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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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The Venn diagram was a great review of this concept!

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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!



Organizing Data with Spielgaben

Organizing Data with Spielgaben

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

I love flipping through the Spielgaben guides to find something new my daughter would enjoy. It isn’t hard to find a simple lesson with so many great ones to choose from! This one was really fun! It’s called “Find Friends” and focused on organizing data.

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Making the little people was fun. Definitely an idea I would have not thought of on my own! Using clear tape on top of the pieces allows you to draw the faces with a Sharpie and peel the tape off later!

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We began with simple sorting, boys in red and girls in purple.

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Then I told her to put the people with yellow hair in one circle. Then I asked her to put people with glasses in the other circle. Uh oh! One of the girls with yellow hair has glasses too! This led into the discussion about the “both” category in the middle.

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After I had explained the concept, I challenged her to come up with a sorting rule and explain it to me!

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I drew more Venn diagrams for her to show her how we can use these to sort. We have done this some in the past but it was a great review! To close the lesson I created a blank Venn diagram on her Boogie Board for her to fill in all about her and her brother!

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A very fun lesson!


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Fraction Fun with Spielgaben

Fraction Fun with Spielgaben

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

I am going to be super honest with you today. I am so thankful that I am hired to write a blog post sharing Spielgaben activities with you. Why? Because the hands-on learning is SOOOOO good for her and my lazy self might ignore doing this if I didn’t have to. There have been seasons of life where I have been a rock-star with hands-on learning and curriculum extension, but this year we are just getting the basics done. When I pulled out this lesson for her to extend her math she beamed with joy and begged me to play over and over again.

She is reviewing fractions in her math and it’s always something that is easily forgotten in the early elementary years. We played a game to reinforce basic fractions.

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Using a sticky note as a base, the challenge was to roll the cube and place the correct fraction piece on the square paper. Once the paper was covered, we had a winner! Before playing I created a cube with different fractions on it to match the 1/4, 1/2, and whole pieces we had.

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I also created a second cube without pictures, which we played with second. This was much harder as there wasn’t a visual reminder for which piece to grab.

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See a bit of our fraction fun in action in the video below…

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This was a fabulous game to play for fraction review and also just to see her smile and hear her giggle.


See more fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Lauri Toys ~ A Longtime Favorite for Early Childhood and Beyond!

Lauri Toys for Early Childhood

{disclaimer ~ Lauri is a blog sponsor and affiliate links are in this post}

If you’ve been reading my blog since our Tot School days you know how much we have loved the Lauri brand in our home. We own many Lauri favorites and have recommended them for years. Recently I got a fun email which has led to a new partnership with Lauri Toys! I just love when I get to work with a company I already loved, and can share even more with you!

If Lauri is new to you, here’s a quick video showing more.

 

To show you just how long we have used and loved Lauri Toys here’s a collage I made showing the toys in action with my kids over the years! Notice how young they are!

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We have loved and recommend this trusted brand for being one of the best for open-ended play, cost, and durability. I have recommended the Lauri brand in my early childhood gift guides for years!

 

New Action Stackers

Imagine my daughter’s delight {and my son} when Lauri sent us a brand new toy for her to play with! Not only a new toy but one that added on to a Lauri set we already owned, making it even better!

Our package included the Action Stackers which are great on their own, or can be added to any of the Lauri Stacking Peg sets.

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My son, who is 11, got in on the action too. Anything that extends a building toy to have movement is a win in his book! I’m not even sure what this was, but he certainly knew.

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My 8 year old daughter built many amusement park rides one day, and her Squinkies fit perfectly into the peg holes, so they got to ride!

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You can see a video here from Instagram.

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3rd Grade Reading List

3rd Grade Book List

Last year we used visual reading lists for the first time and it was SO helpful! I chose to do this again for this upcoming homeschool year and today I am sharing my daughter’s 3rd grade reading list.

I used many sources to find books I thought she might enjoy and that I wanted her to try. I have not read all of these, but looked at reviews and am comfortable with giving these a try.  After deciding on many book choices for her, I created a page with each cover so she can browse and choose her next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have her choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

3rd Grade Book List

My daughter can read and comprehend beyond a 3rd grade level, but she still enjoys books focused towards the younger crowd. I try to balance this and spent lots of time on this list! She would read Critter Club and Magic Puppy all day long, and I still allow her to read anything she chooses alongside of books I choose. We also always have a basket of picture books she chooses from the library too! You are never too old for picture books!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.

Downloads…

I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for her. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

Here is a blank reading record like hers. I just have her write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on her opinion.

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Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

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See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

See some of our other book list posts below. Our new 6th grade list is coming soon!

Slide17  2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan  1st Grade Library Book Favorites