How to Make Paper Fortune Tellers

These paper fortune tellers are a great craft for a little rainy day fun or for celebrating the arrival of the new year! Kids can work on developing fine-motor skills, and listening carefully to instructions. For students in grade 1 or above, this would be a fun project as part of a new year’s eve celebration […]

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 […]

Favorite Messy Paint Projects

I’m sharing #TideThat in my life as part of a Tide® sponsored series for Socialstars™. An important part of the creative process is learning to embrace the mess, and some of our most FUN and memorable art experiences are quite messy! Don’t let the fear of messy art keep you from making some great memories […]

Fun Dr. Seuss Activities

Here are some fun Dr. Seuss activities to celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2nd! This list features crafts, snacks, and lots of playtime fun! Most of these Dr. Seuss activities use recycled materials or other common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple, frugal, and fun learning activities!! Fun Dr. Seuss […]

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 […]

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This post is sponsored by Audible and SheKnows Media. All opinions are my own. Looking for that perfect gift for the person who already has everything? Need a last-minute gift for the holidays? Did you know you could give a subscription to Audible, a monthly downloadable audio book service, instantly? You can even take Audible […]

Letters to Santa!

Writing letters to Santa is such a fun Christmas tradition, and there are plenty of opportunities for learning too! For the past couple of years, I have picked one day in early December for the kids to write their letters to Santa as one of our first advent activities. I love surprising them with this […]

Read the Book. Watch the Movie on Netflix Streaming!

This post contains affiliate links. I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, and this post is sponsored by Netflix. All opinions are my own. The Winter months can mean lots of time spent indoors when kids are home from school due to inclement weather. Did you know that many of your kids’ favorite […]

Learning About Wildlife – Free Lesson Plans and More!

This post is sponsored by our friends at WeAreTeachers.com and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). All opinions are my own. From the time my kids were very young, we would frequently go on nature hikes at local parks together to observe and learn more about wildlife. These outdoor walks were some of my […]

Leaf Maze!

Need a fun and quick activity to keep the kids busy this Fall while they burn off some extra energy? Do you have a yard full of leaves? If so, a leaf maze can turn an ordinary yard full of leaves into an instant Autumn obstacle course! Emily (age 11) created this leaf maze as a […]

Raising a Reader for Life

Are you a parent or teacher? Do you dream of raising kids who love to read and cannot wait to get their hands on the next great book? Are you looking for simple ways to encourage a love of literacy in your home or classroom? Exciting news!! My good friends Amy of Teach Mama and […]

Fall Treasure Hunt Printable

Going on a Fall Treasure Hunt is a great way to enjoy quality time outdoors while observing the beauty of the season. A few years ago, I started to take my kids on these adventures and it has become a favorite family tradition ever since! Every year when the leaves start to change colors, we […]

5 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words

These fun ways to practice spelling words make studying something my second grader looks forward to every week! These ideas are all super quick and easy to set up. Many times I set things up as an invitation to study on our kitchen table for when the kids come home from school. Not only are […]

How to Make Paper Plants (Easy)

These plants are made from PAPER! I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today because these paper plants are so much fun to make! These would be great little hostess or teacher gifts. I love how bright and cheerful they look! Plus, they use recycled materials. These paper plants are such a […]

Kids Books to Celebrate Individuality

Kids books that celebrate individuality can help teach us that it is okay to be different! If you are looking for books to encourage kids to think for themselves, or stories that foster acceptance of others who may be unique, these are some of our favorites. It takes a lot of courage to stand out in […]

Simple Kitchen Science Experiments

These simple kitchen science experiments are fun to do and encourage kids to practice their observational skills, form a hypothesis, and record their results! The best part is they use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. A big thank you to our friends at Netflix for sponsoring today’s science experiments and for providing us […]

Brush Bot Painting!

Brush Bot painting is an easy introduction to robotics project for kids ages 8 and up! These Brush Bot kits make for a fun learning project and can be built in an afternoon. Once the robots are built, you can race them and experiment to see how you can make them speed up, slow down, or change […]

Learning Fun for Back to School

These activities for learning fun are perfect to help prepare the kids for back to school! With just a few more days of Summer vacation left, now would be a great time to add a bit of learning to your morning routine. I love how these learning activities are simple to set up, quick to do, and my kids […]