The care and feeding of men: 10 great recipes for him that your kids will love

feeding men

Raise your hand if you have a house full of picky eaters! ME! ME! ME! Figuring out a meal strategy that keeps everyone happy feels like it’s own full time job! So you’ll have to please excuse me a minute while I tie on my 1950s apron and say something a little shocking: At the […]

Should You Wait To Send Your Child To Kindergarten? {Academic Redshirting}

wait to send your child to kindergarten

Sam Van Ooven and his twin sister Anna were newborns when their parents began discussing kindergarten placement. Should you wait to send your child to kindergarten? Like many well-educated couples, Steven and Laurie Van Ooven knew that their kids’ late July birthday would likely make them some of the youngest children in their class–and perhaps put […]

Monster Apple Faces

Birthday party snack idea

Have candy?  Peanut butter?  Some apples?  Random candy?? Have we got the snack activity for you! Super silly, absolutely tasty, Monster Apple Faces. During the kids birthday party we had a candy buffet for the kids to decorate their own cupcakes – it was a huge hit!   But really, we should have just skipped the […]

Kinetic Sight Word Activity… With a Beach Ball

Sight Word Activity for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Have I told you about our Fridays? We are homeschooling our oldest two kiddos and Fridays are our fun learning day! We count with legos, we have “PE at the park”, and we play sight word ball. Even our two and one year old kiddos join in the fun! Fun Sight Word Activity This is […]

Recess Games: DIY Twister with Chalk

Recess Game twister

What were your favorite memories of recess?  Mine were playing four square and twister.  I loved rainy days as that’s when my teacher would pull-out a twister mat and a spinner card and we would see which of us were fast enough to contort ourselves onto the correct colors.  Recess was the highlight of my […]

Craft for Kids: Tomato Cage Sculpture

tomato cage sculture

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 […]

Clutter Busters for Kids


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 […]

Magic Trick Secret: How to get Paper Clips to Attach

magic paper clip trick

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 […]

The Key Word is CHOOSE

“The Terrible Two’”s do not have anything on “The Tween or Teen years.” I am certain I am quite justified in this statement since I am parenting a tween, a 10-year old (almost a tween) and a 17 month old toddler (which I firmly believe is the beginning of those “terrible twos”) and not to […]

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 […]

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Announced!

Are you familiar with the Texas Bluebonnet Award for books? It’s like a Children’s Book of the Year award voted on by the kids who read them.  Each year a list of about 20 books are nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet  Award.  Then students across the state in grades 3-6 are asked to read at […]

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 […]

Craft Kits: A Creative Gift Idea for Kids (& a giveaway!!)

kits from Green Kids Crafts

Are you looking for gift ideas for creative kids – these kits are perfect!  Green Kid Crafts is a company that is mom-made and mom-run, and you can tell!  They understand kids and are spot-on with instructions.  Our kids love the variety and textures of the supplies included in the kits.  Congrats to April who […]

Quirky Kids Snacks: It’s Playtime Link-up

Quirky Kids Food

My quirky kids like to play with their food… and it’s Wacky Wednesday at our house in honor of one of our favorite books by, Theo LeSieg. Here are several silly and “wacky” snack ideas that were recently linked up to It’s Playtime! I hope they inspire you and your children to have fun playing […]

Repeating Kindergarten – A Mom's Tough Decision

All of the end of the year activities are in play.  Today, we are going to Chase’s Kindergarten awards program & picnic!  It is very exciting.  Not as exciting as next year’s Kindergarten awards program & picnic will be when we are actually celebrating his conclusion of Kindergarten. Oh the joys of repeating Kindergarten. Have […]

Photography Lessons From My Nine Year Old

Austin asked me to go through some of the pictures he had taken and edit a few for him. I noticed that we can learn a lot about photography from our kids….so I give you photography lessons from my nine year old, Austin: #1 You will never go wrong when you photograph subjects that you […]

The Pros and Cons of Parenting Failure

Hi, my name is LaShawn and I am a parenting failure… Hi, LaShawn! The amazing thing is…I am OK with my failures. * Chase will be 3 years old in two months and has not even begun potty training.  He has no interest and runs the other way if you mention it.  At this rate […]

