OOPS!: CampTastic 2015 Preview

oopsWho wants to get messy, think outside the box, and be inspired? We will become creative gurus as we explore, create, and build from the unexpected. As we all know, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure…and we’re going treasure hunting!

Check out our Special Event days:

Spin-sational: Get ready for a dizzying day full of spins, swirls, and circles! From spin-art, to “spin”-wheels, to spin-games…our heads will be spinning! Come join us, and you’ll definitely want to stick a-“round” for more!

Let’s Get 3-D: No need for special glasses here! We are going to use our talents to create amazing three-dimensional art masterpieces that are sure to stand out and pop!

Box It Up: Here’s where we really think outside the box! What types of structures can we create with boxes big and small? Tall towers or tiny cities? We will even build box structures just to knock them down!

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Top 5 Educational Apps for Kids: ‘Construction Edition’

Top 5 Apps for Kids: Construction EditionAn educational app may be a source of motivation and engagement for children in their early years. Technology has inevitably become a part of every day life for most young children. According to the new study, 68 percent of 2-year-olds use tablets, 59 percent use smartphones and 44 percent use video game consoles. If your little ones use gadgets, then check out these fun and educational apps we loved in May!

1. As we discuss Build It Up! this month at Creative World Schools, we explore materials, tools, and buildings all around us. Robot Factory app (available for iOS) allows kids to create any robot they can imagine from 50+ parts: exoskeletons, telescopic arms, spider legs, and more. They can then run their robots through a fantastical world full of obstacles.

2. In Peg + Cat: The Tree Problem ($2.99, iOS or Android, ages 3-6) , kids use spatial reasoning, measurement, problem solving, and planning to build bridges, roll snowballs, grow plants, move geysers, and more. Cat keeps getting stuck in trees, so kids must build bridges or steps for Cat to jump down and into Peg’s waiting arms. Six worlds present different versions of the problem.

3. Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats ($2.99, iOS or Android, ages 4+) is inspired by a drawing created by a real four-year-old, Kalley. Kalley drew a picture of a machine that would make food so her dad didn’t have to leave home to commute to a new job anymore. This storybook app invites kids to explore the machine and see the effects of each interaction. Kids are in charge of each twist and smash of the machine. Kids can smash, inflate, shrink, burn, paint, grab, drop or mold stuff into shapes.

4. In Grandpa’s Workshop ($0.99-$1.99, iOS or Android, ages 4+), kids help Grandpa build things. They measure, paint, divide boards, hand over the right tool or number of screws, and more, all while practicing some basic math skills. Kids also can see a few live-action videos of some building techniques.

5. Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge (Free-$2.99, iOS) is a set of interactive puzzles that teaches kids early geometry concepts. Kids drag and rotate shapes into place to complete tangram-style pictures. As kids complete the puzzles, they learn how to arrange small shapes to make larger composite shapes and learn important attributes of shapes. There are four levels of difficulty that follow a story about rescuing a village dragon, and each level focuses on puzzles related to a particular animal: butterfly, turtle, mountain goat, and dragon.

Kids will have a lot of fun with these and learn more about construction. Just remember to keep your children’s screen time limited to two hours a day! If you enjoyed this post, make sure you check out Top 5 Educational Apps for Preschoolers!

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O-LO-GY: CampTastic 2015 Preview

OlogyWhat is “Ology?” It’s the study of…anything and everything! This week we go on a quest to discover all things amazing: zoology, biology, geology, volcanology…This is going to be “o-lot-o-fun”!

Check out our Special Event days:

11013309_1095024847189769_5907363901100679692_nNo Ordinary Zoo: Let’s become Zoologists! We will learn all sorts of strange animal facts, then turn that knowledge backwards and upside-down to create our own zany zoo! How many wacky creatures can we come up with? What kind of habitats will they need? What will they eat? We know one thing for sure, this is no ordinary zoo!

Hot, Hotter & Bubbly: Volcanos, deserts and geysers, oh my! You don’t have to be a Climatologist to know this day is going to be off the charts!

Rock it OUT!: Did you know that Petrology is the study of rocks? Did you know that the Earth’s crust is made up of rock? From Petrology to Paleontology, we’re excited to go spelunking between a rock and a hard place!

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Recipe Roundup: Simple Snacks

We’ve found a handful of great snack recipes that are great to make with kids!

 

Homemade Cheese Crackers

IMG_5172-1Who doesn’t love cheese crackers? Chef In Training has created this delicious recipe which uses real cheddar cheese! This snack is a great motor skills activity for kids so make sure you have ample help rolling out the dough. It also makes a great grab-n-go snack for a summer outing!

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 T milk

Visit Chef In Training for the full recipe.

Strawberry Yogurt Bark

strawberry-yogurt-barkWith just two ingredients, how could you go wrong? Hello Wonderful makes hers with dried strawberries, but you could even add nuts or bits of chocolate to your bark for tasty texture.

Ingredients:

  • yogurt
  • freeze-dried strawberries

Visit Hello Wonderful for the full recipe.

