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We've been having lots of fun with eggs around here, painting them, experimenting with them, and of course eating them! So, when Tinkerlab announced that their creative kids challenge was going to center around eggs I knew it was something the kids would love to take part in! Each family chooses an egg themed activity that is to be child led, so this morning I set out the materials and let the kids get to work designing their own containers to keep an egg safe while being dropped from a height.

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With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to make something fun for the kids Easter baskets and I thought that bath bombs would be a fun and practical Easter basket filler. And, because I always like to take things up a notch, I wanted to figure out how to make them glow! The mission was a huge success, our glowing fizzy eggs are full of fun and science, plus as a bonus, your kids might be cleaner!

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We really enjoyed exploring art this week when we made our art history Easter eggs, so I wanted to continue the fun and learn about another artist in a unique way. So, today, we're learning about Wassily Kandinsky and exploring his circle painting while performing a new science experiment. I just love when art and science combine, and this activity is full of colorful, fizzy fun!

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Tom Fletcher and his Wife's Baby Announcement Video

Time lapse videos chronicling the 9 months before baby is born have become quite popular and for good reason. They're great a way to remember what life was like - and what you looked like - before baby was born. Not many of these videos get their own custom written song, but Tom Fletcher who is an English singer song-writer and part of the band McFly, did that for his wife and their baby. Take a look.

Tom Fletcher's Wedding Speech

After you've watched that video, check out the speech he made to his wife at their wedding. It's longer, but worth the watch.

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Even though my kids are young, I firmly believe that children are never too little to be exposed to advanced concepts. They may not grasp the information in its entirety, but giving them a taste of higher learning helps build knowledge, vocabulary, and self-awareness as they attempt to imitate new techniques. My husband is always really great at not dumbing things down when he talks to the kids and because of that Aurora and Grayson know lots of interesting facts! So, when I thought about how I wanted to dye our Easter Eggs this year, I decided to try and infuse a bit of learning in with the fun and teach the kids a few new art techniques.

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We're kind of obsessed with sensory play in our house! So, when some other blogging colleagues wanted to get collaborate and put together a huge sensory bin filler resource I was ecstatic! Forty bloggers are sharing 40 different fillers over the next 40 days and you can find them all HERE! While doughs and slimes are fun to play with, these bins all feature materials that are "drop and go" so they're really easy to put together when you need a simple activity!

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I love making homemade art supplies! We go through them so quickly that it has become a much more economical option for us. There are so many fun materials we want to try, so it has been really interesting learning how to make our own like the powdered paint and beeswax crayons we made awhile ago. This morning we added scented liquid watercolors to our repertoire of DIY art materials! 

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The success of Disney's newest animated film "Frozen" is undeniable. Multiple individuals have covered the song "Let it Go" that actress and Tony award winner Indina Menzel made famous, but until Brian Hull got a hold of the song famous Disney characters haven't had their chance to sing it. And really why would they? But why not? This mashup is fantastic.

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Hands-on-Habitat - Welcome Spring!

Today was our very first Hands-on-Habitat event at Fontenelle Forest. Lindsay with Fontenelle helped us to Welcome Spring by creating construction paper caterpillars and designing tissue paper trees. We blew bubbles and slid down the slide.

It was fun getting to see old friends and make some new ones. We hope you all enjoyed it! The next Hands-on-Habitat event is on April 18th. Lindsay will teach us about Our Pond Pals who live in and near water.

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My husband always teases me for being a bit of a nut when it comes to the holidays, I just love to make a big deal out of them! Christmas and Easter are my two favorites, so as we head in to spring I'm already planning how to dye the eggs and fill the Easter baskets! Because we're trying to raise our kids in a Christ centered home, we want Easter to be about pointing our kids to the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross while still letting them partake in fun elements of the season. So, while eggs and baskets aren't part of the Christian narrative, we still enjoy getting creative with eggs and gifts!

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Sunny daffodils and lilac colored crocuses graze the hillsides here in Germany, spring is in full bloom! We are loving the extra hours of sunlight each day and finally being able to open the widows and let the breeze drift in! One such breezy day last week put us in a kite making mood. I wanted this craft to be something that would actually fly, and something the kids could help assemble. After racking my brain for awhile I had (in my opinion!) a stroke of genius and we set to work making our  kite out of contact paper and confetti! Here's the full tutorial!

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We are having the best weather this week, it's finally warm enough to actually feel like playing with ice! Grayson loves his castle toys, so I wanted to build a sensory bin geared towards his interests (namely building and destroying)! And, because I'm always trying to work in educational concepts to the activities we do, I decided to spend a little extra time dying the ice so he could practice his colors.

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Today's video will make you smile, and maybe tear up a little bit.

Emily decides she doesn't need all of her hair when there are kids who are sick without any hair.

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When we took our trip in January to Neuschwanstein Castle on the way down to Garmisch, we were amazed at the gorgeous 19th century art and architecture we encountered. Floor to ceiling paintings decorated the walls, impressive woodwork amazed us throughout, but it was the throne room floor that really took our breath away. The entire floor is paved in tiny mosaic tiles depicting all sorts of animals... Imagine how many tiles it took to fill that space! It was so beautiful that I knew we had to do a follow up activity and make our own mosaics, and why not make our own salt dough tiles while we're at it!

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I've been wanting to play with powdered paint for awhile, there are so many cool activities you can do with it! So, when I was browsing through Pinterest the other day and discovered you can make it out of crushed chalk, I knew I had found my next project! From Amazon, powdered tempera paint will run you almost $50 with shipping, this method costs $5!

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