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 […]

How to Make Paper Plants (Easy)


These plants are made from PAPER! I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today because these paper plants are so much fun to make! These would be great little hostess or teacher gifts. I love how bright and cheerful they look! Plus, they use recycled materials. These paper plants are such a […]

Kids Books to Celebrate Individuality


Kids books that celebrate individuality can help teach us that it is okay to be different! If you are looking for books to encourage kids to think for themselves, or stories that foster acceptance of others who may be unique, these are some of our favorites. It takes a lot of courage to stand out in […]

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 […]

Absolute Essential Craft Supplies for Kids


5 Craft Experts Share Their Favorite Must-Have Craft Supplies for Inspiring Creativity Wondering what art supplies to have on-hand? If the wide selection of craft supplies seems daunting, don’t worry! I’ve asked my fellow blogging friends and craft experts if they could only pick just THREE craft supplies for kids which ones they would choose. […]

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 […]

Tween Craft – Box Lid Mazes


These box lid mazes are an awesome craft for tweens to make using some common craft materials! My kids enjoyed making these mazes, and playing with them was great for developing hand-eye coordination. I happened to have several shoe box lids on-hand, but any box lid would work well for this project. The best part […]

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 […]

Botanical Sun Catchers


These botanical sun catchers look beautiful when displayed in a sunny window! This was a super quick craft, and took about 10 minutes to complete from start to finish. It is the perfect craft if the kids are looking for a little something to do during these last few days of Summer vacation, or for […]

Cardboard Crafts — Pretend Cookie Shop


On hot Summer days one of the last things I want to do is turn on the oven to bake cookies. Fortunately, simple cardboard crafts are a great alternative to baking! These pretend cardboard cookies are decorated with pretend icing that is light and fluffy and pretend sprinkles too! These cardboard cookies are all the fun of baking without the […]

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 […]