As mentioned in last week’s post, my son requested that we experiment with various types of DIY rockets. He has become accustomed to our family doing fireworks on July 4th on the blacktop near our home. He thought homemade rockets would be a great addition to our tradition.
Last week, my son showed you via video how to make a simple Cup Rocket. He loved the response received from doing this project. This was extra motivation to build another type of rocket. We created our rocket from scratch and it successfully flew across the parking lot.
July 4th is coming soon! Kids will anticipate cook outs, picnics, time with family, and fire works. This is also a great time to play games and make crafts.
My son requested to do some DIY rocket projects about two weeks ago. He has been excited about July 4th for a while. Therefore, we have been experimenting with various launchers and rockets at home. This week and next will be dedicated to showing you our results.
In this post, my son will show you how to make a Cup Rocket. We like this activity because it is quick and easy. Furthermore, it only requires two household items.
If you have multiple kids, create a friendly rocket launching competition. It will be fun to see whose cup goes the farthest.
Below is a video where my son teaches you how to make the Cup Rocket. You will see that he had a blast with this simple project.
Every night before my son goes to bed, we read a book. Currently my son is interested in chapter books. The book series we are reading is called George Brown Class Clown. In one of the books, George’s school has Field Day. This day is filled with friendly competitive games and fun among the students.
One Field Day event required the kids to be in nature identifying objects of certain colors. My son liked this activity and requested to do it the next day.
Once the next day arrived, my son was ready to go on his nature and color adventure.
My son, Corban is going to show you how to do the activity in the video below. You can do this activity with one child or many children. You can create a friendly competition by placing multiple children in teams.
Spring is here and this is a time for bubbles! The first time my son, Cory, saw bubbles he was a baby. He was so amazed at how they floated in the air and then disappeared (popped). Once he started to walk, Cory had a great time chasing the bubbles and popping them.
Now that my son is older, he likes to experiment with various types of bubbles. We don’t buy bubble solution from the store anymore because we make our own with various ingredients. We have made Giant Bubbles, small bubbles, Bubble Pipes, Unpoppable Bubbles etc.
My son wanted to do something new. He decided to create DIY Bubble Soap with layers on our dining room table. I didn’t know if it would work; however, it turned out to be a success.
Try this activity with your children. They will find joy in first, creating a bubble on a table. Then, they will be amazed at how they can create bubble layers. It became a fun challenge for my son.
This is a great science project for kids. They will see how three ingredients can be mixed together to create the bubbles one usually purchases in stores or online.
DIY Bubble Soap with Layers
In the video below, my son shows you how it is done.
I am a big advocate for exposing kids to words, language, and reading at an early age. Children’s brains from the ages of 0-3 are growing at a fast rate. This means that their learning rate is extremely rapid during this time.
When my son was a baby I exposed him to a lot of language through books, singing, talking, and telling stories. My purpose was for him to learn to talk. I didn’t want him to be a late talker because sometimes children can become frustrated and resort to hitting when they want something but can’t express it. I wanted my son to communicate his wants and needs as early as he could.
My plan worked! He started talking in full sentences around 18 months and sounding out words at 21 months. The ability to read was a surprise to me. It was not my intention but I didn’t complain that it happened.
There were 10 steps that I used to get my son to talk and read…
Familiarity with Language
Learning the Alphabet
Reading a Variety of Books
Strategic Structure of my Day
All of these steps are discussed in detail in my bookTeach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. This book has over 130 activities/games, tips and resources. It is available on Amazon. Click the image below to access it.
Sight Word Games and Activities
Today we will discuss sights words. In the video below I explain what sight words are and how I used playful methods to expose my son to them. I DID NOT USE FLASH CARDS. Although effective at times, I think using flash cards are an isolated way of exposing a child to sight words and this is explained in the video. I also provide better teaching alternatives.
The video comes from my Online Course,Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. This course shows you how my son learned to read through playful activities. He didn’t know he was learning because we made it fun. It takes you through his learning-to-read journey with videos of him as a baby up to three years old.
