This year in my trip to India my kids learnt a super fun “Kodi” (shells) game. With a game like that no wonders our ancestors never needed a calculator . Legacy games taught math, strategy, politics and survival skills.
Here are images of our legacy Kodi Game scoring rules. Take 4 shells roll them, score based on how many open and close - fun play and learn.
A diy personalized lantern
- Cheap dollar-store jars and
- Submersive led lights
This Vitamin Simplism is contributed by our Super Mom Bindu Bhavani from United Kingdom!
This is a fun recycling project . Save your tooth paste boxes, soap bar boxes, and any small product package boxes. Cover them with colored paper, preferebaly contact paper and
You have your very own fun DIY blocks and enhanced play time fun. Use it as furniture or make a township with buildings , a classroom or your very own cafe.
Repurpose it to Learn some 3d shapes or Early geometry with your fun diy blocks - learn rectangle or square, cube or cuboid.
Simple, Creative and Fun Idea !
Think outside the Pot
In the last 3 years, every year I have been fortunate to learn germination projects for kids with different ideas- I am amazed beyond words!
In this thread, I will introduce 3 Germination project for kids.
Project 1/3 - Seed Germination in an old CD case!
Materials needed - Old CD case, paper napkin, small tray or a plate with edges, a piece of foam or anything else to hold the Cd case upright.
Fold the paper napkin - multi fold like making a fan and then fit into the cd case - the side which it opens from, the paper towel should fit inside the cd case width wise but should hang out length wise to absorb the water from the tray. Put the seed on the paper napkin and close the cd case. Balance the cd case on a cut piece of foam/stand and place it on the tray. Place it where it can get a good sunlight. Put water in the tray and the paper napkin will absorb water and moisturize the seed in the cd case. We used sunflower and pumpkin seed in this project. The transparent plastic slide with a square grid is optional to help children measure the growth of the sprout.
Idea inspirations from the class of Teacher Rindala , RAFT projects!
Project 2/3 Sponge Germination
This is the one project which got me most excited last Christmas, and more so for the a beautiful story that goes with it.
Let’s talk quickly about the craft first and then the story of Saint Barbara.
The Craft: A house hold sponge (like a dishwashing or cleaning sponge) and some seeds. You can choose wheat or grass seeds.
Step 1: With a marker trace a shape or picture on the sponge and cut it to shape - this is an optional step. You can use the rectangle whole sponge.
Step 2: Soak the sponges in water, and then squeeze out about half the liquid.
Step 3: Place a plate under the sponge, and spread the seeds or beans on the sponge
Step 5: Put your sponge garden in a sunny spot inside the house, and water it daily. Make sure the seeds don’t dry out.
In 10 days or so, you will have your own sponge farm .
Once you are pro at this, you can get really creative – build a house or a boat shaped sponge farm or possibly any 3d shape.
Story of Saint Barbara…
The legend of Saint Barbara who was believed to witness a miracle. She had secretly become a Christian and flee away from her house and ran through freshly planted wheat fields, which grew instantly to cover her path. The general belief among some Christians is that Saint Barbara disguised herself as many different characters to elude the Romans who were persecuting her. Saint Barabara day is celebrated on December 4th and in some middle eastern countries on December 17th and is also popularly called the Christian Halloween day.
This miracle is recreated symbolically today by planting wheat seeds on Saint Barbara’s feast day. The seeds germinate and grow up to around 6 inches in time for Christmas, when the shoots are used to decorate the nativity scene usually placed below the Christmas tree.
So here are the pictures of our little sponge plant.
Idea and story inspiration from the class of Teacher Rindala.
Sponge Sprouts -
Steps: Put a seed/ beans in a ziplock bag, add 2/3 cotton balls , and spray a few drops of water. Close the ziplock bag and stick it to your window/where there is good sunlight. Every day spray a few drops of water. and see the seed/bean germinate.
Here are some images from a Vitamin Simple Supermom Neelima Mohite from her ziplock germination project -
Happy Planting! Happy Spring!
Make your own light table with holiday lights and a sturdy plastic organizer.
Light tables are interesting but expensive. This is a really simple and inexpensive project to add fun to your kids playtime.
Some fun things to do with light table -
1. Magna tiles or other plastic/neon toys play on top of light table and also observe color mingle
2. Kids can explore old X-rays on the light table
3. On a white paper print design or trace with pencil and place over the light table and kids can create designs/mandala using buttons, pompoms etc - improves fine motor skills
DIY lighhtable idea inspiration from Teacher Rindala’s science Classroom
Make your own Marble Run
Material needed - big cardboard, cardboard pipes(we used toilet paper rolls) and tapes .
Being a mom makes our days really crazy - whether you are a full time mommy or a working mommy or all situations- the days are crazily packed. Amongst the hustle bustle of the days, there is one class I never miss to attend with my kids - hands on Stem class with Teacher Rindala - it’s a class I have signed up for my kids , but I am a bigger student trying to catch up with 4 decades of hands on learning I may have missed ! So everytime I go I am anxious and excited along with my 5 year olds who wait for this class the whole week.
The circle time started and then Teacher Rindala announced there are no trays today and not many projects lined up - I was a little dissapointed for a moment- I try really hard to be there and no trays or experiments - bummer ! And then she brings out cardboard and toilet paper rolls and tells us today we are going to build a marble run designed by the kids.
This is step 1 coding - I will have a bigger post on this in the future - but these are simple projects to begin with when you want to encourage critical thinking and team work with the kids. You start with defining a Start and End point and there are infinite ways to get from Start to End - no way is right or wrong, it’s all a test. So with this project the kids planned and designed a marble run and parents worked with the kids on the executions.
A simple yet an an amazing project - a must try this summer !