Farmers Market Fun for Kids

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It’s Springtime here (hopefully where you are too!) and with the warmer weather & sunny days, our family loves to take advantage of fresh produce with the openings of local farmer’s markets for the season.  We like to go to the farmer’s market for fresh fruit, veggies, and baked goods. Getting to sample all of […]




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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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Egg-citing Science

With Easter just a couple of days behind us, it’s probably safe to assume you’ll have plenty of leftover eggs in the fridge.  Why not try one of these fun “experiments” from Sci-Tech Discovery Center with the kids? Egg Balancing Have you ever heard that you can balance a raw egg vertically on the first […]




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Math Play: Egg Carton Number Toss

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We are excited to be participating in Tinkerlab’s Egg Carton Challenge this week! The goal of the Creative Challenge was to create something using an egg carton that is child-centered/child-directed. My son loves games, especially ones that involve throwing or bowling. For the last creative challenge (with paper bags), we created our own Paper Bag […]




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Things that Glow: Balloons with Glow Sticks

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I recently went to Wal Mart to shop for party supplies.  One of the items I wanted was a bag of balloons.  I found the balloons but also discovered a fun new kind of balloon – LED balloons!  They have a little light in them that is activated when you pull out the tab.  Then […]




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Easter Egg Hunt: 5 Creative Ideas

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Ah, Easter Sunday morning.  What a peaceful, quiet time of reflection.  The children come downstairs dressed in their Sunday best and the family enjoys a leisurely breakfast before heading to church. What?  That doesn’t happen at your house? Yeah.  Mine neither.  My kids are up at the crack of dawn to see what the Easter […]




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Children Helping Others: 3 Ways to Serve at Easter time

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We love for our children to focus on others more than themselves and to seek out ways to help those around them.  Easter is a holiday that we love to celebrate. My son is usually really excited about what he’s going to “get” from the Easter bunny, so this year we decided to focus less […]




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Camp Fire Food: Fruit & Smore Cones

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One of my favorite things about camping is the food. Food cooked on a fire tastes so much better than the “everyday” food we make at home! A couple of weekends ago we went on a camping trip as a family – it was wonderful! Other than my kids catching their first fish (I think […]




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Upcycled Craft: Packing Peanut Scultpures

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“Upcycled” or recycled art is a great way to re-use items that would otherwise end up in the dump or at a recycling plant.  It’s a great way to get creative and use free art materials! We recently created recycled art with biodegradable packing peanuts.  Biodegradable packing peanuts are not like styrofoam packing peanuts which […]




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Go to Sleep, Go to Sleep: Collection of Calming Activities for Kids

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Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep little baby… Have more than one child? We do! Naptimes are a struggle as we have to manage the different ages and activity levels of our preschooler/elementary aged kiddos with the *need* for a naptime for our tots. This “struggle” has led me to collect our […]




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Magic Trick Secret: How to get Paper Clips to Attach

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We love simple magic tricks – the kids love discovering the “secrets” or the science behind the experiments.  This magic trick uses a dollar bill and paper clips.  It can’t be any easier than that! This magic paper clip trick is easy for little kids to perform.  My son learned this for a Cub Scout […]




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St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Photo Scavenger Hunt

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With both St. Patrick’s Day & Spring break coming up, we like to kick off the break in a fun way…with a St. Patrick’s Day Photo Scavenger Hunt!  Scavenger Hunts are a fun activity to get the kids thinking and working together as a team.  It just takes a little bit of prep work, to […]




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Play-doh Ideas: Use Stencils

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My parents arrived for their recent visit to our house with two classic gifts for their grandchildren: play-doh and plastic stencils.   Both were good gifts in their own rights, but I thought my mother was a genius when she suggested we use them together.   We’ve been having so much fun! Ideas for Play-doh […]




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Fun With Foil

Fun With Foil

We had been using aluminum foil for a school project.  Once we were done, my kids started playing with their leftover foil scraps. It really is fun to play with foil! Then they started asking for more.  And more. Aluminum foil is inexpensive and so much fun to create with that I let them use […]




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Balloon People

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These are my daughter’s new friends at home- Balloon People or Balloon Friends, as she calls them. Best part of this is that she designed them all. She has had a lot of balloons in her room for her 4th birthday. She has made some balloon drawings on some of those. And one of the […]




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Creative Kid Bloggers Plan for 2012

