Free Halloween STEAM Challenge Cards

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This free Halloween printable set of hands-on science, tech, engineering, art and math activity ideas are perfect for busy holiday days. For both the classroom and at home.
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You’ll find spooky fun invitations to play and learn like Design a Witch’s Broom and Make a Graph of Your Halloween Candy.
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STEAM Kids
For the price of $14.99 you get over 50 science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics hands-on projects for kids.
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STEAM Kids
You can purchase the Halloween Bundle, which includes the Steam Kids book AND the the STEAM Challenge cards, for the amazing price of $16.99.
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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 7

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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
And so, the Monsters’ first visit to the coast holiday comes to an end. We left early on Saturday morning and headed home on the main route to Johannesburg.
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The mountain passes weren’t as spectacular on the way home. I tried to get a photo, but Papa’s head was in the way, LOL.
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Driving through the little towns was interesting. We found this 1866 Church in Cradock. Isn’t it beautiful?
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We stopped at a little road side stop to stretch our legs and realised that we had stopped next to the border of some or other predator reserve. I can’t find the name of the reserve on the map, unfortunately. We did see some buck just as we left, so we got a game drive in while we were heading home. The kids were rather thrilled.
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We hit a long stretch of awful road works about an hour out of Middleburg. What a disaster! I now know why the GPS had us going to Port Elizabeth via Queenstown.
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We were surprised at the lack at rest stops between Port Elizabeth and Colesburg. We eventually stopped to refill the car at Colesburg Engen One Stop and they washed the car and trailer for for us. What service! Unfortunately, the One Stop is under construction and there was nowhere to stop and eat, so we headed to the Shell Ultra City for lunch.
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I took these photos of the Sunset between Bloemfontein and Virginia. OMGsh, I’d forgotton how beautiful the Northern Free State, where I was born and raised, sun sets can be.
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We headed home early on Sunday morning after spending the night at my Dad’s again. The kidlets couldn’t stop telling how how awesome our holiday was! We decided to stop at the Shell Ultra City for breakfast on the way home as a homage to our coastal holiday, and then headed home.
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Johannesburg greeted us with, but chilly, weather.
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It was bitter sweet arriving back home and the children have asked, at least once a day, if we can move to Port Elizabeth. I don’t blame them, it really was amazing.

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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 6

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We went on our first visit to the Addo Elephant National Park on a wet, windy and chilly day. Our last day on holiday was well spent and we got to see the elephants just as I gave up hope and headed to Cattle Baron Grill & Bistro for lunch.
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Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River Valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.Plans are currently afoot to include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) Marine Protected Area which includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.

Five main attractions/things to experience:

Lion (found mostly in the southern section of the park)
Herds of elephant at Hapoor dam
The Interpretive Centre at main camp
The picturesque Zuurberg Mountain
The rolling sand dunes of the Woody Cape section

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We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see any of the wild cats, but we got to see some animals and a lot of bird life.
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As I write this, Uncle Brian lies in ICU after being hit by a drunk driver while on his early morning cycle. He will be going into surgery tonight. Please keep him, Aunty Nan and their daughters, Heather and Liz in your thoughts and prayers.
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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 5

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We love going to military museums, so we couldn’t pass up the change to go to the SAAF Museum next to Port Elizabeth International Airport. It was really interesting and Papa was in heaven.
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I’m not interested in the planes, helicopters or weapons used during wars, but the stories of the men and women who were sent to the front lines have always fascinated me.
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I spent hours reading transcripts and descriptions of the airforcemen and what they went through and everything they experienced while fighting the second world war. It was devastating and tragic, but extremely interesting and eye opening at the same time.
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I did not know that we had “War books” in South Africa. I spent quite a bit of time here, at this table.
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The kids were done about 2 hours in and were starting to climb the walls. I decided that is was probably a good idea to get them out of the building and outside where they could eat a snack and run some of that energy off. They discovered this adorable aeroplane jungle gym outside and spent a good 2 hours playing on it while Papa went into the workshop where they are refurbishing and rebuilding some of the historic planes. He may have been geeking out there. I love doing things that bring him so much joy. It really is the little things that make us the happiest at any given time.
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While we were there, Aunty Nan messaged me saying that there were dolphins just off the coast of Pollock Beach, so we hurried Papa up and got the heck out of Dodge to go see the dolphins.
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This was amazing, the dolphins weren’t super close to the beach, but close enough for Papa to zoom in and get some really great photos of the dolphins jumping up. It was the highlight of our holiday. Who can say they saw dolphins in the ocean, out in the wild??? WE CAN!!! Thanks again for the heads up, Aunty Nan!
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Pop in tomorrow to see our adventure at Addo Elephant National Park with Aunty Nan and Uncle Brian.

