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Rotational Symmetry Art with 50+ STEAM KIDS projects

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We feel very happy to be involved in the launch of new book “Steam Kids “ by a bunch of my fellow bloggers .
Before I talk more about the book, this summer, my son showed a lot of interest in science experiments. He would say” Mom, let’s try this!” Some experiments turned out really good but I must mention , We’ve failed miserably in few experiments but his curiosity and enthusiasm never failed.

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When I heard about STEAM KIDS book, I knew he would love and learn from it as well .

I showed my 8 year old the book and said “you‘re going to be learning all about STEAM”. He was super excited looking at it. The book has many activities, close to 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids. The activities are broken up into the area of inspiration: Build, Color, Play, Sense and Grow. The projects are aimed for kids ages 4-10 with easy instructions and colorful pictures.

Best thing about the book is most of the projects are using regular craft supplies or household supplies.

ROTATIONAL Symmetry project steam kids

We tried Rotational Symmetry Art from the book , a wonderful activity to teach kids concepts of Symmetry while rotating irregular shapes.

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To know more about Rotational Symmetry Art with 50+ STEAM KIDS projects watch this amazing book trailer

The Book is available in print from Amazon as well as as an e-book PDF, this book has amazing projects your kids will love.
The e-book is on sale this week only for $9.99. Plus, if you buy the book this week, you get a bonus book for FREE:

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Most important ..STEAM KIDS gives an opportunity to spend quality time with your kids . We had a great time and can’t wait to try other projects from the book and other STEAM Education resources below .
The authors of this book have put together some amazing FREE STEAM Education resources as well! Check them out:

52 STEAM Challenges for Kids
40 Household Items for STEAM Projects at Home
How to Get Started Doing STEAM
STEM vs. STEAM, Does the A Matter?
How to Teach STEAM
40+ Projects that Combine STEM with Art
Tips for Acquiring Inexpensive STEAM Materials
Adapting STEM and STEAM Activities for Different Children
3 Genius Tips for Raising out of the Box Thinkers

Lovely quote about the book..
“STEAM Kids is a book that will inspire children to:
question like a scientist
design like a technologist
build like an engineer
create like an artist
deduce like a mathematician
– and, most importantly –
play like a kid.”

Would love to hear your views on STEAM activities and Share your Favorite STEAM activities ?
DISCLAIMER: I was sent a free copy in return for a honest review .
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How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones

As the weather gets better , my son loves to play outside .One of his favorite pastime is sidewalk chalk .He enjoys to write , draw and scribble using color chalks. This inspired me to make our Chalkboard stepping stones. They make a great statement in the garden and encourage in writing interesting thoughts.

Chalkboard stepping stones materials

Materials Needed :
Terracotta plant Saucers ( 10 inch )get outside
Chalkboard paint
Outdoor/Patio Paint
Paint Brushes
Chalk
How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones
How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones
Instructions :
First step is to Paint the Saucers using outdoor friendly paints .It is a simple project , kids can work with a little help. My seven year old was able paint the saucers all by himself and he gave 2 layers of paint for each saucer with one hour interval.It kept him occupied for couple of hours.

Do it yourself Chalkboard Stepping stones
Later, We painted the inner circle of the saucer using chalkboard paint leaving nice color border.
Once all the paint is dry , we can add personalized message using chalk .
Tips and Tricks : Before you place the saucers in the garden , pack them nicely with soil underneath , so its heavy and strong.
Terracotta plant saucers are easily available in craft stores or any garden stores. Its surface is smooth and easy to work with chalkboard paint .
Lessons Learnt : Let’s see what Kids learn working on this project .
Choosing colors – My son chose his favorite colors to paint ( red , orange and yellow ).
Personalized message : Thinking of something creative to write and draw on stepping stones
Decorating the garden and spending more time outdoors .
Easy DIY Chalboard stepping stones
Decorate the garden with these easy DIY chalkboard stepping stones.

I’m joining in with my friend, blogger the lovely LarabeeUK‘s fantastic Kids in the Garden Blog Hop with 13 other bloggers. There is also a linky if you would like to share your own Kids in the Garden posts.


