Plant Unit: Fruit Dissection & Craft

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We continued our study of plants by examining seeds.  Two fun activities popped up on my Pinterest feed that were related to seeds.  I decided to combine the two activities together as they were related to one another.  The first activity was posted by the Christian Montessori Network called Montessori Science:  Dissecting Fruit.  The other activity was a beautiful craft idea posted by Pink Stripey Socks called Kid Science:  Let’s Study Seeds.  Both activities can be used in many different ways, not just for seed study.  They are both good for learning about the parts of fruit, using fruit nomenclature cards, etc.   IMG_5774

First, we did the dissecting fruit activity.  I thought this was such a unique idea to introduce pre-school aged children to science tools and the scientific process.  Layaan loved using the tweezers to pull out the seeds.  It incorporated fine motor skills along with science.  IMG_5781Before we cut open the fruits, I asked her to make a good guess as to wat color and how big she was expecting the seeds to be.  We observed all the seeds as we pulled them out and discussed if her guesses matched what we found.  Though I only have an apple and pear pictured, we also did it with oranges, grapes, and tomatoes.  IMG_5780After we rinsed off the seeds, we did the art activity from Pink Stripey Socks.  I drew the outline of the fruit, and she painted the inside.  We then glued the seeds onto the respective fruits.  Once everything was dry, we continued to observe the similarities and differences between the seeds.   This activity was great for comparing sizes of seeds, texture, colors, etc, while also combining art and spatial awareness.

I loved watching Layaan do this activity.  I could see that she was really intrigued by it all.  I watched a little scientist bloom through this.  Check out our other posts from our plant unit listed below.

Plant Unit Posts:

DIY Greenhouse

Taiwan: Part 3

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If you are just joining the series, Part 1 and Part 2 of our trip through Taiwan are just a click away.  Today, I am sharing days five through seven in Taiwan.  Yushan National Park is right in the center of Taiwan.  We decided not to do a full circle by traveling all the way to the southern tip.  We heard it gets packed during holidays and since we are coming from Thailand, beaches were not a priority.  From Yushan we started our return back towards Taipei.  We stopped at Alishan, Hsinchu, and XinXing Hot Springs along the way.

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Plant Unit: DIY Greenhouse

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This is one of my favorite activities.  I remember doing it myself in elementary school.  It is incredibly simple, but the best way to visually observe how a seed grows.  Typically, green bean seeds are used because they grow quickly.  We had sunflower seeds on hand and used those.

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Busy Bags

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Spring break is here and many of you are preparing to use this time for a small getaway!  Busy bags are the best!  I love that they are a great alternative to screen usage.  There are some really great ideas out there on Pinterest and other blogs.  It is super easy to make them and they are life savers on any trip.  Here are some highlights from the busy bags we have been using on our most recent trips.

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Busy bags, coloring book, reading book, and backpack.

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Tips for Expecting Parents

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I know how overwhelming it can feel when you are preparing to welcome a little human into your life.  Here are some of my tips for new parents.  I will try to do more detailed posts specific for dads and moms each, Insha’Allah (God Willing).

#1 – Watch this video!

Shaikh Yaser Birjas is one of my favorite shuyookh of our time, Masha’Allah.  His advice on parenting and family matters are some of the best out there.  This video, The Sunnah of Being Bornis a lecture I send to all of my friends once I know they are expecting!  Do not forget to have your spouse watch it, too. Continue reading