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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Simple Play with a Ramp

a boy and his cars 1

Boys. There is something about speed and cars.  This is one of our go-to activities for 2 year olds. We have three boys and three girls. And while my girls will gladly drop cars down a mat, I know that if I *need* to keep my two year old occupied for awhile, getting his bucket […]



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Fruity Bubble Tea – for play and drinking

bubble tea recipe

It seems like water beads are *everywhere* online – I have been hesitant to use them in our sensory play out of concerns for the kids ingesting one (or more). I was thrilled to discover edible water beads through Tinkerlab, Fun at Home with Kids and Blog Me Mom. We have had many weeks of […]



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DIY Play Dough Toys

DIY play dough toys

Play dough toys must be several things:  durable, versatile, not-a-choking hazard and most importantly – easy to clean! So many of the kids favorites we don’t *actually* play with as they are a pain to clean up afterwards. What I love about this toy option is that the play dough just falls off once it’s […]



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The Best Playdough Recipe

best playdough recipe

Play dough is the perfect rainy day activity, and we love making it in our kitchen. When you make your own playdough with the best playdough recipe ever, you get way more dough for your money than when you go out and buy it. Plus, this homemade playdough is so much softer and easier to mold than the […]



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11 Sleepy-Time Activities with Felt

quiet time felt activities

Do your kids struggle when they are at the age where they are just, just too old for naps, but too young to be active and doing all day?? I know my 3-5 year olds break down the hour before dinner time if they don’t have an hour or two of calm in the afternoon. […]



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10 Reasons to Build Forts

reasons to build a fort

Forts.  There is something about childhood and forts.  We got a Fort Magic Kit {Kids Activities Blog sponsor} a month ago – it is LOVED – and daily the kids have been building and creating with it!  If you would like to purchase a kit of your own, you may visit the Fort Magic Shop page. Pssst…at the […]



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Breakfast on a stick

breakfast on a stick with waffles

Sometimes the simple kids activities are the best. This is a great after school snack to make for kids with leftover waffles – or if you have enough skewers, make this for a fun breakfast! Your kids will have fun “stabbing” their food to make their breakfast and eating off of a stick. . We […]



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{No Candy} Easter Egg Activity Stuffers

egg activity stuffers

Is candy over taking all of your family holiday’s? It seems we have far more candy than we will ever eat! Time to make memories – without the crash that follows a sugar rush.  We tried to think of things that would make the kids both move and smile. We filled our Easter Eggs with […]



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Money Math Worksheet

math money sheet2

When I was a teacher I loved using stations, now as a homeschooling parent I still enjoy making “stations” for the kids. I think that “station” or project activities for school help make learning more real, less theoretical. As our house is swimming in Easter Eggs (and it’s not even Easter yet!!) We used some […]



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Sparkly Tooth-Fairy Money

tooth fairy money ised

The toothfairy seems to visit in bursts. One of our kids *just* lost TWO teeth.  She is overjoyed. . . While *I* am the “tooth-fairy” we have a fun tradition.  The child with the missing tooth gets to make their own “fairy” money. On our Facebook wall about a year and a half ago I […]



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Use Science to Tie Dye {It’s a pH Test}

Make giant test "sheets" to test pH using cabbage, papertowels and a collection of acids/bases.

Chemistry and Art.  This year I have been teaching a high school art elective, where we do chemistry experiments with an art twist. This science experiment uses ingredients common in every kitchen (well, except for the cabbage part – we aren’t cabbage eaters, had to buy that). AND… kept the attention of 3 year olds […]



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Waffle Sandwiches

eating waffle sandwiches

Breakfast foods are super easy to make and are fun at all times of the day. We love picnics.  This was a recent breakfast that we packed up for a brunch outdoors. Waffle Sandwiches. Making Memories! Our Waffle recipe is half gluten.  We are trying to cut back on our wheat, but at the same time, […]



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Candy Play Dough

candy playdough you can eat

This is the best time of year to get peeps! Our kids got a big box of them and they reminded me of our Peanut Butter Play Dough recipe. We used three ingredients and made edible, candy-like, play dough. Time to experiment with our peeps. We are making edible play dough!! You only need three […]



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Non-Newtonian Fluid – OObleck

ways to make and play with oobleck

Oobleck is cool!  If your kids have not explored “Non-Newtonian liquids” yet they should! A non-Newtonian liquid is one where the more force you apply to the fluid the harder it becomes, they call this the shear rate.  A liquid like water that has low-viscosity is able to pour freely.  That is not the case […]



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