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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 4

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As part of our Port Elizabeth holiday, we decided to make it a holiday of firsts, and take the kids to their first visit to Jefferysbay. We had been told that Jeffreysbay is the best place to go shell searching and since we hadn’t found many shells on the beaches in Port Elizabeth, what better excuse to go to Jeffreys bay.
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We spent the morning searching for shells. We decided to stop at the first beach sign we saw. This was the perfect stop. The beach was covered in shells, so much so that I thought it was dirty with pollution!
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This beach’s sand was coarse and unpleasant to walk on without shoes on. It wasn’t fine beach sand at all. I was amazed at all the pieces of shells I could distinguish.
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Turns out, Papa is quite the pro at finding the most beautiful shells. He found the most shells that day and put the rest of us to shame.
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The kids loved playing on the rocks and in the rock pools while Papa was searching for shells. I eventually found a spot to sit and relax while he enjoyed himself.
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My legs were covered in salt from the spray of the waves breaking on the rocks. I’ve never seen that.
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We decided to have lunch at a little beach front restaurant called Jbay Beach Break Restaurant. They food really was amazing!
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I had bought belly boards for Koko and Fifi the day before for them to use in the ocean and this trip to Jeffreysbay was perfect for that. Jeffreysbay is rated one of the top surfing destinations in the world. I didn’t get any pictures of the children on their belly boards, since we were all in the ocean together and taking photos wasn’t something we even thought of. This really was the best day we had together on this holiday.
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The kids slept all the way back to Port Elizabeth. They were exhausted and all played out.

Don’t forget to pop in tomorrow to read all about our trip to the SAAF Museam and our dolphin watching!

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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 3

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Oh My Word, the kids just LOVED their first visit to Bayworld!
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One of the leading tourist attractions in Nelson Mandela Bay, Bayworld is unique in Southern Africa, embracing a natural and cultural history Museum combined with a Snake Park and Oceanarium. It is located in the heart of the Port Elizabeth beachfront and serves up a feast of edutainment to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The main activities of the Complex are research and education aimed at stimulating a greater awareness of the need for conservation of South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage. Research and education programmes focus on marine life, reptiles, maritime and local history.

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The seals were delightful and so so playful. When we arrived at their pool, they started swimming up to us to get a closer look and loved making the kids giggle when they sat on the edge watching us.
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We were privileged enough to to have a short seal demonstration and talk. The kids loved watching the seals do little tricks and little Sammy was having nothing to do with any of it. All she wanted to do was play and mess with the trainers, LOL. She is my favourite seal by far! Unfortunately due to a critical staff shortage, they couldn’t do a full presentation. They do have a volunteer program for those interested.
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They have an endangered African Penguin community. The African penguin is endemic to Namibia and South Africa, breeding in southern Namibia, Western Cape & Eastern Cape, on 25 islands and 4 mainland sites. The Algoa Bay population comprises almost half of the global population, which stands at some 80 thousand individuals. In 2010 the species was reclassified as ENDANGERED.
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We also saw a huge sea turtle, but it was shy and didn’t give us time to get a good look.
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The kids loved the Oceanarium. They have a collection of creatures that the we all loved watching. Its so calming and relaxing.
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This lego shipwreck was my personal favourite, non animal, exhibition at the Oceanarium.

Maritime History Hall exhibits tell a story of shipping of by-gone years, early explorers of the African coast and the lure of trade with the East. Artifacts from shipwrecks found near Port Elizabeth, a model of the Dias padrao and various ship models are featured. The landing basket at the entrance to the hall was used to load and off-load passengers onto the decks of tugs. You can try lifting a small portion of a canon similar to those from the Portuguese galleon, Sacramento, which was wrecked near Schoenmakerskop more than 300 years ago. I spent most of our time at Bayworld here. I loved it! The kids… Not so much.
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Temporary Display- Africa’s Lost World – A striking exhibition at the Museum featuring dinosaurs from Africa is sure to delight young and old. A number of the dinosaurs have been fitted with mechanisms allowing sound and movement. Of the dinosaurs featured are: a sauropod, the Algoasaurus, which lived in the area today known as the Algoa Basin; a stegosaur, Paranthodon africanus, a creature with the smallest brain-to-body size ratio of any animal; and a large predatory dinosaur from the Sahara Desert area, larger than the American Tyrannosaurus rex. Koko and Pixie loved this particular exhibition. Fifi was noncommital when I asked her if she like it.
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Papa and Fifi really enjoyed the Snake Park. They have many snakes and all sorts of lizards. Papa even held an American Corn Snake and we chatted for quite a bit with Mariette, the head handler, while we were there. The kids got to touch and hold tortoises and we learnt quite a bit about them. It was fascinating. I haved a snake phobia, so I stayed away from the snake, but the girls and Papa were quite enamoured with it. You can tell from the pics that Koko wasn’t going to get much closer to it, either.
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2 HUGE Burmese Pythons.


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After spending the entire morning at Bayworld, we stopped in at King’s beach for lunch and discovered it was deserted and we couldn’t find anywhere to eat, so we walked around a bit and let the kidlets play on the playground.
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We took a drife to Humewood and popped into Company Social Brasserie for lunch and then headed to the beach. I found this beautiful shell and this starfish on the way. The beach was full of these sea snails. There were thousands of them!
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I had forgotten to pack shorts for myself back home, so we had to find some in Port Elizabeth. None of the usual stores had any in stock, since its winter her, so I ended up going to PnP Clothing and getting some cotton hippy pants. I love them! I couldn’t pass up the chance to play in the ocean with the kidlets. Hippy pants and all! That water was ICE cold and I eventually couldn’t feel my feet!
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Papa took over breaker duty, but he forgot to take his phone and wallet out of his pockets, so for a while he was standing in the water holding his pockets up. Silly man.
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The kids loved the beach. We spent a good 5 hours there and by the time we got home the kids were completely exhausted and ready for bed. I was very surprised at how at home Koko was in the water. He was never my water baby, but he sure does LOVE the ocean.
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Pixie found her footprint and dug it up!

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Keep an eye out for a few pictures of our shell searching trip to Jeffreysbay tomorrow.

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