## Math Extension with Pattern Block Puzzles

Miss Owl explains!

Have I told you I have been helping mom with math lately? She was thinking I had to use the pattern blocks only with the outlines in my puzzles. So I humored her for a while and matched things in the lines. You know, moms like that.

On this puzzle, there were 4 triangles, two diamonds, a trapezoid, and a hexagon. That will mean 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 +1/3 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6, follow me? At least it will mean that when I am older. And do not believe the saying on my dress, my aunt gave me that. I really will like school, at least I think so!

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. I showed my mom a good trick. Kids do not like only matching puzzle pieces in the lines. You were a kid once, too, so you know!

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

When I am in school and get worksheets, I might show my teacher this neat trick with puzzles. And, do you like my band aids? Yeah, mom was on the phone just long enough for me to empty the band-aid container. Pretty, isn’t it?

So then we relaxed with some Yoga. Math takes hard thinking. I like to think! Thinking helps me keep my mom smart.

Like the puzzles? Melissa and Doug made those. I like animals.

See you next time I teach my mom something!

I have to tell my mom a bedtime story now.  It is her bedtime.

Miss Owl

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### Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island? Do you know? Many children can probably easily find Madagascar on a globe or world map. This mini-lesson will help extend their knowledge to another “nearby” island, Reunion Island, or La Réunion. With a fabulous landscape, volcanoes, adventure sports, and cultural activities, it is also very interesting.

### New Home Furniture Decisions and Décor by Morgan

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### Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island

I recently had the pleasure of cooking a traditional meal from the French Reunion Island for some people who have never visited the island. Saffron, thyme, tomato, potato, white rice, garlic, onion, and bacon prepared in the traditional way made a lovely meal and cultural experience for them. It was delicious! I used the recipe I remember from living there.

### Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science

Mixing colors in the kitchen with a few common ingredients provides an engaging activity for children. This is one they are sure to want to do over and over as it will be different each time. This activity is so fun and so easy!

## Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea

Watercolor painting is fun for children and with a little help they can create flowers for a vase and flower coasters for a special tea party, lunch, or dinner.

## Playing with Pattern Blocks Helps form the Foundation for Fractions

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

## Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins

These activities used felt, puffballs, recycled lids and containers in the colors of your choice, and an egg carton bottom.

## Visit to the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo

A visit to the Farm area at the Minnesota Zoo during October. Fall toddler activities, also.

## Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

Let us tell you about Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota! It was the best. We hunted for eggs in the woods, dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes, visited with the Easter bunny, and more. What a nice time we had. It is an EGGstravaganza with fun for all ages!

## Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See!

This time we visited Eastman Nature Center in the summer. We started with a walk. I had a planter dish to collect things for a class I was taking. We were collecting things that were no longer living and were OK to pick. We made a fairy house and I played at the center, too.