Predator vs. Prey: The Food Chain Game

Animals and food chains are popular topics for children to learn during science class. There are many books and crafts available about food chains that make children excited about what they're learning. This post is about The Food Chain Game which children can play outdoors during science, STEM, and even recess. Keep reading to learn more!

Learn about carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, predators, prey, and decomposers while playing this food chain game during your science/STEM classes.

Phases of the Moon STEM Activity + FREE Printable

Students in second and third grade are often introduced to the basics of astronomy in science class. They learn about how Earth rotates on its axis every 24 hours causing night and day and how a year is measured by its revolution around the sun. They learn about how the moon revolves around Earth every 29.5 days and its effect on the tides. And, they learn how sunlight reflecting off the moon's surface and Earth's shadow interact to cause the phases of the moon that we see at night. The STEM minilesson below can be used to enrich your science and STEM lessons and activities about the moon. Keep reading to learn more!

Science and STEM craft for children. Students will  use Oreo cookies to create a model of the phases of the moon. Second, third, and fourth grade.

Can You Grow Pine Trees From Seeds? STEM Activity

I remember when I was a little girl, I loved going outside and collecting pinecones. Some pinecones I'd paint and decorate with glitter. Others I'd smother with peanut butter and birdseed and give to the squirrels. And, others I'd keep in a basket on my front porch just because they were pretty and I liked how they smelled. It wasn't until I was older that I learned how important pinecones are to a tree's life cycle. 

This is a simple STEM activity that you can use during your science lessons about trees, tree life cycles, habitats, and the environment. It can also be used as an Earth Day activity. Keep reading to learn more!

Simple science and STEM for your lessons about plant life cycles. Students will remove the seeds from a pinecone and attempt to plant them.    

15 Children's Books About Crayons

I just found out that today... March 31st... is National Crayon Day. National Crayon Day is a day in which people celebrate the joy of coloring. It is also the day that Crayola typically retires old crayon colors and introduces its new ones. (As far as I know, no new colors were added this year-- 2023. No colors were retired as well.) Listed below are 10+ children's books about crayons, markers, and other coloring supplies that'd be fun for children to read. Fiction and nonfiction books for all ages are included. Keep reading to rediscover some old classics and possibly find new favorites.

List of 15 illustrated children's books about crayons. Fiction and nonfiction books about crayons. Perfect for National Crayon Day! PreK to 3rd grade.

Kattenstoet and Six Books About Cats

Every three years during the month of May, people in Ypres, Belgium participate in a festival specifically dedicated to cats. Yes, to cats! (I love cats.) This festival is called Kattenstoet or Kattenfestival. On this day, people attend Kattenstoet parades, dress up in cat costumes, and toss stuffed toys cats in the air. Sounds like fun, yes? Keep reading to learn more about Kattenstoet and for a quick list of children's books about cats.

Learn about Kattenstoet (the festival of cats) and discover six children's books about cats. Picture books and chapter books about cats included.

Craft Ideas for Making and Decorating Flowerpots

In my most recent blog post, I created a list of easy-to-grow flowers you can grow in your classroom. This blog post contains a round-up of flowerpot crafts that you can make and decorate for those flowers. The flowerpots featured in this round-up were created by moms and teachers from all over the internet. If you see a craft in this post that you'd like to try, click on its link and head to its original website for material lists, directions, photos, etc. There are lots of terrific craft ideas in this post, so let's dive right in!

A list of 12 flowerpot crafts you can make with your students at school or with your children at home. Perfect for springtime planting & Mother's Day.

12 Easy to Grow Flowers for Your Classroom

Spring is coming and now is a good time to plan your upcoming plant and plant life cycle units. Many teachers integrate planting seeds into their science units at this time of year, then use the newly sprouted seedlings as gifts for Mother's Day. Listed below are some photos and basic information about 12 easy-to-grow flowers that'd be perfect for your indoor gardening activities. Enjoy!

12 Easy to Grow Flowers for Your Classroom

Your Life Matters! by Chris Singleton

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is in its 10th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators. 

Each year authors and publishing companies provide multicultural children's books for educational bloggers and social media influencers to read and write about online. In previous years, I've written about Hi, My Name is JennyA Unicorn Ate My HomeworkEvelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, and From My Window. This year, I was given a copy of Your Life Matters by Chris Singleton to read. Keep reading to learn more about Your Life Matters and how you can integrate it into your social studies lessons. 

Learn about Your Life Matters by Chris Singleton and learn how you can use this book in your language arts and social studies lessons.

How to Make Jello Outside in the Snow

Children in elementary school start learning about the states of matter, the properties of matter, and how matter changes when heat is added or removed from it. Making this tasty jello snack with your students is a fun way to integrate simple cooking skills into your science and STEM lessons about matter. Keep reading to find out how!

Quick and easy recipe for snow jello that you can make with your students. Great way to integrate your cooking and science lessons. States of Matter.

Do Squirrels Eat Pumpkins?

Have you ever looked out of your window to watch the squirrels gather food for the winter? Have you ever wondered what they like to eat? Squirrels aren't picky and will eat almost anything. We know they like to eat acorns, pecans, berries, apples, vegetables from the garden, and seeds just to name a few. Sometimes squirrels will eat food meant for other animals such as birdseed, cat food, and even dog food. But... do squirrels like to eat pumpkins? Check out this science and STEM experiment we conducted to try and answer this question.

What do squirrels like to eat? Do they like to eat pumpkins? This science and STEM experiment helps children discover the answer to these questions.