Summer Crafts for Kids – Passport to Imagination at Michael’s

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday now thru August 1st, Michael’s craft stores across the country will be hosting the Passport to Imagination program from 10am-noon. If you’re not already familiar with the Passport to Imagination, it is a series of creative craft projects designed for kids ages 5 and up to do in the store […]

Make a Summer S’mores Kit!

One of our favorite Summertime family activities is to make s’mores together! I thought it would be fun to put together a few s’mores making kits to deliver to some local friends to help kickstart the Summer. The kids and I had so much fun making these and giving them out, and I love that they […]

Make a Water Fight Kit!

These water fight kits are a fun way to surprise family and friends with a little treat to gear up for the Summer months! I have included a free printable label for easy gift-giving too. My kids love dunking the sponge bombs into buckets of water to throw to each other for games of catch, and […]

How to Make a Summer Book Wagon

This Summer book wagon is such a simple way to encourage kids to actively read all season long! It can be completely customized to suit the interests and age of any child, and the wagon makes Summer story time a portable event that you can take with you virtually anywhere while enjoying a picnic snack. Great […]

Ways to Play Summer Calendar 2014

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 Calendar 2014 Printable: Includes […]

Gearing Kids Up for Game Day

Playing sports is a great way to keep kids active outdoors during the Summer months. My kids really love kicking a soccer ball around the yard, running outside playing tag, or even setting up an outdoor obstacle course!  I thought I would share one of our favorite snacks for game day, or any other time we […]

Simple Patriotic Treats!

Need a super quick and festive patriotic treat for Memorial Day weekend or 4th of July?? These simple patriotic treats are very easy to make! They don’t require any baking, and they use only a few ingredients, so it’s a great way to keep things simple. These are so much fun to make with the […]

Ways to Play and Learn with Water Outdoors

These creative ways to play and learn with water outdoors are sure to delight kids of all ages! When the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want to refer to this list to keep cool and have lots of ideas for good clean fun on-hand.    Here are 10 of our favorite ways to play […]

Kid Illustrated Summer Memory Books

The end of the summer is bittersweet; it’s sad to say goodbye to the warm weather and time with the kids, but the new school year and upcoming seasons are wonderful things to look forward to. We celebrated summer’s end by creating Summer Memory Books, illustrated and put together by the boys! This post contains affiliate […]

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

Need an easy way to keep the kids busy while preserving some of their favorite Summer memories? Here is a very simple scrapbook project the kids can make, just in time for back-to-school when many teachers begin the school year asking what the kids did over Summer vacation. A big thank you to Melissa & […]

Water Fun with a Marble Run

Using water as a learning tool in the summertime serves a dual purpose; kids learn and stay cool! Below is a list of three things that kids can learn about water through water fun with a marble run. 1. Water drips in drops. Due to surface tension, when water is slowly dripping off the marble […]

Ocean Themed Fun

Interested in teaching your children more about the ocean? Make a day out of it! Here are some ideas for planning a day filled with lots of ocean themed fun. Eat ocean themed food Make an octopus’s garden snack with a bell pepper as the body and 8 legs wallowing in the dip of your […]

Beach Keepsake Craft

One of our favorite places to go for vacation is the beach.  It’s so relaxing and enjoyable, yet at the same time, the kids love to explore, build, and discover on the shoreline.  This summer, I decided to use this opportunity to create a beach keepsake using their discoveries. The supplies you need are quite […]

Quick Craft for Kids — Toy Boats

Need a super quick craft to keep the kids busy? Here is a really simple toy boat the kids can make themselves, then race in a local creek, lake, or even in your own bathtub! My kids love making their own toys, so this activity was a big hit with them, plus it uses mostly […]

16 Summer Outings for Kids

Beat the Heat with these Summer Outings for Kids Surviving a heat wave with young children is no easy task! Here are 16 of our favorite Summer outings to stay cool when the weather is HOT:

Developing Storytelling Skills with a Mini Sandbox

Here’s a quick and easy way to work on developing storytelling skills with your preschooler using the sandbox, or in this case, a mini-sandbox! Clara was very lucky to have received this mini sandbox kit from a friend for her birthday, and she has spent many hours happily playing with this!! You could easily make […]

Sandbox Social Skills

There is a park near our home that has a spectacular public sandbox. Public sandboxes are fun places to play and learn because the high quantity of children and sand-toys present many opportunities for preschoolers to develop life-long social skills.  As parents, we sometimes forget that our children are not born with social skills. Children […]

How to Make Cloud Dough

Summer is a great time to get outside and play in the sand and water, but those aren’t the only sensory activity opportunities! The warm weather makes it easy to take a variety of activities outside, and that typically means less mess and more fun! So today we’re sharing a video tutorial on how to […]