Andie Jaye

About Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned SAHM of two kiddos. Her blog, Crayon Freckles, is an eclectic mix of play, art, and learning activities. Mingled in are her perspectives on being a crunchy momma, having a long-haired hippy boy and using follow-your-gut parenting. See more of Andie on Crayon Freckles' Facebook page, on Pinterest or on her parenting teens site Why Does My Teen?

10 Tips: Help Children Get Along

10 Ways to Help Children Get Along - Kids Activities Blog

Playing nicely together is a skill that kids need to learn {and a few adults}.  Not only does it make the home happier, but in the end being nice is more fun.  Kids Activities Blog loves these mom-tested get along ideas! As the parent of a 16 year old and a 4 year old, there […]

Phases of the Moon: Moon Activities {and a free printable!}

phases of the moon and a free printable

Kids love to learn about the different phases of the moon.  Today we have a list of some great moon activities for you to enjoy with your children.  Kids Activities Blog is especially excited to share this free printable of connect the dots moon phases. Phases of the Moon The moon and the phases of […]

DIY Jewelry: Make Bracelets with Kids {Magazine Recycle}

DIY Jewelry: Make Bracelets with Kids {Magazine Recycle}

Today we have a great post about DIY jewelry for kids.  We’ve learned how to make bracelets with home made beads and it is colorful, fun, and easy.  Kids Activities Blog hopes you enjoy this magazine recycle craft that you may even remember from your own childhood. DIY Jewelry I’ve been trying to find something to do […]

Fourth of July Crafts for Kids Using Popsicle Sticks

Fourth of July Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids

These Fourth of July crafts for kids will keep little fingers busy in the celebration of the birth of America.  Each of these kids crafts uses craft or  popsicle stick for patriotic projects.  Kids Activities Blog loves these classic popsicle stick crafts for kids. Fourth of July Crafts for Kids The Fourth of July is a holiday that gives […]

Fill in the Blank Thank you Note {Free Printable}

fill in blank kids thank you card

Kids can easily compose their thoughts with fill in the blank writing prompts.  Today we have a free printable that will help with just that.  Kids Activities Blog hopes that this Thank You Note helps your child learn to express their gratitude to others for gifts they have received. Fill in the Blank  Birthdays and holidays bring many […]

Good Healthy Food: Fruit Leather Recipe {Kids Love}

Good Healthy Food: Fruit Leather Recipe {Kids Love}

Good healthy food that kids will actually eat can be a challenge to find.  Today we have a great fruit leather recipe that is not only healthy but also fun to eat. Kids Activities Blog is excited to share this recipe with you because we know how much kids love fruit leather.   Good Healthy […]

Tell Time: Learning Units of Time with Concentric Circles {Printable}

Tell Time: Learn Units of Time with Concentric Circles {printable}

Make learning how to tell time easy for your kids with this great visual.  Understanding units of time can be difficult but these concentric circles help kids understand how they all fit together.  Kids Activities Blog hopes this great activity for teaching time is helpful to our little ones! Tell Time Did you know that […]

Play and Learning: 10 Things Kids Can Do with Lego Bricks

Play and Learning: 10 Things Kids can do with Lego Bricks

Play and learning with Lego bricks can involve more than just building.  Here are 10 things kids can do with Legos.  Kids Activities Blog loves Lego activities like these because they make learning fun for kids. Play and Learning Legos are a classic and multi-functional toy for all members of the family.  They can play […]

DIY Crayons: Crayon Activity {for Parents}

DIY Crayons {Crayon Activity for Parents that Kids Love!}

DIY Crayons!  Keep reading to learn about this great crayon activity to make a cool new tool for your child’s art supplies. Kids Activities Blog wants to point out that this activity is for parents to make and for kids to enjoy. DIY Crayons Does your art center need a bit of a pick me […]

Good Night Gorilla Book Activities {Book Inspired Printables for Kids}

Good Night Gorilla Book Activities {Book Inspired Printables for Kids}

Good Night Gorilla is one of those books that kids just get the giggles over.  And they will be giggling even more as they play with these wonderful book activities and printables for kids inspired by the story.  We at Kids Activities Blog hope you and your child have fun with these activities as you […]

