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Tinker Crate

Have you heard of Tinker Crates?  It was the best find of our summer.  My daughter who is 7 loves it.   The site says the Tinker Crate is geared for 9-12 year olds, but my daughter is very curious and loves science.  There are also other crates for younger kids and a Doodle Crate for kids who like art.

This month, she got to make a trebuchet.  The kit comes with everything that you need to complete the project.  This is my daughter reading the instructions and putting the base together.


The instructions are extremely easy to read.  Each step is clearly labeled with lots of pictures.  Here's a close up of the second step.


My daughter is putting the finishing touches on the trebuchet.


Here is the finished trebuchet.  It is locked and loaded.


She couldn't wait to pull the firing pin and send the ping-pong ball sailing through the air.  


She was actually able to put the entire thing together by herself.  She only needed a little help with pushing the pieces completely together.  She just wasn't strong enough.

If you want to look into the Tinker Crate, you can get $10 off your first kit.  Use this link {HERE}  (I will also receive a credit if you order a kit with my link.)



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Geography Lessons

How to make geography lessons stick - Educents blog


How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It's so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!



Here are a few geography activities to try:
  1. Playing "Name That State" with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.
  2. Need a little direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They'll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state-- but be sure to watch out for the oceans!
  3. Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!
  4. Keep track of where you've been (or where you're going). I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.


What a cool tool for your geography lessons! Don't miss out on all this time-saving geography tool, so be sure to check out the discounted Peel, Play & Learn sets on the Educents site.

Mona Melissa Peel & Play Geography Set

Looking for more ways to save on geography resources? Check out more geography deals.

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Special Ed E-Book and Giveaway

Here in the south, summer is almost over.  I head back to school in less than 2 weeks.  I can't believe how quickly summer flew by!  Some of my special ed friends got together to help you all get ready for the new school year.  We put together an awesome e-book.  It's full of tips and freebies.  You can download it here.



I am giving away a room theme from my store to a lucky winner.  (The more entries, the more winners I will choose!)  You can see my room themes here.  


Here are some of my favorite room themes.  Good luck!









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Magic School Bus Science Club

Looking to inspire young minds when it comes to science?
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Learning about bacteria is fun, but has your family ever GROWN bacteria? Let the “professionals” show you how AMAZING it can be!

In the World of Germs kit, Magic School Bus scientists grow bacteria and fungi, test antibiotics, make a fungus bubble, grow mold, wake up fungi, cultivate bacteria in yogurt, and use yeast to inflate a balloon! Get an exciting new Magic School Bus Science Kit delivered to your doorstep every month for a YEAR! These science experiments for kids include making clouds in a bottle, making rain, the greenhouse effect, making a thermometer, making a tornado, creating your own weather chart, and more! Educents has the award-winning Science Kit subscription for 50% off (+ free shipping within the US)!


 

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