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6 Reasons to Visit The Strong National Museum of Play

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~Thank you to The Strong National Museum of Play for hosting our visit. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Just a couple of weekends ago we were visiting family in Rochester, NY and a friend suggested taking our kids to Strong. I was like, Strong? What the heck is that? The Strong National Museum of PlayI went online to check it out and knew right away our kids would enjoy it.

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At first glance it appeared to be a big children’s museum, where kids can spend the day and just enjoy playing with different set ups. Our kids have been to other children’s museums and loved it, so I thought this would be no different. Boy was I wrong! The experience is so much more than that!

The Strong Museum is NOT a children’s museum (I’ll explain this more in a bit), and even us adults had a great time. We all enjoyed it so much that a day trip to The Strong Museum is now going to be routine for us when visiting our family in Rochester!

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Enjoy $1 carousel rides on your way in or on your way out!

6 Reasons to Visit The Strong Museum

1. A fun-filled DAY!

When I say you can spend the whole day at The Strong Museum, I’m not kidding. There is so much to see and do, from hands-on exhibits, to fun crafts, historic displays and more.

We visited on a Sunday when the hours are limited to 12pm-5pm. We didn’t get there until around 1:30pm and in the few hours we explored, didn’t even see and experience all The Strong Museum has to offer.

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Ever wanted to visit Sesame Street?

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Just another work day at Sesame Street Taxi! And check out those celebrity riders trying to hide in the back. It’s Elmo and Cookie Monster!

 

But boy did it wear us out. We were all ready to go when closing time came. Our daughter actually fell asleep before we left and had to be carried out, and our son started snoozing on the car ride home. Yay for a nap, though!

The Strong Museum is a 285,000 square foot facility, 100,000 of which is actual hands-on exhibits and displays. There are two floors to the museum and we had so much fun on the first floor, that we had to rush through the second floor (hence we WILL be going back).

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And when you do stay the whole day, you don’t have to worry about getting hungry because there are dining options on-site. Grab a bite at Bill Gray’s Skyliner restaurant, in the lobby, or something quick at Subway, Taco Bell Express, Pizza Hut Express, or Louie’s Sweet Shoppe, all located in the food court.

2. Nostalgia

I experienced some pretty epic nostalgia as we explored The Strong Museum . From Reading Adventureland, which takes us right into the fairytale books we enjoyed as kids, to Bear Country where we can experience the Bear Family’s adventures, it was like reliving my childhood in action. Oh, and the kids enjoyed it too. I just don’t think they understood the excitement I had for it all.

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Trying to pull the sword from the stone.

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Take your pick of story. Little Red Riding Hood? Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
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The Giant and his bean stalk. The Giant talks and moves, too!

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How many Berenstain Bears books do you own? We have about 20!

3. History

It’s not even just the nostalgia of reliving our favorite childhood stories, but The Strong Museum is packed full of history. The Strong Museum is NOT a children’s museum, but is the National Museum of Play. Throughout the facility, and especially on the second floor, there are featured displays of historical significance in how play as evolved.

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From technology like video games and pinball machines, to more simple play like G.I. Joe, dolls and toy trucks, The Strong Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of toys and historical materials, all related to play.

The Strong Museum is home to:

  • The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (largest in the world)
  • The National Toy Hall of Fame
  • The World Video Game Hall of Fame
  • The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play (187,000 volumes and papers of national figures)
  • The American Journal of Play (first of its kind)

4. Imaginative Play

The Strong Museum is truly an imaginative haven. The countless number of interactive exhibits makes it fun for everyone. My daughter had a grand time sliding down the treehouse clubhouse in Bear Country, making her own fairy wand and creating music with the colorful Crayola “drums.”

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My son loves video games, so when he saw the giant Super Nintendo controller, he jumped at the chance to play. This was a blast from the past for me too. I used to play Super Mario ALL the time.

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He also really enjoyed shopping at Wegmans. Actually, I think both kids enjoyed that. If you’re not from the northeast, you probably have no idea what Wegmans is, but it’s a really popular grocery chain.

