Do you have anyone in your family who loves one or more of the following?
- science experiments
- craft projects
Then you will want to hear about our experiences with the e-magazine Alphabet Glue and the Monster Toothpaste we created therefrom!
As the website describes this delightful e-magazine, you'll find:
activities and inspiration for families who love books
There are two autumn-themed issues of this e-magazine included in the Mindful Play eBundle (which ends Monday, October 7!). I've greatly enjoyed those and found Alphabet Glue to be one of my absolute favorites of this bundle as I was hand-picking the resources.
In the submission process, I also got a peek into a summer issue, Volume Thirteen. The boys and I decided to do an experiment from the (PDF) pages: Monster Toothpaste. The name alone makes you want to try it out, am I right?
Alrik helped me stir the yeast.
Mikko was in charge of color mixing.
The scientists at work.
The bottles are ready.
Mikko carefully pours the yeast into the peroxide mixture —
what's going to happen next?
That's some snazzy monster toothpaste!
We made it into a sensory project.
Alrik made sure to wash his hands after every touch, though —
only monsters would use this as toothpaste!
I'm really impressed with the quality and variety of Alphabet Glue. The photos and layout are gorgeous, with plenty of delicious white space, so it's a feast for the eyes. Each issue includes science- and art-themed projects, as well as lists of children's books that tie in with the topics and literary-themed projects as well (such as making mini-books).
I'll repeat, since it might not be clear, that Monster Toothpaste is in a different issue (Volume Thirteen) than either of the two in the bundle.
But: You can buy individual issues for $4 or issue collections at a discount, so it's really easy and affordable. I also think it would make a wonderful holiday gift: eco-friendly, small-biz-supporting, creativity-inspiring, educational — and fun! Any homeschooling or unschooling family in particular would love it!
For those of you purchasing the Mindful Play eBundle (you can check it out through my affiliate link here), you will be receiving Volumes Nine and Fourteen:
Fold functional paper periscopes for amateur espionage and make simple plant presses. Sail a fleet of tiny sailboats and learn a bit about surface tension in the process. Reflect on the shape of rain drops, and create a bit of refrigerator-ready art while you're at it. Make bouncy balls out of laundry room staples and handy office supplies, and spend a bit of time thinking about how fossils are formed before trying your hand at making your own.
All this and more in two fun- and story-filled volumes!
So here's a little more about the other resources included in the bundle, so you can see if just one or two more would be a great addition to your family resource library. If so, grab the bundle at this price, since this 80%-off deal ends October 7!
- Sensory Bins: the What, the How and the Why, by Sharla Kostelyk of The Chaos and the Clutter:
Sensory bins are a simple and inexpensive learning tool that can benefit all children. Whether you are interested in incorporating sensory bins into your home, classroom, or homeschool, this guide will provide you the necessary knowledge and ideas to get started. It includes idea lists, storage and money saving tips, information on using sensory bins with Sensory Processing Disorder, and helpful recipes.
- Mandala Doodles, by Sara McGrath of Unschooling Lifestyle:
Learn to draw mandala doodles. With something round to trace, pens, and an eye for discovering the patterns around you, you can draw round mandala doodles and non-circular doodle designs.
- Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough and Modeling Experiences for Kids, by MaryAnn Kohl:
Mudworks offers a delightful range of over 100 hands-on creative modeling mixtures and recipes for children to explore and experience. Kids like to call it the goosh and moosh book! All projects use common household materials and require no expertise. Ideal for fun or serious art for all ages, at home, school, or childcare. A classic!
- Treasure Basket Play, by Melitsa Avila of Raising Playful Tots:
Treasure Basket Play shows you step by step how to effectively and safely set up and use a treasure basket in your home today that will engage and challenge your baby each time the basket is used. Treasure basket play is suitable for sitting babies to approximately 12 months.
- How To Fool Your Kids Into Having Fun So You Can: Travel Games Without Gadgets, by Iyas of Freaky Rivet:
Born out of 6 months of travel with the author's own 4 children, How to Fool Your Kids Into Having Fun So You Can is an ebook packed with over 100 games for travelling without gadgets. These are not just your standard car or plane games, but also ones to keep them amused in restaurants, hotel lobbies, boats, and all kinds of places you might find yourself. Some will educate them along the way; most are just outright fun. And it doesn't have to be in some far-flung continent — they are just as useful even at your local deli. You could give your kids an electronic game — but this way you can give them some good old-fashioned fun interacting with people and the environment around them. Bring your sense of humour, and dive in.
- Animal ABCs, by Carisa of 1+1+1=1:
Animal ABCs is a fun way to take your toddler or preschooler through the alphabet while learning about animals along the way. Each letter features one animal that emphasizes the sound of the letter. Animal ABCs was created for children approximately ages 2-4 years. The bundle includes: Full-size display letters, full-size blank letters and animals to cut for craft, package of printable extras for each letter, all flashcards, all extra additions (Dot Fun, Play Dough Mats, Wall Posters, & Lowercase Letters). Once you purchase, you have access to a private page and you can come back and download anything new that's added!
- Summer Fun, by Joni Rae Latham of Tales of a Kitchen Witch:
This is a 15-page coloring book PDF with natural-parenting line drawings by Joni Rae Latham. The drawings depict different families having fun in the summer with scenes including cosleeping, breastfeeding, tandem breastfeeding, and babywearing.
- Sophia’s Jungle Adventure, by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories:
Join Sophia's jungle adventure! Fly like a toucan, slither like a snake, and flutter like a butterfly as you act out this journey through a Costa Rican jungle. What else might you see? Follow along with Sophia's story and her yoga moves. The storybook includes a List of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent-Teacher Guide.
12 play-themed coloring pages, by Hugo Smits:
These coloring pages are a playful example of how Hugo combines his attached parenting style with his passion.
Playful Rituals and a sample e-course by Shawn Ledington Fink of Awesomely Awake and author of The Playful Family
Audio interview with industry expert on treasure baskets, via Melitsa Avila
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