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Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

Teaching Science concepts for toddlers are easier than you think. Simple Science experiments are one of the great ways to teach the basic concepts for toddlers as they are with full of curiosity. Anyway, don’t try to be too academic. Instead play with simple Science experiments while allowing them to grab the concept.

These easy science experiments are popular at our home and my toddler loves each and every activity while playing with fun! If you are looking for easy and simple ways to do some science experiments, try these, you also don’t need to prepare with lot of materials or equipment for these easy Science experiments.

Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

Observe the displacement of water

Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

This is a really simple science experiment for toddlers and kids. Use a glass full of water and ask your toddler to put stones or coins into it. Observe the water level rising. Use water up to top of the glass and also till the mid-level of the glass for different experiences. This experiment will give the basic idea of water displacement.

Add colour to water

Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

This will be a fun activity as toddlers love to play with water. Add different colours to water and ask your toddler to mix water with colour. Observe the change of colour of water.

Melting ice

This is one of the really simple science experiments which you can do with your toddler. Add some ice cubes to a bowl of water. Observe the melting ice. Also it is good to experience the cold water while ice cubes are melting. This will be a simple and fun activity for any toddler.

Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

Add some food colouring for water before making ice cubes.That will add more fun for your Science experiment with your toddler.Different shapes of ice is another idea!

Make ice cubes

Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

Fill an ice cube tray with water and keep in the freezer. Show your kid what happened to water once the tray is inside the freezer for some time. He will surprise but he will also learn that water becomes the stage of ice when it is inside the freezer .It is a basic concept, but toddlers will learn that fast!

Floating rubber

Simple Science Experiments for Toddlers

Use a basket of water and add rubber toys into it. Rubber toys will float while coins and stones go to the bottom. It is a simple and fun activity to do with a toddler.

Science activity kits

If you like more organized way of doing science experiments with kids and toddlers, then it is always easy to use Science activity kits. Check this Science activity kit which comes with 25 fun simple science experiments in five key areas.

Also if you look for more Science experiments for kids, check this Science Surprises book.This book comes with more than 100 Science experiments for kids.

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4 Apps Better than Pokemon Go

Sometimes parents worry about screen time of their kids. But, it is not always true. Instead of preventing or controlling screen time of your kids, you can use that time for educating them. With lot of available fun apps, you can easily teach your kids. As using games or other educational apps are really fun for kids, they will be more concentrate on what they do. That is really a pretty good chance to teach them new words, phonics or even other knowledge which are helpful for them to improve their skills.

Whether you love it or hate it – or don’t know what it is – Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now. Here are some alternatives created intentionally to foster learning, making them a truly worthwhile time investment. For fun, and since Pokemon’s from Japan, I’ll count the 4 apps in Japanese – Ichi, Ni, San, Go!

Ichi (One):Improve reading skills with the Hooked on Phonics App

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Love Hooked on Phonics at much as I do?

They’ve really brought this time-honored system to the 21st century with this amazing app. It has educational games to keep kids engaged at home or on the phone anywhere. I love that it syncs children’s progress to all devices – so if dad is on the road he’s up to speed on the kids’ progress, and if you don’t have the iPad around, you can just download the app, sign in, and have the kids pick up right where they left off. Seamless.

Great for: Ages 2-8

Cost: For a limited time, $29.99 (Save $20)

Ni (Two):Have story time anywhere with the FarFaria App

Apps Better than Pokemon Go

Apps Better than Pokemon Go

I like this app because kids can read quietly and be entertained wherever they are. It also gives the entire family access to thousands of books on an iPad, kindle, phone, etc, so there are options for all ages! Turn screen time into story time with this “Netflix for Children’s Books” app. It’s great to be able to save books to the app so they can be read offline anywhere! For example, in a home office, at the park, in the car, and of course at bedtime.

Great for: Ages 2-9

Cost: For a limited time, $19.99 (Save $20!)

San (Three): Learn coding skills with the browser-based Learn to Mod program

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Do your kids love video games and winning badges? Use that to get them coding! The Learn to Mod program is a browser-based software that teaches kids how to “mod” Minecraft with both Blockly and Javascript (neither of which I understand, but there you have it). The program includes hundreds of video lessons, puzzles, and quizzes that get kids learning this impressive skill while having fun. The cool badges keep them coming back for more, and even pique mom’s interest. 🙂

Great for Ages 7-13, girls too!

Cost: $29.99

Go! (Four): Need help with homework help? Use the GradeSlam app and ask a tutor!

