Great Math Toys and Resources for Kids

My son likes math and does well in math… My daughter loves math and takes gifted math a grade level ahead.    I attribute my kids’ initial love for math to having attended a Montessori Preschool, where math is taught using manipulatives.   They can actually see, touch and manipulate items representing the math concepts that they are…

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Great Logic and Thinking games for the Nintendo DS

Here is my list of our favorite logic and thinking games for the  Nintendo DS: Scribblenauts has got to be one of the most creative logic games around.  There are objectives to the puzzles,  like get across the river.   The player must conjure up solutions to accomplish the objective, as well as solutions to overcome…

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Quick Tip: Great Way to Display Your Child’s Art

I had the greatest intentions of designing a valance with pockets for displaying my kids’ art work in their playroom.  I just never seemed to get around to it.  Then it dawned on me…  just use a double rod with curtain ring clips… instant valance of art work and you don’t have to worry about…

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Cooking with Kids: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Chocolate covered pretzel rods have a real “WOW” factor with the kids and they are so simple.    My daughter and her friend made these for their classmates.  For  30 rods, it takes: 2 bags of pretzel  rods 1 bag of white chocolate chips   (I love Ghiradehli!) 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips  (I love…

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“How Things Work” books my Tween boy loves!

Several books have greatly contributed to the wealth of  “How Things Work” knowledge my almost 12 year old son has accumulated over the last few  years.   It is amazing what he learns from these books! Cool Stuff Exploded is my son’s favorite!   It also comes with  a CD that has some amazing animations.  The…

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Great Books on Building & Engineering for Kids

Want to get your child’s building and engineering juices flowing? Try these wonderful books.  I, personally, own each one of these books and use them with my own kids. Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book is one of the best ever building books for kids.  It uses very accessible building materials such as q-tips, newspaper, pasta,…

Quick Eat: Raw Sweet Potato Fries

Surprise!  Yes, you can eat raw sweet potato… and it is delicious.   I peel a sweet potato and slice it into sticks (fries) or half moon shapes.   It is crunchy and sweet!  You can add a dash of salt, if you like  – my daughter does.    I am always surprised that most people I tell…