Make a Summer S’mores Kit!

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One of our favorite Summertime family activities is to make s’mores together! I thought it would be fun to put together a few s’mores making kits to deliver to some local friends to help kickstart the Summer. The kids and I had so much fun making these and giving them out, and I love that they […]

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 to each other for games of catch, and […]

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 […]

Ways to Play Summer Calendar 2014

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Here’s a super convenient list of things to do with the kids this Summer, outlined in a handy calendar printable! Each week from June through August includes 3-4 activities, most of which use common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple and fun Summer activities!!! Ways to Play Summer Calendar 2014 Printable: Includes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

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Need an easy way to keep the kids busy while preserving some of their favorite Summer memories? Here is a very simple scrapbook project the kids can make, just in time for back-to-school when many teachers begin the school year asking what the kids did over Summer vacation. A big thank you to Melissa & […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

Passport to Imagination

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Early last week, I took the kids to visit Michael’s craft store for their Passport to Imagination program. It was a big hit!! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from now until August 2nd 10am-noon, Michael’s is hosting 2 kid-friendly craft projects inspired by countries around the world for just $2 per child per visit. It’s […]

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 […]

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 […]