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Make Your Own Crane.

This week we are sharing this fantastic idea for a study of physics or inventions. Who says Math is boring when you can think ways to spice things up? 🙂



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Bring out the little artist in your child.



Teaching your child to paint can be fun for both of you. With a few cheap and simple materials, your child can begin to express themselves in living color!




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DIY Paper Dolls

This is a great rainy-day or any-day project for the kids. This week, gather your art materials and let the kids cut, paste, color and dress the dolls.  It will keep them happy and occupied for hours. Another fun way to enjoy the Summer at home. Ways to bond with your kids without spending too much.



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Are you still in those beginning stages of narrowing down the curriculum for this year’s VBS? The first step to planning is choosing a fun theme that all the kids will enjoy learning about! With all kinds of different curriculum choices out there, it seems almost impossible to decide.  Here at Nest Learning, we offer the top picks for this year!

If you’re looking to find a new recommendation…there’s one in particular that we suggest…Concordia’s Amazing Desert Journey!

Join the Journey and teach about Jesus from the very beginning!

This packet includes special Director Tools, Leader Tools and Student Tools along with a day by day schedule categorized by Bible Story, Key Point, Memory Verse, and Connector.

Check out this link and learn more about this exciting VBS Starter Kit that you can’t go wrong with!

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Hand-Eye Coordination as a part of Homeschool Curriculum

Hand-Eye coordination is an invaluable and necessary skill sometimes overlooked as part of homeschool curriculum. As simple as it seems, hand-eye coordination must be learned. The good news is that kid’s games and summer activities are a perfect way to disguise training. Here are our three favorite hand-eye coordination homeschool curriculum kits – easily camouflaged as just another game for a summer of fun!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

1. Joey Jump

Place a beanbag on one end of the 27.67″ inclined plane and stomp on the other end, your beanbag sails in the air for you to catch. A wonderful activity your child will practice again and again! Includes 2 bean bags and a 28″ plastic launching board. Bean bag colors may vary. Ages 2 and up.

2.  5-Peg Ring Toss

The fast-action tossing game! Toss rings onto wooden pegs. Assign points to each ring and calculate who gets the most points after 7 tosses!  Includes two sturdy plastic 10″ bases, 2 posts, 4 plastic rings and instructions. Play indoors or out! 2 to 4 players.

3.  Bean Bag Toss

These bean bag sets are perfect for your playground, carnival, or physical education programs. The backboards feature colorful animations with different sized holes for an added challenge to any game! The regular Bean Bag Toss features 3 holes with a dragon on one side and an octopus on the other and includes three bags. The large Bean Bag Toss features 6 holes with an octopus on one side only and includes six bags. Ages 4 and up.

Adding these to your homeschool curriculum is sure to enhance your child’s hand-eye coordination and bring some fun back to the classroom this summer.

5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Play Sports

Math – Check. Science – Check. English – Check. History – Check. Sports – ?.

kids playing sports

Organized sports teaches your child teamwork and good sportmanship – a value that will help them succeed in life!

It’s that time of year again – time to break out the calendar and begin planning next year’s schedule. While you are planning and budgeting your homeschool curriculum materials, are you leaving something out? Everyone covers the basics when purchasing homeschool materials: science, math, social studies, English, etc., but many forget a very important part of any child’s homeschool schedule: Sports.

Study after study has shown the importance of sports in a child’s life. Organized sports in particular can offer many more benefits than simple exercise at home.

1. Exercise

In this age of electronics and video games, obesity and diabetes along with other health disorders are on the rise. Organized sports get kids off the couch and get them moving again. Not only will they be burning calories, but building strong muscles and working out that ever so important muscle: the heart.

2. Life Lessons

Organized sports and being a part of a team teaches children many valuable life lessons and skills. Being a part of a team requires making a commitment: a commitment to show up on time, work hard in practice, and contribute something to the team. Practicing teaches patience and discipline along with the value of hard work. Games build a healthy sense of competition and teach good sportsmanship: you can’t win them streaming movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 2016

3. Encourage Self-Confidence

Self-confidence can be difficult thing to build up in a child, especially in their teen years. As children get older, they begin to compare themselves with others and may feel inadequate in comparison. Sports are a great way to ensure that encouraging self-confidence is embedded into your homeschool curriculum. Sports encourage self-confidence by allowing for self-exploration and a sense of achievement: “I want to throw a curve ball.” And that day at practice, they learn and use it to strike several out in the next game.

