Posts tagged ‘Ana Picazo’

Folded Paper Banners for Dia de los Muertos

October 27, 2014 8:00 am


How many times can you fold a sheet of paper? Popular myth has it that you cannot fold a sheet of paper in half more than seven times....

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Math Fun with Pumpkin Seeds

October 10, 2014 8:00 am


Pumpkin carving is one of fall’s most beloved traditions. There’s no surprise on the timing; 80% of the pumpkin supply in the US is available in October. My...

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Paper Plate Weaving

September 26, 2014 8:00 am


Thanks to fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, most kids know that cotton is spun into thread, and thread is woven into cloth, but most kids these days have never seen a spindle or a loom in action, let alone know how to spin or weave. Most of the looms available in craft stores are the rainbow kind, but if you want to give your child a basic idea of how to weave thread into cloth, all you need is some yarn and a paper plate. Here’s a fun weaving craft that will keep kids of any age busy for hours:

Symmetry Drawing

September 22, 2014 8:00 am


I love to draw, and it seems my children have inherited that love. All three of them can spend hours doodling and recreating whatever fantasy worlds they’ve spun in their imaginations. They also love to copy their favorite characters and objects, but often end up frustrated because their drawing looks nothing like the original. The key is lots of practice, and a knowledge of concepts such as perspective, light, proportion, and symmetry.

More Math on the Go Road Trip Games

August 27, 2014 9:00 am


Summer is almost over, but there’s still time for one last day at the beach, one last evening barbecue, or one last getaway before school starts! If you’re planning a summer road trip, don’t forget to download our free Math on the Go Printable for some math games to keep the back seat quiet while you drive.

How to Build a House of Cards

August 25, 2014 8:00 am


Everyone loves card games, but it can be difficult to find a card game that everyone wants to play. However, most people are intrigued by the concept of a house of cards. Building a house of cards is challenging and fun, and the resulting structure — no matter how big or small — is a thing of beauty.

Music to your Ears

August 11, 2014 8:00 am


When my boys were toddlers, it seemed like no matter how many fancy xylophones or wooden drums I bought them, they always seemed to gravitate towards our kitchen pantry with all its pots and pans. The neighbors must have cast a dirty look or two towards our house when my little rock musicians started banging on those makeshift drums with their wooden spoons! To preserve my ears and my sanity, as soon as they were old enough to understand the phrase “tap gently”, I let them make music with water glasses.

Math That’s a Hit! Make Your Own Piñata

July 25, 2014 8:00 am


Piñatas are always a “hit” with kids at outdoor picnics and parties. It’s one of the few chances kids get to whack at an object repeatedly with a stick — what’s more, instead of a getting a time-out for destroying the object, they get candy!

Bonny Scottish Shortbread Cookies

July 16, 2014 8:00 am


This summer, our travels are taking us to the bonny hills and dales of Scotland. For one glorious week, we’ll be taking in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Loch Lomond. To celebrate, the kids and I made a batch of traditional Scottish Shortbread to enjoy with a glass of milk (or, if you’re British, a cuppa tea!). Shortbread is one of the easiest cookies to make; it only requires 3 basic ingredients!