Igniting Young Minds

Igniting Young Minds2022-10-28T12:33:14-07:00

Writing Lesson – Poetry Using the 5 Senses


Over the summer, we did different experiments and learned about using the 5 senses:  sense of touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing. I was very excited to take all of what we learned, and use the information to help us do some creative writing.  Our six year old had great fun using his knowledge on the five senses to write about the fall season. With the fall season here, we observed and noticed signs in [...]

How to Store Fresh Produce


If you're like me, you've stood in your kitchen at 7:00 am cursing your raspberries for being mushy or molded within two days of buying them. Cleaning and maintaining fresh produce is one of those tricks you need to learn, but as soon as you conquer it, you'll feel invincible - I swear. We all want to be as efficient in the kitchen as possible, making sure that things are ready when we need them [...]

Hovercraft Balloon


Create your own Hovercraft Balloon! Materials: 1 Balloon 1 water bottle sport-top (or one from a liquid dish-soap) 1 old CD or DVD Glue Duct tape Directions: 1.  Glue the sport-top on tope of the hold of the CD and let it dry thoroughly. 2.  Tape the top's base with duct tape.  This is to ensure that there are no holes between the CD and the sport-top. 3.  Stretch the balloon over the spout. 4.  With [...]

Homemade Play Dough!

What to Make|

Make your own play dough at home! Ingredients: 1 cup of flour 1 cup of water 1 tablespoon of oil 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar 1/2 cup of salt food coloring Mix the ingredients in a nonstick pan over medium heat until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan.  Knead until cool. Add in the color of your choice: Have fun squishing the color into the play dough!  Make sure you wear [...]

How to Make Your Own Crayons

Money Savers|

Well I bet you didn't think there were any uses for old, worn down crayons, now did you? This is a fun little rainy day activity since your kids will want to spend hours testing out their new giant multi-colored crayons. I guess first ask yourself, do you have the fridge space to hang all of these masterpieces? Anyway, you're probably never going to have to buy crayons again after you learn how to make [...]

Make “Sun-Prints” Using Construction Paper

Mini Scientists|

Try this simple and fun sun-print activity with your little one.  All you need is construction paper and a few small items from your home! For our small items, we used scissors, an empty roll of masking tape, letter magnets, a chopstick, a comb, and a paper clip.                             It's a very simple activity!  All you have to do is place your items on [...]

How to Make Gelato

What to Eat|

Gelato is one of my favorite summer time (and any time) treats. It's so creamy and refreshing. Have you ever thought about making your own at home? It's super easy and you can buy an ice cream maker for under $30 these days. Just think of the money you'll save! You can make it ahead of time and add whatever you want rather than running out to the corner store and paying $6 for a [...]

Fix Your Grammar

Your Daily Zen|

Your vs. you're Their vs. there vs. they're Can you imagine if I misspelled the article and wrote "Fix You're Grammar"? It would be super embarrassing but sometimes you're not thinking... or is it "your not thinking?" Anyway, we could all use a little lesson on contractions. People overuse the word "literally" literally like all the time - see what I mean? If you have a teen or tween this might be a good video to [...]

Get your kids helping in the kitchen!

What to Eat|

10 way to get your kids helping in the kitchen! 1. Talk about Cooking 2.  Hand over the Ingredients 3.  Rinse the Veggies 4.  Add and Stir Ingredients 5.  Name and Count Foods 6.  Set the Table 7.  Crack Eggs 8.  Cut Soft Foods 9.  Use an Egg Beater 10.  Find the Measuring Utensils



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