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Eraser Stamped Sheep Craft for Kids

I came up with this fun eraser stamped sheep craft for kids as a Chinese New Year activity for the kids since 2015 is the year of the sheep. All four kids enjoyed making flocks of these little sheep, and they double up as an excellent spring craft for kids! This is a quick and easy craft […]

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Celebrate the World with Multicultural Picture Books

Welcome to the 2015 Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Valarie and Mia started this day in order to raise awareness for the multicultural picture books that celebrate diversity, and to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. I am thrilled to be cohosting this event for them this year! Ways to celebrate Multicultural Children’s […]

heart-themed sensory board for kids

Valentine’s Day Fun for Kids: Heart Themed Sensory Board

The kids really enjoyed helping me make this heart themed sensory board, and it makes a great Valentines’ Day themed activity for kids! Making the board was easy! We took a sheet of cardboard I had been saving for just such an activity, and went through the house looking for fabric and other materials to […]

Learning Laboratory: Fun with clothes pins

My clothes pins spent most of the winter sitting in a bin, unused – until my kids discovered them! They love linking the plastic clothespins especially (I think because they stay together better) into chains and other shapes: Simple, child-directed play, with so many lessons about structural possibilities, shapes, and angles!

Simple Paper Houses to Make With Kids

Mike made these cute little paper houses with the kids out of construction paper! They were simple to put together, and provided a lot of fun, imaginative play!   Mike didn’t use a template, but Valerie of Inner Child Fun has a cute printable to make slightly more elaborate houses out of cardstock. My kids […]

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Banana Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

These oatmeal banana pancakes are easy to make, have no added sugar, and my kids eat them ALL every single time I make them. The little dark marks on the pancakes in the photo are chocolate chips (which DOES add some sugar). The chocolate chips are not at all required but very delicious – unless […]

stop motion animation for kids with Animate It! Express

Stop Motion Animation for Kids!

My kids are really enjoying working on their stop motion animation skills thanks to a great little kit we were sent by OgoSport: the OgoBild Animate It Studio Kit*. This kit comes with a camera, a confirmation code to download a copy of the Animate It! Express software, and Ogobild Bits that you can put […]

Scrabble is a game that kids can enjoy long before they are old enough to play by the proper rules. Check out fun ways to adapt Scrabble for younger kids!

Scrabble for Younger Kids

  There are few board games that my kids enjoy long before they learn how to play using the proper rules, and Scrabble is one of them! The great thing about games like this is that they grow with your child – and they tend to remain interesting throughout adulthood, since the rules change as […]

Children need playgrounds!

Children Need Playgrounds!

One of the greatest benefits I see for our kids in our move to California is that we spend a LOT of time on playgrounds. The Bay Area’s famous weather makes it easy for kids to play outside every single day without needing to bundle up. We are also spending a lot of time at […]

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Organize Language Learning With Labels

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Brother and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own. My three older kids are learning French (Emma), Spanish (Lily), and Portuguese (Johnny). It would be more practical for them to learn a single language, but they feel pretty passionate about their […]

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Managing Sick Days and Rainy Days with Kids

School has started, and while the kids seem healthy enough I’ve been sick. Which means it’s a good time to pull out the emergency craft supplies – things I keep on hand to make sick days and rainy days with kids a happier experience. Of course, this is a topic I think about a lot […]