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7 Gifts for Kids that like Legos

Looking for Lego Gift Ideas for Kids?

These 7 Lego items make perfect gifts for kids that like Legos! We're sharing some of our favorite Lego products to help you find the best birthday gift for a child who loves Legos! These ideas are for the hardcore Lego lover, the one who already has everything! Scroll down for some cool lego activities and games too.




6 Gifts for Kids who love Legos.
Lego Hoodie sweatshirt, look just like Emmet!



Make real robots with Lego Mindstorms.



This robot is for the tech minded. For kids who are destined to become engineers. Here are some specs:

Control your robot via the infrared sensor system; intuitive software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming interface.

Building instructions for 5 robots included; Download bonus building instructions developed by real fans and endorsed by LEGO.

Control and command your robot with enclosed remote control or download the free app for your smart device.




This 3-in-1 lego action figure is for everyone who loves to create and transform it rebuilds into a fast helicopter or heavy-duty pickup truck.
Lego Minecraft the Nether for ages 10 and up.


Recreate a Minecraft world with Legos!





It seems like you never have enough of the right color to complete the project, ya know. Kids love extra bricks to create their Lego dream projects.



Lego Assorted Color Bricks Blocks




Features elements to build zoo, classic house, and farm-themed creations.

Includes 321 rare bright-blue LEGO elements.

Store and tote with the sturdy, reusable LEGO brick storage bucket.


Lego Action Figures Set


LEGO Education Community Minifigures Set 4598355 (256 Pieces)



Lego wheels and parts set


The LEGO Education 779387 286-piece wheels set includes a steering wheel and a variety of windscreens, roof tiles, tires, plates, axles, and wheel hubs to build moveable vehicles with standard LEGO bricks. The set components create the roof, wheel assembly, and chassis system for up to 12 different vehicles at the same time. It is suitable for ages four years and older.
Science education products incorporate applied math and science principles into classroom projects. Teachers in pre-K, elementary, and secondary classrooms use science education kits and products alongside science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to demonstrate STEM concepts and real-world applications through hands-on activities. 

Lego Activities

We found these cool lego activities from Tip Junkie and Kids Activities Blog.


Lego Activities and Games
      Lego Activities are fun, like this Tic Tac Toe Game from Tip Junkie.
                                    

20 Lego Activities and Games.



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Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling

Need to Learn your Multiplication Tables Fast Online?

Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling
Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling.

If you need to learn multiplication tables fast, you've come to the right place! In this edition of our interactive, free online homeschooling lessons, we explore math and the multiplication tables from 0-12. We share our daily homeschool activities with you each week for FREE! This week, we focused on multiplication. Scroll down for the fun math videos, games, and curriculum.

Suggested for Elementary Mathematics: Grades 2-5

Multiplication Tables






Student Lesson:

Start with the Schoolhouse Rock Multiplication Videos from 0-12. These catchy tunes will stick in your memory... FOREVER!

If you don't have Multiplication Flash Cards, grab some index cards. While you watch the multiplication videos, make flashcards for each set of numbers from 1 to 12. On the front of your flash card, write the problem and on the back write the answer.

Front of Card: 1 x 3 = ?  Back of Card: 3


Zero Multiplication Table Video




One Multiplication Table Video

You know the one's tables. One times anything is the number.
For example, 1 x 1 = 1 and 1 x 6 = 6


Two Multiplication Table Video





Two Times Table Rap Video





Three Multiplication Table Video





Four Multiplication Table Video





Five Multiplication Table Video





Six Multiplication Table Video






Seven Multiplication Table Video





Eight Multiplication Table Video





Nine Multiplication Table Video





Ten Multiplication Table Video





Eleven Multiplication Table Video





Twelve Multiplication Table Video





Cool Math Times Table Trick Video

You can do this with your hands, go ahead get your marker and write on your fingers like the picture below. Then, watch it and practice!






Take this Multiplication Tables Quiz Online to see how much you remember from the videos.

Now, watch Tim and Moby from Brainpop.com, (for Brainpop subscribers only) explain all about learning the multiplication tables.

The video comes with this helpful multiplication question and answer session, make sure you read each question and click on it to uncover the answer. Did you know the answer? Did you guess correctly?

Do this, you can type your answers online and right click to save them for your teacher or parent:



After all that studying you should be able to fill in this multiplication table chart.

Multiplication Review Quiz for Brainpop Subscribers.


Mathematics: Multiplication Games




Gate Math Game: Math Game for Gamers

Math Blocks: Factors Game


Language Arts Component


Grab your Daily Journal or open a Google Doc and define these math words:  

Product, Multiple, Factor, Memorize, Shortcut.


Recommended Reading:

Math with M and M's Chocolate


Famous Explorers Online Lesson

Math Counting Game for Tens and Ones



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Famous Explorers: Lewis and Clark Expedition Led by Sacajawea: Homeschool Social Studies Lesson

Lewis and Clark Expedition: Three Famous Explorers

Most people have heard of the famous explorers, Lewis and Clark. These men led an expedition to uncover the western part of the United States. Like earlier explorers, they befriended Native Americans. A young, Indian woman named Sacajawea joined them acting as a guide. Learn more with online homeschool lesson on history. We find games and activities to make your online learning fun and free. Enjoy!
Social Studies: Grades 4-12, some sections are suitable for early elementary and preschool.