Apps Better than Pokemon Go

Apps Better than Pokemon Go

Does your high schooler need help in a particular subject? Are you strapped for time to help with homework? There’s an app for that! GradeSlam provides 24/7 tutoring in all subjects to students in middle and high school, as well as college. With their award winning chat-based tutoring platform, your kids can access tutors anytime they (or you) need. This is a perfect supplement for subject matter beyond your scope, busy spells, and for when kids head off to college. For anyone gearing up their juniors for college entrance testing, this is a no – brainer.

Great for: upper school to college ages, tougher subjects

Cost: For a limited time, get a whole year for $99 (save $81!)

And here is the Bonus : Check this Review of Kidloland Educational App review.We love this app too.

I hope I’ve expanded your digital horizons beyond Pokemon today! What apps do you and your family use? Comment below and share the knowledge!

 

Kidloland – Educational App for Kids #Review

These days my son is very happy and excited because of the new app he is using. Actually most parents try to limit the screen time of their kids, but I used apps and other educational programs for kids when he was very young. Today I am happy about my decision of introducing him those educational programs when he was just few months old. Of course I always controlled his time with such programs and used such programs in positive ways. As a first time mom I also didn’t have much experience in educating kids, but the educational programs helped me to teach our son.

I am always proud to say that when my son was around 1 year old and when he just started talking, he could sing A, B, C, D song. I know I didn’t teach him or I didn’t spend my time teaching him such songs. I didn’t force him to learn anything. Instead I played educational songs during day time. Sometimes he watched those and sometimes those songs were playing in background while we were busy with activities. So, screen time is self-controlled.

This is still same at our home, only I try to find age appropriate apps and videos for him.

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I received Kidloland app at the right time when I was looking for some advanced programs as my son is also bit bored with basic colours, ABCD and shapes. I understood he wants bit more advanced programs or I need to teach him considering his learning level. He also learns basic shapes and colors from his playgroup classes. So, he is little bit bored!

Kidloland App could win his heart and it is a new experience for him. Yes, the secret is; so far I used desktop for playing educational songs. This is to avoid him using my phone because you know how kids can be addicted.

Well, before going into further details of our experiences, let me introduce the Kidloland App.

Kidloland Educational App for kids

Kidloland is an educational app for toddlers and young kids below 6 years old which includes lot of nursery songs and activities. It includes over 240+ interactive nursery rhymes, songs and 100+ educational activities.

Our experience with Kidloland app (Kidloland app review)

As I said above my son loves this app. He loves most because he doesn’t want to seek my help to change the songs or activities. Instead he spends his own time changing songs and activities. It is bit relax for me too.I also happy to see when he is independent.

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The colourful screens and beautiful songs are really attractive and keep him engaged. We found ABC songs, vegetables, shapes and 1-10 counting songs which are suitable for kids including very young babies who are in their early education.

Kidloland App review

For my son, he loves to watch new lessons for him such as names of insects, animals and birds. He also started watching counting songs from 10-20.Other than songs, he loves to play activities such as connecting dots and solving puzzles.These are new activities for him and I am happy to see he learns new words such as insects and birds which he didn’t know before.

Kidloland App review

I am really happy because I could introduce him some advanced educational program at the time he was bored with alphabet and basic colours. However this doesn’t mean that Kidloland is not suitable for very young children who are beginning to learn. You can easily select the songs and activities which are appropriate for your kid as there are lot of songs and activities available.

To read more details, visit www.Kidloland.com.

Do you use educational apps for your kids? Please share your thoughts below.

Disclosure: We received Kidloland App  subscription free in order to share our experience with that.However all opinions here are mine.

Colour Sorting Game with Toddler

This is one of the colour sorting activities I do with my toddler. It is really simple, but when we do this game, he is calm and concentrates on his activity. That is what I want and he loves to repeat the sorting game few times till he gets bored.This game makes him cheerful same as his yoga session.

Sometimes we get bored at home. Introducing a new game is one of the best methods to make him cheerful in such times, so this is one of such games we played on a lazy day.There are lot of sorting games for kids which make them active and cheerful.That’s why I wanted to try such game with my son.

Colour Sorting Game with Toddler

When I searched for colour recognition games for toddlers, I came up with lot of activities which are fun and really simple. Instead of spending more time creating crafts for the game, I simply used colourful bowls together with colourful building blocks.

Colour Sorting Game with Toddler

Here is what we do when we play this colour sorting game with my toddler.

Need: Different colour building blocks/Lego, plastic bowls with matching colours same as building blocks.

colour sorting games for toddlers

How to play:

I mix all the building blocks. Then I place the colourful bowls in a row. Then I ask my son to sort out the colours and put those in to matching colour bowl.

colour sorting games for toddlers

It is really simple. He spends time sorting colours together with naming the colours.

