June 18, 2020

Hey 3rd Grade Friends,


I finally learned a card trick that might impress even the most skilled magicians in our group. If you're eager to expand your repertoire of deck deceptions or you are just stacking your interest in the sleight of hand, this little jig might be just for you. Don’t blink!



-Julie and Kelly

June 15, 2020

Make a Water Whistle


Hi 3rd graders! As we go into our last week together for this school year, we thought we’d start the week with a fun science activity. Today, you will have the opportunity to make your own water whistle! It is a really cool way to experiment with straws, water, and the amazing science of sounds. Take a look at the pdf below and try it out for yourself! Feel free to use different sizes and thicknesses of straws and see how the different whistles turn out. Have fun everyone!



- Kelly & Julie
Make a Water Whistle.pdf
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June 13, 2020

Bonus Activity!

Hey 3rd grade friends,

Check out this basketball video and play along with me!

June 13, 2020

Hey soon-to-be-4th-graders!


Here’s today’s Artful Friday project (or continuation of yesterday’s zoom call). Some of the folds might seem tricky, but I know you’ll be able to figure it out and make something really cool. Follow along with the video and feel free to pause or rewind at any time. When you’re finished, send the card to someone you miss.



Thinking of you all on this beautiful day.


-Julie and Kelly



June 11, 2020

Make Your Own Slime (No Glue or Borax Needed!)


Hi 3rd Graders! Today, we are going to make 2 kinds of slime. They’re easy to do and do not require any hard to find ingredients.



Squishy Soap Slime:


What you will need:


  • Hand soap
  • Gel body wash or shampoo
  • Salt
  • A small bowl


How to do it:


  1. Pour a small amount of hand soap into a bowl.
  2. Add body wash or shampoo to the bowl and mix well until combined.
  3. Sprinkle a tiny amount of salt into the mixture and stir well. Put mixture into the freezer for 5 minutes.
  4. Take out of freezer and continue stirring until the slime comes together.
  5. Take it out of the bowl and have some squishy fun with it!



Cornstarch Slime:


What you will need:


  • Water
  • A small bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Cornstarch


How to do it:


  1. Put water into the bowl and mix in some dish soap. Stir together well without creating bubbles.
  2. Add in a few spoonfuls of cornstarch to the mixture and continue to stir.
  3. Keep adding spoonfuls of cornstarch and mixing in between adding until the mixture starts to come together (should be lumpy or paste-like).
  4. Now time to get messy! Take the mixture out of the bowl and start mixing with your hands.
  5. It’ll be ready when you can stretch it and play with it without it falling apart. 



Check out the video below to see how to do it and see the slime in action!





- Kelly & Julie


June 6, 2020

5 Minute Ice Cream


Hi 3rd Graders! I know it has been pretty hot lately, so here is a fun activity to help you cool off and have a yummy treat. Check out the directions below and don’t forget to have fun!



- Kelly & Julie
5 Minute Ice Cream.pdf
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June 3, 2020

Hey Third Grade — It’s waffle Wednesday!


Remember that time we ate waffles and watched minions together in LEDP? The sweet aromatic scent of vanilla and cinnamon wafting through the halls, the sound of whipped cream so fluffy and delicious, the sugary taste tingling your tongue, the warmth of the waffle iron and friendship filling the room. This time you’re in control, and we’re equipping you with a healthy waffle recipe and ingredient options depending on what you have stocked in your kitchen. As usual, invite your family to join you and make sure you ask permission and let them know you’ll be using the waffle iron (or stovetop). Feel free to print this out and save it for next time. I also like to make extra and keep them in the freezer - they’re a great toasted snack for later. Enjoy!



-Julie and Kelly


waffle wednesday - LEDP.pdf
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May 28, 2020

Make Your Own Mancala!


Hi 3rd Graders!



Today, you will have the opportunity to make your own Mancala game out of an empty egg carton. I know many of you love playing the game and may not have it at home, so here is a way to make your own! Check out the pdf to find out more, and don’t forget to have fun!



- Kelly & Julie


Make Your Own Mancala.pdf
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May 22, 2020

Hi 3rd Grade!


Today, I thought it would be cool to try out listening to some podcasts and audiobooks for a change of pace and fun outside of screen time! These ones are really exciting and range from awesome science knowledge to mystery and magic stories. Here are some really fun ones I have found:



  1. Wow in the WorldLet the seriously silly hosts of Wow in the World be your guides into the weird and wonderful world of science and technology. If you would love to know why bee barf is essential for pollination, this podcast is for you. The episodes are free to listen to, and you can listen to all the episodes here: https://tinkercast.com/listen/?m_page=1&m_search=
  2. Astrophysics for Young People in a HurryNeil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the mysteries of the expansive cosmos into bite-sized pieces. Get ready to picture the universe in your mind’s eye! This audiobook is free to listen to here: https://stories.audible.com/pdp/198259151X?ref=adbl_ent_anon_ds_pdp_pc_pg-1-cntr-0-9
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: This is the first book in the Harry Potter series (called Philosopher’s Stone outside of the United States)! You will be transported to the halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This audiobook is free to listen to here: https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B017V54W6O?ref=adbl_ent_anon_ds_pdp_pc_cntr-0-0
  4. The Unexplained Disappearance of Mars Patel: The Unexplained Disappearance of Mars Patel is a scripted podcast for kids, performed by kids. It’s a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things. You can find all of season one here: https://gzmshows.com/shows/listing/mars-patel/episodes/



Have fun everyone! And have a good Memorial Day Weekend!



