Notre Dame Rose Window Paper Craft – FRANCE Unit Study

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As a mother of two young children, I go through a lot of paper. Construction paper, tissue paper, printer paper, coloring page paper... A year or so ago, a friend of mine did an activity with tissue paper and clear contact paper which were cut into hearts for Valentine's Day. As I was thinking of … Continue reading Notre Dame Rose Window Paper Craft – FRANCE Unit Study

#TravelingThroughLearning – FRANCE Unit!

France is a European country rich with medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Most people think of Paris, its capital, which is famous for fashion, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman … Continue reading #TravelingThroughLearning – FRANCE Unit!

Toga hönk [Tuga War] – Viking Gross Motor Activity

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For our study of Iceland, our gross motor activity was the toga hönk (tuga war) which was an important competition to the Vikings. The name literally means tugging on a loop, or a hank. Not much is known about the exact details, but it is believed that two men sat on the floor or the … Continue reading Toga hönk [Tuga War] – Viking Gross Motor Activity

Mentos & Diet Coca Cola – STEM Science Experiment

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As we concluded our study of Iceland, I wanted to include a science experiment, and thought that the traditional Mentos & Diet Coca Cola would be perfect, and a great way to visualize what a geyser looks like. A geyser is a spring characterized by intermittent discharge of water ejected turbulently and accompanied by steam. … Continue reading Mentos & Diet Coca Cola – STEM Science Experiment

Iceland Unit: Icelandic Króna [Compare/Contrast Coins]

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The króna is the currency of Iceland. Iceland is the second smallest country by population, after the Seychelles, to have its own currency and monetary policy. I remember visiting Iceland in 2014, and the exchange rate was crazy for the USD. I bought a pizza and salad for thousands of króna, and was scared how … Continue reading Iceland Unit: Icelandic Króna [Compare/Contrast Coins]

Iceland Unit: Interactive Foam Map [Geography]

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In all my country units, I like to include a visual of the country and mark important major cities. First I cut out my map from a simplified pattern. You can download the map and city tags HERE. We attached our city/town names with map pins. I had a lot of fun with the map … Continue reading Iceland Unit: Interactive Foam Map [Geography]

Icelandic Troll Dolls – Dried Apple Art / Craft.

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Icelandic Folklore has a rich history of trolls & elves - during the long dark winter nights of old, storytelling was the chief form of Icelandic entertainment, with each region fostering its very own bulk of tales and legends that were passed down from generation to generation throughout the centuries.  These creatures were commonly referred to as Huldufólk, meaning … Continue reading Icelandic Troll Dolls – Dried Apple Art / Craft.

Nordic Star String Art – Fine Motor Skills Craft

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I always like to pick at least one fine motor skill activity for our country units and the Nordic Star is featured in much of Icelandic design, especially clothing. I remember looking at beautiful sweaters in Reykjavik and seeing the Nordic Star in the patterns. The Nordic star is inspired by an important element in … Continue reading Nordic Star String Art – Fine Motor Skills Craft

Völuskrín – Early Icelandic Children’s Toys [Iceland Unit Study]

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I like to include a native toy or vintage toy for each county in my unit studies. As the world has become smaller through the invention of technology, unique toys to certain cultures become difficult to find. As I prepped for our Iceland unit, I stumbled upon the history of the Völuskrín. Years ago, children … Continue reading Völuskrín – Early Icelandic Children’s Toys [Iceland Unit Study]

Montessori-Inspired Leatherback Atlantic Puffin Learning Pack [FREE]

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This month we focused on the Atlantic Puffing as part of our Iceland Unit Study. I have been inspired by some of the amazing resources of creative parents and educators on social media and love to create some of these for my kiddos. My oldest is only three, so I try to keep a lot … Continue reading Montessori-Inspired Leatherback Atlantic Puffin Learning Pack [FREE]