Genius Left-Over Candy Ideas!

These leftover candy ideas are genius

I find that after almost any holiday season, I have an overwhelming influx of candy!  Halloween & Easter seem to be when the candy haul is at its greatest volume. These left-over candy ideas are inspired and sponsored by Invisalign.  I am part of the Mom Advisory Board for Invisalign which includes complimentary treatment while I […]

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Big Crafters Giveaway worth $1400!

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The holiday season is fast approaching and we want the celebrations to start TODAY!!!! We’ve partnered with 11 of our favorite blogging friends on Google+ to bring you an AMAZING giveaway- take a look at this: One LUCKY Reader Will Win the ULTIMATE creative package of craft goodies! If you don’t have your hands on […]

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What I Did Not Know About BPA

What I learned about cash register receipts and BPA

I am not one of those parents that does a lot of worrying about stuff.  Childhood should be full of play and organic learning experiences – that doesn’t leave a lot of space for fear. But this is one of those things that kinda freaks me out.  We have known the problems with BPA for […]

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Free Play Calendar!


Awhile back we gave away {we are craaaaaaazy!} monthly play calendars when you signed up for either our weekly or daily eNewsletter. And then we tried something new. But there were some rumblings… Where are the play calendars? I miss the play calendars! Bring back the play calendars! And so… {back by popular demand} We […]

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FREE Educational Apps for Kids

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Are your kids constantly grabbing your ipod or android to play games on them? You are not alone. But at least you can sneak in a little learning while they naively have fun playing on Mommy’s new toy.  Here are some free educational apps that kids will have fun with and may not even realize that […]

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Tinker Crate from Kiwi Crate: Engineering Fun in a Box

Kiwi Crate Tinker Crate

I have to admit that even though I write here at Kids Activities Blog, I am often limited on time to create activities that are fun and educational for my own kids! It is one of the reasons why I am giddy over a new Kids Activities Blog sponsor, Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate – Tinker […]

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Make a Book Pumpkin – Frugal Fall Craft

Book Pumpkin

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine. I have to admit something. I am not a very skilled crafter. It is one of the reasons I feel much more comfortable in a kids activities setting…people aren’t expecting professional results! But […]

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An Unexpected Benefit of Adoption

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Did you know that Kids Activities Blog exists because of an adoption? I began thinking about this story again and how it has blessed my life when Wendy’s approached us to help spread the word about their Jr. Frosty Halloween Coupon Book that raises money for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Working with Wendy’s […]

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How to Make a Crash Mat

Make a Crash Mat

A sensory crash mat is a crash mat that can be used like a bean bag to increase sensory input and help kids {and adults} increase proprioceptive awareness and decrease over-reaction to sensations over time. Make a Crash Mat for Sensory Awareness I did some research online to find the cheapest way to make a sensory […]

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Stock Up Your Freezer Giveaway Worth Over $1200

Stock Your Freezer Giveaway

Fall is here–let’s CELEBRATE! Now that the kids are back in school it is time to start thinking about getting our finances—and our schedules—back in order. One great way to save both time AND money is with a secondary freezer, which is why we’ve once again partnered with 11 of our favorite blogging friends to […]

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Money for Christmas GIVEAWAY {worth $1000} <–Yes!

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We are giddy about this! Who couldn’t use a little extra cash?   How would you like to spend someone else’s money during the holidays? We thought so! We want you to spend ours! How about we make it even MORE cheery by giving the winner a the opportunity to choose a friend to send […]

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A Confident Mother

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Confidence is one of those funny things. There are about a million variables and any one of them can tip that underlying feeling of certainty. I started thinking about all of this in conjunction with Invisalign’s Countdown to Confidence Daily Instant Win & Sweepstakes.  I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board which […]

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50 TV Shows for Kids Recommended by Parents

TV Shows for Kids Parents Actually Like - Kids Activities Blog

One of the things that made it hard for me when my kids were little was finding TV shows for kids that didn’t make me crazy.  It is tricky because I wanted them to use their very limited TV time to have fun {and hopefully sneak in a little learning}, but often that meant something […]

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How to Carve a Pumpkin

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Learning how to carve a pumpkin well was always something I wanted to learn.  I love a well carved pumpkin!  Here at Kids Activities Blog, we have explored several no carve pumpkin techniques this season, but I thought it would be fun to revisit our pumpkin carving class. Last year, my three boys and I […]

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Easiest Way to Make a Kid Movie from Your Phone

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I originally got into blogging as a substitute for scrapbooking.  I was scrapbooking nearly every waking moment of my first born’s life! That can be exhausting. As the expenses increased and I had less and less time to devote to this hobby, I realized one of the other barriers was that scrapbooks aren’t very sharable. […]

