Upcycled Craft: Packing Peanut Scultpures

packing peanut sculptures

“Upcycled” or recycled art is a great way to re-use items that would otherwise end up in the dump or at a recycling plant.  It’s a great way to get creative and use free art materials! We recently created recycled art with biodegradable packing peanuts.  Biodegradable packing peanuts are not like styrofoam packing peanuts which […]

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Magic Trick Secret: How to get Paper Clips to Attach

magic paper clip trick

We love simple magic tricks – the kids love discovering the “secrets” or the science behind the experiments.  This magic trick uses a dollar bill and paper clips.  It can’t be any easier than that! This magic paper clip trick is easy for little kids to perform.  My son learned this for a Cub Scout […]

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The Kitchen Classroom

the kitchen classroom

There is so much for children to learn by spending time in the kitchen. It’s tempting to send my kids off to play while I’m fixing dinner.  However, I often encourage them to stay and help me – even though it make take twice as long by doing so! Cooking is fun and educational for […]

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Twinkie Submarine Snacks

twinkie submarines

…We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine… You just can’t help but sing this catchy tune while making these adorable little Twinkie Submarine treats. Kids love decorated treats and Twinkie Submarines are easy and fun to make.  Thanks Hostess for the inspiration. All you need is a box of […]

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How to Lift an Ice Cube with a String

Lift an Ice Cube with a string

My son loves magic tricks.  I love simple science experiments. Here’s a fun magic trick with a little science behind it. My son lifted an ice cube from a cup of water with just a string touching it. He was elated and in awe as the cube dangled in the air. All you need is […]

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Make Chores Fun with a Chalkboard Apron

Make chores fun with chalkboard apron

My 3 year old has started helping out around the house with a few easy chores of her own. She loves to help me in the kitchen with washing vegetables and mixing ingredients so I was going to get her a little chef’s apron just to make it more fun. However, I know kids love […]

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Preschool Math with Beads

preschool math with beads

Preschoolers often learn how to count before they can actually identify the actual written number. My daughter is this way.  She can easily count to 20 but struggles when I point to an 8 and ask her to tell me what number it is – we haven’t even begun working on recognizing written word numbers […]

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Fun With Foil

Fun With Foil

We had been using aluminum foil for a school project.  Once we were done, my kids started playing with their leftover foil scraps. It really is fun to play with foil! Then they started asking for more.  And more. Aluminum foil is inexpensive and so much fun to create with that I let them use […]

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Make Your Own Marshmallow Shooter

Marshmallow Shooter-2

Homemade Marshmallow Shooters are such a fun activity to get your kids outside. They are very easy to make with some basic supplies.  Here is all that you need to make two shooters: Supplies: Plastic cup – I used a Glad disposable food storage cup. The tops had cracked but I couldn’t bear to throw away […]

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File Folder Games

little hand working heart puzzle

I recently discovered some fun games and activities that I can make at home for my little girl. They are called File Folder Games. There are tons of free templates for File Folder Games on the Internet but this particular one I made is a pattern matching game. File Folder Games are so easy to […]

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Melting Ice Experiments

excited little girl

  What could make a child squeal with joy about an old toy she has played with a hundred times? ICE! For years I’ve borrowed little trinkets from my children’s toy box and froze them into a block of ice for them to play with.  My 7 year old son still gets so excited about […]

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Salt Dough Snowman Craft

mixing dough collage

We love creating with salt dough.  It is so easy and we always have the ingredients on hand to make more because all you need is flour, salt, and water. Basic Salt Dough Recipe 2 cups flour 1 cup fine salt 1/2 cup of water Combine the flour and salt in a bowl.  Add about […]

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Christmas Themed Patterns and Matching Activity

Christmas activity

I like to hit the dollar store every now and then for craft supplies and reward trinkets for the kids.  I recently found these cute little Christmas themed eraser at Dollar Tree.  They came in packs of 12 for one dollar. They are so cute!  I bought 2 packs of them, having no clue what […]

