Fish is Fish Ivy Kids Kit Review

Fish is Fish ivy Kids Kit Review

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent the Fish is Fish kit for this review!

Ivy Kids (1 of 4)

This kit includes:

        • The book Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni: A sweet story about two best friends, a fish and a tadpole that are inseparable until the tadpole starts to change into a frog.  
        • Fish is Fish: Paint the flexible wooden fish then use it for pretend play or as a decoration.
        • Frog on a Lily Pad Craft: Assemble the foam pieces to create a frog on a lily pad. Then place the lily pad on some water and watch it float. 
        • Frog Life Cycle: Explore realistic figures to learn about the life cycle of a frog. Then cut out the cards on the board and sequence the difference stages of the life cycle. 
        • Clay Model of the Frog Life Cycle: After learning about the life cycle of a frog, use the clay to make models of the different stages of the life cycle: eggs, tadpole, froglet, and adult frog. After the clay has air dried paint the different clay figures.
        • Frog and Fish Pond: Create your ponds by painting the white cardboard circle with water, land, plants, rocks etc. Once the paint has dried, you can add the frog and fish figures to the pond. You can also add the clay figures you made from the “Clay Model of the Frog Life Cycle” activity.
        • Frog Life Cycle Sticker Scene: Decorate a pond with stickers to show all the different stages of the frog life cycle. The stickers include frogs, froglets, tadpoles, eggs, lily pads, and flies. The stickers are repositionable to allow for children to create different pond scenes.
        • Grow Your Own Lily Pads with Lotus Seeds: Lotuses are plants that grow in ponds. The leaf of the lotus plant floats at the top of the water and the flower rises above the water. Simply drop the seeds in the bowl and add water. Within 2 weeks, roots and sprouts will emerge. For extra fun, add a toy frog and/or fish to the bowl to create a mini pond. 
        • Frog and Fish Life Cycles: Learn fun and interesting facts about the life cycles of fish and frogs. 
        • Frog and Fish Venn Diagram: In the story, we learn that there are similarities and differences between fish and frogs. Use a Venn diagram to sort fact cards about fish and frogs. What facts to fish and frogs have in common? 
        • Imagining the World: In the story, the fish imagines what animals and people in the outside world look like. Paint a picture of what the fish imagines in its mind about the outside world, then write about your idea.
        • Letter Jump – Letters: Where will the frog land? Push down on the tail of the frog to make the frog jump on to a letter lily pad. Then identify the letter, letter sound, and/or word that begins with that letter.
        • Letter Jump – Reading: Line the cards up to form a word. Have your child move the frog from lily pad to lily pad to sound out the word. 
        • Frog vs. Fish: One player will be the fish and one player will be the frog. Players take turn rolling the dice and cover corresponding number spaces on the board. The first player to cover all 6 spaces in one of his or her rows wins the game.
        • Spots on a Frog: Roll the dice and place that number of green gems on the frog. Older players can determine whether that number of spots on a frog would be odd or even. Younger players can just play this as a simple counting game.

        Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.

        Ivy Kids (4 of 4)

Some Activities From Our Box…

This was a very fun box, filled with many activities focusing on the life cycle of a fish and a frog. My daughter loves animals so this was a perfect fit!

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She absolutely loved making her own model of the life cycle set that came with the kit.

Ivy Kids (2 of 3)

Stickers are a big hit with her also, so the sticker scene was fun too!

Ivy Kids (1 of 3)

Creating her own pond, was one of her favorites from this box. She is very artistic and put a lot of thought into this activity.

Ivy Kids (3 of 4)

Crafts are always enjoyed by my daughter! She loved the wooden fish included with the kit, it wiggles! The foam frog craft is adorable!

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Her creativity popped with the writing/drawing activity. We recently got chickens, so of course her fish dreamed of being a chicken!

Ivy Kids (7 of 1)

She always enjoys the games, I think it’s the quality time aspect of them. She loves interacting and spending quality time with people she loves, so the games are perfect for this! This was a fun game, allowing her to review her basic addition facts – never too old for that!

Ivy Kids (3 of 3)

The Venn diagram was a great review of this concept!

Ivy Kids (8 of 3)

  

Not everything from this kit is pictured, she enjoyed more of it and is still enjoying some of it!

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

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A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!



Frog Unit Study and Lapbook

Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook

After our bat lapbook and our owl lapbook, she requested a frog Lapbook! She has decided she really likes making Lapbooks now!

We got our printables & ideas from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook, for those of you new – she is in 1st grade.  She put together the front and back all on her own, taping her creations onto the folder. The amphibians on the back were a random image search and a copy/paste job so I don’t have the rights to share those. I just printed images I found for her to color – it was a totally last minute thing she asked for!

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The elements in her Lapbook were not planned out well, so we had to get creative fitting them in.  Most were actually notebooking pages we used.  We got it all stuck in and she loves it, which is what counts!

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We gathered all of our toy frogs and books and went to the library for even more frog books!

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I made a mini pond out of green, blue and clear water beads and added our frogs to it.

