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 you […]

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Play Ideas with Pool Noodles: Light Sabers

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Have some kids who are Jedis-in-training?  We have some Star Wars fanatics in our family.  All you need to re-make pool noodles into light sabers is silver duct tape, black tape and some energetic boys who are less likely to hurt themselves with the foam weapons. Homemade Toys – Pool Noodle Light Sabers Here’s what […]

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Making a Mess: Preschoolers Painting with Balls

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Do your kids enjoy making a mess?  I know that mine do!  And one of our favorite ways is Painting With Balls. We got a really fun book in the mail from Penguin books, Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, by Keri Smith.  This is such a fun book filled with activities and ideas […]

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Goop Recipe: Make Your Own Silly Putty

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This is a great way to explore textures – have the kids find textures to imprint and watch them disappear, or to bounce and watch the balls melt.  Silly putty (aka goop) is great fun!  I love to make goop in place of playdough as both are moldable but, goop does not leave a residue […]

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Stay Cool with These Ice Activities for Kids

Stay Cool with These Ice Activities for Kids

Ice activities are a necessary outdoor play ingredient in Texas summers where temps haven’t dipped below 100 this week. Solid frozen water is my preschooler’s friend.  They can drop cubes, watch ice melt on their chalk drawings, chomp on cubes, throw them down their shirts. Pretend cook, stirring icy slivers.  Here are some of our […]

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What to do with kids? {We have 32 fun answers!}

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What to do with kids?  Is that a question that every parent, caregiver and teacher has asked themselves at one time! In answering the question what to do with kids, Kids Activities Blog went searching for some of our favorite and unique kids activities.  We thought they should be fun, easy to do, not require […]

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20 Easy Toddler Water Play Ideas

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I am always looking for easy toddler water play ideas for our kids.  Water play is a fun way to experiment with science, cool down in the summer heat and just have fun. Easy Toddler Water Play Ideas: Let them splash in puddles!   There is something so simple and wonderful about doing this. Let them […]

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Magnet Activities – the most fun your kids can have with a handful of junk

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Oh what fun my daughter has had with this magnet dude over the past week, at age 8 I thought she might be too old for magnet activities but I guess goofy is appealing to all ages – adults included!! Check out the inspiration for this post from the fun site, Laughing Kids Learn, for […]

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Indoor Fort for Kids


A great indoor fort can be the best. Whether you’re stuck inside during the winter or you need something to entertain the kids for the afternoon, an indoor fort can be a lifesaver.  That’s why we came up with this holiday fort that is perfect way to play inside.  Need some time to wrap gifts?  The […]

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Container Fun! A Simple Baby Activity

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This simple baby activity can be put together with things you already have lying around the house!  With a five month at home I know how valuable easy baby activities can be.  You can only sing “Patty Cake” so many times!  This simple trick helps make the same old toys or teethers fun again!  All you need are […]

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Fun Bathtime Idea: Play with Bathtub Paint

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My preschool kids love to paint and I don’t love to clean up the mess. What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? Wouldn’t that be awesome?  This is bathtub paint!  You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.  This “paint” […]

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The Best Playdough Recipe

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Play dough is the perfect rainy day activity, and we love making it in our kitchen. When you make your own playdough with the best playdough recipe ever, you get way more dough for your money than when you go out and buy it. Plus, this homemade playdough is so much softer and easier to mold than the […]

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Snowman Pancakes

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We made Snowman Pancakes.  Pancakes and winter just seem to go together!  Have you tried our kinda lemon pancake recipe? Or celebrated If You Give a Pig a Pancake activities recently? Snowman Pancakes They were super easy and so much fun! All you need is prepared pancake mix, chocolate chips, and whipped topping. Step 1: […]

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5 Fun Oobleck Experiments

5 New Oobleck Experiments for Kids from Kids Activities Blog

Oobleck is so much fun for kids.  It is a great starter science experiment for younger ones and can be done it lots of different ways.  The simple recipe of one part cornstarch to one part water makes it easy to have science fun at home. If you’ve never made oobleck before you are missing out!  For […]

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Fun Activity Box: Entertain your Preschoolers for Hours!

