One-Pot Meatless Monday Recipe

one pot pasta with mushrooms

Meatless Mondays. While we love meat (especially beef), at our house Monday’s can be a nice reprieve for our budget and a chance to encourage my kiddos to eat more diversity with a veggie-heavy meal. Dinner last night was a win!! We love one pot meals.  This one took only 15 min from the time I […]




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Fizzing Sidewalk Paint

fizzing paint with kids activities blog

Originally published in Early spring, 2011, this is by far one of our kids most favorite play recipes. Sidewalk chalk is fun, painting is fun, making things fizz is also fun! Let’s do all three! This is a really simple recipe to create sidewalk chalk “paint” out of food coloring, baking soda and cornstarch.  We […]




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20+ Kid Friendly Ideas for Wax Crayon Art and a $1,500 Giveaway!

Melted Crayons Colorful Abstract painted background on canvas

Crayon art goes beyond just coloring!  Wax crayons are fun to color with – a staple of preschooler craft times everywhere.  In addition to coloring and crafting with crayons, we have collected the best art projects from around the web for you to enjoy with your kids! We hope that you will be inspired to take […]




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DIY Tinted Sunscreen Recipe

Make your own tinted sunscreen

With a summer packed full of activities – it is time for us to crack out the tubs of sunscreen.  We are a transracial family with six kids and use a TON of sunscreen!  Regular sunscreen has lots of chemicals, organic sunscreen is outside of our budget, and both leave white streaks on my chocolate […]




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40+ Tips for Road Trips with Toddlers & Preschoolers

over 40 tips for road trips with little kids

I dread going on long trips with kids in tow.  We have driven across the country at least once a year for some time now and have learned a few things about traveling with children.  Here are some tips to make road trips with toddlers and preschoolers easier. To keep a bit of sanity. Road […]




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Sock Mopping: Exercise and Clean at the Same Time

sock mopping to clean your floor

In my house, cleaning the dining room is a fun family affair.  One of our favorite ways to clean the floors is sock mopping! Maybe your kids will enjoy helping you sock mop your floors!  If you are looking for other ideas to involve your children in household chores, check out How To Get Kids To […]




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15 Craft Hacks for Kids

15 hacks for kids craft rooms

We have a craft closet that just keeps growing and growing! We’ve tried a lot of different organization tips, latest was a renovation of our door with shoe cubbies… …And are always looking for new ways to organize our home.  If you have ideas (especially photos) I would LOVE to see them on our Facebook […]




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Pom-pom Storage – and tot play idea.

fine motor play with a pompom bottle 2

Two year olds love a task… and I love not having my pom-poms all over the house! When the pom-poms find themselves scattered all over the floor your tot will come to the rescue. . Look at that concentrated look on his face!  He is working hard. Even the big pom-poms fit through the hole […]




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Spicy Paint – inspired by Tinkerlab

edible paint made from spices

The spices in my pantry are getting a bit old and there are some things in there that I don’t think I have cooked with in ages. We recently received the book by Rachelle Doorley, Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors, wow – what a fun collection of open-fun ideas.  Her book has 55 […]




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Building Brain Activity

activity for building brain connections

The kids and I have recently begun exploring our brains – how it works, the tricks we can play on it, ways we can encourage it to adapt and grow to face new challenges. I loved discovering the book by Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee, The Body has a Mind of It’s Own.  In it they […]




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18 Kid-Friendly Snack Hacks

18 food hacks and diy tips

As summer is in full swing, we are breaking out more convenience foods and snacks. Our summers are full of activities and I love grabbing snacks for the kids to eat after the pool, or during a visit to the zoo. Here are some of the tips and hacks that have helped make our summer […]




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20 Hacks for the House

20 Hacks for the home

As the mom of 6 kiddos I am *always* on the look out for tips and tricks that will help make my life better! Some of the ideas in here we do currently, they have helped make life in a big crazy family, just a touch less chaotic. Others of these “mom hacks” I have […]




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80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds

rainbow play ideas for 2 year olds

Two year olds are such a joy!  They are full of curiosity and find joy in discovery.  We are always looking for activities to help our kids grow. As my youngest is crossing the threshold and becoming a three-year old.  Here are all the things my two year old either enjoyed or would if we […]




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10 Tips for Group Art

group art project with kids

Do group art projects or play dates overwhelm you?? Every day of art is a group project at our house (I have six kiddos) and my blood pressure still rises a bit as I get the paints out. Here are some tips that should help me, and the rest of you, from “the experts”.  These […]




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Peppermint Patty – Marshmallow Play Dough

peppermint patty play dough

I have a weakness.  Chocolate.  I *love* chocolate and need a daily dose… my favorite chocolate candy of all time are peppermint patties. This activity was an accident, the best, tastiest accident! We had a bunch of kids over to make Peeps Playdough, instead of using peeps we played with marshmallows…. And one kiddo doesn’t […]




