Craft Things To Make: Bird Nests

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We were walking outside in our backyard and Rory noticed all of the pinecones and sticks that had accumulated on the ground.  She immediately begin picking them up, throwing them, and kicking them. I tried to think of craft things to make with these great items from nature.  I decided to combine Rory’s two favorite […]


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Ocean Play Dough

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Play dough can be an amazing doorway into imaginary lands. Take a batch of home-made dough – we always use this no-cook play dough recipe  – and add in some food coloring to set the scene. Today we went with blue for the ocean. Provide some props. I like to offer open-ended items – materials […]


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Creative Learning: Use Edible Ink

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You can encourage creative learning in your child by giving them unusual materials to work with.  How about giving them some edible ink the next time they are completing a worksheet? What is edible ink? It is super easy to make and it tastes great too.  There are only 2 ingredients:  yogurt and food coloring! […]


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Art for Kids: Food Coloring Tie Dye

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On Father’s Day Weekend, my preschooler and I were busy filling up ice cube trays with food coloring and water and made a few spills.  After mopping up our mess with some paper towels, we realized that we accidentally had come upon a beautiful Paper Towel Tie Dye art activity. Materials paper towels water food […]


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Math for Kids

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The foundation for math learning begins much earlier than we adults realize. Our children and their developing minds are capable of understanding and taking in abstract thinking early in their lives. We (and they) may not know it fully until they hit a point in life when they just “get it”. This idea hit home […]


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Olympics for Kids: Color Sorting

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Olympics for Kids With the Olympics right around the corner it is the perfect time to use the symbols of the Olympics to create activities for children that review or introduce learning concepts such as color sorting. The Olympic symbol of interlocking rings of red, blue, green, black and yellow is a wonderful tool for […]


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Bubbles: Easy Art

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Colored bubbles and paper can make an easy art project that is fun to make and beautiful too. To make easy art with bubbles, you will need: Large sheet(s) of white paper Masking tape Food colouring Bubble soap (See our DIY Bubble Mix Recipe or DIY Baby Bath Bubble Solution recipe for bubble soap) Bubble blowing […]


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Drive-In Movie For Kids

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If your family hasn’t experienced a movie under the stars yet, I highly recommend you enjoy one this summer. We are big fans of outdoor drive-in movies in our family! To host a “drive-in” movie all you need for the kiddos are a few supplies! Supplies to make cars for the drive in movie: boxes […]


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Be a Pirate: Make a Sword

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These are instructions on how to make your own wood sword for under a dollar .  We went through a pirate “kick” for a few weeks where all my kids wanted to do was be a pirate, everything became a “pirate ship”. That big box we got?  Yeah. The couch?  Yup. Their mattresses, the bushy […]


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Math Games: Water Beads

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Have you discovered water beads yet? They are polymers, also called gel beads,  that start off as tiny little balls and expand to much bigger balls as they absorb water. They’re often found in florist stores or the home decor aisle of stores – and they’re great for all sorts of play. As they grow […]


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Art With Tape

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I went to visit my five year old nephew the other day and he was so excited to show me an art project he made.  He told me it was a tape picture.  My sister’s family has a piece of art hanging on their wall made entirely of little pieces of tape and my nephew […]


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Paint Craft: Silhouette Art

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Nurturing the seed of  creativity in our kids is a beautiful thing! My love for painting and all things art was developed at a very young age and I believe it was because of all of the encouragement I received from my parents and teachers. I still remember in Kindergarten, my teacher praising my work […]


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Playdough Pasta Matching Game

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I love to put creative combinations of materials together and see what the kids come up with. This week we’ve paired up play dough and some pasta – and the children made up their own game! The play dough is home made, using this easy no cook play dough recipe. Play dough is so versatile […]


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Be a Princess: Make Paper Dolls

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[BlogFrog_px tk=”79-O-JY”]We have three girls.  A rainy summer day is perfect for creating and pretending.  There are few things that my girls love more than pretend play.  They get a bin of fancy dresses, silly hats, ostentatious scarves, grab a couple pairs of my high heels and it is their dream day of fun!   Recently, […]


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Dino Trackers: A Baking Soda and Vinegar Activity Based on Dino Dan