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I love our fun activity box, well, actually we have two of them, one for when we travel with the kids and one for when I need to occupy them say at Church or another event where they have to sit quietly for a few hours.  Depending on how you use the box and how […]

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Recess Games: DIY Twister with Chalk

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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 […]

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Summer Time Bucket List: 50 Activities for the Kids

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I love our weekly It’s Playtime Link-up! Each week you have hundreds of activity ideas and suggestions for us! Thank you for being an inspiration to us each and every week. Below are just a few of the activities that have been linked up this past year. These activities are on our Summer Bucket List […]

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15 Creative Play Ideas for Kids {and Moms!}

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Creative Play is really important. We know it is important for kids, but have you thought about how important it is for moms as well?  That is why we are so excited to have Kylie from Octavia and Vicky sharing her creative play ideas for kids AND MOMS today!  Octavia and Vicky was our best […]

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Simple Games: Bean Bag Toss {Preposition Practice}

Simple games like this adapted bean bag toss can be a great boredom buster for kids

Simple games can be a boredom buster for kids (and a life saver for mom).  Throw in a little preposition practice as well then it is even better.  Kids Activities Blog hopes your child enjoys this educational adaptation to the basic bean bag toss game. Simple Games Whether you have children that are “bored” at […]

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Indoor Fun: Make Animals {Playdough}

Kids love being creative as they make animals from playdough. Great kids activity!

Playdough is a favorite with most kids.  Here is a great project to keep kids entertained with playdough as they make animals.  Kids Activities Blog hopes your little one (and you) enjoy this indoor fun activity. Playdough Our preschool  lesson themes are based on books and topics that Bear {4 yrs} has chosen to make […]

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Child Free Play

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Are you ever looking for quick activities for kids that take very few “ingredients” and that can entertain your children for hours?  I know I am always looking for ways to engage my tots! Most everything we publish here at Kids Activities Blog is meant to be open-ended – where the child can take inspiration […]

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Play Marbles {Nostalgic} November Game

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How to play marbles is knowledge that kids can utilize for hours of fun.  Before the weather changes, head to the playground for this November game.  If you missed the balmy fall weather, then try an indoor variation!  Kids Activities Blog loves these nostalgic games that level the playing field between adults and kids. The […]

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Development of Play: 24 Ways to Explore with your Baby

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Help your baby develop by helping them explore and play.  Here are two dozen different activities we and other kids activities bloggers have done with their infants to help connect and interact with them.  Looking for something for the tots?  Check out our post on Activities for One Year olds or our Baby Play board […]

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Preschool Fall Crafts – A It’s Playtime Roundup

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We love doing fall crafts with our preschoolers.   Thank you!!!  In our weekly Wednesday afternoon Kid’s Meme, It’s Playtime, there have been dozens of autumn activities linked up over the years!! There are tons of great activities for kids linked up each week. With the deepening days and the crisper temps – it’s the perfect […]

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Coloring the Rainbow: A collection of Colorful Party Ideas

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We love color, coloring and exploring a variety of hues with our preschoolers.  I was browsing through the archives of our weekly kids meme, It’s Playtime and discovered a bunch of oldies and goodies featuring the rainbow. . Colorful Party Ideas These rainbow cupcakes were made ages ago and my kids are begging me to […]

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Handprint Art: Owls

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Another fun hand print project! The past few months, Rory has been very into birds.  She loves all kinds of birds; ducks, flamingos, roosters, eagles, and owls.    Owls are one of Rory’s new favorite animals, she has a book called; “Say Hello to the Snowy Animals,” that she loves.  One of the pages has […]

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Outdoor Fun: Bicycle Games

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From an early age, my kids have loved riding bikes.  Always looking for something new & fun to do outdoors, we decided to try to come up with some fun games that involved riding our bikes.  Here are a few fun ones we liked: How Slow Can You Go? Using sidewalk chalk, draw a 4-inch […]

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Paper Activity: Shape Monsters

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My son, like many kids I know, loves monsters. He likes to pretend monsters are coming over for parties. He likes to paint monsters. He was thrilled when I made him these 3D paper monsters from an origami paper cup. He had me drawing silly faces the other day. (He likes telling me what to […]

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Playing with Paint: Weekly Activities Round-up

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Playing with paints is a favorite activity at the Quirky Kid household.  Just this afternoon we had our paint pens out creating more colorful clothespins (never have enough of them).  Here are some of the recent paint activities that we have enjoyed replicating through the It’s Playtime linky.  Each Wednesday afternoon we co-host a linky […]

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More Play Dough Ideas

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There are so many fun activities you can do with playdough!  Remember our previous posts, Playdough and stencils and last years It’s Playtime with Playdough.  Our older kids loved play dough when they were younger (and have since moved on to learning with legos).  Meanwhile, the playdoh fun is having a rebirth with our youngest […]

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