16 Summer Outings for Kids

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Beat the Heat with these Summer Outings for Kids Surviving a heat wave with young children is no easy task! Here are 16 of our favorite Summer outings to stay cool when the weather is HOT:

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A Day in NYC with Celine’s Dolls — Part 1

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The Back Story A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Celine from Celine’s Dolls at the Mommybites Summit held at the New Yorker Hotel. It didn’t take long for me to realize how much love Celine puts into each doll she creates — each one is handmade from merino wool, […]

Family Beach Movie Night

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We’ve been having a spell of rain here lately, but that didn’t stop us from having a FUN family beach-themed movie night!  If we couldn’t get to the beach, we decided we could find a few ways to bring the beach to us. The kids had SO much FUN with this and it was really […]

10 Ways to Stay Cool with Water Play

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If you find yourself stuck in a heat wave this Summer, it may be a good time to try some water play ideas to stay cool, and keep the kids entertained without the use of batteries or screens! Some tips to keep in mind — Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, […]

5 Tips for a Great Sandbox All Summer Long

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One of my kids’ favorite Summer activities is to play in the sandbox. Even my nine year old can spend long periods of time playing in the sand. In fact, recently, when I added some new sand to the box, and my 4 yr old exclaimed, “It’s just what I always wanted!”. I love how […]

Let’s Build a Fairy Garden Table!

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This fairy garden table is a never-ending project for the kids this Summer! I love that this space provides: 1. plenty of inspiration for imaginative playtime fun, 2. learning opportunities about various plants, and 3. fresh herbs for our Summer recipes! Oh, and it is absolutely adorable!! We started with a simple elevated garden bed […]

2013 Unplugged Summer Pact

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I’m so excited to share that I have just signed the Unplugged Summer Pact, sponsored by our friends at Michael’s®. What I love about this pact is that instead of going completely screen-free, the pact calls for 2 hours of dedicated screen-free time every day this Summer, and 2 hours a day is definitely do-able! […]

101 Free (or Low Cost) Things to Do with Kids this Summer

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Not sure what to do with the kids this Summer? Are you putting together a Summer bucket list? Need some fun activity ideas to do with the kids that are free or low cost? Here’s a list of over 100 FREE or cheap activity ideas to help inspire you to make the most of your […]

20 Favorite Must-Do Activities for Summer

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Are you looking forward to Summer? Need some inexpensive activities for the kids to do to help celebrate the season?? Here are 20 of our family’s favorite Summer activities that have become special traditions — without breaking the bank. 1. Kick Ball Croquet — Repurpose some old pool noodles to make your own kickball croquet […]

Rainy Day Fun — 7 Modern Art Projects for Kids

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Know what’s fun to do on a rainy day? Modern art! Here are seven of our all-time favorite modern art projects for kids to do using common household items or easy to find art supplies. I love how all of these projects encourage kids to create their own unique works of art! There is no […]

Rainy Day Activities for Kids

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With the inevitable rainy days of Spring ahead, it seems I can never find enough indoor activities to keep the kids entertained. Here’s a quick and easy activity that uses stickers to create a fairy garden mural celebrating the arrival of flowers this Spring! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug […]

Early Problem Solving with Trains

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Today we’re having the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Pinterest take turns hosting posts on each others’ site. We are so lucky to have Jamie from Hands On As We Grow to share this fun post about developing early problem solving skills using toy trains! If you’re not already familiar with Jamie’s site, you will […]

Exploring Salt and Watercolors from The Artful Parent

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If you live or work with young children who love art, and you haven’t already pre-ordered the book The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van’t Hul, then you should definitely consider ordering it to add to your home or classroom library. Here is our version […]

Modern Art for Kids

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For a FUN modern art project to do with the kids, add some black tempera paint to a 3/4 full bottle of glue to fill it up. Stir with a bamboo skewer, and shake the bottle well. Invite your child to go outside, and make designs straight from the bottle onto a sheet of watercolor […]

Free Printable — Spring Flower Matching Game

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Need a quick activity for the kids to do that’s free and easy to set up? Here’s a little printable matching game just for you! The kids and I are so eager for the first flowers of the season to bloom, that we thought it was time to take matters into our own hands. Just […]

Invitation to Explore: Pointillism

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Simple Art Exploration Activity for Kids Need a quick activity for the kids to do? Here’s a project that’s easy to set up for the kids and encourages them to explore the art technique of pointillism! Pointillism is the use of small dots to form an image when seen from a distance. You may want to sit […]

Homemade Grape-Scented Galaxy Play Dough

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Need a quick boredom buster that will keep the kids entertained for a good long while? Try making a batch of homemade grape scented play dough, then add some glitter for “galaxy dough”!! Clara adores anything shiny and sparkly, so this was a HUGE hit for her!  I hardly ever use glitter in crafts (it gets EVERYWHERE), […]

Potato Soup Mix In a Jar

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Looking for an idea to keep the kids busy AND have a finished useful gift they can make?? This potato soup mix is an easy homemade gift the kids can make, and it is delicious! It’s a great way to teach kids how to measure properly, and uses ingredients you probably already have on-hand in […]