STEAM Christmas Observation

As soon as December comes I immediately want to get out the Christmas decorations and explore all of the treasures that I have collected over the years. My decorations have become memories in a box and I love it.

This year we are right in the middle of packing up to move which unfortunately means that we barely brought out any of our decorations. I am still sad about it but I did get somethings to make the holidays special for the kids.

One of our Christmas festivities was all about observing and handling various objects that remind me of Christmas. We made hypothesis’s and tested them for close to an hour. Yes an hour and this was without most of my fun festive supplies. The sky is the limit. Seriously.

Now, usually I share all of my wonderful ideas here but this time I wrote a guest post for Amanda from Sicily’s Heart and Home.

You will find everything that you need for my awesome STEAM activity here. Check it out, your going to love it.

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I know, you want more. More STEAM activities. Lucky for you. I know just the place. You need STEAM Kids Christmas!! I didn’t know I would need it at the beginning of the holiday season but it has been so helpful for me. There is no way that I could think of all of these awesome ideas all by myself.

If your feeling like you might have missed the timing for a Christmas book then look no further. You need the regular edition, STEAM Kids. It would even make an excellent gift.

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Growing Up with Conference Review

There are some things in life that I absolutely adore. Things that are so important to me that I try very hard to pass their value onto my little’s. Now if you have kids you know that just because it is important to you that doesn’t mean that they will think the same as you. I wish it was easy but that is just not the way the cookie crumbles.

Two of my treasured times of the year are when General Conference is broadcasted. As a Christian, of the LDS denomination, April and October are extra special. During these conferences leaders of our church both male and female share words of wisdom to uplift and inspire us. I love it!!

Every six months I NEED an extra lift. I need to know that I’m not a complete failure. I need to know that God loves me. I need to feel the Holy Ghost. To know I am enough for my kids. I need help! I need help to be the Mom that my kids individually need. I need help to be a better wife for my husband. I need help to improve myself.  I need my kids to see that I am not perfect and that I am constantly striving to become better.

My home needs general conference!

This past October I tried a little extra hard to teach my kids about the apostles so that they would value their messages. Let me tell you. It worked!!

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Our Family Halloween 2016

When I was in College I got a job at our local Value Village. It was the perfect job for a student. It was close to my house and I was able to get great clothes for an awesome deal. The position that I started at was a Costumologist!!

What is a Costumologist, you ask? Why, its the greatest thing ever. For two months I was able to dress up daily and help people assemble fabulous costumes. Many people like purchasing costumes ready to go which is fine but I love the challenge of creating costumes. I love hunting for the perfect pieces to create a one of a kind costume. Its a blast and saves quite a bit of cash.

Over the years I have come up with some pretty great costumes and I wish I would have taken pictures of all of my fun creations.

Since I have been married we have always dressed up together and now we involve our kids. It can be quite a challenge to come up with a family costume but it is completely worth it. I’m not sure how long my kids will cooperate with our Halloween fun. I hope it lasts forever but I know our time is ticking so we have to make the most of it every year.

Both my husband and I love Disney so our costumes generally are Disney movie themed. This year we choose the classic tale of “Peter Pan.” We dressed the kids as Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and Smee. Obviously we had to go as Peter Pan and Wendy.

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Don’t we look great!

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STEAM Kids Halloween Crystals

My son has developed a love my spiders. I love that I do not share at all. I am not terrified of them but I cringe every time I spot one. Even spiders in books give me the creeps. Just writing this has given me goosebumps. I hate spiders….

I want to be the Mum that follows my kids interests but I honestly didn’t know how I was going to follow Bee this time.

That was until I found my answer in the Halloween STEAM Edition  Ebook.

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10+ Fun Alternatives to Trick or Treat Candy

Trick or treat,

Smell my feet.

Give me something

Good to eat!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I genuinely love the parties, the costumes and the goofy fun.

As a Mom I don’t love all the candy.

Here are some of my favorite alternatives to candy.

