Learning with Ordinary Household Items

Learning manipulatives (items that are used to engage a child in hands-on learning) are used for problem solving and to help increase understanding of a concept, such as counting. There are literally thousands of incredible learning manipulatives available for purchase through education websites and catalogs; making a choice can be very overwhelming! But did you […]

Patriotic Crafts for Kids- Easy Note Cards

Today is Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is right around the corner, so I thought it would be a great day to share this super simple patriotic craft from Inner Child Fun. But you don’t have to wait for a special holiday! This is a great craft for any day you’d like to […]

How to Make a Simple Kite

The breezy days of spring are perfect for picnics and kite flying, so today we’re sharing a super easy kite tutorial that you can make with your kids.  You can watch the kite tutorial video here: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-6yjy1-ymc] Having trouble viewing this video? You can click here to watch it on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe […]

5 Simple Experiments with Water

April is known for it’s rain showers.  What better time to try some simple science experiments with water!  Today, I’m sharing with you 5 simple experiments that need only a few items and take just a few seconds to set up, yet are fun and explore different properties of water.  1.  Bending pencil experiment  Materials […]

DIY Button Flower Learning Game for Kids

Signs of Spring are showing up everywhere! What better way to welcome Spring than with a bouquet of bright, colorful flowers? We made our bouquet with simple buttons and pipe cleaners, but took it a step further and made up a button flower game. It’s quick, easy, and lots of fun! Here is what you’ll need: […]

Developing Handwriting Skills to Boost Reading Skills

One of the ways to boost your child’s reading skills is by teaching him to write his letters!  Handwriting skills and reading skills are very closely interlinked.  While reading seems like primarily a mental activity, developing handwriting skills can help kids hurdle many of the ‘normal’ reading pitfalls before they even begin to learn their […]

Learning in an Instant: Color Word Hopscotch

Combine sight word practice with big fun by playing a quick game of color words hopscotch! This simple activity will get your kids active while they learn the color words. This is easy to set up and can easily be played inside or out. If it’s a pretty day, get outside and draw the hopscotch […]

Learning in an Instant: Writing Letters

A quick and easy way to learn more about being a good friend (while sneaking in some fun writing practice) is to write a friend a letter.   Is your child not ready to write a full letter? Have them draw their friend a picture instead!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Around the Web: Boredom Busters

Need more boredom busters?  We’ve got some ideas! These 6 links from around the web should provide hours of entertainment! 1. Check out these 20 Boredom Busters for Rainy Days, Sick Days, and Duvet Days via Make Do and Friend 2. Make Your Own Sponge Blocks via Inner Child Fun 3. This cardboard plane and […]

Learning in an Instant: Balloon Bop

Give a kid a balloon and you’ll instantly cure any sign of boredom. Have you ever noticed that balloon play always leads to a game of balloon bop? You know, where you have to keep the balloon in the air by skillfully and energetically bopping it repeatedly? Just the process of this balloon bop play […]

TV Free Boredom Busters

“It rains 9 months of the year in Seattle.” Yes. It really does rain that much. Boredom is a guarantee each and every winter. Here in the Seattle area, it is pretty easy to settle into a movie marathon for a good 6 months. The best defense is a good arsenal of quick and easy […]

Learning In An Instant- Temperature

This week’s Learning in an Instant encourages you to get outside with your kids to learn about thermometers and the temperatures of your area in winter.  You can begin by briefly introducing the thermometer and explaining or reviewing the words temperature, thermometer, degrees, Fahrenheit, and Celsius. Show your kids how to read a thermometer and […]

Learning in an Instant: Winter

Chances are, your winters differ from other seasons, even if you live in a place that doesn’t get snow. And the best way to learn about winter in your area is to get outside in it! Nature walks are a great activity to do together as a family and they are rich with learning experiences. […]

Learning in an Instant: Handwriting

As we head into the weekend, I wanted to share a super quick but effective learning activity you can do with the kids, or as we like to call it “Learning in an Instant”. For this simple handwriting activity, you will need a wipe off board and wipe off markers. Write your child’s name for […]

Learn with Play Dough

Play dough is an incredibly fun activity, and often a favorite among kids. But not only is playing with play dough fun, it is also a wonderful way to get in some hands on learning! The benefits are many and it’s one of my favorite ways to encourage learning through play. Making Play Dough   […]

Daily Routines and Learning Life Skills

Fall is often a time for new routines and schedules as families say goodbye to carefree summer days and head back to school. Setting up a routine is a wonderful way to welcome in the season while allowing children to learn and practice valuable life skills. This video from Angelique shares a few daily activities […]