We’ve visited children’s museums that have something similar, like the Miami Children’s Museum has a Publix to shop, Publix being a popular grocery chain in the southeast. But nothing compares to the Wegmans shopping experience at The Strong Museum. The kids even got a real receipt for their groceries! How cool is that?!

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I think the kids were supposed to be limited to five grocery items. My kids obviously don’t listen.
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Wegmans features an in-store cafe so naturally The Strong Museum’s Wegmans has to have the same. That is not real pizza, by the way, but doesn’t it look real?!

5. Outdoors brought Indoors

On top of all of the hands-on displays and historical displays, The Strong Museum is also home to The Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Admission to the butterfly garden is separate from museum admission, but for just $4-$5 per person, you can enjoy an indoor walk through the outdoors.

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As soon as you walk into the garden, you see a few butterflies floating around, but if you’re not looking hard enough you’ll miss a lot. Many of the butterflies we saw were just resting on plants. The garden features more than 80 different butterfly species that come from all over the world including Asia, Africa, and South America.

And it’s not just butterflies you’ll find in the garden, but you also might see moths, turtles, quails (watch out so you don’t step on them), a chameleon and let’s not forget the beautiful botanicals.

6. Variety of Programs and Events

As if all of this wasn’t enough, The Strong Museum features different programs and events every week. We visited on Over the Rainbow Weekend and got the opportunity to take a photo with Dorothy and Toto, Glinda the good witch, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Upcoming events:

  • May 13, Fairy House Magic – Meet Leafy the Fairy and get a little sprinkle of fairy dust for good luck, visit the Discovery Garden to check out the colorful fairy houses, and more!
  • June 3, Fit Kids Day – Get active in the Fit Kids Fun Zone, discover the best places around town to exercise and more!
  • June 15 to June 25, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park – Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26 foot wide endurance zone that includes vertical nets, a spider web, log swings and rope bridges. (Requires additional ticket purchase.)
  • June 24 & 25, Have a Ball Exhibit Opening Celebration – Enjoy a comedic group perform ball tricks, in celebration of the most timeless toy ever – the ball. Then enjoy the exhibit itself by zooming a ball through a pipe maze, build a cup-and-ball toy, and more!
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Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way out and pick up something to play with at home!

What would you enjoy most about The Strong National Museum of Play?

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*Thank you to The Strong National Museum of Play for hosting my family for a day. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the museum. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the museum.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How I’m Setting My Son up for Educational Success

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I can’t believe it’s already time to register my son for kindergarten. Even though the start of the new school year is still months away, I’m already going through every emotion in the book and questioning his readiness.

I’m so excited to have some time alone with just my youngest. Maybe I can be a little more productive and she can get more one-on-one attention. But what if my son gets lost? What if he misses me and has a breakdown? What if he doesn’t behave and listen to the teacher? What if he’s just not at the same educational level as his peers?

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#TBT with Pocoyo & Sonic {Giveaway}

The new Pocoyo and Sonic DVD releases from NCircle Entertainment this month really have me reliving my childhood. It's been a real blast from the past! #TBT #Pocoyo #SonictheHedgehog #SonicUnderground #NCircleEntertainment #Giveaway
~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing DVDs for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

This week has been a total throwback for me. NCircle Entertainment has some pretty amazing releases this month. Last week I shared with you the new Dino Dan: Dino Go Seek release, but this week I’ve really had fun reliving some childhood memories with Pocoyo and Sonic the Hedgehog.

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While Pocoyo wasn’t around when I was a kid, that doesn’t mean he can’t offer a little inspiration from my childhood. The new Pocoyo: Playtime! release is filled with over an hour of nothing but playtime fun. One of the activities Pocoyo and his friends partake in is a short camp out, complete with a tent, hammock and flashlight.

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This inspired me to help my kids build an indoor tent and have a little camp out of our own. This is something I did all the time as a child. We turned our entire living room into one big tent (this was a good way to get my kids to clean up too, haha) and loaded it up with pillows and blankets, and just hung out for a while. We got a little hungry so my son did a little fishing and quickly caught us something to eat!

