zany, magical and chaotic stories that bring together the pasta-themed Kidz – including Sarah Spaghetti, Rikki Ravioli, Camilla Cannelloni (above) and their creative Petz – Mumbo the Macaroni Dog, Spud the Spaghetti Horse and Val the Vermicelli Snake (above) together in unusual circumstances, engaging with strange magical objects that have a life of their own. The songs, music and humour, told in specially invented pasta language, will engage 4-to-7 year olds in a fantasy world of friendship. For more information, check out the website here. You can get these adorable books from Amazon here and here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Dogs Drinking

What do you see the dog's tongue doing?
How does this different from the way your tongue works when you drink?

Friday, August 4, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Wings and Flight Patterns

Look at the way each creature's wings "flap". 
Do any of them look familiar?
Notice how the dragonfly's four wings each move separately.
Do the two birds flap their wings the same?
What do these patterns tell you?

Friday, July 28, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - A Flock of Birds

What do you see?
What are they doing?
Why do you think they're diving into the water?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Start Code

This is more for children ages 8-18, beyond Kindergarten age (unless you have an advanced Kindergartener!). But in my opinion it's a great "jumping off point" for teaching coding. Coding is the future. It affects computer programs, robotics, and more. And it can be taught in both the home and classroom.

For more information, click the link here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck

The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck 

video here:

Music is indeed all around us, but I never thought a gorgeous piece of music could be found in a cross-section of a tree trunk.
Artist Bartholomaus Traubeck designed and built a record player that “reads” the texture and color variations of tree rings and interprets them as music. Because every tree has its own configuration of rings, every tree has its own song. By doing this, Traubeck has essentially created the infinite library of records. You must love the time we live in.
If you think Nature would sound like crackling and random noises, think again. This is actually beautiful.
1. What instrument does this sound like?2. What does this music sound like to you?3. If this was from a movie, what kind of movie do you think you would be watching?