Sink or Float Experiment with Water {Printable for Kids}

Kids love this sink or float experiment with water

Do your kids love to experiment with water?  Check out this great idea for some hands on learning in water as they discover if items will sink or float.  Kids Activities Blog is not responsible if your kiddos get a little wet with this one! Experiment with Water Water.  There’s something about water that draws young […]

{Story Time} Books to Read: Hugs and Kisses

Enjoy story time for kids with these sweet books about love, hugs and kisses

Children love to be read to at story time.  For the month of February, here are some books to read about love, hugs and kisses.  We at Kids Activities Blog hope that you can share the joy of reading with your child through some of these books. Story Time Now that it’s February, love is […]

Indoor Fun: Make Animals {Playdough}

Kids love being creative as they make animals from playdough. Great kids activity!

Playdough is a favorite with most kids.  Here is a great project to keep kids entertained with playdough as they make animals.  Kids Activities Blog hopes your little one (and you) enjoy this indoor fun activity. Playdough Our preschool  lesson themes are based on books and topics that Bear {4 yrs} has chosen to make […]

{Do It Yourself} I Spy Game

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Do it yourself games are a great way to personalize your child’s fun and save some money while you’re at it.  Here is a fun DIY I Spy Game.  At Kids Activities Blog, we know you’ll love the ease and simple supplies needed for this cute homemade game. Do It Yourself Bear (4 years) loves reading I-Spy books.  […]

Go Soaring with Airplane Math {Road Trip Game}

traveling math: A game for kids to play during road trips

Road Trip Game!  It’s the holiday season, which means that many people are traveling by plane and by car to visit family.  What better time to use both means of transportation for a learning activity?  Use this cool math game to occupy kids and shhhh…they might even learn something!  Here at Kids Activities Blog, we call […]

{Fall} Family Outings Strengthen Family Bonding

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Make time for a few family outings this season.  Fall is a season of change that speaks to the senses…the crunch of leaves, the kaleidoscope of colors, the coolness of the air. The impending holidays invite togetherness and create the perfect setting for family activities. Kids Activities Blog is excited to share these ways you […]

{Fall Color} Warhol Inspired Leaves

warhol fall art

We love fall color!  We enjoy Fall coloring sheets, watching our baby’s first experience with coloring, and our collection of Thanksgiving Coloring Pages.  Today you can create your own coloring page – Warhol inspired!  We at Kids Activities Blog hope you enjoy this fun way to create art. Fall Color Fall is here in full […]

{Cards of Thanks} Make a Ship Craft

handmade thanksgiving card

Celebrate Thanksgiving In the age of email, facebook, and texting, sometimes I think that the power of hand-made and handwritten sentiments are losing both their popularity and impact.  I try to ensure that my kids send out cards to family about once every 3 months.  One of my favorite things to look at when I […]

Baking Soda and Vinegar Sensory Activities

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Mixing baking soda and vinegar is a classic science experiment.  Check out how they can also be used as fun sensory activities. Baking Soda and Vinegar I’ve been meaning to let Bear {4 yrs} do this activity for awhile now. When I saw these sensory activities at 2 Big, 2 Little, I knew that we […]

Monster Trucks: Math and Art

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Monster trucks are all the rage at our house and have been for quite a while.  Recently, my son Bear {4 yrs} and I created a fun new game called Monster Truck Bowling.  It was a huge hit!  So I expanded on this success with math and messy art activities. Prior to beginning the main […]

Your Toddler: Reading Skills

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The word “read” is define by the Encarta World English Dictionary as the ability to interpret: written material, printed signs, body language, and by understanding intuitively.  Despite the normal lack of ability to read the printed word, there are a variety of early reading skills that toddlers can develop.  A Toddler Can Read… Tone of […]

Ocean Sensory Bin

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A Boy’s Ocean Fascination Due to Bear’s current fascination with everything ocean-related, I created an ocean sensory bin focused on the underwater world.  We use a plastic under the bed storage bin for our indoor sensory tub.  That way, I can actually put a lid on it and slide it under the bed until next time.  […]

Appreciating Childrens Art

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  Recently my son (3.5 yrs) and I were drawing on our easel.  After drawing the image in the above right side of the picture, his comment was, “Momma, I think that you look like a chicken in that [picture].”  In my daftness I had originally assumed it was a chicken, not a picture of […]