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Craft & Activity SHARE

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Welcome! We love to highlight YOUR FUN. We have adored to feature YOUR blog posts and projects over the last few years of It’s Playtime! But we want even more! We have found the more we feature YOU, the better WE are. {insert group hug} We want you to share so we can promote you.  When […]

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Easy Lunchbox Love {Free Printables}

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My kids have been back in school for nearly 3 weeks now and the shiny, newness of lunch-packing has worn off! It seems like we are in a bit of a scramble to pull things together that are lunchbox-ready and have nutritional value. This lunchbox frenzy has been made much easier with Ehrmann MIXIM Fat-Free […]

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easy easy halloween decor

spooky awesome halloween decorations

Let me start this with a tiny, little admission… I am NOT a big holiday decorator. Just the THOUGHT of decorating something that will last only a few weeks makes me tired.  I do toss around a little tinsel at Christmas, but I have tried to avoid Hobby Lobby for the minor holidays. And then […]

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When Should Kids Go to the Dentist & Orthodontist?

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When the kids were younger, it was really clear when they needed to go to the doctor!  You had a schedule of what checkups were at what months and years along with immunizations that they had to have. Childcare and school requirement for this information made even a procrastinator like me abide by what was […]

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HUGE Mom-arazzi Giveaway! Click.

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Are you a Paparazzi Mom? Do you take a bajillions pictures of your beloved off spring? Then you are going to LOVE this giveaway! The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway Its Back to School time……which means there are so many important moments to be documented! And if you’re anything like us, there will be thousands of pictures […]

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How Can I Jump Start Labor?

How do you jump start labor

 How can I jump start labor?!  <—extra exclamation points, please! I have been there!  Those last few weeks of a nine month pregnancy seem to drag on forever.  I found that sleeping was very uncomfortable, I was still nauseated and quite ready to meet my new baby! How to Safely Induce Labor? I started doing […]

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Playing with Food

Painting with Del Monte Fruit Squeezers

I have to admit that lunchtime has gotten boring. When the time to eat rolls around, the kids and I just open the fridge and hope a meal falls out. To date, that hasn’t occurred. And then the other day, I had a moment of motherhood brilliance. We added an activity that was a lunch […]

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How to Choose a Rolling Backpack

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Back-to-school time for us is very scripted. We have a list of school supplies that we need, a series of uniform pieces that are required and an never-ending checklist of books to purchase. In fact, when it comes down to it, the only big decision that the boys have is what backpack to choose! The […]

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Week of Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas Packed by Kids

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My kids have been responsible for packing their own lunch boxes since Kindergarten.  It is a system that has worked well for our family because it has shifted the responsibility for school lunches from me to my boys. I am really excited about what I am sharing today.  This whole vegetarian lunch box ideas thing […]

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How Much Do You Pay A Babysitter?

How much do you pay a babysitter

 How much do you pay a babysitter?  It is something that many of us have agonized over…sometimes with check book in hand! There are so many things to think about – age of the child, how many kids?, time of day, age of the babysitter, can he/she drive?, how many hours after bedtime?, where are […]

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When Do Kids Give Up Their Baby Blankets?

When Do Kids Give Up Their Baby Blankets?

The blankie!  It can be the center of the universe for some kids. It is funny that not all kids get attached to a baby blanket, but those who do are devoted.  My middle child was one of those.  He had a soft blue/white checked baby blanket that was his constant companion.  I felt like […]

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How Can I Keep My Baby Warm In The Pool?


Babies can be very sensitive to temperature changes.  And often their little bodies respond with skin color changes immediately. The first time I saw my baby chilly, it was a little disturbing…he literally looked blue! Living in Texas, we appreciate a trip to the pool on a warm day.  It is one of the few […]

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A Very Good Steak Sandwich Recipe

Steak Sandwich Recipe - Kids Activities Blog

My husband is a really good cook. I am pretty good at cleaning up after him…which is why this works out so well for my family. When Mezzetta {Kids Activities Blog sponsor} approached me to participate in creating a sandwich recipe, I knew it was the perfect task to hand over to my husband. Mezzetta […]

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Tips For Flying With A Baby

Tips for Flying with a Baby

Figuring out how to fly with a baby is challenging!  Babies need lots of stuff and are unpredictable.  Planes are full of other people and don’t like a lot of stuff. Getting advice from other parents who have been through it is probably the best bet for flying with a baby success!   Flying with a […]

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Braces vs. Invisalign

Invisalign and braces

I had braces as a kid. And now as an adult I have them again.  Except this time around I am using Invisalign.  I am part of the Mom Advisory Board for Invisalign which includes complimentary treatment while I write about the experience. I am now on my 5th set of Invisalign trays giving me several […]

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