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  • 16 Dec

    Merry Magnet Wall Investigation

      2015 was an exciting year for us at Kodo – our team grew, our space expanded, and new products were being added all the time! None of it would have been possible without you, and we’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude for your invaluable efforts towards providing the best early […]

  • 15 Dec

    NAEYC Conference 2015 – Stories from the Trade Show Floor

    Just a few weeks ago, we were fortunate enough to attend the NAEYC Conference (National Association for the Education of Young Children) in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the event was “There is Power in this Profession” – and the truth of that was evident in the spirit of the attendees, presenters, and exhibitors alike. […]

  • 19 Oct

    Inquiry Approach to Teaching : Introducing Constraints

    Colette, age 4+ yrs., has a vivid imagination and routinely creates complex block structures, intricate drawings, and has a knack for detailed storytelling. She’ll often use the contents of an entire shelf when constructing one of her ideas. When she was presented with a small bag of Building Sticks, it was natural that she raised […]

  • 29 Sep

    Uncovering Learning Through Unstructured Play

    At Kodo we’re big fans of plenty of time for unstructured play, due to the many benefits for both children and teachers. It occurs daily in most, if not all, preschool programs here in the US. You might know it as, Free Choice Time, Free Play, or Children’s Choice, to name a few ways ECE educators designate […]

  • 18 Sep

    Where does food come from? An Investigation Inspiration

    Last week on the Kodo Blog we discussed the question ‘where does food come from?’ with children in mind. When the family needs food, a trip to the supermarket is planned. It’s natural for a child to assume that that’s where apples and oranges are made! In response, we encouraged learning about seeds, farms, and other production […]

  • 11 Sep

    Apples From Supermarkets – Learning Where Food Comes From

    If you ask a child where an apple comes from, it’s not surprising to hear them exclaim confidently, “from the supermarket”! Hamburgers come from McDonald’s and water comes from the faucet. It makes perfect sense. When the family needs more milk, a trip to the grocery store is planned. They’ve experienced something like this since […]

  • 25 Aug

    STEM Activities for Preschoolers: A Magnetic Investigation

    Children have a natural fascination with magnets. That’s just one reason that we find them in Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings. This activity easily peaks children’s interests, introduces the mysterious world of naturally occurring iron filings, and launches an open-ended investigation! The following can be used as a teaching resource that details several STEM ideas […]

  • 06 Aug

    #ILookLikeAnEngineer : How Preschool STEM Activities Can Change the Future

    A few months ago, we published a blog about a recent buzz in the media about girls and boys with toys, which stemmed from discussion about the disequilibrium of women and men in scientific fields. This week, that conversation has come back around in a new form, and is spreading like wildfire through the hashtag […]

  • 03 Aug

    Cool Tools : Mud Kitchens and Outdoor Preschool Sensory Activities

    At Kodo, we consider the T in STEM, Technology, to refer to  the basic tools and mechanisms which enhance our lives. This includes those fundamental technologies that help humans perform the simple but important tasks of scooping, pouring, sorting, rolling, lifting, and many more! These tasks are a major part of preschool sensory activities, and […]

  • 27 Jul

    Field Notes : Using Ice on the Magnetic Wall

    We just tried using ice with the Outdoor Mag Wall. It was a perfect opportunity because the kids were moving water from our water pump, along the path to “cool the concrete.” The children are used to using water on the outdoor magnetic wall, so I was able to say to the kids, “I just […]