4th of July Ideas for Kids

Celebrating the 4th of July with your kids can be a lot of fun!  Here are some creative ways to use red, white and blue with your child this holiday.

I think the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays to see pins for on +Pinterest.  I've been pinning all month long to share some last minute ideas with you.  Here's links to all of those Patriotic crafts, recipes and even a few no sew ideas to wear tomorrow!  

4th of  July Ideas for Kids to celebrate America's Birthday

Fourth of July Pins by The Educators' Spin On It

Pool Noodle Build a Word Towers for Learning to Read

When children have begun to master the letter names and sounds, it is time to start building simple three letter words.  This pool noodle build a word tower activity is a great way to combine literacy with a little engineering. It is perfect for the child who enjoys learning through movement and play.

Pool Noodle Build a Word Towers for Learning to Read: a great way to combine engineering and reading in a hands-on activity for kids.

Pool Noodle Build a Word Towers for Learning to Read

50+ Teachers Making a Difference on Twitter

Are you a Teacher?  Are you on Twitter?  We've handpicked 50 Teachers on Twitter who are making a BIG Impact!  Are you next?

Something quite unique is happening on Twitter each Tuesday night at 9pm called #TeacherFriends Chat. I am very honored to be one of the cohosts each week.  Tonight we are celebrating ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this special Tuesday night chat that's created our very special community on Twitter. We are so thankful to all of our participants and guests this past year!

You're invited to come join the fun!

Week by week over the past year we've invited educators who are making a difference in their classroom, speaking at conferences, creating products, writing books and sharing their knowledge and talents online.  One place they are making a big impact is on TWITTER.  The topics we've discussed cover quite a few things but one thing for sure is that each night we're all learning from each other and sharing our ideas that work in the classroom. 

Here's where we store all of the chats for you to read at your convenience on Storify.  (Click here)

#TeacherFriends Twitter Chat Celebrates One Year!  

After School Activities for Kids {Week 26}

Summer can be the perfect time to start a few new science projects at home with your child.  It's a time to set back an allow time for the to explore and discover the things around them.  We have a few ideas on our site to get you started with your Summer Science Project Ideas.

Science Projects for Summer Fun at Home

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

After School Linky Party {Week 26} 

ABC Order with Giant Pool Noodle Alphabet Beads.

Learning letters is an important part of early childhood learning. These giant ABC beads are a great way to use your alphabet pool noodle manipulatives to extend abc play.  Children bead the alphabet pool noodles onto a string in alphabetical order.

Let your kids practice ABC order with Giant Pool Noodle Alphabet Beads. A great hands-on kids activity for teaching letter names and order.

ABC Order with Giant Pool Noodle Alphabet Beads. 

Craft Rope Ornament for Kids

Beat boredom with this easy to make rope ornament craft. The kids can make it on their own in 30 minutes using materials from their craft closet. A bonus: it connects creativity and fine motor skills. There are educational spins to it too (read on!).
Craft Rope Ornament for Kids

Learning objectives: Explore crafting with a variety of materials.
Ages: 2 and up
Time Needed: 30 minutes plus another 30 or more to dry (depending on the amount of glue used.)

Rope Craft Ornament for Kids

Kiwi Gingersnap Mini Tarts | Cooking with Kids

Need a quick snack for your kids to make after school?  My grade schooler likes a snack that she can assemble on her own. These Kiwi Gingersnap Mini Tarts are easy for kids to make and pack a lot of flavor.

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Kiwi Gingersap Mini Tarts | Cooking with Kids, a flavorful after school snack

She loves kiwi, gingersnaps, and cream cheese, so this has become one of her afternoon make-it-myself go-to snacks. 

Kiwi is a fruit with a thin fuzzy brown skin and bright green insides.  The tiny black seeds are edible.  Most often, we find them in the store hard and set them on the counter to ripen.  They become soft to the touch when they are ripe.

Often, I will cut them in half and serve them as a snack with a spoon (using the outer skin as a natural bowl) Kiwifruit are also nice sliced on top of fruit pizza and can be added to a fruit salad too.  I personally am not a big fan of kiwi. (they taste to tinny to me and I'm not fond of the aftertaste) But, just because I don't like something, doesn't mean my kids wont.  We try to eat the rainbow and diversify our fruits and vegetables.  Kiwi adds in the much needed GREEN!

Warning: This recipe is PACKED with flavor. So much, that my picky preschooler won't even touch it. We have made this recipe using strawberries in place of the kiwi on top.  Another alternative is to use original graham crackers in place of the gingersnaps.

Kiwi Gingersap Mini Tarts

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