10 Beginning Chapter Book Series for Kids

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This year my oldest son began venturing to a new section of the library because he now has the ability to read and enjoy chapter books independently. Watching him read on the couch, on his bed, or in the car is a beautiful, beautiful thing! I can’t help but smile when he suddenly giggles or sounds […]

5 Simple Disney World Learning Activities for Elementary Students

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Disney World learning activities do not have to be time consuming or complicated. There are ample opportunities to learn on vacation while enjoying the parks! From important life lessons to introducing foreign countries and culture, you will find many learning experiences together. We just returned from a family trip to Disney World as part of the […]

Monkey Learning Activities!

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These monkey learning activities are a great way to make learning fun for kids with games, snacks, crafts, and books! With the opening of the movie Monkey Kingdom by Disneynature this week, what better time than to learn more about these amazing creatures. These monkey learning activities are perfect for developing life skills, spelling, fine […]

Tree Nature Study

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This time of year is like magic.  Trees are changing fast and every day there seems to be something new to learn about the process of being a tree.  Below are a few easy activities to do with your kids and recommended books to explore how trees live and grow for a simple tree nature study! In […]

Easter Egg Learning Activities

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These Easter egg learning activities are a cute and festive way to encourage plenty of learning fun! After reading this post, you won’t want to throw away those leftover plastic Easter eggs. Here are just a few examples of some simple Easter egg learning activities that you can try at home! Easter Egg Learning Activity #1 […]

Math Activities for Spring

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These Math activities for Spring are a great way to foster creative learning fun! When I think of Spring, the first things that pop into my head are flowers, butterflies and bugs!  Today, I’ve got a little Spring-time fun that brings together flowers, butterflies and bugs and MATH, not mention a little art too! To […]

Butterfly life cycle lesson plans. (With free printable!)

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For the littlest of learners, they will remember the lesson better if their whole bodies are involved in the learning.  Read on to learn about our butterfly life cycle lesson plans for preschoolers!  We decided to fully immerse our whole bodies into the butterfly life cycle, and it was a lot of fun.  Earlier in the week I […]

Learning Activities for Spring

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Are you ready to welcome Spring? These learning activities are perfect for exploring nature, colors, windy days, birds, gardening and so much more that Spring has to offer! Most of these learning activities for Spring can be done at home with materials you probably already have on-hand. Here are some of our favorite learning activities for Spring: […]

Paper Plate Crafts for Preschoolers

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These paper plate crafts for preschoolers are fun and easy to do! Did you know that paper plates can be made into simple baskets, or treat bags, or even colorful decorations? These paper plate crafts for preschoolers are the perfect excuse to work on developing fine motor skills while spending quality time together. This colorful […]

Slime Sensory Play

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There are so many ways to play with slime! Slime Sensory Play is full of fun, from blowing slime bubbles to creating “slime showers,” slime an awesome boredom buster and home science experiment for kids. My boys love to use slime in imaginative play. “Bad Guys” spray it to prevent superheroes from foiling their evil plans—mwahaha! But occasionally, […]

Mystery Book Basket!

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This mystery book basket was so simple to set up and we used books we already had on-hand. It added a lot of fun and excitement to our usual story time! The idea is to wrap up books you already have as though they are presents, but leave them completely unmarked so that the kids don’t know […]

Simple Winter Matching Game

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Here is a cute free printable Winter matching game to keep the kids busy on a snow day, or anytime you need a quick little activity! This game works well for a wide age range of kids. Younger kids may enjoy matching the cards while they are shuffled and facing up, and older kids can […]

5 Little Snowmen Finger Puppet Craft

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This 5 Little Snowmen craft and action rhyme was such a hit with my kids! They have been singing the song and playing with this cute puppet set all afternoon! It is such an easy and quick craft to do, especially on a cold or snowy day. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in […]

Martin Luther King Jr Crafts and Activities

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Are the kids home from school for Martin Luther King, Jr Day? Looking for something artsy and fun to do?? These Martin Luther King Jr crafts and activities are a great ways to promote peace and diversity. You’ll also find a list of recommended books for kids to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Crafts […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers – Montessori Trays

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These Montessori trays can cover any subject you would like.  They are the most versatile and also the least expensive Montessori idea to set up, as you often have these things laying around your house.  Homeschooling with a toddler in tow can be the biggest homeschooling challenge we face day to day.  Trying to find […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers — Sensory Bins

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Moving on to the next item in our Montessori inspired classroom with toddlers in mind.  This one takes a little bit of discipline for the child and a little patience for the homeschooling mama because it can be messy until they understand the rules.  Homeschooling with toddlers in tow can be the biggest challenge we face […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers – Magnet Board

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Homeschooling with a toddler in tow can be the biggest homeschooling challenge we face day to day.  Trying to find things for kids too young for school but far too awake to be quiet (or if they are, it is cause for alarm and not peace) is a huge challenge.  In this series I will […]

Apple Cinnamon Stick Bubble Wands

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Last fall, one of the most popular crafts shared on my blog, Fireflies and Mud Pies, were the Halloween Bubble Wands my children and I created from wire, cookie cutters, and cinnamon sticks. I thought it would be fun to recreate that craft for the apple harvest season. Shared below is how my boys and I […]