- Kelly & Julie




May 20, 2020

Hey Friends,


Stay safe out there with your very own funky fresh homemade face mask! Just grab an old unmatched sock and a pair of scissors and get going. Watch along with the video and make your own - it’s super easy and a little weird and who doesn’t like that??



See you all tomorrow for our zoom call.


-Julie and Kelly



May 18, 2020

Squishy Egg Experiment


Hi 3rd graders! It was great seeing many of you last week for our pet/stuffed animal show and tell on Zoom. For this week, we decided to do the Squishy Egg Experiment that Bryce kindly suggested! So, all you need is an egg, vinegar, and a glass or a bowl. Here’s how to do it:



  1. Put a raw egg (in its shell) into a glass or bowl and cover it completely with vinegar.
  2. After 3 days (so on Thursday), drain off the vinegar. Rinse the outside of the egg and any other shell that remains. When you touch the egg, it should feel rubbery. Be careful not to break the membrane!
  3. On Thursday, bring your squishy egg to our Zoom meeting and we can see how everyone did!



- Kelly & Julie



May 15, 2020

Hi Friends,


Today’s project requires just a few household tools: an iron, an ironing board OR blanket, heavy book, and a timer. Take a stroll around the neighborhood and pick a couple flowers or leaves, then follow the steps below to create your own artful Friday creation. Have fun and enjoy the beautiful day!



-Julie and Kelly
LEDP pressed flowers.pdf
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May 13, 2020

Hot Ice!


Hi 3rd Grade! Today, we’re doing an activity and making hot ice! You’ll be making something that looks like ice, but it will actually feel warm/hot to the touch. Make sure you have some adult help with this one as you will need to use the stove. Have some fun with this and try it as many times as you like!



Happy Wednesday everyone! 



- Kelly & Julie
Hot ice.pdf
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Hot Ice!
What you will need:
• 4 cups white vinegar • 4 tablespoons of baking soda • A pot • A glass measuring cup or mason jar (or any other heat-safe glass) • A dish • A spoon
How to do it:
1. Measure out 4 cups of vinegar into a medium-sized pot.  2. Slowly add the baking soda to the pot with the vinegar. 3. Stir until all the baking soda is dissolved and done fizzing. 4. Next, place pot on medium-low heat and boil the solution for a little over an hour, or until you have about ¾-1 cup of solution. White, powdery crystals will start to form on the sides of the pot near the top. Scrape some of these out of the pot and save for later. 5. Pour the concentrated solution into the heat-safe glass and place in fridge to cool for 30-45 minutes. 6. Grab dish and place a small pile of the saved white powder/crystals in the center. 7. Slowly begin pouring the cooled solution onto the crystals on the dish. 8. As you continue to pour, the liquid will instantly start to form crystals and become solid just like ice! However, when you touch it, it feels hot! So cool!

May 11, 2020

Hey Third Graders,


As we all know, you all have limitless supplies of energy and guess what — we have some movements for you! Follow along with the video below to check out some fun ways to exercise at home. I chose some challenging and fun movements that I like to do on my own and wanted to share with you. Feel free to invite anybody else around you to try them out with you for a great break from sitting on the couch or doing homework or phone calls for too long at once. I didn’t mention it in the video, but I like to do each movement for 60 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds before switching to the next one. As always, HAVE FUN!



-Julie and Kelly



May 8, 2020

Easy & Fun Trail Mix!


Hi 3rd Grade! Today, because I know everyone is busy and might need an energy boost, we are making our own trail mix! Although the recipe calls for specific ingredients, feel free to replace what you don’t have with something you already have in your house. Enjoy your yummy activity today and HAVE FUN!



- Kelly & Julie
Trail mix.pdf
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May 6, 2020



Did you hear we’re having a zoom call this Friday at 3pm? I’m so excited to see you all! In the mean time, join me in making some origami balloons for brain waves Wednesday. You’re going to need origami paper OR a square leaf of paper of any size. I cut a page from a magazine and loved the designs that the pictures and writing made on the final piece. Newspaper folds nicely too and if you string a few up in front of the window, the light will pass through them revealing the inside writing and pictures too!