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I love Pocoyo for my toddler because it introduces children to simple and basic vocabulary, and even starts teaching concepts like location. In one particular part of this DVD, Pocoyo’s ducky friend Pato teaches what it means for a ball to be outside, inside, behind and in front of a box. The simple, but fun and colorful graphics and playtime adventures are a wonderful learning tool for youngsters.

Pocoyo: Playtime! Stories

  • Playtime
  • Camping
  • Hide and Seek
  • Wheels
  • The Amazing Tower
  • Pocoyo’s New Toys
  • Painting with Pocoyo
  • Playing Dress Up
  • Pocoyo’s Restaurant
  • Ahoy, Pocoyo!
  • Traffic Jam

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And the real blast from the past this week? Sonic the Hedgehog! Let me first start off by telling you that in second grade, I dressed up as Sonic for Halloween. It was all blue everything, including a foam-like mask that had Sonic’s signature spikey hair. I have no idea why I remember that other than it was pretty awesome!

So to be completely honest, when I saw NCircle Entertainment was releasing Sonic Underground Vol. 2, I knew I had to have it. Not for the kids, but for me! Although my son has enjoyed watching the three disc set with me.

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If you’re not familiar with Sonic Underground, it’s a series of stories that tell how Sonic and his siblings Sonia and Manic search for their mother, Queen Aleena. And it just wouldn’t be Sonic without Dr. Robotnik, so of course he’s the villain still working against Sonic. Both are trying to find Queen Aleena’s crown jewel, which will help them locate Queen Aleena herself. Who do you think will succeed in finding it first?

Volume 2 happens to be the last and final stories of the Sonic Underground tale and has a run time of about 7 hours. It even includes 20 bonus music videos because did I mention Sonic and his siblings have a rock band? Their name is Sonic Underground! Duh!

Sonic Underground Vol. 2 Stories

  • The Jewel of the Crown
  • Three Hedgehogs and a Baby
  • Dunes Day
  • Mummy, Dearest
  • The Hedgehog in an Iron Mask
  • Six is a Crowd
  • Wedding Bell Blues
  • Flying Fortress
  • No Hedgehog is an Island
  • New Echidna in Town
  • Country Crisis
  • Haircraft in Space
  • Healer
  • Sonia’s Choice
  • The Big Melt
  • Sleepers
  • Bartleby the Prisoner
  • The Art of Destruction
  • The Pendant
  • Virtual Danger

Does any of this bring up any of your childhood memories? You can have your own throwback week because I have a chance for you to win a copy of both of these fun DVDs! Just enter using the giveaway form below!

When was the last time you had an indoor camp out or built a fort?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter

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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of Pocoyo: Playtime! and Sonic Underground Vol. 2! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on May 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Dinosaur Fun with Dino Dan + Free Printable Activities

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~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing a DVD for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

By now, you probably know that in preparation for my son starting kindergarten next year, I’ve been doing some homeschool preschool activities with him. I can’t even begin to tell you how far he’s come.

This week, I decided to take a nice little detour from our usual workbook and do something more entertaining. It’s important that at such a young age we make learning fun and intriguing, or the info isn’t going to be retained. So yesterday we spent the day working with dinosaurs.

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We started our day of dinosaurs with some free Dino Dan printable activities. The set includes six printouts and engages children through coloring, working their way through mazes, exercising their seek and find skills, and more!

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My favorite printable was the dot-to-dot T-Rex skull. My son loves dot-to-dot activities, but this one was challenging for him because it starts at number one and goes all the way up to 77.

My son hasn’t really learned counting past the teens, so it was a great learning activity for him. By the time he got to around the 50’s, he had gotten the hang of counting that high and it was fun to watch it click for him.

After a few of these activities, we watched Dino Dan: Dino Go Seek, one of the April releases from NCircle Entertainment. The DVD includes five different fun dinosaur stories and we learned a little about the Microraptor, Dromaeosaurus, Troodon, Kosmoceratops, Dracorex and other dinosaurs.