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Ugadi Craft for Kids : Glitter Mango

Ugadi Glitter Mango art for kids
Ugadi ..Telugu New year according to the lunar calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
The moment, we talk about this festival , the first thing that comes to our mind is Ugadi Pachadi .It is made of Tamarind, neem, jaggery and raw mango pieces.
Teaching Kids about Ugadi Pachadi
The festival marks the beginning of mango season. Indians enjoy Raw Mango with a pinch of salt and also add in various dishes.
Raw Mango relished

Excited to share,festive experience with Ashrith, teaching him about Ugadi Festival and Mango. We spoke about raw mango, its color, texture and taste.Teaching kids about raw Mango
After tasting the raw mango for the first time ,he said “It’s sour Mom!” …Hmm ..Yes son,it is sour like a lemon, after a second he said ,”No it is more sour than a lemon.” I agree with him ..Raw mangoes are definitely Sour but really awesome to eat. YUM!
My five year old had a experience to put his taste buds to test and he did great.Love teaching kids about traditions through play and one such attempt is this Mango art.
Now ,lets see step to step pictorial Mango Art for kids
Materials Needed:
White paper
Pencil
Green paint
Green glitter
Instructions:
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Draw a mango on a white piece of paper. If you are not comfortable sketching , you can print mango coloring pages here.
Mango Painting for Ugadi
Paint the mango with greens. Younger kids can paint a single shade of green and older kids can try different shades of green with a tint of red and browns. Let the imaginations soar!
Add glitter when the paint is still wet. Later,outline the mango with a glitter glue pen or tube.
Mango Art for Kids

Ashrith enjoyed painting mango and the fun was a chance to explore glitter.Some tips for glitter choices.In this project, I have two types glitter, one is tiny dots glitter sprinkled and other is glitter glue.Like most Moms,not a big fan of glitter,Scared of mess, you can always use glitter glue. Glitter glue comes in tubes and pens.Glitter glue pens are easy to use even for younger kids. In this project , we used glitter tube but it was hard for Ashrith . So, I recommend Crayola glitter glue pens for kids.
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Thanks to Lakshmi Kala for sending in some awesome pics of Mangoes and Ugadi Pachadi . Lakshmi Kala is an aspiring Professional photographer from Hyderabad , India and you can see her works here

Green glitter Mangoes are ready to relish ..LOL…I mean virtually. Do you love Mango and our Mango art? Love to hear your thoughts , Please comment below. If you enjoyed this post, like it and share it !
Happy Ugadi and wishing everyone a wonderful year !!

Colorful Phonics Sensory Play for Kindergarteners

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Color sorting sensory bin
Rainy days with low temperatures, what to do? It is difficult to keep kids occupied and as a Mom I always find new ways to entertain my five year old indoors. One such attempt is this Phonics Sensory play .We initially collected all colorful stuff from our play room and planned for colorful Sensory Bin. If you have no clue what a Sensory Bin is then let me explain. It is nothing but a container filled  with simple ingredients like rice, beans, little toys etc. Basically helping kids explore different textures. It’s easy ..just dump in whatever  little  fun things you have but keep a close watch on little ones who are still mouthing .

Sensory bin with Magnetic letters

To  make a Colorful Phonics Sensory Play for Kindergarteners , first thing we need is a large container for kids to dig in and explore. I used a Sterilite Plastic Container( 20 gallon) but its height is a little more so I would prefer a flatter box for younger kids.

Materials for Sensory bin
Like I said, we started with a color sorting Sensory bin, So added few colorful Animal Counters, Wooden Triangles,Magnetic Letters and Numbers.The colorful objects  are mixed in rice.One ingredient that is easily available in an Indian household. Beside the box ,we spread different color foam sheets for color sorting .If you don’t have foam sheets, no problem, use color paper sheets or color bowls, anything readily available at home.

Color Sorting Sensory Bin

Color Sorting Sensory Bin with Foam Sheets
After digging and exploring for some time, Ashrith sorted the tiny objects on the color sheets. He did a marvelous job !

Along the process, we came up with idea of playing with letters. He started making words with magnetic letters in the rice and trying to spell them with sounds. It was so much fun and he sure is learning his phonics. Way to go Kindergartener!

If you have Kindergartener at home , you can try this fun method… learning phonics and sight words or make a Colorful Sensory Bin for younger kids. What do you think ? Mail me or leave a comment below if you have any questions or just  click the like button below .See ya!

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Color Sorting Activity

Color Sorting, Activity for 2 Year Old

Color Sorting

Color Sorting

Color Sorting Activity:
This activity is great for toddlers learning color recognition
Materials Required:

  • Color Bowls (Used Ikea Bowls)
  • Foam Color Cubes ( Bought at Target Store)

Caution Note : The package states that these cubes are meant for 3yrs old and above.Foam cubes could be a choking hazard for toddlers who mouth things . So, I always watched my son Ashrith closely when using them .