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It’s Hip to Be Square

December 11, 2014 8:00 am

My 7-year-old is a big fan of trivia books, and she is apt to randomly bring up interesting facts that stick with her. Just the other day she shared a couple of nifty little facts with me. For example, we are about one cm taller in the morning than we are in the evening, and that astronauts grow a whopping two inches taller while in space. An odd turn in the conversation led us to two hours of outside play in pursuit of the burning question, are people rectangles or squares?

Fly Your Way Across the USA (Without Leaving Home)

November 24, 2014 8:00 am

My husband and I make a point to raising our daughter with a passion for learning about other countries and cultures. At eight-years-old, she’s already a seasoned traveler, even though she doesn’t enjoy flying. Still, she braves the planes every year for her favorite route – from San Francisco to New York, so we can visit my parents in New Jersey. In honor of Geography Awareness Week, we flew that route in our backyard. I’m going to show how we flew across the country in our own backyard, so you can do the same in your yard or at a local park with this fun map scale activity.

Fibonacci Day LEGO Garden

November 20, 2014 8:00 am

Did you know that November 23 is a Fibonacci Day? Why? Because 11-23* (1, 1, 2, 3) are the first numbers in the famous Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci sequence starts with 0 and 1, and then every next number is the sum of two previous numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…). We celebrated by making a Fibonacci LEGO Build together.

Royal Measuring Wand

October 29, 2014 8:00 am

Long ago, a foot was not 12 inches, but rather the actual length of the king’s foot. Of course, that meant when there was a new king, there would be a new definition of the length of a foot. Over time people realized it made sense to standardize measurements, but wouldn’t it be neat for your child to have a personal measuring system? Make a Royal Measuring Wand for that very purpose.