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 […]




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 […]




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, […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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, […]




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. . […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




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, […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]