Musical Instruments for Kids: Homemade Maracas!

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I have mentioned before how much Rory loves music.  She is always asking to play my guitar and loved her Easter basket filled with musical instruments. At a recent dinner with our friends, we couldn’t pull Rory away from the piano and drums!  Although she has many musical instruments in the house, she doesn’t have […]


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Tin Foil Art

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I have two creative kids who love to draw. My 9-year-old creates magical lands full of beasts and mythical creatures. My 5-year-old like to draw families, with lots of hearts and kisses. Most often this drawing starts off on a standard piece of white paper, which is all well and good but sometimes it’s fun […]


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Craft for Kids: Tomato Cage Sculpture

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Some days you set out materials and you have plan for how you think they will be used. Some days you set out materials and you wait to see how they are used. We have two tomato cages that have been sitting in our shed since we tried growing tomatoes two years ago. The bugs […]


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Kids Learning Games: Bathtub Alphabet Soup

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My son made up this game.  He calls it The Bathtub Alphabet Soup Game.  It is easy to play, fun, educational, and very clean! (affiliate link) I recently purchased some foam letters – the ones I have are not specifically for the tub, but I see no reason why I couldn’t use them there.  So, one […]


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Choosing a Healthy Plate: A Nutrition Activity for Preschoolers

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Do you have any picky eaters at your house? Do you have kids who would rather eat fruit snacks than any fruit or vegetable you give them? My kids are complete opposites with regards to food. My 18 month old daughter will eat basically anything and my 4 yr old son is very selective with […]


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Fraction Game: Cookie Math

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In between visits to potential new homes, we stopped by our local Panera.  As we had half an hour to kill – and munching on cookies takes mere seconds with my kiddos – we had to draw out the “experience”.  Why not use our cookies and drink as an opportunity to practice fractions!  I was […]


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Paper Crafts for Kids: Paper Dolls with Spray Adhesive

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When my sister and I were growing up we had a steamer trunk full of paper dolls.  It was probably our favorite thing to play together. Now that I have two daughters who are old enough to play with dolls I thought it would be fun to introduce them to some of the many paper […]


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Easy Recipe for Kids: Dirt Cake

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Dirt Cake?  What’s that?! Dirt Cake can be made in various ways but typically involves a chocolate treat made to look like dirt but it is completely edible – and yummy! There are some great recipes for Dirt Cake out there.  Here’s a fun recipe for Edible Dirt Pudding by another great Quirky Momma! However, […]


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Finger Paint: Homemade Fun

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Finger painting fun! Rory and I had nothing planned today so we decided to make our own finger paint! I chose to make our own paints because I know Rory is getting her molars now and so everything is in her mouth.  I did just a basic flour, salt and water mixture so that if […]


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Matching Game: Ribbons

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My son was bored. He had exhausted all of his toys. It was time for a new sensory bin or some kind of different and unique activity. I sent him out for a walk with his grandparents who happened to be visiting and promised him something new when he came home.  I scrambled around picking […]


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Recycled Art: Cup Holder Sculpture

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Sometimes you hold onto an object to use a craft for a long time waiting for the perfect idea for a recycled craft to come to you. This cup holder has been in my craft bin for several months waiting for inspiration to come. I would look at it almost every time I opened the […]


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Making Butter With Kids

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Making butter used to be a hard, time-consuming job.  But of course, for centuries, almost everyone did it.  When my kids and I read a story book about life in old Appalachia recently and saw the pictures of a butter churn and children pumping away at it, we decided that we wanted to give making […]


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Mothers Day Craft: Simple Pillow

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Sometimes a mom or grandma needs a little pillow to prop up her feet or place her head on after a busy day playing with a little boy or girl in their life. It may just look to others like a small pillow, but the love that went into making it helps them relax after […]


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Recycled Art: Biodegradable Packing Peanut Sculptures

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A friend approached me the other day with a box full of biodegradable packing peanuts (affiliate link) left over from a package she received.  I was so excited when she started showing me some different things she discovered about them and grabbed a handful to bring home to my son. The first thing she told me was […]


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Nature Walk: Grab the Nature Bag!

