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

Finding Shapes in Nature

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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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! 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 day, […]




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Early Literacy Tool: Phonetic Flip Chart

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Our oldest has learned her letters, the sounds that they make, and is starting to blend sounds. We have even begun learning sight words, but have yet to venture into the realm of phonics, till today! This is a really nifty phonics “tool” that we created to help her mix the sounds of letters. . […]




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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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Games for Kids: Learning Action Words with Party Blowers

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Last week I shared a simple spelling activity that we created using a pink party blower and some bottle caps. This week I have another party blower activity that packs a punch! We used a party blower, a few Superhero friends, and some recycled materials to help us learn about action words! My son loves […]




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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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Preschool Activities: Counting Flowers in Your Neighborhood

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This is the perfect time of year to head out into your neighborhood and look for things to count. The weather is great for walking around, camera in hand, with a seeker of things to take pictures of by your side. I helped my son decide to limit the things were looking for to flowers […]




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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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What is Surface Tension?

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What makes water molecules stick together to form a drop of water? Surface Tension. What allows those cool water bugs to walk on water? Surface Tension. But what is surface tension and how to you teach it to children? According to Wikipedia, surface tension is a property of the surface of a liquid that allows […]




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Mothers Day Craft: A Handmade Bouquet

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Mothers day is this Sunday, and I wanted to make myself a present! Many of you may know that my husband is a veterinarian and we both have a love for animals.  This means we have a few pets; 3 dogs and 2 cats to be exact.  I love my pets dearly, however, they destroy […]




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Easy Bread Recipe for Kids

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Have you ever made bread with your children? It’s such a satisfying thing to bake and so well suited to children as the dough is robust enough to withstand their enthusiastic handling. This easy bread recipe is a really good one to use with kids. It’s almost a no-knead recipe, with just thirty kneads required, […]




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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 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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