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Homeschooling my 5-year-old son, David, is not easy.
He’s always been my strong-willed child and lets me know right away when he doesn’t like something. Whether it’s coloring or working with flashcards, if he’s not interested in it, well, school can turn into the “low part” of his day in a hurry. 😉
As his mother and teacher, I don’t want that for him. I want him to be excited about school and learning. So you can imagine how excited I was to have discovered an entire website full of educational activities that David actually loves!
Peep and the Big Wide World
The website is called Peep and the Big Wide World. It’s named after the series by the same name that appears on public television. Maybe your kids have watched an episode already?
The Peep and the Big Wide World series stars a wide-eyed chicken named Peep, a robin named Chirp, and an endearing duck named Quack. They live in a large urban park — a place of endless wonder, adventure, and mystery – perfect for learning science and math concepts each and every day!
David and my other kids have been getting to know Peep and his friends, and amazingly, David and Isaac, my 7-year-old son, are learning even as they watch.
They learned how to “Mississippi count” the other day. 🙂
They’re learning even more from the Peep and the Big Wide World educational apps that we installed on some of our electronic devices. As a mom, I’m a huge fan of apps that teach my kids rather than simply entertain them.
The mobile-friendly digital hub gets preschoolers engaged using fun activities and helps parents be ready and confident to facilitate the exploration of math and science with their child.
Pour and Squirt Water Activity
One of my favorite parts of the Peep and the Big Wide World website is the educators area where you can find a number of different activities to engage your child and encourage their curiosity.
My three youngest kids loved this pour and squirt water activity that I came across on the website.
We basically filled different sized bowls with water, and then they used a variety of household items to pour, squirt, and play.
Mentos Science Activity
Seeing some of the different activities on the Peep and the Big Wide World website made me think about a science experiment we’ve been wanting to try as a family, but kept putting off for one reason or another.
We’ve been wanting to try a fun and easy science activity that involves dropping a bunch of mentos candies into different kinds of pop.
There’s an incredible chemical reaction that occurs between the pop and the mentos, and you really must see it to believe it!
So, we created a video. 🙂
We finally carved out time, gathered the supplies, put on our jackets, and had a GREAT time experiencing such a crazy experiment first-hand!
Below is the video we created for the mentos science activity. The results might surprise you!
I’m so glad we took the time to finally try the mentos experiment.
It is as fun as it looks. 🙂
But, you know, I’m even happier to know that I have another resource when it comes to teaching and homeschooling my kids. I’m certain that I’ll be going back to the Peep and the Big Wide World website again and again. I love that there’s even a Spanish version of the site available – perfect for when I start introducing my kids to more español!
Are your children familiar with Peep and the Big Wide World? Do your children enjoy doing science activities at home?