Teaching Kids About Fire Safety

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I am so excited to share a new free app with you that is designed to make teaching kids about fire safety a fun and engaging process! Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms app is available for both iOS and Andriod devices. It’s free, easy to install, and super fun for the kids […]

5 Steps to a Calmer Before School Morning Routine

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Mornings before school are notorious for being rushed and hectic, but with just a bit of prior planning you may be able to enjoy a calmer before school morning routine that sets the family up for a successful day. Here are some of our favorite tips for a calmer before school morning routine and a […]

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 […]

Fun Crafts and Activities for Kids Ages 8-12

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Here are 10 fun crafts and activities for kids ages 8-12 that are sure to delight! These projects can be a great way to connect with your kids, spend time together, and learn something new. Best of all, they don’t cost a lot of money, and many of these make fantastic handmade gifts for family […]

5 Ways to Make Old Toys Seem Like New

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Getting the most play value out of the toys your kids already have doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Here are some easy ways to make old toys seem like new! These tips can help teach kids to appreciate the things they already own, and promote plenty of imaginative playtime fun. […]

5 Biggest Obstacles to Crafting with Kids

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The 5 Biggest Obstacles to Crafting with Kids (and how to overcome them) If you ever experience problems while crafting with your kids, you’re not alone. While crafting with my own kids, writing crafts for this blog and designing crafts for children’s magazines over the years, I have come across many issues. Thankfully, most of […]

Funny Kid Quotes

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Funny Kid Quotes Do you need a good laugh? Here are some funny kid quotes from my silly little ones to help brighten your day. Overheard from the living room one day. 4yr old (piling stuffed animals on the couch): Come on, kids! It’s time to go to IKEA. Vrrooom… Vrrrroooommmm… 8 yr old: What’s […]

10 Virtually Instant Ways to Improve Play

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Are you stuck in a playtime rut? Looking for some ways to foster creativity and imagination through play? Are you short on time?? If so, here are ten of our favorite ways to improve play time with your kids instantly and without spending money! 1. Go outside! — Playing indoors is always fun, but taking […]

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 […]

Building Fairy Houses

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Just as I was about to tackle the pile of dirty dishes in the sink, the girls asked if they could do some crafting. Well! They didn’t have to twist my arm!! Those dishes can wait. Instead, I put together a super-quick, CUTE, tiny, fairy house building kit for them. It’s made with some leftover […]

Happy Father’s Day!

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Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. - Bill Cosby My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.’” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” – Harmon Killebrew Happy is the father whose child […]

Ice Cream in a Bag

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Making your own ice cream in a bag is definitely a great activity to include on your list of What To Do With The Kids This Summer!! It’s super quick (takes about 5 minutes) and it’s VERY easy to do! Also? Super FUN!!! And the smiles totally made my day! Then there was the taste […]

More Tips to Make Cleaning Fun

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Clara and I had a lot of cleaning to get done this week, so we filmed a short video with parenting tips to show how we make cleaning fun. You can watch it on our NEW YouTube channel. – 5 Ways to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids Pst! Be sure to click on the “subscribe” button […]

What To Do With The Kids This Summer — 10 Simple Ideas

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Summer is quickly approaching, and you may be looking for ideas on what to do with the kids once they are off from school. Here are some of our favorite kid crafts, activities, and ideas for Summer fun with the kids: 1. DIY Sponge Bombs – perfect for an impromptu sponge bomb bucket toss game!   […]

Connect with Your Kids: 50 Screen-Free Activities

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This week, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I thought it would be fun to share 50 of our best ideas for connecting with your kids through unplugged play, and we’ve even included a free printable list! To download the list, head over to Joyce’s blog to check out our latest post in the Connect with […]

Connect with Your Kids… Through Art!

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It’s time for another post in our Connect with your Kids series — this time the lovely Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I are sharing our ten favorite tips for turning art and craft time into treasured family memories! We hope you enjoy lots of quality time with your kids while creating beautiful artwork together. […]

Connect with Your Kids — Outdoor Play

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I’m so excited about this week’s Connect with Your Kids post!! You can find it at Joyce’s amazing blog — Childhood Beckons. This week we’re featuring 10 Simple Tips for Outdoor Play, just in time for Earth Day, along with some of our favorite outdoor games and activities. Have fun enjoying some quality time outdoors with […]

Connect with Your Kids – 10 Easy Tips for Family Game Time

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For an easy and FUN way to connect with your kids, try setting aside a little time to play some games together as a family. To help get you started, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I got together to share some of our best tips to turn game time into cherished family memories. We hope […]