Stories include:

  • Dino Go Seek
  • Train of Dinos
  • Robots & Dinos
  • Dino Clash
  • Dino Racing

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My son’s favorite story was “Dino Go Seek,” where Trek played an indoor game of hide and seek with his friends and grandmother. Everyone hid, while Trek did the seeking. Along the way, Trek learned how Microraptor’s use various skills to stay hidden so as to avoid becoming prey.

How?

Trek’s friends and grandmother were using some of the same exact skills in their game of hide and seek – from hiding is small, tight spaces, to moving around and not staying in one spot for too long. Needless to say, my son picked up a few hiding tips from the Microraptor for when he plays hide and seek with his friends!

Want to have a little dinosaur fun with your child? You can start by printing out the free Dino Dan activities and don’t forget to get your copy of the new Dino Dan: Dino Go Seek!

Do you have a dinosaur loving kiddo?

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*The free printables contained in this post were provided to me by NCircle Entertainment. I also received a sample free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Playgro Music and Lights Comfy Car Giveaway

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Deliciously Savvy is hosting a giveaway in which one lucky winner will receive a Playgro Music and Lights Comfy Car in winner’s choice of colors. This adorable little play center retails for $80 and is hours of fun for your little one. Enter today to win!

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Make Your Own Matching Game Preschool Activity

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame
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My son is starting kindergarten soon and over the last year, I have been doing a lot of homeschool activities to try and prepare him for this big milestone. From workbooks, to arts and crafts, to educational videos, we’ve done all kinds of things. Just a few weeks ago we focused on outer space and did a different out of this world activity each day.

This week I’ve teamed up with Education.com to bring you a fun and creative activity for your preschooler, Make Your Own Matching Game. I put it to the test the test with my son and he had a great time. To him it was fun, but secretly I knew he was learning.

Make Your Own Matching Game

This make-your-own matching game is a little like dominoes and a little like a memory game. Plus, it’s a great way to help your child practice his geometry abilities. Your child will flex his visual recognition skills as he pairs up matching patterns on craft sticks he designed himself! He’ll also practice his color recognition skills as he differentiates between colors in the patterns, fostering his artistic talent.

Learning points:

  • Math: 2D shapes and shape patterns
  • Science: colors

What you need:

  • 16 craft sticks
  • Markers in four or more colors (including black)

Directions:

  1. Set the craft sticks side by side on a table, going vertically across.
  2. Help your child carefully draw a bold, black line across the center of the sticks.
  3. Have your child draw a different pattern on each half of the sticks. He can use patterns such as dots, stripes, plaid or checks, or try making one side a solid color and the other side a pattern. Even a simple picture like a smiley face will work. Make sure each stick has an identical match – another stick with a matching top and bottom.
  4. Mix the sticks up together and place them in front of your child. Challenge him to match each stick with the right pair.

When your child is done, talk to him about the different patterns he drew. Help him name them and see if he can find the same patterns anywhere else in your house!

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame

My tips:

  • I used jumbo wood craft sticks for this activity. I find they provide a little more room for a preschooler to work with.
  • This activity provides eight matching pairs. If your child has mastered that, add a few more pairs to the mix.
  • If you want to make the matching game a little more challenging, try having your child use one of the same designs on more than one pair. For example, I asked my son to do red polka dots on two different pairs and when he was matching them up, I found it made things a little more complicated. It made him look closer at the design on the other half of the sticks to ensure he was matching them properly.
  • Another way to make the game more challenging is to do designs on both sides of the craft sticks, meaning front and back. Have your child design the pairs on the front side and then flip them over and do different designs on the back. When you mix up the craft sticks for the game, some of the sticks will turn over and your child will have to work harder to complete pairs. It will require more attention to detail and patience, as he’ll have to flip some of the craft sticks over to find their match. My son just turned five a couple of months ago and while I know this will be more challenging for him, I also know he can do it!

