DIY Travel Busy Bag for Writing Practice.

All of our bags are packed and we are ready to go!  As an avid solo parent traveler (I fly at least 3 times per year on my own with 3 young children), I can honestly say I am becoming a master travel busy bag packer.  With active kids, traveling prepared is a must. Here is one activity that keeps my 2 youngest, ages 2 and 5, happy and busy for at least 15 minutes.
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Easy to make travel busy bag for writing practice.
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How to Make the Writing Practice Travel Busy Bag

A Honey Bee Craft and Science Activity for Kids | Celebrate the Pollinators

Celebrate the pollinators with this bee craft and science activity for kids.  Teach the kids about how the flowers are pollinated and discuss the important role honey bees play in our food production. 

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 Flowers are not just beautiful, they have a purpose too! Many flowers turn into the food we eat. Honey bees are to thank for this! Grab your markers and celebrate the pollinators with this bee craft and science activity for kids.

A pollinator is an insect that helps to move pollen from the male parts of the flower (anthers) to the female parts (stigma).  This fertilizes the plant and allows for future plants.

Honey bees are responsible for pollinating much of the food we eat.  The pollen adheres to their body and legs and they transfer this pollen to the flowers nearby. They are vital to our food supply. In fact, they pollinate the flowers of:

kiwi, okra, celery, strawberry, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, watermelon, lemon, lime, persimmon, apple, mango and avocado.

A Honey Bee Craft and Science Activity for Kids

Honey Bee Books for Kids

My kids have noticed the honey bees and butterflies pollinating our garden.  We could spend hours watching and listening to the humm of the bees.  On our most recent trip to the library, we searched for Honey Bee Books,  Here are a few of the bee books that we have enjoyed:

Honey Bee Books for Kids: A collection of non-fiction readers to explore the amazing path of these pollinators.

After School Activities for Kids {Week 20}

It's time to start planning what you're doing with your child for the summer?  Have you made plans?
For those of you who are still deciding I must admit there are so many opportunities through our site at The Educators' Spin On It to create your own Summer Bucket List!  Here are a fun top resources for your summer with your child.  We'll be using the hashtag #smartsummer this year to highlight our favorite activities we see too! 

Summer Activities for School Ages

Plus we'll be share traveling tips for summer vacation and top destinations for summer with your family, even if you're playing a staycation.  Keep watching! 

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After School Activities for Kids featured at The Educators' Spin On It

After School Linky Party {Week 20} 

Animal Trackers Club Review | Kids Activities Delivered to Your Door

We have friends who LOVE getting their monthly subscription box (for them and the kids). They have been telling me for years how awesome they are.   It wasn't until we had the chance to review Kiwi Crates new Tinker Boxes, when I fell in love too.  My kids get ecstatic about receiving crafts and activities in the mail. It add a whole new level of excitement to  learning.  We were just recently sent 2 months of Animal Trackers Club, a preschool kids activity box subscription for review.  Find out more about this subscription box below. Affiliate links included.

Animal Trackers Club Review | Preschool Kids Activities Delivered to Your Door

Animal Trackers Club  Review | Kids Activities Delivered to Your Door

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Lacing Letters Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We're learning about letters today with a little inspiration from author Eric Carle. Adding an element from a book can create a hands on opportunity for your child to learn.  This month we're featuring activities by Eric Carle in our Virtual Book Club for Kids.  Here's what we created to share with you.

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 Lacing Letters Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar

My preschooler is beginning to share an interest in letters.  This activity works with your child on identifying the shapes of letters with straight lines and curves and slanted lines to help them learn to memorize the outlines of letters.  Using string and a very hungry caterpillar they work their way around the letters.  Here's how we made this activity.

Make a Reading Star Book Counting Chain

Get kids excited about reading with this DIY Reading Star Countdown Chain.   Hang your child's star in a visible place, add a title of a book to the chain each day and celebrate reading.

Make a Reading Star Book Counting Chain to help get (and keep) kids excited about reading.

My kids love to read, but every so often, they need an extra boost to get and stay excited about reading.  When that happens, we make a reading star book counting chain.  My 5 year old and 8 year ask for this activity every summer, so much, that it has now become a family tradition.
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