Invitation to Invent: Can You Build a Catapult?

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

Hey, Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow jumped over the Moon….

This classic poem by Mother Goose has for years been a favorite of my kids. There are many days that Livia sings it to Roo as he swings back and forth and smiles. Or days when at lunch Meatballs’ dish runs away with his spoon. I have never figured out what it is about that silly rhyme, but my kids love it. So when my kids pulled out their Horizon Snack Grahams while packing their lunches and saw that they were shaped like cows, it was of no surprise to watch them start playing the Cow jumped over the Moon!

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

Watching their imaginations at play so the next day during homework snacks I presented them with an invitation to invent a machine to help their cows jump over the moon.

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Farm Sensory Math Game: Tilling for Numbers

Farm Sensory Math Game: Tilling for Numbers

Farm Sensory Math Game: Your kids are bound to love this simple sensory math game that will have them digging for numbers while learning basic farming terms and concepts!

Farm Sensory Math Game: Tilling for Numbers

Recently we were sent two books (Casey & Friends A Year on the Farm and Big Tractors) and a friendly red tractor for review. Meatball is all about everything trucks, tractors, or trains right now so this was right up our alley!

After exploring the books (which we loved) we went browsing around Pinterest looking for some inspiration on how to tie the book A Year on the Farm into our daily activity.

A Year on the Farm Casey and Friends Book

What we found was this awesome Chocolate Play Dough Recipe from the Imagination Tree that with some modifications to fit our theme turned into hours of fun!

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Rainbow Building: All Construction Should Be This Sweet!

Rainbow Marshmallow Toothpick Engineering

Tooth-pick Marshmallow Engineering: Building structures with tooth-picks and marshmallows is one of those classic kid activities that should be a part of every childhood! Construction play is such a fantastic way to learn for kids of all ages (and easily adaptable to fit your child’s stage)!

Rainbow Marshmallow Toothpick EngineeringOne thing I really LOVED about this activity was that it got the entire family involved. It was so much fun to see everyone sitting down and collaborating as they built their rainbow cities. Dad and Meatball created the tallest tooth-pick tower while Livia created a castle for Cinderella — she even built her own marshmallow Cinderella using the various colored marshmallows!

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Pom-Pom Squish Bags

Squish Bag Sensory Math Game

Pom-Pom Squish Bags: Squish bags are a wonderful way for kids to have a squishy, gooey sensory learning experience without the mess! We love using our squish bags to work on color identification, size sorting, and early math concepts!

Squish Bag Sensory Math Game

Squish bags only take about 5 minutes to set up, are easy to take with you wherever you go, and are great fun! Ours lives in my purse and ALWAYS does it job of distracting my kids when we need to buy some time!

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Playdough Dinosaur Fossils

Playdough Dinosaur Fossils

Playdough Dinosaur Fossils: Explore print making, matching, and types of dinosaurs with this simple playdough activity! This is even a great activity for some dramatic dinosaur play!

Playdough Dinosaur Fossils
When it comes to favorite toys in our house right now there are three that are battling each other for the first place: Dinosaurs, Legos/Duplos, and Playdough…

So, getting two of the favorites into one simple hands on activity? Major win! This activity kept my little man entertained long enough for me to get the dining room cleaned up and vacuumed from our Dino Dirt activity [which was brilliantly fun and horribly messy]…

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