Rainy Day Fun — Paper Bag Houses

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This invitation to create paper bag houses is so much fun to explore, and super simple to set up! It’s a great after school activity, and perfect for when you need a bit of rainy day fun. My kids loved designing their paper bag houses to create a colorful village, then spent the rest of […]

Fostering Creativity with Seedling Craft Kits

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Looking for a fun rainy day activity? Do your kids enjoy crafting, but you never seem to have all of the supplies you need on-hand? Exciting news — Seedling, a company based in New Zealand, is bringing their fantastic craft kits to the US! There are over 250 different kits to choose from, and they are […]

Puzzles and Pajamas Picnic

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Hosting a puzzles and pajamas picnic is such a fun and special way for the kids to enjoy an afternoon snack and make the most of a rainy afternoon! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play idea. This puzzles and pajamas picnic is very simple to […]

Handmade Gift Kids Can Make

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The kids are always looking for pretty gifts they can make for family or friends, and these hand-painted trivets are perfect (and useful) gifts. They are simple to make, and even the littlest artists can have fun with this easy project!! This is such a fun rainy day craft for kids, plus it’s a great […]

Morning Activities Before School

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These playful ways to connect with your kids on weekday mornings are simple to set up, easy to clean up afterwards, and only require a couple of minutes to do! Weekday mornings are notorious for being a busy and hectic time — especially once the school year begins. Thankfully, with just a bit of planning the […]

Quick Summer Craft for Kids

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Need a quick Summer craft for kids to do? These sandcastle notecards are so much fun to make! My kids love to play in the sand, and these notecards are a great way to celebrate a day at the beach, or an afternoon spent playing in the sandbox. Best of all, they can be mailed […]

Introduction to Robotics with Sphero

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Do you have a child who is interested in robotics or programming? Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids ages 8 and up can control using a smartphone or tablet! A special thank you to Sphero for providing us with our own Sphero and for sponsoring today’s playful learning post. Read on to […]

Summer Crafts for Kids – Passport to Imagination at Michael’s

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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday now thru August 1st, Michael’s craft stores across the country will be hosting the Passport to Imagination program from 10am-noon. If you’re not already familiar with the Passport to Imagination, it is a series of creative craft projects designed for kids ages 5 and up to do in the store […]

Quick Learning Activity for Preschoolers

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This super quick learning activity for preschoolers is easy to set up and only uses a few materials! It’s great for practicing spelling, letter identifcation, phonics, handwriting, and fine-motor skills. My daughter thought this “Build It! Write It!” activity was such a fun way to learn, and I later kept the materials available to her as […]

Simple Patriotic Treats!

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Need a super quick and festive patriotic treat for Memorial Day weekend or 4th of July?? These simple patriotic treats are very easy to make! They don’t require any baking, and they use only a few ingredients, so it’s a great way to keep things simple. These are so much fun to make with the […]

Glow in the Dark Boredom Buster

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Simple Boredom Buster for Kids Do you know what I love?? Creating a SIMPLE (and cheap) boredom buster that keeps the kids happily entertained for a long time! This glow in the dark building activity is great if you need something to keep the kids busy on a rainy day, and it only uses a […]

Easy Treats Kids Can Make

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These easy treats kids can make are a simple way to add some fun to your day! Since they are so quick to make and use only three ingredients, these marshmallow treats are great for a special after-school treat or party favor to share with friends. Even young kids can make these with very little […]

Indoor Rainy Day Fun for Kids

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These ideas for indoor rainy day fun for kids are simple ways to make ordinary moments extra special!  With Spring’s arrival we are sure to have plenty of rainy days in the forecast, and these indoor play ideas are simple and EASY to set up. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & […]

Free Printable for Preschoolers: Bakery Play Mats!

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Here’s a free printable for preschoolers that works as a great boredom buster, especially for kids who love to draw or play with play dough! These bakery play mats let kids decorate cupcakes and cookies however they would like. Keep the sheets in a binder, and you’ll have an instant (and free) play mat booklet […]

10 Cheap Busy Bag Ideas for Kids

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These busy bag ideas are a great way keep kids entertained, especially when you need a simple boredom buster with minimal set up required. Having busy bags pre-filled and ready to go is an easy way to organize materials for spontaneous play time fun whenever inspiration strikes! You probably have many of the materials to […]

Discover the Art of Zentangle

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Zentangle is a mediative art form that is easy to learn, and relaxing to create. Best of all, almost anyone can create beautiful images using zentangle techniques! It’s perfect for those who would like to increase their focus and creativity. I love that only a few key materials are needed, and they are small enough […]

How to Make a Mini Sketchbook from a Sheet of Paper (EASY)

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make these mini sketchbooks! These sketch books would be great for party favors, pocket journals, or just for doodling whenever inspiration strikes. They only take a few seconds to make, and my 9 year old made several of these as favors for her birthday party guests last […]

What to Do with Toddlers on a Snow Day

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For many busy parents, keeping little kids entertained while indoors during a snow day can be a challenge. Here are some of our favorite activities that are quick and EASY to set up, while making lots of special Winter memories you and your kids are sure to treasure! What to Do with Toddlers on a […]