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Mini Halloween Coloring Books

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Thanksgiving Thankful Leaves

For some people Thanksgiving is all about the food! Now I love food (stuffing and pie especially) as much as the next person however I am doing my best to raise grateful kids. One of the ways that we decided to bring gratitude into our family celebration was to make Thankful Leaves.

In Canada, where I am from, Thanksgiving is in October. Right in the middle of fall, well usually. This year we had the pleasure of diving right into winter with a huge snowfall. It practically looked this Christmas on Thanksgiving morning.

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General Conference Week Resources

General Conference is one of my favorite times of the year. I absolutely love gathering my notebook, snacks along with my favorite blanket. Armed with my essentials I was all set to sit down and listen to all of the council that has been prepared. That was before I had kids, it was that easy.

Now my tots want to participate but they also want to run and play. In April I had a great game plan for the hours of conference. Check it out here because it worked wonders with my little’s.

I enjoyed the variety of activities that we did but I felt that we could get to know these incredible men a bit more. If you are a regular reader you know that we love our theme based weeks. When I was planning for September the obvious answer was to include a more religious week. Not a week similar to religious holidays but more like a study based on our families religious leaders. I wrote a list of facts based on each of the members of the First Presidency and the twelve Apostles. You can check out that list to make you own plan or you can join our study.

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Here is what you will need to follow along with our week:

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50+ Activities Inspired by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Its that time of year again.

General Conference.

As many of you know I am a member of the LDS faith. Every October and April we have a special meeting where we get to listen and learn from the leaders in our Church. Men and women both speak and we listen to beautiful choirs. I absolutely love this time of the year and every 6 months it seems to surprise me again.

Not this year, my friends. This year I have a plan. A plan to prepare my self and my kids to receive the messages prepared for us but also to get to know some of our leaders. I know my kids would rather listen to someone that they know a little bit about verses a “stranger” on TV. I absolutely love these men and I know that I will love and understand them even more after our activities.

I am so excited!!

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STEM Learning, How About STEAM Instead?

Have you ever sat back and watched a child play? What did you see? How did they process the information that they were absorbing? Did they try something then try again?

If you haven’t taken the time I highly suggest you do. Kids are amazing! I am always impressed with how many complex concepts that they manage to teach themselves. Kids have a determination that I wish I possessed. More often than not they will try and try again until they master something. Once mastered they often come up with a different way to do something and occasionally end up creating an alternate result.

Now let’s talk about what kids learn. Specifically subjects that our society places a higher value on.

STEM, is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This philosophy has been growing for years. These four subjects are vital to our current world however they were missing an important piece of the puzzle.

Art.

Have you ever purchased an app that was not visually appealing? Did you keep it or was it hard for you to utilize? Personally, if I don’t like the look of it I won’t waste my time using it. Completely unconsciously too, it just happens. Have you ever walked into a house where the layout wasn’t right? All the correct things were present but the flow was stifled.

Both of those situations are because the Art aspect was either forgotten or not prioritized.

It has been said that “Occupations in STEM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth.”1

How amazing is that?!?

As a mom of little’s I want to prepare my kids the best I can for the world that they will grow up in and potentially the world where they become leaders. I firmly believe that by moving from STEM to STEAM they will be better equipped for their lives. They will know how to think outside of the box while accomplishing a plethora of tasks. I want my kids to know how to think creatively, critically and how to be inventive. While also understanding the value that those skills bring to a variety of situations.

Do you have similar goals to me? Do you want your kids to stand out from the crowd?

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite resources. This post contains affiliate links.

Steam Kids 50+ STEAM Activities

Steam Kids is a book that will inspire children to:

question like a scientist

design like a technologist

build like an engineer

create like an artist

deduce like a mathematician

and, most importantly

play like a kid.”

What does this all actually look like? Check out this fun video.

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Letter Book List

Every house, with kids, needs Alphabet books. We have quite a few on our shelves year round but we ventured to the library for some new reads. Some were awesome and others were not impressive. I decided to include my thoughts on all of the books we read.

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What are your must haves when it comes to ABC books?

I love rhyming, great illustrations, with a mix of uncommon and common words. Most books don’t have all of my favorite qualifiers in them but that’s why I read lots and lots of books. We love the variety.

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