What kind of designs did your preschooler create?

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The Ultimate Easter Basket + I See Me! Giveaway

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks
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Now that we’ve covered Easter outfits, let’s get into Easter baskets! I love putting together collections of fun and learning for my kids, no matter what holiday it is and Easter is no different. It just so happens that I’ve been planning this year’s Easter baskets since last year!

Yeap, you heard me right. After the holiday last year, I purchased plastic eggs, straw filling and even the “baskets” on clearance, and have held on to them even through our move. I’ve also collected swimsuits and summer shoes during various end of season sales. I sized up and now a few of those will fit, so they’re perfect additions to my kids Easter baskets! And with Easter almost here, I’m excited to pull everything together.

Here comes Peter Cottontail.

Hopping down the bunny trail.

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

So what all goes into an ultimate Easter basket? I love to incorporate my kids favorite candy treats, which they only get on special occasions or as rewards, fun toys and activities they can enjoy indoors and outdoors, and even a handful of things that help spark their imagination and learning processes.

Ultimate Easter basket ideas:

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Like Christmas, I typically do one larger or more pricey gift along with smaller, less expensive ones. The special feature in my son’s Easter basket this year is a personalized book from I See Me! It’s personalized to include a picture of him, a special dedication and the book is ALL about him. The only thing more fun than reading an exciting story, is when that story is all about you!

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In “Terrell’s Very Own Trucks and Things That Go!,” a variety of transportation vehicles and vessels work together to build “the perfect name,” my son’s name. On each and every page, a “thing that goes” brings in one letter, until they’ve collected every letter needed to compile his first AND last name (and it’s a long one, haha).

It’s such a fun rhyming book and at the end, my son can learn a little bit about all 64 “things that go” – trucks, cars, planes, trains, boats, cranes, diggers, tanks and more. My little car fanatic will be over the moon to see his favorite transportation vehicles working together to build his name.

Not only does I See Me! offer personalized books and stories, but they also have stickers, lunch boxes, puzzles, coloring books, placematsgrowth charts and music, all of which can be personalized for your little one. I mentioned a few of these in my ultimate Easter basket idea list above! How cool would it be to have an Easter basket full of personalized fun?

To get you started on your ultimate Easter basket, I have the chance for you to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! There are so many great options to choose from. Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

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As for the smaller, less expensive items I include in my kids Easter baskets, Target is one of my go-to solutions. Never underestimate “The One Spot” located at the entrance of the store. You can find all kinds of fun things there for $1. Just last week I got bubbles, coloring books, a small pair of Disney socks for my daughter and even some writing tools for my son!

What do you like to put in your kid’s Easter basket?

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One lucky Making Time reader will win an I See Me! personalized book of their choice! GOOD LUCK!

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Exploring Outer Space with The Cat in the Hat {Giveaway}

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

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As you probably already know, last week was Dr. Seuss week and the Read Across America event took place on March 2nd, in light of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Not only did we have fun with Dr. Seuss activities last week and participate in Read Across America, but we also spent the week exploring outer space.

Each day my son did a different activity, all of which were space related. And everything he did led up to a special Friday movie. It’s just like when I was in school and the big box TV was rolled into the classroom. I knew right then my school day was taking a turn for the better. It was the same thing here. With a little help from NCircle Entertainment, he took an adventure through outer space with The Cat in the Hat! The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about all kinds of things, even outer space.

Monday

You can’t really learn about outer space without visiting, and you can’t really visit without becoming an astronaut, so that’s how my son started the week. On Monday he created his very own astronaut and started learning about the different things he might see way out of this world.

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I found a large array of outer space printables just from searching on Pinterest, so that’s where all of the outer space activities and ideas for the week came from. His astronaut printable was a color by letter activity and the other coloring printable was a color by sight word. Both of these were perfect for his age!

Tuesday

Now that my son was an official astronaut, he had to figure out how to actually get to outer space. His solution was to build his own rocket ship. On Tuesday, we took to his painting easel so he could create one!

