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10 Ways to Use Indian Corn for Autumn Learning

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Growing up, I remember being obsessed with Indian Corn!  I would look longingly at it and linger my fingers over the kernels.  I loved the colors, the texture, the season, and everything about them.  We never got to bring any home, which might be why I'm still obsessed with them as an adult.  We've done so many things with them over the years that I decided it was time to write a post about them.


1- Pick the Kernels off with Tweezers
Probably one of the most obvious activities with Indian Corn is to take the kernels off the ears.  Using tweezers to accomplish the task helps strengthen kids fingers for better handwriting.  The kernels can also be removed with fingers.  I've found that rubbing your thumb along them or rubbing two ears together can get them off quickly.

To enhance the learning, talk with your children about corn's place in history as food for animals and people.  You can tell them about how children used to de-kernel hundreds of cobs over the winter to he…

Pumpkin Learning Ideas for Kids

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Pumpkins are a classic fruit for autumn.  We carve them into jack-o-lanterns for one holiday and cook them down into pumpkin pie for another.  This menu page contains all the pumpkin blog posts for toddler through elementary kids.  From pumpkin spice to science, you'll find it all here!





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I also highly recommend this Montessori-inspired Thanksgiving printables bundle from Every Star is Different.  The packet covers Native American history, explorers, and thanksgiving traditions, and contains over 300 pages of printables for preschoolers and elementary kids.  The pictures are respectful, realistic, and historically accurate.  The bundle is great for homeschoolers since you only need to purchase one set for the whole family!  Click on the picture or the colored text to learn more.

You can also purchase individual packets:

- Native American History

- Explorers and Colonists

- Thanksgiving Traditions


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Pumpkin Spice Latte Writing Tray

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It is officially Pumpkin Spice Latte season!  Even if you don't like the hot coffee drink, there are still plenty of other pumpkin spice products to chose from!  Everything from cereal flavors to snack mix and dog toys to kids' toys screams out the merits of pumpkin spice.  My personal favorite is pumpkin muffins.  I think I've made a batch every week!


If you've been following this blog recently, you know that I'm loving sensory writing trays lately.  They're awesome for encouraging reluctant writers, they can be easily customized to any theme, and they're cheap!  It's just as easy to make one of them as it is to make an entire classroom set of them, so they're great for morning busy bins, homeschooling, or sensory play.



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This sensory writing tray starts with a base of orange salt, which I dyed with re…

Winter Learning Ideas for Kids

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Between cold and flu season and the holidays, there aren't many school days in the winter.  Or, if you're like me and you live in the Great White North, then there are way too many school days in the winter.  From the science of snow to Christmas cookies, this is the place to find all your wintery fun ideas.




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Spider Learning Ideas for Kids

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Spiders are creepy and crawling, but their also fascinating.  Kids love to learn more about them, which will be easy to do with these free printables and ideas.  I'm adding more content frequently, so be sure to check back for more!





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I also highly recommend this Montessori-inspired Arthropod printables bundle from Every Star is Different.  The packet covers spiders, scorpions, insects, crustaceans, and myriapods, and contains over 400 pages of printables for preschoolers and elementary kids.  The bundle is great for homeschoolers since you only need to purchase one set for the whole family!  Click on the picture or the colored text to learn more.

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Summer Learning Ideas for Kids

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Summertime is not traditionally a season of learning, but there are still many subjects to be explored during the hot months.  Whether you're turning a trip to the zoo into a field trip or wanting to have fun with watermelon, this is where you want to be!  Settle in with a cold glass of lemonade and dream about long, lazy days of fun.  Click on the pictures to see additional categories.





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Pretend Pet Leashes

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I wrote this post several years ago and just found it when I was "cleaning out" my old blog to move things here.  I'm not sure why I never posted it.  Dragonfly still loves them and asks me to make more of them all the time.


The leash is made from a 1-inch ribbon.  I used my machine to put a "handle" loop on one end, then added a key ring and tacked that down on the other end.  The key rings and clasp came from a pack that I found at Walmart, but I think these lobster clasps would work better.  The leash is about 3ft long* and just right for Dragonfly to drag around.

*Strangulation danger*


The collar is made from 3/4-inch ribbon.  I added a plastic buckle on each end, sewing the loops with the machine.  The leash and the collar probably took me ten minutes, including the time to gather the supplies and set up the machine.  Very easy, but so cute.


Maybe I decided not to publish because the post was so short.  It's a great stocking stuffer for Christmas or jus…