Tag: Spatial awareness

Pentominoes

Pentominoes Pentominoes are a tiling puzzle used in recreational mathematics. Each of the twelve (12) pieces are made with 5 equal squares that are meant to resemble the Latin alphabet. These pieces can be put together in thousands of ways in order to fill in a variety of areas in puzzle-like ways such […]

Holiday and Winter Origami

Holiday Origami by Fran W We started having fun folding paper when my oldest child was about 6 years old and we’ve been finding ways to incorporate it into our lives ever since. One year we added origami presents and cranes to a Christmas tree, another we offered a bunch […]

Create a Scary Character

Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, and published in 1818, was the end result of a suggestion made by the famous poet Lord Byron!Lord Byron suggested that he and a couple of friends write scary stories and share them when they were completed. It’s hard to imagine that someone […]

Make Your Own: Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board

Tic-tac-toe board by Fran W Tic-Tac-Toe (Crosses & Naughts)Strategy games have been around for centuries and were often made with or from natural items.Strategy games are great for building critical thinking skills because players need to observe the game so they can block the other players and take […]

Spark of the Day: Symbols of Fall: Twist Balloons

Twist balloon pumpkin by Fran W. We enjoy decorating our home for the fall holidays each year and this year we decided to incorporate twist balloons into our holiday because they can be turned into so many creative things!We are planning to make…Pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, cats, turkeys, a cornucopia, […]

Inspiring People: Cardstacker

Photo by Kevin Lam from Vancouver, Canada Guinness World Record holder, Bryan Berg is a self-taught cardstacker. He builds amazing structures out of plain old playing cards. He doesn’t bend or fold the cards, nor does he use tape or glue to keep them together.  You have got […]

Bats

Big-eared townsend-fledermaus from blm.gov Did you know… The saying, “blind as a bat” is very misleading because none of the over 1200 species of bats are blind! Activity: Sound GamesTo do today’s activities you will need:A timer that beeps for a little while after going off and a blind foldGame 1: Where […]

Tangrams

Did you know…There are seven game pieces used for tangram puzzles and over 5,900 patterns that can be made from them! Activity: Make Tangram Puzzles You will need: Tangram puzzle piecesTangram puzzle patternsCard stock paperPencilRulerScissorsColored pencils or crayons – optionalIndex cards that will fit the size of your finished puzzles Print out or construct your puzzle pieces and […]