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[BlogFrog_px tk=”78-O-JT”]Do your kids obsess about some things? My son loves dinosaurs, he loves learning about science and history through them. And I love how extinct animals are inspiring him., broadening his imagination. This activity is part science, part art, part history, 100% fun and inspired by Dino Dan. RedBox has Dino Dan: Dino Trackers and […]


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Beach in a Box: Digging for Shells and Dinosaurs

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Let’s face it, some days we just don’t get out of the house. On these days, by the afternoon, we have exhausted all of our toys and are starting to go a bit stir crazy. My son has a sand table in the yard which he loves, but again, some days, even that loses its […]


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Coloring Page T-Shirt Tutorial

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I really like it when I am able to spend time on a present for a child instead of money.  Many of the gifts my mom and grandma made me as a child are still treasured in our house today (as opposed to a lot of the store-bought presents which ended up in garage sales […]


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Top 10 Super Simple Dress Up Ideas

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Do your kids like dressing up? Both my girls love to wear different outfits when they’re playing or even when we’re heading out and about on errands or to the park. Wearing the right clothes, whether it’s a crown, swirling ballet skirt or builders hard hat seems to complete their play and let them really […]


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Travel Games for Kids: I Spy Learning Windows

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Whether you are going on a long car trip this summer or a short trips around town, you will probably being looking for games to play with the kids in the car. My son loves to play I Spy when we reading books or walking in the neighborhood. I thought it would be fun to […]


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Fun Activity to Boost Early Literacy and Basic Reasoning Skills

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There is this wonderful children’s shop in my neighborhood called Once Upon A Time. The owner has a Montessori background. I was thrilled when I found various baskets of Safari Toob’s throughout her store. In other words, I didn’t have to buy the whole Arctic Toob if I just wanted a walrus. I quickly snagged […]


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Summer Reading for Kids

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I am a big proponent of Summer Break and during the summer, my kids play hard. We visit historical sights, do things active outdoors, and spend lots of time with our friends.  We mean BREAK in our house. But there is one thing my kids know that I am a stickler about during the Summer […]


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Kids Learning Games: Bathtub I-Spy

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We’ve been wanting to do this activity in our backyard water table, but this week has been so chilly where we live that we decided to play it in the bathtub. My kids love playing in the water so bath time is long and chock full of learning opportunities. My son loves to try and spell new […]


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Shapes in Nature

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My son loves being outdoors – whether it’s digging in the dirt, playing in the sand, splashing in puddles, going for walks, smelling flowers, looking for wildlife, or just running around. Among his favorite activities are scavenger hunts.  We’ve enjoyed photo scavenger hunts and sound hunts.  This time we went on a hunt for shapes […]


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Scavenger Hunt: Letterboxing

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Letterboxing is the ultimate scavenger hunt.  It’s a fun family adventure where you follow clues to find a letterbox. What is a Letterbox? A letterbox is a small weatherproof box that someone hides in a public place like a park, trail, and even a cemetery. Then they post clues online to help you find the […]


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Kids Games: Make Your Own Silly Picture Game

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Nothing entertains a preschooler better than nonsense! Every month when my four-year-old receives an issue of her children’s magazine in the mail, one of the first things she flips to is the silly picture feature.   Hidden in the picture are dozens of nonsense items for her to find and circle.  We decided the other […]


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Stop Summer Learning Loss: 25+ Activities

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It is another Wednesday afternoon! Time for our weekly round-up and link party – It’s Playtime. Thanks to all the terrific bloggers who helped contribute to this list of fun, educational activities for our kids to enjoy this summer – ones to keep their brains alive and active – stop the summer brain drain! Link […]


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Learning Together: Alphabet Identification Game

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Don’t you just wish letters grew on trees and you could pull them off when you needed practice with them. Letters don’t grow on trees, but you can hang some foam letters with yarn from a low hanging tree and practice identifying them by swatting them with a flyswatter when your mom or a friend […]


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Exploring Art and Artists With Kids

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I have been enjoying a series called Kids Get Arty which promotes exploration of great artists. The idea behind the series is simple: 1) choose an artist to explore with your child and 2) allow a piece of work by the particular artist to inspire your child (and you) to create an original piece of […]


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Kids Games: Obstacle Course

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Kids love to be active and moving all the time. They also love using their creativity and imagination. We have a found a great way to combine these into a fun activity for the whole family – Obstacle courses! An obstacle course can be set up indoors or out.  It can be made of elaborate […]


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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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