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Christmas Party Favor – Reindeer Treat Bags

reindeer treat bags with text

My daughter’s preschool class is having a Christmas party and everyone is supposed to bring a treat to share.  We decided to make these cute little personalized Reindeer Treat Bags. It’s a really easy project that kids just love.  Plus you can use any kind of treat in a snack sized zip-top bag. What you […]

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Crafts with Fall Leaves

leaf person and book

I recently found the book, “Look What I Did With a Leaf” by Morteza E. Sohi.  The book shows beautiful creations assembled simply from different sizes, shapes, and colors of leaves. The weather has been beautiful so we were inspired to take a little walk around our local park to find our own collection of […]

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Soap Carving Arrowheads


With Thanksgiving approaching, Nicholas and I have been talking a lot about Native American Indians. We learned about how they hunted for food and made all of their own supplies. We learned about how they made their own tools by carving them from wood and stones. I thought about getting some soft wood that is […]

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Recycled Party Supplies

fun with recycled party supplies

Have some leftover party supplies?  Don’t just throw them out.  You can recycle them into fun decorations and activities for your child! My daughter just had her 3rd birthday and her party was a Hello Kitty theme.  There were Hello Kitty invitations, balloons, tablecloths, Happy Birthday banner, plates, napkins, and even Hello Kitty thank you […]

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Science Experiments Using Candy

candy chromatography

Halloween is over but does your child’s trick-or-treat basket still have tons of candy in it? Ours does! Rather than deal with upset tummies from children eating too much candy or trying to deal with the whines that follow candy rationing, I decide to put some of these sweet treat to good use. We did […]

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Halloween Crafts: Recycled Bottle Cap Spiders


You can keep some plastic bottle caps out of the landfill by recycling them into this fun Halloween craft project. Supplies: Plastic bottle caps like you find on gallon milk jugs Paint and paint brush for spider body Pipe cleaners for spider legs Googly eyes Glue (hot glue preferred but kids have more fun with […]

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Preschool Skills – Lacing Cards

girl working on lacing card

Lacing cards improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in preschoolers I love lacing cards. They are an easy activity to take with you to keep children busy in the car.  There aren’t many parts to them, they don’t take batteries, and they are completely silent. But lacing cards aren’t only a good thing for […]

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Concentration of a Solution

boy making sour face

Don’t you just love this picture?  I can almost taste the tartness that he is experiencing. Why would I have my child drink something that I knew would create such a silly face? He is learning about strength and concentrations of a solution.  I tried drawing pictures explaining how we can take a can of […]

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How to Make Butter

homemade butter to make with kids

Learn how to make butter at home in just a few minutes with cream, a jar, 2 marbles and some “muscle”. Recently we made homemade butter. It was so easy to do, and the results were delicious!  If you’ve never made butter from scratch, this is an experiment you have to try at home or […]

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Color Sorting with Dried Beans

little boy sorting with cups

My son loves to sort things. He will sort anything by color or size or whatever criteria he decides on for the moment. Sorting is great for brain development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill development.  It’s also a great way for young children to learn about colors, sizes, shapes, and textures. And it’s just plain […]

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Make Meal Time Fun For Kids

Nicholas loves it when we eat dinner in the living room. Gasp! Yes, we sometimes eat dinner in the living room while watching TV. Bad parent of the year award, I know. But is there really a better way to eat pizza on a family movie night? When we eat at the coffee table, Nicholas […]

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Valentine’s Day Bean Bag Hunt

I made some Valentine’s Day bean bags for the kids so we could have a special hide and seek game this morning. This craft is super easy. You don’t even have to sew! Plus, you could use this idea in so many different ways and for different holidays. Check it out. I used some red […]

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Worm Home and other It’s Playtime Fun

GP Worm home

Last week was hot – very hot in Texas.  So our kids played outside but only briefly.  It didn’t stop them from collecting bugs and making a bug home, only they moved the habitats indoors.  It looks like we weren’t the only ones creating bug homes last week!  Jenna and her kids over at Happy […]

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