Fun Ways to Play Outside this Summer

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Here are some of our favorite fun ways to play outside this Summer! A big thank you to Kmart for sponsoring today’s creative play ideas. Check out the Kmart HOT Deals Sales Page for many toys and play structures that are ideal for encouraging the kids to play outdoors! Lately, the kids and I have been making […]

How to Tie Dye a Shirt

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Here is a tutorial to show how to tie dye a shirt, a classic Summer craft to try to with the kids! These tips for keeping the mess to a minimum are a great way to maximize the fun! These tie dyed shirts are the perfect Summer “uniform” for kids. My kids were so proud of how bright […]

Make a Water Fight Kit!

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These water fight kits are a fun way to surprise family and friends with a little treat to gear up for the Summer months! I have included a free printable label for easy gift-giving too. My kids love dunking the sponge bombs into buckets of water to throw at each other, and the sponge bombs can […]

How to Make a Summer Book Wagon

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This Summer book wagon is such a simple way to encourage kids to actively read all season long! It can be completely customized to suit the interests and age of any child, and the wagon makes Summer story time a portable event that you can take with you virtually anywhere while enjoying a picnic snack. Great […]

Gearing Kids Up for Game Day

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Playing sports is a great way to keep kids active outdoors during the Summer months. My kids really love kicking a soccer ball around the yard, running outside playing tag, or even setting up an outdoor obstacle course!  I thought I would share one of our favorite snacks for game day, or any other time we […]

Ideas for Playing in the Snow

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These ideas for playing in the snow are sure to delight kids of all ages! For those of you who are still getting snow, here are some of our favorite ways to take advantage of the last of the snow days and make some FUN memories with the kids this Winter. 1. Snow Bakery This […]

Quick Craft for Kids — Toy Boats

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Need a super quick craft to keep the kids busy? Here is a really simple toy boat the kids can make themselves, then race in a local creek, lake, or even in your own bathtub! My kids love making their own toys, so this activity was a big hit with them, plus it uses mostly […]

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 […]

The BEST Outdoor Summer Toys for 2013

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Summer time means lots of active outdoor play time fun! Here are ten of our favorite outdoor toys for Summer to keep the kids entertained for long periods of time without the use of batteries or screens. Yay for creative outdoor play!! 1. Zing Air Huntress Z Bow (shown above) — New for 2013! Emily […]

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 […]

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 […]

Container Gardening — Potted Herbs

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This container gardening project is brought to you by the Michaels® RE-Love Blogger Challenge. Thanks to a quick shopping trip to Michaels to buy outdoor patio paint and brushes, I was able to turn an old set of terra cotta pots that was collecting dust in the garage into this bright and cheerful potted herb […]

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 […]

Planking in the Park

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Are the kids bored? Are you looking for something fun to do? Need a little excitement?? Try planking! Planking, in case you didn’t already know, is the act of finding a ridiculous place to lay completely flat on your face while someone else takes a photo. It’s totally addicting! We planked on the tennis court. […]

10 Fun-Filled Play Ideas for the Beach

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Planning a trip to the beach this Summer? Looking for a few play ideas to have in mind for once the kids get bored of playing in the waves? ((Does that ever happen??)) Well, if it does, here are a few of our favorite play ideas for the beach… or sandbox! 1. Play Sand Bakery […]

Connect with Your Kids: Camping …or Camp-In??

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Do your kids crave a camping adventure? Whether you’re planning a trip to the great outdoors, or pitching camp in your own backyard, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I got together to share some simple camping activities to keep the kids entertained! Tasty Camping Treats Banana Boats — Whip up a tasty campfire treat! Make […]

Summer Fun with Kids — Making Mega Bubbles

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Making mega bubbles is fun for the whole family! We did this little activity many times last Summer (inspired by a now-retired blog), and watching the girls’ reactions always makes me smile. Bubble solution is made with 6 cups distilled water, 2 cups Joy dishwashing detergent, and 3/4 cup light corn syrup. Stir the solution gently and […]