Teacher Resources:
Free Lewis and Clark Lesson Ideas or Teacher Lesson Plans from Brainpop.com

Make your Own Worksheets

A great video to watch as a family is National Geographic's Lewis and Clark, narrated by Jeff Bridges. We found it on Netflix. It runs approx. 45 min.
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Student Lesson

History:
Let's get started with a Schoolhouse Rock Video on Westward Expansion. This video is from Schooltube.com, so you won't find inappropriate ads.
Schoolhouse Rock on SchoolTube: Westward Expansion
Schoolhouse Rock on SchoolTube: Westward Expansion.






For Brainpop Subscribers: 

We love Brainpop for the videos, quizzes, Q&A, and activity options. Each video comes with companion activities and free printables. (If you don't subscribe, you can choose the family option and pay monthly.)

Note: Sacajawea- nobody seems to know how to spell her name. You will see it spelled Sacagawea and Sacajawea. There is also a huge discrepancy in her date of death. 

Watch this video to learn more. When you click over, be sure to click the "x" in the upper right corner of the video to remove the ad.  Sacajawea Video Biography for 4th - 12th grade


Sacajawea Video Biography for 4th - 12th grade social studies lesson Sacagawea
Sacajawea biography on Teachertube.com.

Short Video on Sacajawea for Preschool from Nick Jr.


When do you think is the true death date of Sacajawea?
What makes you believe this theory? Answer in your daily journal.

 _____________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

Science Component:

What are the classifications? ____________________________

Geography:

Interactive Map of Lewis and Clark Expedition. This map shares excerpts from their journals during each section of the journey. Use the map to answer the questions below. Copy and paste this into a Google Doc to answer the questions.


In what state did the expedition begin?


1.___________________________________________________

In what state did the expedition end?


2.___________________________________________________

What does the heart on the map represent?


3.___________________________________________________

What travelling years are depicted on the map?


4.___________________________________________________

Name 3 Native Peoples they met on their journey.


5.___________________________________________________

Language Arts Component:



Use this FREE PRINTABLE CHARACTER MAP to compare Meriwether Lewis and Sacajawea. Note their similarities and differences.

Open up a Google Doc or grab your Daily Journal, and define these Vocabulary Words:

Sacajawea; Meriwether Clark; William Clark; expedition; Louisiana Purchase; corps; navigate; encounter; fort; translator; trek; accurate; species; point of view; perspective.

Read more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition as you research to write a bio paper on Lewis and Clark. 

Click each image in the article to learn more. This is a good resource for images to add to your paper. Just right click on the image, copy or save, and then insert or paste into your document. If you are writing in your daily journal, print the images and glue or staple them onto your paper. Be sure to give your paper a clear title. Early elementary students should write 3-4 paragraphs. Older elementary through high school need to write a minimum of 5 paragraphs.



Tips for writing your Lewis and Clark Research Paper:

For the introductory paragraph, start with an opening sentence, define what you will talk about with clear sentences. Use these sentences to write the main body of your paper. Talk about each sentence in detail using descriptive words. If you mention it in your introductory paragraph, be sure to go in depth in your middle paragraphs. Tell about important dates, places they explored, and troubles they faced on their journey. Finally, use the last paragraph (summary) to summarize what you've just talked about. Don't bring up anything new in the last paragraph - just tell us again briefly what you've already told us. You can even start with, "In summary". For example, In summary, I have described how to write a biography paper on Lewis and Clark. Lewis and Clark were famous United States explorers who travelled with an Indian guide named Sacajawea. Without the work of these, brave people, the West could have remained unknown.

Start with this Printable Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer

To continue your research check out the safe search for kidrex.org


Social Studies Just for Fun Online Games

Here is a fun game that will help you with facts on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lewis and Clark Game.

Have you completed our United State Capitals Lesson? This week we played a game to review what we've learned. Review the United States Capitals Game.


Recommended Reading:

Home School Activities

What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?

How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Step into Reading, Step 3)

The Story of Sacajawea (Dover History Coloring Book)



*These are the weekly lessons I do with my children. We supplement these activities with reading a book of your choice for 30 minutes each day (bedtime counts), Khan Academy and Time4Learning Math Lessons, and taking a break every 30 minutes for exercise time (we run up and down the stairs, walk around our yard, ride bicycles, or jump on an indoor trampoline).




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How to Make a Paper Turkey Craft with Scrapbook Paper

Scrapbook Paper Turkey Craft

Last year, we were given a few scrapbook paper books. These are amazing things to a crafter. Pages and pages of beautiful, colorful paper with awesome patterns and designs. We guarded it carefully until one day we saw, There's Just One Mommy, make a paper turkey craft. We knew right then, our paper treasure was destined to be a Thanksgiving turkey!  Enjoy.

