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3-2-1 Blast Off!

Want an exciting way to teach your pre-schooler to count backwards? Watch video of Space Shuttle launches. This is how we are starting our day, by watching Discovery launch over and over again… and counting along! With the launch looped in the background, we embark on making our very own Space Shuttle, using a paper… Read more »

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Letters in Space

Now that we have our brilliant night sky, time to fill it up with space words, images and letters! We are starting the letter ‘A.’ ‘A’ is for Alien!!!! I love him so much, we made three more. And stuck them on Mars as… drumroll please… Martians. No brainer. A is for asteroid… We simply… Read more »

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DIY Curiosity Rover!

Did you watch the coverage of the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars? What a thrill! While the world saw a marvel of modern engineering, I saw that and something else! I saw two paper plates, an apple sauce cup, string, and tissue paper. Yes, this is what I’ve become. But I’m very cool (at least… Read more »

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In a Bonus Room Far Far Away…

‘M’ is for Mars! We are taking our cues from the  Mars Curiosity Rover and spending the rest of August exploring Space! The images and information coming from the Red Planet will play a big part (Twitter handle @MarsCuriosity .) NASA does a fantastic job explaining their work in terms that I understand and Crowley gets… Read more »

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A Lantern to Light your Path

It is a long road to the Olympics. It’ll be easier to navigate with a lantern to light your path. So we are making a Chinese paper lantern and taking this opportunity to learn about another country participating in the games. To make one lantern takes about five minutes so this is a great project… Read more »

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If You Build it…

When I am not beside myself with nerves for the athletes… and their mothers, I am marveling with pure wonder at how beautiful London looks and what a lovely Olympics this has been so far. Sneaking sand volleyball into one of the most formal locations on earth is a stunning move! Here’s a quote from the… Read more »

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A Trip to London to Meet our Olympic Host

There is nothing like a trip to the host city to really catch the Olympics spirit! So that’s how we are spending the afternoon. In London. The pop-up version. It’s all part of preparing my little Olympian for Friday’s opening ceremonies. Our list follows below and you’ll see some random choices. But since there are so… Read more »

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Organic Bug Sprayers…as an Olympic Event

When I saw this idea on super clever blog,  Toddler Approved, I knew immediately I had found our first Olympic event. Toddler + spray bottle + sidewalk chalk = Olympic fun! And so I gathered my pint sized Olympian and his friends. We huddled in the dining room around the “Prize Box” (filled with $1… Read more »

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The Leg Bone’s Connected to the…

When C was first born, some expert in the one of the 30 baby books I consumed said I should sing to my baby, give him a massage, establish a bedtime routine for baby and on and on and on. The advice is really endless and each missive more important than the next (you feel… Read more »

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The Pay-Off!

When I look around our Adventure Room (formerly the bonus room), I have to admit, I get a little bit teary. Look at where we started…. And here we are today! And I have to say, that having all of you along for the ride, has made this experience even better. So, thank you! Today,… Read more »

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