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There are tons of great creative children’s blogs – and every month a bunch of us get together on twitter for a chat.  In last months chat, 57 bloggers discussed our playing schemes and dreams of what projects we think would most interest our kids or what we would love to do with them in […]




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Melting Ice Experiments

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  What could make a child squeal with joy about an old toy she has played with a hundred times? ICE! For years I’ve borrowed little trinkets from my children’s toy box and froze them into a block of ice for them to play with.  My 7 year old son still gets so excited about […]




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Kids Days Out: Fun School-Break Ideas

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Are your kids home from school and going batty?  Here are several of our favorite activities that were linked up to It’s Playtime over the past year.  Perfect to entertain and engage your kiddos during a long week off of school.  We are taking a break from Playtime this week to to enjoy our families […]




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Soap Carving Arrowheads

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With Thanksgiving approaching, Nicholas and I have been talking a lot about Native American Indians. We learned about how they hunted for food and made all of their own supplies. We learned about how they made their own tools by carving them from wood and stones. I thought about getting some soft wood that is […]




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Free things to do with kids

Free things to do with kids

Kids don’t need toys, they don’t need “programs”. I love a few of the activities linked up in It’s PLaytime last week! These are things you can do with your kids almost anywhere with no preparation – and they won’t cost you a dime. Looking for more ideas? Check out our weekly link-up below. Lots […]




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Preschool Skills – Lacing Cards

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Lacing cards improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in preschoolers I love lacing cards. They are an easy activity to take with you to keep children busy in the car.  There aren’t many parts to them, they don’t take batteries, and they are completely silent. But lacing cards aren’t only a good thing for […]




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Gymnastic Games

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Often what is fun is really simple. So simple that all it requires is two willing participants. My 5 y/o, Rhett, is ALWAYS willing to play our little gymnastic games. His favorite is flying.  I lay on my back {preferably on a soft grass surface, but often in our living room} and put my feet […]




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Activities for Boy Scouts in-the-Making: It’s Playtime

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I look forward to our kids meme each week! Thanks to all of you who faithfully participate and make it a grand success! Our Kid’s Meme runs every Thursday and can be found on the following blogs: Let the Children Play Messy Kids Hands On: As We Grow The Imagination Tree When you link up […]




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Activities for 2 Year Olds

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Two year olds are so curious. Their brains just love to soak in the world around them. I try to have as wide of a variety of things for my kids to enjoy. My favorite activities for 2 year olds can be grouped as: Exploring, Fine Motor Skill Development and Messy.  Looking for other age […]




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Camping Adventure: At Home

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We Quirky Mommas are on a camping kick!  A few weeks ago we played pretend camping at home, we made a tent from PVC pipes and this weekend my daughter is off to her first sleepover – and it’s going to have a camping theme!  I love watching the kids go on grand adventures in […]




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Kids Activities for Outdoor Play

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It is not quite cool enough yet to play outside for long periods of time. It is still 100+ degrees here in Texas, but we are dreaming of the 90s and bookmarking some fun outdoor play ideas as inspired through last week’s It’s Playtime Link-up. Each week over a hundred bloggers link up their favorite […]




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It’s Playtime – Our Thursday Kid Activities Link-Up

. Simple activities are great! They give our children the freedom to be creative, to adapt, imagine and create. Of the hundred plus activities that were linked to in last week’s “It’s Playtime” the one by Kelly of Little Wonder’s Days grabbed my attention. On a day when I am sick or when we have […]




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Play Ideas with Pool Noodles: It’s Playtime Link-up

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As summer is drawing to a close, I am dreaming and scheming of different things I can do with our deformed and wilted pool noodles.  Thanks Chocolate Muffin Tree, Frugal Fun for Boys, Gratefully Growing and Mama Pea Pod for submitting a bunch of inspiring ideas in previous It’s Playtime Link-ups.  I am thrilled our […]




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It’s Playtime Linkup Party Round-up

We team up to run the kids play activities link-up, It’s Playtime, each week with Hands on : as we grow, Let the Children Play, The Imagination Tree and Messy Kids.  Each week you, our beloved readers submit your favorite play posts to show up on all of our blogs.  This week I have the […]




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Tinker Toy Catapult Experiment

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Last week we made a Lego Catapult and my boys started making catapults out of everything in sight. They made this one make out of Tinker Toys. A Tinker Toy catapult is pretty simple construction and soon marbles were zinging across the house. Let’s go outside! Ryan(10) had mentioned that he had changed the angle […]




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