Salamander Adventures


1/2″ salamander nymph

Meet our newest  pets, mommy responsibility,  school project: salamanders.

We went hunting for frog spawn.  We found gobs of jelly with dots in the creek, and brought home one blob to hatch and raise.

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Dollar Tree Win

finishedWe went to the Dollar Tree store a few months back looking for cheap Valentine’s critters for the Princess’ Valentine cards.   We found them – and found a lot of other school stuff.

Surprisingly, Dollar Tree carries a great selection of teaching supplies and random educational stuff.  It’s like a treasure hunt – we find different things every time we go: from plastic test tubes with stands, to magnifying sheets.  From double stick tape to this: a pre-printed 3D shape.

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3D Shape Fun

1 full set

Want to make your own?  Go here (this link will take you to my Teachers Pay Teachers store for the templates.)

The Engineer is having fun.  I’m not sure that I am: after all, I’m the one having to do all the work on this stuff!

It’s ok.  Listening to your 5-year-old say “Icosahedron” is funny enough to make all the time worthwhile.

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The Paper Sphere Problem


We’re currently learning 3-D shapes – and by that, I mean the basic ones like cubes, and the crazy ones like Octahedron, and Rhombicuboctahedron (say  it, I dare you!)  Apparently the more intricate the name, the more interesting the shape to my crazy little Engineer.

I ended up doing this sphere as part of the project: read more on why below.

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