Creative Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

These creative ways to foster gratitude in kids can help cultivate a sense of appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. It’s never too early to start encouraging your kids to express thankfulness and gratitude. Here are five of our favorite ways to live a life of gratitude all year long! Gratitude Activity Jar A fun ACTIVE […]

Day of the Dead Tic Tac Toe Printable

Here’s a free printable treat for you! This Day of the Dead Tic Tac Toe printable is a great easy activity for the kids to enjoy. Just print and play! The game pieces can be left in black and white, or use colored pencils to color them however you would like! To make this game, […]

The Best Fire Safety Activities for Kids

Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org. October is Fire Prevention Month! This is a great opportunity to review important fire safety activities in your home or classroom. I am so excited to share that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides teachers and parents with free resources […]

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, […]

Duct Tape Pencil Case with Zip Top

This duct tape pencil case is simple to make with just a few common household items! The cases can be used for make up, travel cases, or even for small first aid kits when you are on-the-go. The duct tape helps to make the cases quite sturdy. You can find duct tape in a wide […]

Paper Haunted House Lanterns for Halloween

These paper haunted house lanterns are such a spooktacularly fun craft to decorate for Halloween! I love how the template can be customized with lots of spooky details. Build a village of haunted houses to display proudly in your home or classroom! This would be a great craft to do together with your teen or […]

Games to Play with Kids While Lying Down

Need a few games to play with kids while lying down? Do your children seem to possess endless amounts of energy? Are you in need of a break to help unwind and relax? In this post, I will be be sharing 3 easy ways to sneak in some peaceful rest while still actively engaged in […]

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 […]

Ways to Play Fall 2017 Calendar

Here’s a super convenient list of things to do with the kids this Fall, outlined in a handy calendar printable! Each week from September through November includes 3-4 activities, most of which use common household items you probably already have on-hand. The Ways to Play Fall Calendar can help you make the most of your […]

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? […]

Benefits to Staying Onsite at Universal Orlando Resort

Disclosure: I learned about these benefits to staying onsite at Universal Orlando Resort™ by attending the Family Forward Blogger Retreat hosted there. This event provided bloggers and their families with hotel accommodations, meals, and park passes at significantly reduced prices. All opinions are my own.  Planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort™? Are you wondering if […]

Space Alien Matching Game – Free Printable

This space alien matching game is quick and very easy to set up! This would be a great activity for a rainy day or anytime you need a bit of a break. I love how simple it is to print it out and play! Be sure to check out the recommended reading list at the […]

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 […]

Best Art Activities to Reduce Stress

The best art activities to reduce stress can be done almost mindlessly, making them great for even the most novice artists. These activities are some of my all-time favorites for breaking thru creative blocks! It is easy to lose track of time while engaged in coloring, zentangling, paper marbling, and more. Perhaps you will find […]

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 […]

5 Easy Ways to Make Mornings Special

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Little Debbie®. As always, all opinions are my own. Like many parents, our mornings were often busy, challenging, and hectic. A few years ago, I asked my kids an important question that forever changed our daily morning routines. What can we do to make […]

Tissue Paper Flower Video Tutorial

This tissue paper flower tutorial shows step by step instructions so you can make your own colorful flowers! These tissue paper flowers would be great for party decorations, Mother’s Day gifts, or even Cinco de Mayo fiestas. What an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up someone’s day! Dress up your gift wrapping with a tissue paper […]

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 […]