Happy Wednesday and see you on Friday!


Julie and Kelly



May 4, 2020

T-Shirt Scarves!


Hi 3rd grade! Today, you will get the chance to make your own scarf out of an old t-shirt. All you need for this activity is a t-shirt that you don’t want anymore and a pair of scissors. Check out the video link to see how to do it- it is easy to do and comes out really cool! Ask an adult for help if you get stuck. If you like your final product, try it again with different colors of shirts and see how creative you can get :) Have fun everyone!



- Kelly & Julie



May 3, 2020

Hey Third Grade!


Today’s project is all about artistic and geometric adventures. Unpack your pencil cases, sharpen your colored pencils, fasten your creative seat belts, and ignite your pincer grips (all the coloring muscles in your hand WILL feel like fire by the end if you’re doing it right)! All that you’ll need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, a ruler, a supply of colored pencils or other coloring implements, and perhaps some music to jam to.



1. Using a ruler, draw some parallel lines. I chose horizontal going from left to right.


2. Create a simple repeating pattern within the lines. I chose triangles and triangles. Triangles never disappoint.


3. Repeat until you are satisfied with the design.


4. Add color. I chose to have one or two colors with varying shades in each horizontal space and I liked the way it turned out.


5. Smile at your design. Sign the bottom corner of the back.


6. Hang it somewhere it will be appreciated by you or others you love!



tip: once you’ve made a decision, keep going with it. Trust yourself and trust the process. Enjoy!




April 29, 2020

Make Your Own Fruit Leather or Fruit Strips!

Hi 3rd Grade! This activity takes longer to do today, but it turns out delicious! This is a great activity to do in the morning, and then your hard work will be ready for a late afternoon or next-day snack. With only a few ingredients (and some patience!) you can make your own fruit leather/strips! Because this fun snack requires some kitchen appliances, make sure you have a parent or other adult help you with this one. Here is what you need and how to do it:
• 1 pound of strawberries (tops removed)
• 2 bananas (peeled and sliced)
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons honey
• pinch of salt
• parchment paper
However, if these fruits are not your favorite, have fun with flavor combinations and come up with your own fruit leather recipe combinations! Swap out the strawberries for raspberries or banana for mango. Pick whatever you like!
1. Preheat your oven to 180ºF. Prep a rimmed baking sheet by covering it with the parchment paper.
2. Next, place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until everything is pureed together and smooth.
3. Pour fruit mixture evenly over the baking sheet on the parchment paper. Use a spatula to spread into the corners and then lift the sheet up and pound a few times to really make sure everything is even. It should be around 1/4 of an inch thick!
4. Put in the oven and bake at 180ºF for 6-8 hours. This low and slow step ensures all the moisture gets pulled out of the leather without burning or drying out too much.
5. Because the time can vary depending on your individual fruits, check the oven occasionally to check on your progress. The fruit leather is done when it easily separates from the parchment paper and is not soft in any places.
6. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
7. Cut fruit leather into strips using scissors, and enjoy! You’ll even have plenty for sharing and for later too!
I hope you have lots of fun doing this yummy recipe! Have a good Wednesday everyone :)
- Kelly 

April 27, 2020

Hey 3rd Grade Pals,


This week has been a difficult one over here. Every day passes a little differently, but today is certainly slow going. We’re probably all experiencing some loneliness and confusion and I think that’s alright. Hopefully laughter, FaceTime, playing, and hugs are mixed in as well. It’s good to recognize how you’re feeling though and do something for yourself. For some of us, going out for a walk is good medicine, for others its finding a cozy blanket to curl up in and taking some time to read. Drawing sometimes helps, or even folding your clothes and organizing your closet *gasps*. I’ve been thinking a lot about you all and hoping you’re finding creative ways to treat yourselves and do things out of the ordinary.



I thought of the silliness that happens on computer Thursdays and thought I’d mix it up a bit today. Maybe the things that comfort me today are not the same things that spark your joy today. Maybe some screen time on a rainy day to sit and admittedly be a little lazy is exactly what you need. So, here you go; this is for you! Listed below are some websites that seem to be akin to your Computer Thursday choices and I’ve checked them out myself just to be sure they’re up to your standards. I was not disappointed ;)



Miss you all lots!





watch, listen, and play games to learn all about amazing animals!  https://switchzoo.com/


play games while practicing math and reading skills  https://www.funbrain.com/


learn about geography and fascinating animals  https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

April 24, 2020

Make Your Own Spectroscope!


Hi 3rd grade! Today, you are going to make a homemade spectroscope with a few simple materials and explore the spectrum of different light sources. You’ll see all kinds of rainbows and have so much fun!


Take a look at the pdf to see how to do it, and ask an adult to help you! Have a great Friday everyone!



- Kelly & Julie
Make Your Own Spectroscope.pdf
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