Well parents, it’s that time of year again! Kids are getting ready for their long breaks, so it’s the perfect opportunity to try some new science projects. PBS has some great tips on making fun summer science projects together:
Waka waka! Today’s the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man’s release to the world. Who else remembers playing this in the arcade? Celebrate by playing some Pac-Man Tag with rules from PlayWorks: http://bit.ly/1FqC5y4
May 20th is National Strawberry Picking Day, so find a local orchard and get some sweet red treats! Or go to the grocery store for them if you prefer. And then, you can make some of these delicious recipes with your kids: http://bit.ly/1EYF25u
May 8th is No Socks Day, so take off your socks and wiggle those toes tomorrow!
Do you let your kids run around without shoes or socks? Here’s an interesting article about why letting your kids go sans shoes may be great for them: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/09/barefoot-best-for-children
Happy Cinco De Mayo! Did you know that Cinco De Mayo actually dates back over 150 years, and is a celebration of a victory of the Mexican Army over the French Army? Neither did we! Here are some fun Cinco De Mayo activities you can do with your kids: http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/mexico/
Today is Star Wars Day (play on the term “May The Force Be With You”)! Our family loves all things Star Wars, so check out the very family friendly Star Wars Epic Yarns, books that feature some of the best scenes of the original trilogy, re-enacted with YARN! Check out the behind the scenes video of the making of the books here: https://youtu.be/xCbxKT09fms
Teacher Appreciation Week is a week long celebration in the United States observed the first full week in May. Here are some great ideas to express appreciation for all of the teachers who have inspired your kids: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/teacher-appreciation-week-activity-ideas
What would you say or do for your favorite teacher if you could go and see them again?
These are 19 of the funniest tweets that sum up parenthood perfectly. Although we’d add something about cheerios spilling out of the back of our cars…
It’s true! Children (and us adults!) can learn a lot of leadership skills from being creative and pursuing art projects! Read a great post from Educator and artist Stacey Goodman here: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-leadership-skills-fostered-arts-education-stacey-goodman
And let your kids create anything they can imagine in the Zoodles Art Studio!
If your not a Giants fan, you can still wear Orange on April 27th. In Holland, everything and everyone turns orange to celebrate King’s Day. King’s Day has been celebrated by the Dutch people for over a century, and it’s the biggest national event in Holland each year. See all the colorful fun here: http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/interests/kings-day-us.htm