Making Tops with Spielgaben

Spinning Tops with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

One of the best things about owning a Spielgaben set is the open-ended play that occurs. This summer has provided many hours of free time and my 8 year old daughter has chosen to create with our set many times. She had loads of fun one day making tops which entertained our new kitten tremendously!

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After she made her first set of tops, I challenged her to try different designs and test which one worked best. It was fun to see her get surprised when one I suggested worked well even though she thought it wouldn’t!

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The tops have been played with a lot since they were created, many have become kitten toys!

See our top fun in action in the video below…

I am in homeschool planning mode, getting some Spielgaben ideas together to extend our math lessons when we begin school in August!


See more fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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August 2017 Printable Calendars for Kids

2017 Calendars for Kids August

We have all new 2017 calendars for you! You can download both the tracing and dot version of our calendars for August for free in this post!

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Learning ideas to go along with the tracing printables ~

  • At the beginning of each new month, trace the name of the month, the year, and color the focus picture.
  • Each new day, trace the number and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to write in each month to create a pattern.
  • At the beginning of each month go through and mark the special days {holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or anything your family celebrates}.  Have your child decorate those special dates so you can look forward to them!

Learning ideas to go along with the dot fun printables ~

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  • At the beginning of each new month, color the focus picture. If your child doesn’t like to color, color together…make it fun!
  • Each new day, dot paint the day, or use a dot sticker and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to create a pattern.

Don’t have Dot Paint {or don’t want to be messy with little ones}?  Use Dot Stickers instead! 

Download your free August 2017 Calendars here!

We added some calendar fun to our collection this year and have some sets for sale in our Teacher’s Notebook Shop for those of you who want more! You can buy the entire year of either, or a blank version to use any year! You can also buy all 3 in a bundle deal. There’s notebook covers and a year-at-a glance in the sets!

Click on each image to see the individual sets…

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Or click here to get them all in a bundle deal!

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Get your Calendar Notebook covers here

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Looking for more calendar fun?

Add these printables to our Calendar Notebook printables!

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Here’s one set up for homeschool calendar time we have had.  Lots of free printables!

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Here’s our Calendar Connections for more fun learning!

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