Simple Smoothies

strawberry-smoothie-recipe-for-kids-These easy smoothie recipes from Playtivities require less than 5 ingredients and most of them you probably have on hand already. You can even add more ingredients for added nutrition, like carrots or fresh ginger. Such a fun, refreshing treat! (Fruit works best frozen. If you buy fresh, cut into 1″ cubes then put in freezer in freezer safe ziplock bags. Make sure to peel bananas before you freeze them.)

Variations:

  • pineapple chunks
  • almond milk
  • honey
  • strawberries
  • banana
  • kiwi
  • coconut oil
  • water
  • blueberries
  • coconut milk
  • banana
  • banana
  • peanut butter
  • cacao power
  • water

Visit Playtivities for all 7 recipes.

 

Do you have any healthy snacks you like to make with your kids?

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Library List: Books about Construction

In the schools during the month of May, we will be exploring great heights as we Build It Up! We have curated a great list of Construction Books to take on your next visit to the library.

Do you have any books to add to our list of Construction Books?

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Deep Blue Sea: CampTastic 2015 Preview

DeepBlueSeaVenture with us to the ocean as we explore marine life and the mysteries of the deep! What does it take to be a marine biologist or deep-sea diver? What creatures live on the ocean floor? How deep does it really go? Grab your oxygen tank, let’s dive-in!

Check out our Special Event days:

Under Pressure: As any deep-sea diver will tell you, diving to the ocean floor creates pressure! We will gauge, measure, manipulate, and test all types of pressure. Put on your safety goggles and gear up for a popping, whizzing, explosive good time!

Aquanaut Training: Take a deep breath, we’re going to test our limits and see if we have what it takes to be an aquanaut! It’s a day of training challenges: G-force, aqua aerobics, obstacle courses, Aquanaut food, and more!

Deep-Sea Defense: From suction cups to camouflage, deep-sea creatures are experts at defending themselves! We’ll work together to explore these creatures and their defenses in this fun day of creativity and competition!

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CW Celebrates: Happy Mother’s Day!

To all Mom’s out there,

Happy Mother’s Day!

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CW Celebrates: Mother’s Day Brunch

This weekend marks one of the best holidays filled with love and appreciation for some of the strongest, most dedicated people around, Mothers!

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Here are some yummy kid-friendly brunch ideas to make for those wonderful Moms out there:

Piece of My Heart Egg Toast

hearty_breakfast_MINeed:

  • heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • eggs
  • non-stick spray or butter
  • bread

Have an adult warm a skillet on the stove while the children take pieces of bread and cut heart shapes from the center. Spray the skillet with non-stick spray or melted butter. Place the bread into the skillet, then crack an egg into the middle of the heart. Allow the egg to cook to your liking, lower heat will make great over-easy eggs as shown in the picture. Once the eggs are cooked, put on a plate and serve to Mom!

HINT: You can use the extra bread hearts for another sweet treat listed below.

 

Sweethearts

Use the hearts from the recipe above to make a sweet treat for Mom.

 

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Need:

  • heart cut-outs from bread
  • Nutella or peanut butter
  • various berries
  • bananas or kiwi

Using a spoon, spread Nutella or peanut butter on the bread. Place fruit on the spread and they are ready to serve! For nut allergies, use plain Greek yogurt as the spread.

Serve this delicious breakfast with Mom’s favorite morning drink, orange juice, tea or coffee!

Do you have any other fun recipes for Mother’s Day?

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Move It: CampTastic 2015 Preview

MoveItFrom twisted, mixed-up versions of our favorite sports and games to rhythmic routines and moves- we’re steppin’ it up! Join us as we experiment, initiate, and create in an exciting world full of motion! Strap on your boogie shoes and let’s “Move It”!

Check out our Special Event days:

Boogie Shoes: Wear your favorite kicks and get ready to jump around at our giant dance party full of fun! We are going to stomp, kick, rap, bounce, and jive to the beat. We can’t wait to make up our own rhythmic tunes, pull off some brave new moves, and groove to our favorite songs!

Radical Routines: Whether tossing or passing a baton, we’re better when we work together! Join us as we choreograph an amazing parade to showcase our knack for kinetics. We’ll twirl, crump, and march to the beat of our own drum…it’s all in good fun!

Gear Up To Groove: What kind of dance do YOU do? Whether you like ballet, break dancing, or just like to move in your own way- this is the day to bring your “skills” to the dance floor!

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Building Blocks of Learning: Build It Up!

BuilditUp_CoverIcon_BlackThis month at Creative World Schools, we are investigating construction as we Build It Up! We will explore materials, tools, and buildings all around us.

Inquiries about construction foster the engineering spark in young learners. Looking at how things work and fit together is important to cultivate cognitive skills. An activity like building with toy blocks is a great way to practice these skills.

Parenting Science explores the correlation between building and development of essential skills, including: Spatial Skills, Math Skills, Creative and Divergent Problem-Solving, Cooperative Play, Language Development, and inspiration of Lifelong Learning.

Join us as we Build It Up throughout May!

 

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