Outdoor Adventures: Animal Hunt

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  Outdoor Adventures: Animal Hunt Sometimes my children need some imaginative prompts to set them off in their outdoor adventures. This simple animal hunt outdoor adventure is sure to have your little ones happily running, jumping and searching through your garden.   You’ll need an assortment of toy animals for your animal hunt. Have your […]

Traveling with Children

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I recent flew cross country with my 1.5 and 3 year old. Here is what we carried with us to get us through the adventure of traveling with children: Early Literacy Imagine Cards – These cards are for your children to create stories. They are easy to carry and carry a big punch. Mini Board […]

No Sew, No Glue Homemade Tutu

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Whenever we go out to the mall or playground Rory and I see little girls wearing cute little tutu skirts.  They are completely adorable and, in my opinion, completely overpriced!  I have looked at buying some for Rory, and have seen them on sale for about $20- $30.  I have a hard time spending that […]

Vacation Essentials: Packing for a Playful Trip

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What are your vacation essentials when you’re packing for a trip with the kids? Space is always limited in our suitcases but I always like to make sure I have something to keep the children entertained wherever we are, and whatever the weather. Packing for a Playful Trip My number one item I always make […]

Dinosaur Craft: Pasta Necklace

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Dinosaur Pasta Craft My boys adore dinosaurs. They love they way dinosaurs look. They love dinosaur names. They love playing with their dinosaur toys. They love pretending to be dinosaurs. As I do our weekly grocery shopping, I spot dinosaur pasta. How could I resist? With so many varieties of pasta, the pasta craft possibilities seem endless. Make […]

Early Learning: How To Tie A Shoe

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  A Fun Way to Learn How To Tie A Shoe Is your child at that stage where they are learning to lace but still haven’t mastered tying?  Lacing and tying are excellent activities for children to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  This early learning shoe activity will help encourage them in these […]

Memory Craft: Shells

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My husband and I love the beach, and our boys are following in closely in our footsteps. This summer we spent time with my parents in Aruba. It was a great time together and I wanted to create something special with our boys as a reminder of our vacation. Shells from the Beach While at […]

Handprint Art in the Garden

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When the sun is shining and the children are feeling creative my girls love nothing more than heading out into the garden and creating some big, messy, joyful art. The extra space the garden offers, and the fact that tidying up is that much easier when you can just get out the garden hose to wash […]

Chalk Drawings – Creating a Face

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Your driveway can become the perfect canvas for creating a portrait.  All you need is some chalk and a few treasures from around your yard. Chalk Drawings A simple chalk drawn oval in the color of your child’s choice is all that is needed to start the portrait making process. After drawing an oval for […]

Busy Hands: Colanders, Coffee Stirrers, and Cheese Shaker

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After seeing a post on Chasing Cheerios, I went to the dollar store in search of a parmesan cheese shaker.  I was very happy when I found one!  Since I have a baby at home too, I was a little worried about the use of toothpicks (which was the item she used), so I went […]

The Olympics for Children: Edible Olympic Torches

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Are you planning on watching the Olympics with the family? Do you have a favorite Olympic sport you like to watch?  I am always amazed at all the sports that make it into the Olympics, so fun. Here is a fun snack to get your kids in the Olympic spirit. We had our own backyard […]

Trash to Treasure: Make It New with Stickers

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Trash to Treasure I love to browse garage sales for objects that I can turn from trash to treasure.  It’s a fun way to recycle items and put them to good use again. My most recent find was for my little girl and she helped to personalize it and make it like new with stickers. […]

Craft Things To Make: Bird Nests

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We were walking outside in our backyard and Rory noticed all of the pinecones and sticks that had accumulated on the ground.  She immediately begin picking them up, throwing them, and kicking them. I tried to think of craft things to make with these great items from nature.  I decided to combine Rory’s two favorite […]

Creative Learning: Use Edible Ink

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You can encourage creative learning in your child by giving them unusual materials to work with.  How about giving them some edible ink the next time they are completing a worksheet? What is edible ink? It is super easy to make and it tastes great too.  There are only 2 ingredients:  yogurt and food coloring! […]

Art for Kids: Food Coloring Tie Dye

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On Father’s Day Weekend, my preschooler and I were busy filling up ice cube trays with food coloring and water and made a few spills.  After mopping up our mess with some paper towels, we realized that we accidentally had come upon a beautiful Paper Towel Tie Dye art activity. Materials paper towels water food […]

Bubbles: Easy Art

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Colored bubbles and paper can make an easy art project that is fun to make and beautiful too. To make easy art with bubbles, you will need: Large sheet(s) of white paper Masking tape Food colouring Bubble soap (See our DIY Bubble Mix Recipe or DIY Baby Bath Bubble Solution recipe for bubble soap) Bubble blowing […]

Drive-In Movie For Kids

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If your family hasn’t experienced a movie under the stars yet, I highly recommend you enjoy one this summer. We are big fans of outdoor drive-in movies in our family! To host a “drive-in” movie all you need for the kiddos are a few supplies! Supplies to make cars for the drive in movie: boxes […]

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 […]

Handprint and Footprint Lobsters

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It has been a while since I have done a craft displaying Rory’s adorable hands and feet!  Normally, our projects use either Rory’s hands or her feet (not both); however, I am really excited because today’s craft, Handprint and Footprint Lobsters, will use both hands and feet! My family is fortunate enough to live by […]

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 […]

Sensory Bin: Shredded Paper

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I have tons of old bills and credit card statements piling up inside a drawer.  I know you’re supposed to hang on to them for a while, but mine go back years and years.  I finally decided to invest in a shredder so that I could properly dispose of these papers that contain important personal […]

Ocean Sensory Bin

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A Boy’s Ocean Fascination Due to Bear’s current fascination with everything ocean-related, I created an ocean sensory bin focused on the underwater world.  We use a plastic under the bed storage bin for our indoor sensory tub.  That way, I can actually put a lid on it and slide it under the bed until next time.  […]

Summer Dessert Fun: Frozen Limeade Cake

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Frozen Limeade Cake makes a great summer dessert I am a huge foodie- I enjoy cooking and baking as much as possible! Lately, Rory has been getting involved in the cooking and baking!  She loves to help anyway she can with stirring, measuring, and of course sampling. There are a few problems that arise when […]

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 […]

Keeping It Simple: Painting with Water

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I plan. Materials are sourced. The stage has been set. The invitation to play has been accepted. Game on. A few short minutes after play commences, the phrase “What was I thinking?!” rambles repeatedly in my head or through my mouth, I know not because I’m consumed by the disaster of my planned activity. Such […]

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 […]

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 […]