How to Make a Paper Turkey Craft with Scrapbook Paper
This Thanksgiving, make a colorful turkey with scrapbooking papers.
My favorite part of creating is how everyone creates differently. I've known many an art teacher and several preschool teachers, who give you a pattern and instructions and get very upset if it isn't a carbon copy of their own.

Mommy cut a pattern. She showed her turkey (that she loves) and told the kids they could use any papers from the recycle bin, including the scrapbook paper. Check it out!

Make a turkey from recycled papers, cards, and magazines.
We took it further and used actual scrap paper from our recycle box.
Mayhem turned the tail feathers the opposite direction and used a mix of old cards, coloring pages, and pages from an Oriental Trading Co. flyer. Mommy's turkey head pattern was completely tossed aside for a simple circle.

Recycled paper craft for Thanksgiving.
Look what we did with just a simple sales flyer, you know, trash. We made it pretty.

Jake, Jake, Jake. He likes order. He turned the feathers the right way and made them all match. He didn't use Mommy's turkey head pattern, but he made his own head and body. Still no feet though.


Turkey made from scrap book papers.
Mommy's scrapbook turkey lost a foot.

Paper plate turkey collage craft from There's Just one Mommy.

Collage paper plate turkey craft for preschoolers
Collage paper plate turkey craft for preschoolers from theresjustonemommy.com

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10 Fat Turkeys Book

Jake's Stuffed Turkey Recipe

How to Make Marshmallow Turkeys

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

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Elementary Social Studies Lesson on Fair Trade: Homeschooling Online

Fair Trade Chocolate Homeschool Lesson Online

Fair Trade Chocolate Homeschool Lesson Online
Fair Trade Chocolate Homeschool Lesson Online.
Think Fair Trade doesn't matter to you? You've heard something about Fairtrade Coffee, but you don't drink coffee so who cares- right? Wrong! I'm guessing you eat chocolate or know someone who does. Do you know who picked your chocolate? What is fair trade anyway? In this interactive online homeschool lesson, you'll learn all about fair trade practices and why you should buy fair trade whenever possible.

Suggested for Elementary Social Studies: Grades 3-6


Fair Trade Cocoa Unit



Teacher Resources:
Cocoa Curriculum and Lesson Plans from Global Exchange


Student Lesson:




What is Fair Trade? - Read this Free Printable PDF from BrainPop to find out.

Another example on What is Fair Trade from Funkidslive.com


Grab your daily journal (or a Google Doc.) and explain Fair Trade in your own words.


Read more with Ranger Rick: Comic on Cacao Trees in Ghana.




Name 3 Countries that benefit from Fair Trade practices.


1.___________________________________________________


2.___________________________________________________


3.___________________________________________________


Mathematics Component




Cool Bug Free Math Game on Probability from Brock University.



Language Arts Component


Imagine you were a child in Ghana working in the Cocoa Industry. Describe a typical day of work. Use the information above to help with your paper. Do a safe search with Kidrex.org to research more about fair trade. Make sure your paper has a beginning (intro), middle (main body), and end (summary). We like to say, tell me what you are going to tell me, tell me, and tell me again! Open a Google Doc. or write in your daily journal.



Science Component


Yummy CHOCOLATE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT from Factmonster.com



Social Studies Just for Fun Online Games


For BrainPop subscribers, try this Game about Supply and Demand.


Make a difference play this fun Fair Trade Chocolate Game and help spread the word.

Recommended Reading:

Math with M and M's Chocolate

The Chocolate Touch

Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide



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6 Owl Art Projects for Children

Perfect for Preschoolers 6 Art Projects with Owls

Who couldn't love the adorable face of an owl? Children, especially preschoolers, love owls! These 6 Owl projects are perfect for preschoolers and anyone who loves owl country crafts. Grab your family and get crafting. Enjoy!

Owl Project Ideas

Walnut shells are so visually inspiring. They beg you to pick them up and craft with them. You could easily make your own owl walnut necklace like this one we found on etsy.

Inspiration for our Walnut Owl Crafts. We found this on Etsy.com.

Make Owl Footprint Art like these tiny feet found at Tinytotties.com  This is a fun way to find out if your kids have sensory issues. Is the cold, gooey paint fun to step in or scary?


Owl footprint art for kids.
Owl footprint art for kids.

We made this cool, torn Construction Paper Owl Art Project for Preschoolers at one of our preschool classes. Click the link to watch a video tutorial.

Crafting with cupcake liners is the new rage. Owl Craft Cupcake Liners are everywhere. So, grab those leftover cupcake liners and make a cute little owl.

Make owls from cupcake liners.
Make owls from cupcake liners.

Maybe you're more into owl country crafts. If so, you will love this fall Owl Country Crafts Door Wreath.



Looking for an easy owl craft for children? This owl craft for kids is perfectly fun! You only need 3 things to make this cute owl paper craft: construction paper, cotton, and glue! Find the details to make a owl at Queen Bee Coupons.


Owl craft for preschooler kids.
Owl craft for preschooler kids.


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Owls by Gail Gibbons *ad


Skip Hop: Who's Hiding? *ad

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