No Cook Chocolate Scented Playdough Recipe

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I wish you could have smelled my kitchen after making this no cook chocolate scented playdough! My kids absolutely loved this invitation to play pretend Valentine chocolate shop! If the kids are old enough to know not to put play dough into their mouths, you can make your own no cook chocolate scented playdough with […]

Getting Ready for Halloween with Pretend Play

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With Halloween around the corner, now is a great time to prepare kids for trick-or-treating fun using pretend play to reinforce good manners, important safety tips, and proper Halloween etiquette. Here are some of our favorite ways for getting ready for Halloween with pretend play with lots of imaginative playtime fun thrown in! A BIG thank you […]

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 […]

Rainy Day Activities for Kids

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With the inevitable rainy days of Spring ahead, it seems I can never find enough indoor activities to keep the kids entertained. Here’s a quick and easy activity that uses stickers to create a fairy garden mural celebrating the arrival of flowers this Spring! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug […]

Early Problem Solving with Trains

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Today we’re having the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Pinterest take turns hosting posts on each others’ site. We are so lucky to have Jamie from Hands On As We Grow to share this fun post about developing early problem solving skills using toy trains! If you’re not already familiar with Jamie’s site, you will […]

Exploring Salt and Watercolors from The Artful Parent

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If you live or work with young children who love art, and you haven’t already pre-ordered the book The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van’t Hul, then you should definitely consider ordering it to add to your home or classroom library. Here is our version […]

Free Printable — Spring Flower Matching Game

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Need a quick activity for the kids to do that’s free and easy to set up? Here’s a little printable matching game just for you! The kids and I are so eager for the first flowers of the season to bloom, that we thought it was time to take matters into our own hands. Just […]

Pretend Hair Salon for Dolls

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Wondering what to do with the kids on a rainy day? Are your dolls in desperate need of hair styling? Do they demand the absolute latest and greatest hair styles?? Then it’s time  for a trip to the doll hair salon! Our doll hair salon is by appointment only, so be sure to call in […]

No-Bake Winter Forest Treats

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Do your kids like to decorate cookies, cupcakes, and other treats? Are you tired of all that baking? Need a kid-friendly activity that is super quick and easy?? Then these no-bake Winter treats are for you! I liked that this was easy to set up, kept the kids happily entertained for a long time, and […]

10 Indoor Winter Fun Activities for Kids

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For most kids, winter break is right around the corner. Need a few indoor activity ideas to keep the kids entertained at home? Here are some of our all-time favorite winter activities that only require a few common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for indoor fun that doesn’t require a trip to […]

7 Creative Uses for Pool Noodles

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Do you have pool noodles sitting around at home collecting dust from last Summer? Wish you could put them to use with something other than a pool for the Fall and Winter months? Need a few creative ideas for inspiration?? Here are seven of our favorite ways to use pool noodles: 1. Hammer Time — […]