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We actually started by painting his foot blue and orange, and then he stepped on his easel paper. The blue part would be the body of his rocket and the orange part, the fire coming out the engines. It was a nice starting point to get his creative juices flowing. After that, I let him do his own thing.

I did tell him his rocket needed some triangular wings (thinking of those at the base of the rocket) and he took it literally, giving his rocket green wings. They look like bird wings to me, but that’s the beauty of a child’s creativity. Besides, it’s his rocket ship and he can do whatever he wants to it.

Wednesday

Wednesday he did a little more research as to what he should expect to see when he gets to outer space. You know, just so he’s prepared once he gets there. With a couple of connect the dots activities, he realized there was a lot to see and explore – stars, planets, passing rocket ships and more!

Thursday

Now we’re getting somewhere. My son is an official astronaut, has is own rocket ship and is ready for exploration. Outer space here he comes! 5-4-3-2-1, BLAST OFF!

Thursday he started with four maze activities – exploring through his rocket ship, the moon, a star and finally, Saturn.

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Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

After he finished those, we participated in the Read Across America event by reading his new Cat in the Hat book, There’s No Place Like Space! It couldn’t be more perfect for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and keeping with our outer space theme for the week.

Friday

Friday arrived and it was finally time to debut his new DVD, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space. Following a robotic dog that came to earth, the Cat in the Hat took him on an out of this world adventure in the Space-ama-racer.

They meet Astronaut Audrey at her space station, at which time she introduces them to Space Rover (the robotic dog) who is helping her explore outer space. Before they know it, Space Rover gets tangled in some space junk while exploring and it’s up to Cat, Nick and Sally to save him. This is just the start of the adventure, as they follow Space Rover from planet to planet, through asteroids and so much more!

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After watching the movie, I helped him cut out all of the activities he’d been working on during the week and using push-pin magnets, we placed them all on our dishwasher.

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This allowed him to move the pieces around how he wanted and maneuver his astronaut through outer space. Along with the movie, it was a simple, but fun way to end his week exploring and learning about outer space. 

Want to have your own outer space week with the Cat in the Hat? Enter using the giveaway form below and you could win copies of the DVD and book to get you started!

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One lucky Making Time reader will win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle that includes the DVD and book shown here! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on March 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.
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Read Across America + Free Printable Dr. Seuss Activities

March 2nd we'll be taking part in Read Across America and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! Will you join us? Here are some free printable Dr. Seuss activities to get your imagination flowing. #ReadAcrossAmerica #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat

Did you know that March 2nd is the Read Across America event? Did you also know that March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday? Dr. Seuss has brought so much fun and imagination to the lives of many people, including myself.

As a child, I remember reading titles like

  • Green Eggs and Ham,
  • Horton Hears a Who,
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,
  • The Sneetches,
  • and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

And let’s not forget Dr. Seuss’ ever so classic The Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss has given the world multiple silly and entertaining reads, and beyond his life is still encouraging the minds and imaginations of our kids today.

March 2nd we'll be taking part in Read Across America and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! Will you join us? Here are some free printable Dr. Seuss activities to get your imagination flowing. #ReadAcrossAmerica #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat  March 2nd we'll be taking part in Read Across America and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! Will you join us? Here are some free printable Dr. Seuss activities to get your imagination flowing. #ReadAcrossAmerica #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat

I love sharing everything Dr. Seuss with my kids! It’s a part of my childhood that I can carry into theirs. We even got to see The Cat in the Hat, along with Thing 1 and Thing 2, on our cruise this past summer. The kids had so much fun!

We’ll be participating in this year’s Read Across America event by taking an adventure with The Cat in the Hat. Until then, we’re celebrating Dr. Seuss week and getting my kids excited with these printable Dr. Seuss activities that my friends at NCircle Entertainment shared with me. And I thought I’d share them with you! Simply print them out and let the fun begin!

You can also visit Seussville to learn more about Read Across America and for more Dr. Seuss fun!

Will you be participating in Read Across America?

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