If you are looking for colour matching games for toddlers, then try this. It is a good way to keep toddlers calm and quiet with their activity.

Also check:Frog Life Cycle play

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Kid Hero Stories – Personalized eBooks for Kids #Review

Today photo story post is all about Sanu’s recent adventure with personalized kids book series.

Sanu loves reading books. We introduced him different books when he was just few months old and he never refused any book or any early learning program we introduced to him. With today’s digital world and advancement of technology, we cannot only go with such traditional teaching methods; instead we need to help younger ones to keep up with the gadgets and technology. That is what I believe and that is why I get the help of all digital resources to teach and educate him.

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A screen capture from Kid Hero Stories eBook -Holiday in Paris

Thanks to different educational channels in YouTube, he learns many songs and other relevant lessons for his age including math, science and reading. Instead of preventing children from gadgets, it is better to guide them to take the advantages of technology.

Kid Hero Stories – Personalized Children’s books

Kid Hero Stories is our latest finding which sends eBooks weekly for your inbox. But, it is not just another story book. These story books are personalized with your kids name and picture to create an adventure story especially for him. It is a story book all about your kid.

Kid Hero Stories - Personalized eBooks for Kids #Review

Once you subscribe to Kid Hero Stories, you will receive eBooks weekly and those books are focusing on creating an entertaining and educational environment for kids. Who doesn’t like to see their face and name in each and every story book they receive?

Kid Hero Stories – Review & Our Experience

Recently we received 3 personalized eBooks from Kid Hero Stories and we love each minute of reading those. These books are really interesting and a great way to keep kids motivated and cheerful. As for most other parents, our experiences with Kid Hero Stories books are also the same.It is always cheerful, exciting and memorable!

On the day, when I received the books to my inbox and when I downloaded the books, I was excited to see Sanu in a book.

Sanu was super excited and shouted saying, ’Sanu is in a book, see Sanu is in a book!

Then he always got few doubts and comments too while we were reading the books.

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Look,Sanu is like a Zebra! (Sanu says like that)

Sanu who is an animal lover is happy to see his outfit in these books. He always tells ‘Sanu looks like a Zebra, Sanu looks like a Zebra just pointing out to the Tshirt.

At some moments, he was missing his mom in his adventures. He was asking ‘where is Amma?’(mom)

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This is a place he always look for his mom,he may feel lonely 🙂

Actually these books created exciting conversation between me and my toddler. Our time reading these books was really full of fun and excitement. Sanu was happy to see him as the main character or hero of the story.

With my experiences, these personalized kids’ books created a different and exciting experience while we read the books. Our time was always full of curiosity and full of dialogues. Sanu has lot of things to tell and ask while reading the books.

Other than the excitement and cheerful feelings which these books create, I really like the Kid  Hero books because of below reasons.

Features of the Kid Hero Stories eBooks

  • The books are full of colourful and beautiful illustrations which makes it attractive for kids.
  • Bigger fonts which are clear and easily readable on any device including laptop, desktop or iPad.

Kid Hero Stories - Personalized eBooks for Kids #Review

  • Exciting stories which are suitable for kids making them feel adventurous!
  • Affordable and value for money.Current rates start from $8.70 (4 books)
  • You can easily select the book series which is best suitable for your kid. Currently there are 5 series including toddler series, preschool series, early reader series, siblings series and family tailored premium series.

How to order?

Ordering Kid Hero stories eBooks is really easy and it only requires few simple clicks. Visit www.kidherostories.com and read more information about this personalized kids book subscription.

You can also request a free sample before ordering. So, you know what it looks like!

Disclaimer:
I received 3 eBooks free to facilitate this review.However,all opinions are mine.
I only shared some small portions of the stories to respect the copy rights of the author.

Do you introduce personalized books for your kids? Please share your thoughts below.

I thought of introducing Kids Hero stories for this week’s photo story post. Please share your posts below too.

 

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids + Tzu Chi Recycling Day

Teaching kids about value of recycling is really important. I think we don’t have to wait till kids grow to teach them the value of recycling and caring for our mother nature.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

After I received a leaflet about Tzu Chi Recycling Day, I decided not to collect recyclable items only by myself; instead I wanted to join my toddler with the cause. As a start we made this DIY Recycling Bin which is a funful and educational activity to do with toddlers or even with grown up kids.

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids

Here is what we did. You can add some more ideas to this DIY Recycling Bin and make it more beautiful.

We used,

  •  A cardboard box (Actually what we used is an empty cake box which is supposed to throw)
  • Crepe paper for decoration
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

First we removed the lid of the cardboard box. Then I used sellotape on edges to make the box stronger.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Using the green colour crepe paper we made recycle symbol and we also pasted another purple colour crepe paper on top of the box just to make it beautiful.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Finally, it is done!

