Bambino, a New Way to Learn

For as long as I can remember, one of my girls favorite learning tools has been puzzles. From big chunky pieces to itty-bitty challenges, puzzles have been one of the best learning tools. Today I’m excited to share the Bambino LUK Learning System. It’s our newest puzzle find and an amazing teaching tool for kids of all ages. Thank you Timberdoodle for sponsoring today’s post and as always, all opinions are my own.

Teaching with puzzles. Exploring a new way to learn with Bambino LUK learning system.
My absolute favorite way to teach preschool and early elementary aged children is through play and one of our favorite things to play with is puzzles. Puzzles are a great hands on approach to learning and an amazing way to work on cognitive skills, problem solving, fine motor development, hand eye coordination, self-esteem and more.

bambinoLet’s take a look at the Bambino LUK system. The starter pack comes with the tray, 6 tiles, a workbook, parent guide, and a skill chart. The system is simple but offers so much variety that every time we play it feels new, exciting and challenging. You are free to begin simple and grow your collection by adding additional packs at any time or you can buy several at once.

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Recommended ages for this LUK learning system are 3-5, but I should add that Marissa (8)  enjoys playing with it just as much as her sister does. We also love the variety of focus and levels the packs offer. This allows me to target specific subjects that I want to work on. It also ensures the work I’m giving is the right level for each child. This is a tool that you can grow with for many years. 

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Like most other puzzle systems the Bambino LUK Learning System is self-correcting. The reverse side of the pieces have a bright and colorful dotted pattern that children can use to check their work. Emily has grown so much from being able to discover and correct her own mistakes and we both like the independence that she feels while playing.

Interested to learn more about how this system works?

You can watch the video above and check out more Bambino LUK Learning Sysytem products on Timberdoodle

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Summer Melon Kids Activities

I’ll admit it, I was stumped.

I started thinking about this post two weeks early. My first idea wasn’t ready to be a blog post and my second idea didn’t work out either. When things just weren’t coming together I started questioning if I would be able to come up with a teaching related post at all. 

Then I thought about what we are loving lately. 

Education should be fun.
We should strive to find things our kids get excited about and use them to inspire teachable moments. We can create, craft, explore, and engage our kids while learning about something they love. Once I reset my thinking, coming up with a post idea was easy. 

Kids craft, snack and game ideas.
One thing that both of my girls are loving this summer has been the melon patch in our garden. From planting to harvesting and eating, they just can’t get enough. So I thought of ways I could take something they already enjoy and turn it into something more. 

Watermelon Seed Spitting

Recently we played a little game of “who can spit a seed the farthest” They both loved being able to spit seeds in the air and when we finished we made a math lesson out of it by measuring and charting distances.

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With 6 ripe cantaloupes lying around I needed to be creative with how we were eating them. Then I remembered a recipe my MIL once made that we all loved and knew the girls would be the perfect helpers.

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Raspberry Jell-O filled cantaloupe. The perfect summer treat
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705 calories
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1424g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 705
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 540mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 170g
57%
Dietary Fiber 12g
48%
Sugars 157g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
552%
Vitamin C
663%
Calcium
11%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large cantaloupe
  2. 1 3oz package raspberry Jell-O
  3. 1 Cup boiling water
  4. 1/2 Cup unsweetened apple sauce
  5. 1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. 1) Cut the cantaloupe in half and clean out all of the seeds, pat dry.
  2. 2) Add the boiling water to the Jell-o and stir until dissolved. Add in the applesauce and fruit. Mix well.
  3. 3) Lay the cantaloupes in a dish and fill with the Jell-O mixture being careful not to over fill.
  4. 4) Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. 5) Cut into 6 or 8 wedges before serving.
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Watermelon Art

Some watermelon inspired art turned out to be a fun and simple craft. We used thick white paper (but you could also use a paper plate cut in half as well). We painted with pink, green and black acrylic paints and used a q-tip to add the seeds. We hung the art up to display it and I love the summer touch it brings to our school room. We may need to paint cantaloupes too :). 

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Next time you are feeling uninspired think about what your kids are loving. We can find teachable moments all around us when we simply take the time to look. 

For more melon fun check out this watermelon math post from Work It Mommy!

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