4. Social Skills

It is extremely important in the homeschool environment to ensure that your child has a chance to develop social skills and be around others their own age. Organized sports is a great way to teach skills such as: being kind to others, encouraging one another and healthy conversation. They will also get the chance to show graciousness and kindness to the opposing team.

5. Family Time

Last, but definitely not least, organized sports encourages family time! Whether helping out at practices, practicing at home, going to games, getting involved in fund raisers, or all of the above, your family will spend hours together doing something that your child is passionate about.

Whether planning, scheduling, budgeting, or buying your homeschool curriculum materials, don’t forget to fit sports into your schedule. Don’t know where to look? Try finding a Homeschool Athletics Association in your town, join a gym, or talk to the public schools in your area – some have openings on the team for homeschoolers.

Bible Arts and Crafts with Clay

clay animalsStudies have proven that children learn better when they participate in hands on activities. One of the challenges of teaching the Bible is to hold your child’s attention long enough for them to understand the lessons written in each story. Clay is a great way to do this and a great tool to add to any Christian homeschool curriculum – it allows children to use their hands to creatively express themselves and their understanding of the Bible. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Noah’s Ark

There are many ways you can incorporate clay into this story depending on age and time allotted for the lesson. Children can start by simply creating sculptures of their favorite animals on the ark or get as detailed as creating an entire diorama of the ship. A great way to make this fun for older students – have them construct a sculpture that shows the inside of the ship instead of just the outside – as if you were viewing it cut in half.

Ten Commandments

This is a great activity for young children beginning to learn the Bible. In the story, God gives Moses Ten Commandments and he appears at the top of Mount Sinai with a tablet in which he had carved them. As you teach this lesson and read this story with your children, have them create a tablet from clay and “carve” each commandment into it just as Moses had.

Clay Bowls

Clay bowls or vases are a great way for children to share their understanding of stories from the Bible. Take a ball of clay and slowly press out the center to create a bowl. Then paint images or a scene to tell the story they have just learned. You can also paint their favorite Bible verses on them as well. This idea is great around holidays and makes great gifts!


Use the clay to make beads and pendants shaped into Christian symbols or paint Christian symbols on them. Make a Ten Commandments necklace or a Garden of Eden necklace. Use the beads to tell a complete story for the holidays such as the Christmas Story: paint one bead with Mary and Joseph, then an image of the manger, then one of the 3 Wise Men, and one with the Northern Star and so on and so forth to make a bracelet or necklace.

Bible Story Telling

This idea can be an amazing way to see how each child interprets the story differently. Have each child create a scene from a chosen Bible story. Some examples might be: Nativity Scene, Tower of Babel, The Garden of Eden, or the Resurrection Story. You’ll see that they each have their own vision of the story. To make this a long term project, have them create one for many different stories and save them to create a visual Bible to share with others later.

Clay is just one way to get children involved in Bible stories – what kind of projects are you doing?

10 Favorite Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

Remember sidewalk chalk when you were a kid? I do! I would spend hours outside covering the driveway with my best drawings – only to have them washed away by rain or the sprinklers that evening. Now, I considered myself pretty artistic and my drawings wonderful, but they never looked anything like these! Check out our top 10 favorites and share some of yours!Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse 2015 movie streaming

10. Julian Beever – Rembrandt

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing

9. Edgar Mueller – Waterfall 1

Edgar Mueller Waterfall

8. Julian Beever – Sail Boat on Street

Julian Beever Sail Boat

7. Julian Beever – Coca Cola Bottle

Julian Beever CocaCola Bottle

6. Julian Beever – Water Rapids

Julian Beever Water Rapids

5. Julian Beever – Eiffel Tower Discovery

Julian Beever Eiffel Tower Discovery

4. Julian Beever – Seal

Julian Beever Seal

3. Julian Beever – Manhole

Julian Beever Manhole

2. Edgar Mueller – Ice Cliffs

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1. Edgar Mueller – Great Waterfall

Edgar Mueller Great Waterfall

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Top 5 Kids Parachute Games

ParachuteWhether homeschooling or just looking for a great kids summer activity, parachute games remain a favorite! Children have been playing parachute games for years – and for good reason: parachute games encourage cooperation and team work without necessarily being competitive; they also refine perceptual skills while promoting good, healthy exercise. There are many parachute games out there, but here are our top 5:

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Instructions – Standing, lift the parachute waist high. Count to three, and on three, all the kids will lift the parachute over their heads, then bring their corner of the parachute down to the ground. This traps the air underneath, creating a mushroom-like shape.

