Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all those who participated and supported my last giveaway! I’m pleased to announce the winner of my recent Roylco Straws & Connectors Set giveaway:

Hannah B.

Stay tuned for more free teacher stuff and fun giveaways! Merry Christmas!

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Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Connectors Giveaway 2

Last call for entries to the Roylco Straws & Connectors Set giveaway! Ends tonight at midnight (PST), so hop on over to the giveaway post to enter! Merry Christmas!

Giveaway! Roylco Straws & Connectors Set

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As promised, I have a fun treat for you! Another giveaway! I’m pleased to partner with Roylco, creators of all things fun and educational for your classroom! So here’s the part you’re waiting for… what can you win!? Drum roll please!

Connectors Giveaway

What: This Straws & Connectors set has a whopping 705 pieces (over triple what we played with) and retails for $60, available for purchase here. It’s recommended for ages 4-5+, which I think is appropriate.

How to Enter: Super easy! Here are the steps:

  1. Hop on over to the Roylco Blog. (Click here)
  2. Poke around and check out their craft ideas. (There’s so much fun stuff over there, I know!)
  3. Come back here to this blog and write me a comment telling me what Roylco craft you liked. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to type your comment. If you’re not a WordPress member, please leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win! That’s it!

This giveaway ends 1 week from now, at midnight (PST) on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  **This giveaway has ended. Check back for more giveaway fun!**

Connectors Giveaway 2

What I think about the Roylco Straws & Connectors set: Way fun!! We played with the 230-piece set. It was a great amount for two of us to use. When I opened the box, it looked like this:

Connectors 2

It wasn’t hard to separate the connectors. Once we pulled them all apart, here’s what we had to play (and learn) with:

Connectors 1

At first, we didn’t use the directions, but we soon peeked at them to see hot to make more complex connections. The directions were fairly simple, easy to read, and gave us some good inspiration. Here are some of the creations we came up with (notice they get cooler as we continued to play with them):

Connectors 6

Connectors 5

The straws are roughly 9 inches long. They’re not very hard to connect, but they’ve got enough squeeze between the straw and connector that they stay connected pretty well.Connectors 7 Connectors 9 Connectors 8This was our favorite creation: a 30 inch tall “castle” with corners and arches!Connectors 10

What can you learn: First of all, these are just plain fun. So no matter what kids learn, they’ll have a good time. Here are some ideas for incorporating learning into this activity:

  • Identifying vertices and edges in 3D shapes
  • Structural aspects of various shapes (Which shapes are strongest?)
  • Spacial intelligence (How many cubes made up this castle? How many cylinders?)
  • Volume! (What’s the volume of the cube? Of the castle?)
  • Recreating historical buildings out
  • Creating chemical compounds (H20, etc)
  • And the list goes on!

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The Fine Print: Participation is optional. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to participate. Only one entry per person. Available to US and Canada participants only. There will be one winner. Winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Wednesday, Dec. 17-Thursday, Dec. 18. The winner will have 24 hours to respond and provide me with shipping information so I can mail them their prize! If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will randomly be selected (in which case the new winner will be notified and the same terms apply).  The winner will be announced on this blog once eligibility has been confirmed. I cannot guarantee the winner will receive their prize before Christmas, but I’ll try my best! This giveaway is sponsored by Squarehead Teachers and Roylco, and is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor. If you have additional questions, please contact me! Good luck!

Giveaway Coming This Week!

I’ve been working with my friends over at the Roylco Little Fingers, Big Art blog to put together something special for you! This week, I’ll be launching my Christmas giveway with a special prize for one lucky winner! Check back this week for a chance to enter!

Little Fingers Big Art

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my recent book giveaway. I’m pleased to announce the winner:

Susan S.

Squarehead Teachers will celebrate its 2nd birthday in a few months and I’m planning a fun giveaway! Stay tuned!

Hooray! Hooray! Another Giveaway!

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Another giveaway coming at ya! 🙂

Giveaway 4 STICKER The Prize: The prize is a collection of four Scholastic Little Leveled Readers. They’re perfect for PreK-2nd grade. The prize includes one of each book pictured above. They are each a different level (A, B, C, D) and increase slightly in difficulty as the reader progresses through the levels. Books are new and unused. Participating in this giveaway is easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!

All you have to do is comment on this post (scroll ALL THE WAY down to the bottom).  Please tell me one thing you like about teaching kids! If you’re not a WordPress member, please list an email address (I’m the only one who can see it) so I can contact you if you win.

This giveaway ends 1 week from now, at midnight (PST) on Thursday, July 24, 2014. **This giveaway has closed. Keep checking back for more giveaways!**

The Fine Print: Participation is optional. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to participate. Available to US participants only. There will be one winner. Winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Friday, July 25 – Saturday, July 26. The winner will have 72 hours to respond and provide me with shipping information so I can mail them their prize! If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will randomly be selected (in which case the new winner will be notified and the same terms apply).  The winner will be announced on this blog once eligibility has been confirmed. This giveaway is solely sponsored by Squarehead Teachers and is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor. If you have additional questions, please contact me!

Giveaway 3 Winners

Drum roll, please! I’m pleased to announce the winners of my most recent giveaway!

Tricia Z.
Karen P.

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry!
There are more fun giveaways coming your way on Squarehead Teachers!

This giveaway’s prize, Candy Experiments, is available on Amazon. Get your own copy!

Experimenting with Candy! (Guest Post)

Candy Giveaway STICKER

Giveaway coming later this week!

With summertime fun and sugary snacks providing so many distractions, can your children actually learn anything over the summer?  Yes, they can, if you sneak in some science with fun activities like candy experiments.

Our family created candy experiments when my oldest daughter was four, and wanted to put Nerds in water. Since her first experiment, we have destroyed candy in dozens of ways and learned about chemistry, physics, and nutrition along the way. Here are a few of our favorites.

Melting:  If summertime heat makes your kids complain that they’re going to melt, try melting candy to see what’s inside.  If you microwave Starbursts, you’ll see shiny spots of oil that separate out from the candy. If you microwave chocolate, you might start the blooming process, in which unstable chocolate crystals start to move and separate, causing white cocoa butter “bloom” to form on the outside of the bar.

Cotton Candy Experiments:  Some candy experiments use cotton candy, a summertime staple.  To make cotton candy vanish, dip a puff of cotton candy in water. As capillary action carries water up the network of tiny candy strands, the water dissolves the candy from the bottom up. You can also weigh cotton candy to see how much sugar it really contains–you might be surprised to see that cotton candy is mostly air!

Find Hidden Candy:  You’ll find hidden sugar in all sorts of summer snacks, from popsicles and ice cream bars to “healthy” power bars and sports drinks. To help your kids see how much “hidden candy” they’re eating, read the snack’s nutrition label to see how much sugar it contains. Then weigh candy on a kitchen scale until it matches the weight of the sugar on the label.  Eating the snack would be like eating that amount of candy.

You’ll find more summer learning experiments in our book, Candy Experiments, or at www.candyexperiments.com. Enjoy summer learning!

Loralee Leavitt is the author of Candy Experiments, Road Tripping, and Candy Experiments 2 (coming in January 2015). Follow her candy adventures at www.candyexperiments.com