Click the image below to learn more about our Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play Online Course.
Back to Sight Word Games and Activities
I explain how my son learned sight words in three videos.
Many people become interested in this blog because my son learned to read, write, and do math (such as multiplication) at the age of three. However, we share a lot of science experiments with our audience.
For example, when my son and I did the Walking Water Science Experiment he learned and reviewed words such as capillary action and gravity. He also saw and experienced these words in action while doing the experiment.
Sink or Float Experiment
Today I want to share with you a simple and fun activity called the Sink or Float Experiment. It is a great way to introduce your kids to scientific words such as gravity, column, test, observe, and layer.
We like this experiment because you can use liquids you have in your kitchen. Your child will use these liquids to create three layers or columns in a glass. Then they will observe and test the density of various objects in your home.
Kids have the most fun testing the density of their toys and food in your kitchen.
My son, Corban, made a video that will show you how to do the Sink or Float Experiment. This video comes from his YouTube Channel,Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe to support the channel and for fun activities for kids.
For the past six weeks, our country has been in quarantine due to Covid-19. During this time, my son and I have used our creativity to make up fun activities to do in our home.
We have spent a lot of time doing Science Experiments, playing games, learning, and enjoying the warm weather outside.
One day my son was looking on the Internet and saw the Pepper and Soap Experiment. After viewing the instructions for this experiment, he ran in the kitchen and told me that he wanted to do it. I was familiar with the experiment because I saw it about a month ago on Facebook and was planning to do it with him in the future.
However, he requested that we do the Pepper and Soap Experiment that day. My son was excited because he wanted to add his own twist to the experiment.
How Does It Work?
In this activity, germs are represented by pepper. In demonstrates how soap is used to repel those germs and wash them off your hands.
We knew pepper would work in this experiment. However, my son took it a step further and discovered three more spices/seasonings that worked and why all four were successful.
I was proud of my son because he tested all the spices/seasonings in our kitchen. He calls his new discovery, THE SURPRISE SPICES.
We like the experiment because it is fun and simple. You most likely have all the materials in your kitchen.
Additionally, it is a wonderful way to explain to children the importance of washing their hands with soap. This skill is especially important now that Covid-19 is among us.
If you want to see how the experiment is done and THE SURPRISE SPICES, please view the video below. It comes from my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe to support the channel and for fun learning activities.
My son is generally excited to do most of the art projects I present to him. However, there are some art projects that don’t appeal to him. This is why I generally let him choose his own as a way to promote interest-led learning.
When I showed my son the 3D Salt Art Painting craft, he was not thrilled to do it. I requested that we try one, just to see if liked it. He agreed.
Once we tried one Salt Art Painting, he wanted to do more. In fact, he did a total of four pictures in one session. This really surprised me! After doing the first picture, he asked if we could make a video showing others how to do it. I said “yes.”
My son has a YouTube channel called, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures.On his channel he shows kids and parents how to do his favorite science experiments, art projects, pretend play scenarios, and to play with fun games and toys. He is learning new concepts, such as math and vocabulary, while doing all these activities.
Letter Recognition and words are one of the first concepts children learn when starting school. Letter recognition can be perfected by singing the Alphabet song, reading books, watching educational shows, and by simply playing with letters. Children often become familiar with words by reading, spelling, playing word games, etc.
My son and I have used all the methods mentioned above to get him familiar with letters and words. This time we decided to do something different. We created a fun activity called the Blindfold Alphabet and Word Game.
This game starts out easy with letter recognition but then gets harder with spelling words. The unique part of this game is that you have to identify letters and words with a blindfold.
We had so much fun playing this game. There was a lot of laughter during this activity. This game is a great way to reinforce letter recognition, how letters are formed (which is beneficial for handwriting skills) phonics, and spelling.
My son and I made a video of us playing the Blindfold Alphabet and Word Game. We had a friendly competition. You will see us having fun while learning. Watch the video below to see who won the game. Have your children participate while watching by identifying the letters and words with us.
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