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

We have a beautiful Recycling Bin.

Now we can collect recyclable materials in this box till the next collection date. Last few days I collected few yogurt cups and milk bottles, so we put those into our recycle box.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Remember to wash and clean all items before collecting.After collecting recyclables,it is time to send those to a recycling point in your neighborhood!

Tzu Chi Recycling Day

In Singapore, every second Sunday of each month is Tzu Chi Recycling Day. Few days ago Tzu Chi Volunteers visited our neighborhood including our home to encourage residents to collect recyclable items. I missed joining with the April Tzu Chi Recycling Day, but I am preparing to join with the next Recycling Day together with my toddler.

Hope I will be able to teach him the value of preserving earth from his young age!

 

Frog Life Cycle freebie + Teaching Science for a Toddler

Teaching a toddler is sometimes really fun as they like to explore new things. But, did you think of teaching Science for your toddler? I didn’t realize the value of it until I found the frog life cycle freebie created by Educents. At first I thought this would be too much for my little one. But, I am extremely wrong. He loved to learn the lifecycle of a frog. Now even he knows what happens after a mature frog lays egg. He can remember the steps of the frog life cycle and he also knows the tadpole becomes a legged tadpole because he eats well. (My son is a picky eater, so I use the chance to teach him about eating as well)

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Well, this is how we learned about frog life cycle.

To make it a fun activity, we made a water pond using a plastic container.

Water play  using a water pond

For the water pond, we added some stones, a plastic tree and animals who lives in the pond. We have toy frogs, ducks and a tortoise at home. So we created a water pond. My son enjoyed his play time while talking with me about animals who live in water. He also added his toy crocodile because he knows crocodile lives in water. I explained him crocodile likes water, but he lives in river not in water pond. 🙂

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We had great time and slowly I switched to our topic of frog life cycle.

Teaching the Frog Life Cycle for a Toddler

I showed him the freebies I downloaded from Educents. Those are colorful and my son really attracted to the illustrations. We talked lot and I explained him about the frog life cycle. It was really an exciting lesson for him together with water play.

Frog Life Cycle freebie

Frog Life Cycle freebie

Frog Life Cycle Freebie

Actually isn’t it fun to learn about slimy squishy animals? How about you?Do your preschoolers or kindergarteners know about the life cycle of one of the squishiest amphibians – the FROG? It’s a quick and easy lesson to teach.

You can easily download the free, froggy resource on Educents – just print the pages and start your lesson same as I did.

Ways to use this Frog Life Cycle freebie with a Pre-K or Kinder:(Or with a Toddler)

This frog life cycle free resource was created by The Multi Taskin’ Mom and is available to download for free on Educents.com.If you don’t know, Educents is the best place to discover new and innovative ways to keep kids excited about learning!I usually browse this site to download resources for my little one.

Below are some pictures of this free frog life cycle printable.

Frog Life Cycle freebie

You can teach below skills for a pre-k or pre schooler.

  • Practice handwriting & copywork
  • Reading aloud
  • Sounding out the words
  • Have fun coloring
  • Just print & go

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Skills to enhance for a Toddler

If you have a toddler,still you can use these printables to enhance skills of your toddler.Below are some of the identified skills which I tried to teach to my kid.

  • Identifying the each stage of frog
  • Improve vocabulary
  • Reading aloud
  • Idea of water animals
  • Colouring fun

 

More frog-themed learning resources:

Do your kiddos LOVE frogs? Check out this animation about the Frog Life Cycle, and find more frog-themed games and lessons for all ages below.

  • All About Frogs Packet – This frog bundle includes an informational slideshow, frog-themed anchor charts, rhyming word printables, number cards, writing organizer, and more (all frog-themed!!)
  • Froggy Self-Control Boardgame – Use your frog markers to move across the board and practice relaxation, self-control, and body behavior in the classroom. Students will distinguish good choices from bad choices as they leap around the board!
  • 3-D Frog Anatomy Notebook Model for Dissection – Use this 3-d paper frog model for a dissection-free frog exploration, a pre-dissection study tool, or even as a summative assessment during comparative anatomy studies!
  • Frog Learning Pack for Middle Schoolers – A frog-eriffic packet of printable notebooking pages, activities, games and more!

Check out more frog-themed resources to integrate into your lessons!

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Best Books for toddlers – Farm Animals Pocket Library

Reading makes any young child to improve their vocabulary and imagination. At our home, we love reading and it is same with my toddler. These days his favorite books are these Farm Animals Pocket Library books published by Egmont UK Limited.

