Nature Crafts and Activities for Fall

These nature crafts and activities for Fall are perfect for anytime you are looking for active outdoor play ideas this season! The best part is that they are made using common household items you probably already have on-hand. Since most of these crafts and activities are quick to make, you will have plenty of time […]

Pretend Play Ideas for Halloween

These pretend play ideas for Halloween are sure to provide hours of imaginative playtime fun! These ideas are simple to set up and can be made using dollar store items or other supplies you probably already have on-hand. Lots of spooktacular creative play activities to explore! Here are 5 of our favorite pretend play ideas […]

How to Host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Disclosure: I’m sharing tips for hosting a stuffed animal sleepover, and this post is sponsored by our friends at Melissa & Doug. All opinions are my own. Stuffed animal sleepovers are one of the latest trends taking place in bookstores and libraries to encourage young children to read. The events combine creative play, story telling, […]

Talk Like a Pirate Day Activities for Kids

Aye, Matey! Arrrr ye ready for International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Me thinks it is September 19th every year, me hearties. Shiver me timbers! What a fine day it will be! Herein lies the best Talk Like a Pirate Day activities for lads and lassies to enjoy. Ye landlubbers can take part in the […]

Should Schools Allow More Time for Play?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Genius of Play.  It’s time for back to school, and if you recently checked your child’s school schedule, you may have noticed a shortened recess time. In some cases, recess has been eliminated altogether. In an effort to strengthen academics, is eliminating recess the right thing to do? […]

Free Paper House Template – Print and Play!

This free paper house template makes it easy to print and play! My kids loved decorating their paper houses and building them. Use this paper house template for whimsical home decor, or explore the many possibilities for imaginative playtime fun! Below you will find step by step instructions for making these adorable paper houses. To […]

Rainy Day Activity – Paper Pizza Parlor

This rainy day activity for kids is simple and easy to set up. This paper pizza parlor is the perfect way to indulge your stuffed animal friends to a special treat! The kids can help prepare the ingredients while developing early scissor skills. This rainy day activity is sure to foster lots of imaginative playtime […]

Let’s Celebrate Christmas in July!

Celebrating Christmas in July is a great Summer or rainy day activity the kids will never forget! While cleaning out my pantry recently, I was inspired by a gingerbread cookie kit that was about to expire. With the help of a holiday music playlist and a few decorations we already had on-hand, we were able […]

Pretend Paper Hair Salon for Kids

This pretend paper hair salon could keep the kids happily entertained for hours! During a recent visit to the craft store, Clara (age 8) spotted some foam heads. She had been wanting to create a pretend hair salon for some time, but I have a feeling this may only be the beginning of her crafting […]

Sidewalk Art Show

Disclosure: I’m sharing #Tide in my life as part of a Tide sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions are my own. Creating your own sidewalk art show is a great way to foster creativity while enjoying some quality time outdoors! It is simple and easy to set up. The masking tape frames make the space […]

Ways to Play Summer 2017 Calendar

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 2017 Calendar: Includes […]

Easy Sock Puppets

This post is sponsored by our friends at Netflix, and I am a proud member of the Netflix #StreamTeam. All opinions are my own. These easy sock puppets were inspired by the new Netflix show Julie’s Greenroom starring the lovely Julie Andrews! I love that Netflix has programming that inspires kids to be creative and […]

Paper Tacos!

These paper tacos are a fun way to encourage lots of imaginative playtime fun! When I first set up this simple invitation to play, I completely underestimated how much fun my kids would have crafting up tacos. By the time they were done with this, they had made 23 paper tacos!! I left the table […]

Play Dough Pumpkin Pie Shop!

After making our own pumpkin spice play dough and a second batch of cinnamon play dough, the kids were ready to make a pretend pumpkin pie shop! Our house smelled like an Autumn café, and this activity kept the kids happily entertained for a long time. I love that they were able to practice some basic […]

Simple Magic Tricks for Kids

With a little help from the NEW Discovery Magic Set by Melissa & Doug, young magicians can perform several tricks! These tricks are perfect for April Fool’s Day fun, or anytime you want to add a little magic to your day. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative […]

Snow Books, Crafts, and Activities

Need some ideas for what to do with the kids during Winter? These books, crafts, and activities are perfect for celebrating snow whether you are stuck inside during a blizzard, outdoors playing in the snow, or wishing you had snow, you will find lots ideas to inspire plenty of Winter-themed creative play fun! In case […]

Mardi Gras Crafts and Activities

February 9th is Fat Tuesday in New Orleans! You don’t have to travel to the Big Easy to enjoy some festive fun. Here are some at-home crafts, activities, and recommended books to celebrate Mardi Gras with kids (of all ages). A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s ideas […]

Cabin Fever Boredom Busters

These cabin fever boredom busters are the perfect cure for anytime you may be stuck indoors during the long Winter months! Keeping the kids entertained indoors is not always an easy task, but these activities use common household items and the set ups are simple. I love how many of these activities can inspire lots of learning […]