The Secret Tip for Flying With A Toddler

The Secret Tip for Flying With A Toddler

With spring break and summer approaching, airline tickets are reserved with thoughts of pleasant vacations dancing in our heads. And then the thought occurs… Crap! I am traveling with a toddler. *insert ominous music here* Traveling with a toddler can be like buying a lottery ticket. Rolling the dice on toddler behavior can cause even […]

The Phantom

We got “spooked” by someone in the neighborhood. One night this week, the doorbell rang but when Stuart looked out of the peep hole, no one was there. He opened the door to find a little tin of candy, a note, and a cute little paper phantom. The note said that we had been spooked. […]

Fantastic Finds: All things “B”


Have you noticed a theme this past week?  We have been learning about things that begin with the letter B in this months Activity-a-Day Calendar.  These are just a few of the “B” things I’ve come across this past week: . If it weren’t for the fact that my youngest preschooler has recently decided bath […]

Dreaming of Winter? Let’s Make Snowflakes

Snow flake preschool Craft

Want a craft project that reminds you of cooler days?  We are pretty warm right now in Texas, and I was thrilled to discover a fun “wintery” science experiment.  Pam of Troop Petrie created some fun and whimsical snowflakes with her kids using borax (which is a staple in homemade cleaners) and pipe cleaners.  As […]

Favorite Items in our Pretend Clothes Chest

pretend clothes

What are some of the must-haves for a pretend clothes stash?  Here are a few of my preschoolers favorite imagination stimulating items.  What are your kids favorite pretend play items?  I’d love to add to our collection! . Capes These are so easy to create and make terrific gifts!  Basically, take a rectangle of fabric, […]

Favorite Tips for Traveling with Young Children (part one)

crib sheet

As many of you know, we came back a couple weeks ago from a cross-country roadtrip. We spent the better part of four days driving in the car 10-16 hours each day. We were are crazy! I am amazed that we lasted the entire trip without resorting to DVDs to entertain the kiddos.  We already […]

Creating a Scrapbook with Your Kids

picture scrapbook

Liz from A Belle, a Bean and a Chicago Dog, reminded me about the joys of letting our kids explore.  We have a camera for the kids to use, one of our old ones, but it has been up on a high shelf for quite sometime.  Kids love documenting events with photos and I love […]

Spice Up Staycation with Cheap, Creative Thrills

Decorating Easter Eggs with your Preschooler

You aimed to rent a beach house the Big Island this summer for your family, but alas, the economy has downsized your plans to include only cold showers at home. That said, you and your kids can substitute a costly vacation with a smashing “staycation” here in Texas. All it takes is a little imagination […]

Alphabet Soft Pretzels: Yummy Preschool Snack & Activity

Alphabet Soft Pretzles

I love going to the mall, detest shopping, but love the indoor playcenter which is great to help my preschoolers spend some pent up energy on a rainy day… and I love our tradition of getting a soft pretzel after our outing! We regularly bake bread at the Quirky home, but we made pretzels for […]

Make Your Own Moon Sand – Aka Moldable Mess!

moon sand

Combine play sand with cornstarch and you get lots of sand fun!  What is great about this mixture is that unlike regular sand, it cakes together when slightly damp.  Almost becoming hard, but smashes back into sand.  All of my kids enjoyed playing with there new “outdoor only” tub!  I will warn you though, they […]

Edible Chapstick: Make Your Own Lipbalm for Kids

edible lipbalm ingredients

Do your preschoolers use a ton of chapstick?  Mine do!  And I needed an alternative to help their cracking lips (gotta love winter weather) and something that I felt safe with them ingesting.  I was inspired after reading about a friend who mixed shortening and a juice mix to create a yummy edible lip balm.  […]

Making Pancake Letters: Let your preschooler cook breakfast!


My son loves being a helper and was thrilled when he got to make lunch for us today! We are eating pancakes – yummy! How fun is it to mix breakfast with learning our letters! We have a set of cookie cutters that are in the shapes of capital letters (thanks Laney). Here is a […]

Is your Preschooler Bored? It’s Paper Bag Activity Time!


I loved discovering Mindi’s site, B.A. Bookworm, we are bookworm wanna-bes over here and I love some of the ideas she has for ways to encourage reading in our kids!  She is an advocate for getting kids up and moving, rather than sitting in front of a TV (or computer – we love starfall and […]