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We didn’t follow a strict plan, just read books, watched frog videos, and did some notebooking pages and a comparing frogs and toads mini book. I followed her lead with the activities I chose.  I did not print all of our resources ahead of time, I did it day by day based on what we read and what she was interested in.  Or animal unit studies are very casual.

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She made an acorn frog with her dad.

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Making frog puppets was a BIG favorite, we spent lots of time learning through that project.

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable  Frog Books for Kids

 

See our other animal unit studies and lapbooks…

Bat Unit Study  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook



Frog Puppets with Free Frog Facts Printable

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable

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We have been studying frogs lately – my daughter’s choice. We have learned a ton and will be sharing a full post of all we used and learned very soon.  During our frog unit study we made some frog puppets which were all her idea!

She has these frogs and asked me if we could make a craft to look like them.  I quickly thought of the old frog paper bag craft and showed her a bit about how it could be done and then let her go with her ideas.  First, she painted each bag to look similar to her favorite frogs.

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After the bags dried, we worked together to give them arms, legs and a tongue.  I traced the arms and legs with her and we cut them out together  I showed her how to curl the tongue on one and she did the rest.

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She loved these puppets so much I decided to expand on her interest and throw in more learning fun.  I looked up each of the frogs she had chosen and created a simple info card for her to tape to the back of each bag.

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She was so excited to learn the real name of each frog and where it lives!

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For even more learning fun, we got out our big Little Passports map and found where each frog lives. 

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Her finished frog collection, which will probably stay displayed like this for awhile, she still loves them!

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Here’s the printable I made for her featuring her favorite 4 frogs.  I included a blank page in case you have different favorites that we didn’t include. 

Download the free frog facts printable here!

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Frog Books for Kids

See fun FROG ideas here on our Pinterest board



Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ 1st Grade Homeschool Fun

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben September 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

Speilgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

We finished up our work with 3 Dimensional shapes using Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 5 – Cut in Half {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

This activity was tricky and involved imagining the shape cut in half.   and checking what it would look like on the inside.

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 Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 1 – How Many Cubes  involved focusing on how many blocks were shown on a particular view.

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Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 3 – Stacking Play involved rebuilding figures with cubes and counting how many blocks were used.  Before building each one, she guessed by only looking at the worksheet {2D image}.  Then she built it and checked her guess.

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We are still enjoying our unit study about frogs, so of course we had to build a frog!  The Spielgaben Nature Guide {shown below on my iPad} had an adorable frog with tadpoles for her to recreate.  I showed her the picture and she gathered the needed pieces and put them in that big blue bowl.  Then she built the scene herself.

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!

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Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!



Gift Idea for Everyone with Kids!

Do you have kids?  Have grandkids?  Have friends with kids?  Teach kids?  Care for Kids?

I have a great gift idea for you!

150  Screen-Free Activities for Kids DIY Gift Basket

{disclaimer ~ I was sent the book free of charge to review}

The new book, 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids,  from Asia of Fun at Home with Kids is simply awesome. The book alone would make an incredible gift, or you can get SUPER fun and create a gift basket with supplies to go along with the book. Asia provides ideas here on her blog, and there’s a page in the Amazon preview sharing the 15 items recommended for a gift basket or a simple get-started list. I compiled many of them here for you to glance through.

150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids contains ~

  • 50% all NEW activities never before featured on Asia’s blog.  It also contains favorites from the blog!
  • 120 activities can be completed using items found at a regular grocery store.
  • Most of the activities were designed to encourage multi-age/sibling play. 
  • All activities are coded and marked with allergy codes to make things easier for those of you with kids who have allergies.

The book is divided into 7 sections, each section contains multiple ideas!

  • How to Use the Book
  • Slimes
  • Doughs
  • Paints
  • Small World Play
  • Simple Sensory Activities
  • Do-It-Yourself Toys

We have already done many of Asia’s ideas, but when I presented the book to my daughter who is 5, she immediately saw the image on the front cover of the Frog World and wanted to make that, she loves frogs and water. 

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I must be honest and tell you that the night she asked wasn’t a night I really wanted to dye water blue and cut out foam lily pads.  It had been a long emotional day and I was tired.  But, I said yes.  It didn’t take me long to set both of my kids up with their frog worlds and it gave me about an hour of peace as they played. 

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They both went on to play with the bins again the next day. The effort I put in at the beginning proved to be totally worth it in the end.

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Sometimes I am super creative on my own and other times I feel my brain is dead and completely emptied of all things creative.  Asia’s book is a reminder that it doesn’t take much to do something creative like this.

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My kids are 5, 8, and 12. The 5 and 8 year old played with the Frog World, extensively. The 12 year old wasn’t home that night but probably would have joined them. My 12 year old has looked through the book and found many ideas he wants to try. It really is a book for a VERY wide age range.

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It is a recipe book for me.  An easy tool to pull off of the shelf to stimulate my thinking and give me the idea and the recipe all in one place.  I am so thankful to Asia for taking the time to write this and know it will bless many people out there, including me!

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See more here ~

This awesome book is available worldwide, most of my readers will happily find it on Amazon, there’s a link here to Amazon