Best Books for toddlers Farm Animals-Pocket Library

Farm Animals Pocket Library Review

We bought these books when he was just 1 year old. At that time he enjoyed looking at the colorful illustrations of farm animals. He quickly learned the names of the farm animals and could point the illustrations with the name of the animal.

Now he really enjoys reading the cute stories in these books. Actually he can’t read yet. But he asks me to read the books several times a day and he knows the stories in the books. Then he alone repeats the stories turning page by page.

Best Books for toddlers

Best Books for toddlers – Farm Animals Pocket Library

I could see how he learned to talk long sentences and present a story by looking at each illustration. As a mom for a toddler, I can highly recommend this set of farm animals books for any moms who are looking for best books for toddlers.

Recommended ages for these books by the publishers are 2-5 years old. But, I would recommend it even for infants as we used it for our son when he was just 1 year old.

About the book set –Farm Animals Pocket Library by Egmont Publishers UK

Written by Craig Cameron ,this set of books comprise of 6 small books. These books feature the farm animals and what they do all day. The 6 books include the small books of Clover the Cow, Peter the Pig, Sophie the Sheep, Hetty the Hen, Gretel the Goat, and Scamp the Sheepdog. With colorful illustrations and easy to remember rhythmic stories this pocket library is a great way to introduce the farm activities and farm animals for little children.

Farm Animals-Pocket Library

Other than reading at home, these pocket library books are great to bring anywhere when we travel. I usually keep few books in my bag whenever we go out, so I can easily keep my son engaged with the books. These are light weight and great to keep inside diaper bag or kids bag when travel.

If you are looking for best books for toddlers or best books for babies, check these details of Farm Animals Pocket Library

Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read

As a mom I always concern about raising my child with enhanced skills. At age 2, he is just starting to read books. As you know, at this toddler age they tend to read books by looking at the illustrations. That is the beginning of their reading. As parents we should help them to enhance their reading skills.

How to Teach your Child to Read?

How to Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read

You can simply introduce many books for your kids with beautiful illustrations that make them attached to the books. Reading out loud is another best way to teach a child to read. Other than that I recently came across a new reading app that enhances the child’s ability to read and I hope this app will really help you too to boost your child’s ability to read. Pointer is a new app for kids that enhance their skills for reading.

Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read with Pointer – The Voice activated Reader

How to Boost Your Child's Ability to Read

Pointer is an app developed to boost children’s ability to read. This app has a unique feature. That is, it recognizes your voice when you read and highlight the word you read. That gives an idea to your kid about the word your read together with its pronunciation and they will start learning to read. Young kids and specially toddlers will learn the way we read books from word by word. Kids will feel more connected to reading with you and they will sure have enjoyable reading session.

Visit www.pointerapp.co for more information. Also; signup with them for early access. It is free to sign up and I already did so!

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Yarn Story Factory – Free Stories for Kids

Are you looking for a way to keep your kids engaged? Or if you are planning a long road trip or even if you want to have a short break but not sure how to keep your kids entertained and engaged, simply you can download some podcasts for kids. Even if you always check how to keep your little one with different activities, a podcast is a great way to enhance their skills of listening.

Now, with a toddler at home, I love to explore different methods to keep him entertained and to enhance his skills. Recently I found another site which is good for both young kids and grown kids to download podcasts. Actually at the age of just 2 years plus, now my son shows more interest on listening to stories. With these age and interest changes, I found www.yarnstoryfactory.com as a helpful resource to download children podcasts and it is a completely free service!

What is Yarn Story Factory?

Yarn Story Factory is a kid friendly podcast which is full of free audio stories. You can easily find Yarn Story Factory podcasts on all major software and all the stories are created for kids. With them, you will find lot of stories for your kids’ bedtime stories.

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Our review of Yarn Story Factory

Now, as I wrote at the beginning of this post, these days I am exploring new sites and new story books for my toddler. This free story site is a great finding for us. When I allowed my son to listen to some of the stories, he was so curios and he wanted to repeat the same stories again and again. I found he was repeating the ideas he grabbed from the stories to his toys. (Yes, he has this habit)So, I know that he loves the stories shared at Yarn Story factory. 🙂

We also want to thank Teacher Nina for her clear and attractive way of presenting the stories for kids.

Other than the stories for bedtime and car-rides you can also find tidbits of knowledge in their “Did you Know” segments. You will find many other things suitable for kids. Check the site www.yarnstoryfactory.com , you and your little one will love it.

You can also follow them on twitter for the latest updates: http://www.twitter.com/storyyarn

Download the App in iTunes.

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