15+ Kid-Friendly Ideas for a Santa Barbara Staycation

There’s nothing better than a Santa Barbara staycation!

After seven years of living here and two kids later, my family and I have fallen in love with the rich culture in this area of California.  From a butterfly preserve to blueberry picking to walking along the beach, there are so many things to do with kids in Santa Barbara.

While there are seasonal activities like the I Madonnari festival, Santa Barbara does not disappoint with how many activities you can do with kids all year long!

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Preschool Math: Building on the Light Table

I find myself obsessed with preschool math and science activities.

When I was a preschool teacher, I found math and science were tricky to add to our classroom environment.  But, I learned that sometimes you just have to know what you are looking for.  Block building and observing nature are simple ways to get kids excited about preschool math and science.  Today, I’m thrilled to share how a light table, some play dough and straws got both of my kids begging for preschool math at home!

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Naked Egg Experiment {101 Kids Activities}

I was a bit concerned when I read the words: naked egg.

I thought I’d be peeling off layers of egg shell with my kids all while calling it an experiment.  But, I was wrong!  This fantastic science experiment for kids is easy to set up and SO much fun to watch.  All you need are two things from your kitchen and you’ll be ready to start the naked egg experiment!

egg-science-experimentIn my house, we love simple science experiments.
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