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Great spring & summer weather takes us all outdoors. We love to explore on trails, parks, and even walks in the neighborhood.  Though it is totally against my personality, I am intentionally slowing down my pace and allowing my kids to take in nature at it’s best.  We ohh & awe over the various colored […]


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Science Experiments for Kids – Exploring Ramps

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Ramps are fun for kids to explore. Rolling objects down or pushing objects up them seems to fascinate them. While they are really conducting simple science experiments with the concepts of force and gravity, kids may just think they are having fun. Recently my son and I build a simple ramp using cookbooks found in […]


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Memory Game with Shells

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Our kids love the memory game, and I love playing it with them because it  helps them practice taking turns, good sportsmanship, and of course, it strengthens their memorizing skills! I really liked the fun seashells and stickers version of the game that Chasing Cheerios came up with a while ago, and thought that I […]


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Felt Board: How To Create Your Own

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One thing Rory loves to play with at our local library is a felt board.  For weeks, I’ve been eyeing it up and have wanted to make one! For those that are not familiar what a felt board is, it’s just a board wrapped in felt.  But what makes it so special is that other pieces […]


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Dramatic Play: Inspired by Piaget

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“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” – Piaget. Dramatic play is one of the things that instills a sense of belonging and identity.  Our children experience who they are and how to relate to others as pretend in various roles.  Pretend play helps our children develop empathy as they practice putting […]


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Kids Art: DIY placemats

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The latest craze in our house is DIY placemats, using the children’s art to create unique place settings for our table. When the children have a friend coming to tea they like to make a special placemat just for the guest, to welcome them to the meal and for them to take home with them […]


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Recycled Art: Creating a K-Cup Mobile

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A few months ago, my husband and I debated over whether or not to purchase a Keurig.  We liked the idea and convenience of having this coffee machine, but our biggest concern was the environmental impact caused by the K-Cups.  You can check out the Keurig website to see what their company is doing to […]


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Cooking with Preschoolers – 5 Cool Things!

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I love cooking with my kids! My son has been cooking a lot at preschool lately, so we’ve been practicing many of the recipes at home! I love all the skills that can be practiced while we cook together, including reading, following directions, measuring, strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and learning early math […]


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Matching Game with Textures

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When you’ve lived in your home for a few years, cleaned it hundreds of times, and played hide-and-go-seek more times than you can count, you feel like you know every nook and cranny.  There’s nothing like an indoor photo treasure hunt or an indoor safari though to make you realize that there is more to the interior of […]


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Earth Day Activities

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5 Earth Day Activities to Do with Children of All Ages Earth Day is a worldwide celebration of our beautiful planet.  It is also a reminder that we need to promote awareness of Earth’s need for protection through conservation and recycling.  It is important to teach our children at an early age to take care […]


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Earth Day Activity: Lorax Collage

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Earth Day is always are wonderful reminder to recycle or upcycle items that we have in our homes and try to find new uses for some of them. If you are like me, you have piles of old magazines waiting to be given a reason to stay rather than end up I in the recycling […]


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Memory Games

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Having a good memory is a great skill to have in life. Every time we count, read, spell or use our times tables we’re calling on knowledge we’ve memorized. There are so many practical applications of using your memory in life too – as you recall your shopping list or cook a meal without a […]


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Clutter Busters for Kids

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Do you find yourself constantly “tidying –up”?  Do you feel like all your hard work cleaning is undone as soon as the kids walk in the door?  Do you ever ask yourself if you live with a bunch of ‘whirl-winds’? As a mom of 3 busy kids, I felt like I was constantly picking stuff […]


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Building with Lego Candy

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Did you grow up eating candy buttons? I used to love them and recently bought some giant ones for my son’s Lego birthday party. I cut the candy buttons into a variety of shapes and passed them out in goodie bags. I tend to overbuy for parties… so I still have a lot lying around. […]


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Building Nests with your Preschooler

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We’ve had fun welcoming spring, learning and exploring with birds, eggs and nests. Our neighbor had a wasp nest – Woot! The kids and I had fun watching the wasps enter and leave the nest… and then watching me spray it and knock the nest off the side of her house (I hope she didn’t […]


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Faces and Emotion: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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Once you become an adult, so many things in life become automatic.  We eat, we bathe, we get dressed, and we rarely take the time to examine how we do those things.  For our little ones, some of these tasks are still relatively new and can also be challenging.  We used a mirror to “follow” […]


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