For a twist – After everyone has mastered this technique, have them run to the center bringing their corner of the parachute with them – see how large they can make that mushroom! Or have everyone let go – the parachute will rise, keeping its mushroom shape momentarily.

Skills Learned – team work, timing and rhythm, listening skills, the basics of parachute play

2. Popcorn:

Instructions – Holding the parachute waist high, have the kids start moving the parachute up and down erratically, creating waves with the parachute. Begin throwing light plastic or foam balls onto the parachute. See how many you can get on there!

For a twist – Have a few kids get underneath the parachute and try to knock the items off the parachute by hitting them from underneath.

Skills learned – team work, hand-eye coordination, observation

3. Rollerball:

Instructions – Hold the parachute waist high. Have one child at a time lift the parachute going around the circle – creating a wave effect similar to that at a sports game. Put a beach ball on the outer rim of the parachute and have the kids continue the wave effect. The goal is to keep the ball going in a circle around the parachute.

For a twist – As they get the technique and basics down, see how fast they can go and try switching directions.

Skills Learned – team work, patience, hand-eye coordination, timing

4. All Change:

Instructions – Start with the parachute at waist level. On the count of three, have the kids lift the parachute over their head with straight arms and hold it there. As they do this, call out a birthday month, a color of the parachute segment, an age, etc. At that moment, all children let go of the parachute, letting it fall slowly and the kids fitting the attribute you have called out will run to the center and find a new empty space before the parachute falls.

For a twist – Make it a trivia game as well! Use a sentence instead of an attribute for those who need to run. For example: Instead of saying anyone who is 10 yrs old – say anyone whose age is 6 + 4.

Skills Learned – observation, agility and speed, good sportsmanship

5. Shark! Or Jaws!:

Instructions – Space kids evenly around the parachute, sitting down with legs outstretched and holding the parachute at chest level. Choose one child to be the Shark. As the rest of the group makes slight rippling effects on the parachute, the Shark wanders around under the parachute looking for a victim. When they have chosen their victim, they touch their ankle and that child is now a second shark.

For a twist – To make the game last longer, time the game. Have the Shark take their victim’s place after tagging them. The last person as the Shark at the end of the timed session is now out.

Skills Learned – patience, timing, good sportsmanship

Building Blocks of Life

Lego City Building SetWho remembers Legos? Who still plays with Legos? I DO! When I was a little girl, I had the usual girl toys – Barbies, dolls, stuffed animals, tea sets; then, my brother was born and my eyes were opened up to all kinds of new and exciting things! I remember thinking “I really like cars and G.I. Joe  – I think I’ll ‘borrow’ them.” But my favorite:  Legos – there was just something about the way you started out with a big, jumbled pile of rainbow colored blocks and ended up with a castle or a city for those Hot Wheels to drive through.

When I first started to play with Legos, we only had the large bucket of Legos; now, you can get everything from basic sets to Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Legos have been around the block a few times – since 1932 in fact. So what made them stay?

They have a mission: “Our ultimate purpose is to inspire and develop children to think creatively, reason systematically and release their potential to shape their own future – experiencing the endless human possibility.” And a vision: “We want to pioneer new ways of playing, play materials and the business models of play – leveraging globalization and digitalization…it is not just about products, it is about realizing the human possibility.”

With that in mind, Lego has gone from a small carpenter’s workshop to a global enterprise – now the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer in toys! And they’ve done some amazing things.

Lego Lands are popping up everywhere – the 2 main locations are in California and Florida. From rides and exhibits to shops full of any Lego shape, color, or size that you can dream of – these theme parks are a Lego lover’s dream!

And imagine your child’s walls covered in Legos… it’s been done! HGTV recently created a room in which the walls are covered in Legos where the child can build from floor to ceiling.

There have also been Lego video games, movies, and YouTube videos. So send your child’s imagination soaring and give them the building blocks of life! Who knows, maybe they’ll become an architect.


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