This month in the Lab, we’re learning all about bugs. To kick things off, I designed a project inspired by my favorite butterfly - the Blue Morpho.
Hi guys, Shannon here. If you haven’t been following along, team member Emily, has been doing a weekly craft challenge called “Craft the Zoo” over on Instagram. Follow #craftthezoo or @makingwithmommy to see all her wonderful creations!
Whenever I can, I like to coincide our playful learning prompts with her weekly theme and this week we’re exploring Rainforest Animals! I’ve always personally been fascinated by poisonous tree frogs. They come in crazy brilliant colors and are often covered in spots. Not to mention, some are as small as your fingernail.
So today, I’m sharing a few more printables for you to play along at home. These can be used for studying regular frogs or poisonous tree frogs, just adapt by your color and pattern choice.
The FREE PRINTABLE includes:
Anatomy of a Frog worksheet
You can check out more play ideas on Instagram by searching #playthezoo. And if you have any suggestions on resources you'd like to see on here, we’d love to hear from you! Comment below or send us a line at email@example.com
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be back with another at-home craft you can make with your kids to learn all about this month’s theme - the human body! Human body science has always been some of my favorite science to teach. It’s always such a fascinating subject for kids! As O and I were talking about the human body together this month he asked so many questions about bones. That inspired this craft - a DIY x ray machine! Read below to learn to make your own and to get the printable template.
1 large piece of cardboard ( a little wider and taller than your child’s torso)
Black, white and yellow paint sticks (you could swap these for acrylic paint, too!)
Yellow construction paper
Black permanent marker
Step 1: Using a black paint stick (or paint) paint the entire piece of cardboard black and let it dry. I prefer to use paint sticks on cardboard this large because it helps keep the cardboard from warping as it dries.
Step 2: Print the X-ray machine template. Using this as a guide, draw bones onto the cardboard. Let the white paint stick (or paint) dry and then outline them with yellow.
Step 3: Use your permanent marker to write the names of each bone (found on template) onto construction paper and cut them out. Glue the labels onto the bones.
Step 4: Play! This was a fun craft for us that resulted in a good bit of time spent playing doctor. When we’re finished I think we will hang it in our playroom to keep the conversations about the human body going!
We’d love to see your x-ray machines!! Share them on Instagram and tag @kidlabraleigh.
We’ve been busy learning all about our complex bodies this month. And if you’ve been here or seen pictures of what we do in the Lab, you’ll see we blend Montessori methods into our playful learning. We’re big fans of Montessori anatomy puzzles - dissecting something, putting it back together and labeling it - helps us understand things. We’re also big fans of DIY projects and felt. But this could also be done on cardboard, heavy cardstock paper or even cut wood.
To start the project, we recommend gathering these materials:
felt in 4 different colors
(optional) 4 popsicle sticks
Step 1: Using the template, trace the parts onto felt
Step 2 (OPTIONAL): write Enamel, Dentin, Pulp, Gum on popsicle sticks and use as labels
For added fun, we added a coloring page and a cut and paste worksheet to try at home. And if you laminate the coloring page, it could double as a playdough mat (play prompt: add small playdough chunks on the enamel that you need to brush off!). If you give it a try, be sure to tag us @kidlabraleigh so we can see!
Hi guys, Shannon here, back with another resource I think you’re going to have fun with!
This month, our Play Labs are focused on the fascinating and complex systems found right inside our own bodies. So to enhance the playful learning we’re doing in the Lab, we thought we’d create a set of stamps to help us practice where each organ should go.
To start the project, we recommend gathering these materials:
craft foam or cardboard
(optional) recycled plastic lids
Step 1: Using the template, trace the organs onto the craft foam or cardboard and cut out.
Step 2 (OPTIONAL): Glue the organs onto the backs of recycled lids. ** Don’t forget to glue it on backwards so the stamps are anatomically correct when you begin to use them! ** We used shipping mailer caps, but yogurt or peanut butter lids would work well too. This makes it easier for little hands to use and allows them to be reused.
Step 3: Apply an even coat of paint to each stamp using a foam brush.* And have at it!
*We got a little carried away and stamped all the organs at once while the paint was still wet (whoops), but it gave us a chance to learn a bit of color theory in the process. Playful learning in action!! ;)
If you try this at home, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @kidlabraleigh so we can see how it turns out!
Yup more puppets. We’re officially obsessed. And while we promise all our posts won’t be about puppets, we’re pretty sure we’ll be making more of these in the near future.
Download a FREE PRINTABLE HERE, complete with instructions and make your own!
It seems we are on a puppet making spree over here! There are so many easy ways to make puppets and they always make us a giggle. WIN-WIN. We’ll definitely be making more of these soon!
To go along with our PINK ANIMALS challenge (check us out over on Instagram @kidlabraleigh or #playthezoo to follow along), here are some pink seafood puppets. Because everyone needs a shrimp and crab puppet to add to their collection, amirite? :)
You can download the FREE PRINTABLE here.
seafood hand puppets
(they’re shrimply crabulous)
You can adapt the template any way you see fit. For the crab, we opted to tape googly eyes directly onto our fingers to activate the puppet even more. But these would also look great just taped to popsicle sticks.
We’ve officially launched a blog, WOOT! We hope to share lots of playful learning ideas and great resources here. We’d love to hear from you and tailor the resources to be what’s most helpful to our community, so leave a comment below or give us a holler!
First up, some Woodland animal puppets. It all started when we realized our fingers could be animal legs…
Download a FREE PRINTABLE here and make your own!