Elf Bootcamp!

It was the first day of Winter break, and I had a to do list that was a mile long. There were gifts to be wrapped, goodies to bake, and lots of decorating to be done. Inspired by the lovely Katherine Marie, I planned our own version of Elf Bootcamp and the kids were excited […]

Letters to Santa!

Writing letters to Santa is such a fun Christmas tradition, and there are plenty of opportunities for learning too! For the past couple of years, I have picked one day in early December for the kids to write their letters to Santa as one of our first advent activities. I love surprising them with this […]

Read the Book. Watch the Movie on Netflix Streaming!

This post contains affiliate links. I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, and this post is sponsored by Netflix. All opinions are my own. The Winter months can mean lots of time spent indoors when kids are home from school due to inclement weather. Did you know that many of your kids’ favorite […]

Learning About Wildlife – Free Lesson Plans and More!

This post is sponsored by our friends at WeAreTeachers.com and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). All opinions are my own. From the time my kids were very young, we would frequently go on nature hikes at local parks together to observe and learn more about wildlife. These outdoor walks were some of my […]

Leaf Maze!

Need a fun and quick activity to keep the kids busy this Fall while they burn off some extra energy? Do you have a yard full of leaves? If so, a leaf maze can turn an ordinary yard full of leaves into an instant Autumn obstacle course! Emily (age 11) created this leaf maze as a […]

Acts of Kindness — Halloween Edition!

This post is sponsored by our friends at Socialstars and Minute Maid as part of the #doingood #minutemaid campaign. All opinions are my own. A few years ago, during the week of Halloween, I missed attending one of my kid’s costume parades at school. It felt like a huge parenting fail. I had planned to […]

Fall Treasure Hunt Printable

Going on a Fall Treasure Hunt is a great way to enjoy quality time outdoors while observing the beauty of the season. A few years ago, I started to take my kids on these adventures and it has become a favorite family tradition ever since! Every year when the leaves start to change colors, we […]

Netflix Halloween Family Movie Night

If you are considering a Netflix Streaming subscription, I highly recommend it as an excellent ad-free alternative to cable television. The most difficult aspect of Netflix Streaming is deciding which of the many movies or television series to watch because there are so many different options! Having instant access to such a large library of films […]

5 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words

These fun ways to practice spelling words make studying something my second grader looks forward to every week! These ideas are all super quick and easy to set up. Many times I set things up as an invitation to study on our kitchen table for when the kids come home from school. Not only are […]

Activities for Unwinding After School

For many kids, a long hard day at school can be stressful and tiring. These activities for unwinding after school take very little time to set up, and can be an effective way to relax and recharge energy levels. Just 10 minutes to unwind after school can make a difference in study habits, homework skills, and […]

Simple Kitchen Science Experiments

These simple kitchen science experiments are fun to do and encourage kids to practice their observational skills, form a hypothesis, and record their results! The best part is they use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. A big thank you to our friends at Netflix for sponsoring today’s science experiments and for providing us […]

DIY Outdoor Toys to Get Kids Moving

These DIY Outdoor Toys to get kids moving are perfect for the last few days of Summer or anytime you are looking for active outdoor play ideas. The best part is that they are made using common household items you probably already have on-hand! Since most of these DIY projects are quick to make, you will […]

Brush Bot Painting!

Brush Bot painting is an easy introduction to robotics project for kids ages 8 and up! These Brush Bot kits make for a fun learning project and can be built in an afternoon. Once the robots are built, you can race them and experiment to see how you can make them speed up, slow down, or change […]

Learning Fun for Back to School

These activities for learning fun are perfect to help prepare the kids for back to school! With just a few more days of Summer vacation left, now would be a great time to add a bit of learning to your morning routine. I love how these learning activities are simple to set up, quick to do, and my kids […]

Coloring Books for Adults

Coloring books for adults are popping up all over the place, and for good reason! The simple act of coloring can be relaxing and calm many over-schedule busy adults. For the last few months, these coloring books have been flying out of bookstores, many of them are selling out. I highly recommend these coloring books, […]

Summer Math Practice

This idea for Summer Math practice is quick and easy to set up. The best part is that the kids can enjoy a bit of water play while practicing Math! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative learning activity. I set this up as an open invitation […]

Safari Crafts and Activities

Safari crafts and activities are a great way to keep the kids entertained this Summer while learning lots of new things about animals and wildlife. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring our wild adventures while we celebrated “Safari Week” here at home! These safari crafts and activities are […]

Camp Playful — Week 2 of 5

The response to the Camp Playful FREE 5 part video series has been amazing! Have you registered yet? If not, click here to register now for instant access to detailed video tutorials for week 1’s projects. Join thousands from around the world as we play and craft together this Summer! Camp Playful projects are designed for […]