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Fun Bathtime Idea: Play with Bathtub Paint

bath tub paint recipe feature

My preschool kids love to paint and I don’t love to clean up the mess. What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? Wouldn’t that be awesome?  This is bathtub paint!  You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.  This “paint” […]




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Puzzle Printable

Puzzle Art

Do your toddlers get frustrated with puzzles as they “don’t fit”?? When I was in college there was a children’s museum that I hung out at.  They had this on-going, ever evolving puzzle where kids could create swirling lines on tiles.  Every tile “matched” the one next to it to create a flowing, changeable image. […]




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Car Organization Ideas – Just in Time for Summer!

ideas to organize a family car

Organizing the home is a challenge.  Organizing toys is a challenge…combining both in a small transportable space ups the ante for car organization! Does your family *live* in the car during the warm months?  It seems like summer is filled with places to go and things to do.  Our car needs to keep up. “Give everything […]




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3 Ingredient Glop – A Play Recipe

glitter glop recipe

Glop.  It is a cross between slime and playdough.  This stuff has an interesting texture.  It feels so cool – literally, cold to the touch.  Lovely sensory activity for a warm summer afternoon! AND… it only has 3 common ingredients! *Note:  According to the FB “storm”, this is a controversial post.  We don’t make this […]




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Rainbow Cupcakes

rainbow cupcakes

My daughter just turned four! Her birthday request was for rainbow cupcakes. I was imagining rainbow icing till she explained she wanted the entire cupcake to be a rainbow. How on earth would I make that? Then I remembered the blog post I read from Shannon, at Milk and Cuddles, there was hope! We could make […]




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Easy Way to Store & Organize LEGOs by Color

nifty lego storage ideas

If you have LEGO bricks, you likely have storage issues…they are everywhere! We have made a LEGO table {or three, in my case}, created a LEGO play mat and shown our LEGO closet storage system. But as moms with tons of LEGOs in the house, we know that not everything works for every kid or […]




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{Tube Play} How we transformed PVC pipes into a “fall” wall.

Tube play - create PVC pipes for play

Has your child experimented with tube play?  If you are desperate for a couple of hours of peace you will *love* this activity!! Play tubes! They are a great way for kids to have fun learning while being creative and having fun.   This activity is just ONE of the 101 Kids Activities you can find in our […]




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Stacking Cups – Ways for every age to play!

ways for every age to play

Holly and I, Rachel, wrote a book last summer.  The book and our blog have a lot of similarities.  BUT, one thing that the book has that our blog does not focus on, is a way to take the same activity and adapt it for different ages.  Holly’s and my kids range in age from […]




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Teach Your Kids What to do in an Emergency

Teach your kids how to respond in a medical emergency

Kids grow up fast, too fast.  My daughter is nearing the age that I was when I witnessed a man have a heart attack.  You never know when an emergency will strike. I realized that I have not helped my daughter realize that life can be frail, that emergencies happen, and empower her.  I want […]




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How to Make a {No-Sew} Baby Wrap

EASY - DIY- baby wrap

We are thrilled to be joining the ultimate baby blog hop today. We are sharing our diy baby wrap carriers that are essential for anyone with a baby in the house.  Since they can be costly to purchase at the store, we couldn’t wait to share our diy version.  Did you know that you can easily make […]




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DIY Alphabet Crackers

DIY Alphabet Crackers

What is better than learning and snacking at the same time?? As a mom, I love simple snacks for my kids after school. These Alphabet Crackers are an easy and fun way for your kids to practice making words. Supplies Needed: Edible Pen (affiliate links) Crackers (we used wheat thins) Fun ways to learn with […]




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Fish Coloring Page with Gel Paint

Fish coloring pages - with paint recipe

We have a book coming out!!!  We have a book.  I am still pinching myself regularly. Today we are featuring one of our paint recipes that you can find in our book, 101 Kids Activities.  You can pre-order it now on Barnes and Noble and Amazon!!  (affiliate links)  We can’t wait to see it on […]




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Mustache and Eye Glasses Mirror Clings

diy mustache and eye glasses clings

Kids. I have a 12 year old niece who is in that in-between stage. She loves doing activities with us, our band bracelets and the peeps playdough were her recent favorites, but she’s also thinking about what is “cool” and sometimes our craft ideas don’t fit her interests. So I asked her what types of […]




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R2D2 Trash Can

a trash can CRAFT!!

*Alternately Titled:  How I got my son to clean up his paper bits.* My son enjoys Star Wars.  His father got the boys hooked on it when I was on a trip to Ethiopia.  They quote large portions of it to each other over the dinner table. Imagine his surprise and joy when his best […]




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16 Nap Time Play Ideas

nap time play ideas

Getting your kids to calm down during a nap time, with the hopes that they will actually sleep is sometimes easier said than done. These activities are perfect for the in-between nappers. They are able to be enjoyed independently. They are quiet… AND low-mess. Activities for Quiet Time Playing with Tanagrams. Create a set of […]




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