Monthly Archives: August 2019

Create a makerspace: Robot building for kids

While touring through Italy and France this week in our homeschool journey in , we did an artist study on the art and inventions of Leonardo Davinci. We read Neo Leo and talked about how many of his projects were “failures” in his lifetime but that they went on to be life changing successes for the world we live in today. We decided to try our own luck at building and purchased the Giggleway Robot from amazon.

Directions with pictures for clarification

Pros:
1. I love that this kit comes with multiple projects so that both my kids can have their own project or they can choose to work together.
2. $25 for the kit was worth it to see the teamwork that came as a result. The parts are small, so the kids had to be very careful in handling the parts and while assembling. Due to the meticulous manner in which they must work, what appeared to be a 5 minute project took a good amount of time, as they carefully poured of the directions and worked together.
3. My kids were absolutely delighted by the final product!
4. Its available on amazon so whats not to love about prime shipping

Assembling

Cons:
1. Parts are super small and hard to work with. I am the first to give my kids a project rated for older ages, but I do agree with Giggleway that this is best suited for ages 8+ or best partnered with a parent. You may want to be on standby, no matter what age, to assist when needed or to help clarify directions.

Assembling may require assistance due to the small parts.

It is challenging for my own kids to come up with their own inventions, so this was a great way to dive into a project where they had a little more guidance. From here, we had so much fun talking about what worked well and how we could improve on the design. The build helped them see a machine from the very tiny pieces to the final product, which helped them begin to come up with their own ideas on designs. I can’t wait to see what Giggleway comes up with next.

Almost complete

We liked it so much, we reached out and asked for a discount for our followers. If you want to give robot building a try, be sure to use the coupon code: 8GSREYCS for 50% off your order at https://amzn.to/31fK5BV

Disclosure: I am a homeschooling mom blogger that may receive compensation from some of the links. I test each product thoroughly and give my own opinions. I do not promote items that my own family does not use and enjoy.

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I don’t normally invest in meal delivery services because I have a large family to feed and with my frugal ways can make some pretty awesome meals for little money. HOWEVER, with a traveling husband and picky kids, sometimes I just want to hand my kids a pb&j and sit back and eat something that tastes great while nourishing my tired as a mother self.

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Smoothies:
I’ve tried Splendid Spoon a few times now and love the ease of the breakfast ready to go. I teach english online from 6-9am, prior to beginning our homeschool day, and love being able to sip on a smoothie before or in between classes. Paired with my morning coffee, the smoothies hold me over until lunchtime.

As is typical with my life, I thought anything with the word chocolate in it would be my favorite but I was surprised by how much I love all the green smoothies which is generally way more my husband’s speed.

Favorite flavors include: Power Greens, Plant Based probiotic (think lemon and coconut), Green Matcha, Blackberry Basil, and of course a chocolate had to make its way into the favorites list with Chocolate Cherry. Only cons on the smoothies would be Cacao Almond, the flavor is awesome but the chunks of cacao and nuts doesn’t work for me. I want a smooth creamy sip.

Splendid Spoon Smoothies

Soups:
If my husband is traveling the soup is all mine, but often I split it into two servings and serve with garlic toast and a side salad. Its just an easy way for a light, refreshing meal, without sweating in the kitchen over a big pot of soup. The soups have been another surprise for me, as I’ve fallen in love most with flavors I’ve never even heard of.

Favorite soups include: Red Beet Buddha Bowl, Masala Khichri, Kabocha Congee, Carrot Lentil Curry, Cauliflower Tikka and Green Gazpacho. In colder months, I like to cook up a big pot of rice using the gazpacho as the broth and serve with black beans or grilled chicken. It gives the rice such an insanely scrumptious flavor!

Grain bowls:
WHAT?!? I just got the email that these are releasing THIS week as I’m writing this post. I can’t give an opinion yet, but just you wait…. My love for grain bowls is equivalent to my husband’s insane love for soups year round.  I’m so excited for these. I mean check out these flavors!

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Disclosure: I am a food blogger that may receive compensation from some of the links. I test each product thoroughly and give my own opinions. I do not promote items that my own family does not use and enjoy.