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Favorite Games and Activities for Mixed-Age Groups

Since I have four kids who are different ages, I am always on the lookout for games and activities that work for mixed ages. Here are some of our favorites, and I would love to hear your favorite games and activities for mixed-age groups in the comments! Links to Amazon are affiliate links, and I […]

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Pom-Pom Pets Craft for Kids

My kids earn tickets for completing chores around the house, and then they exchange their tickets for prizes – usually books, but sometimes other things. Nine-year-old Emma saved up her tickets to earn Klutz’s Mini Pom-Pom Pets book and kit*. She used the instructions in the book to make each of the animals featured above. […]

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Stop Motion Animation for Kids Using a DSLR

Do you remember my post about how my kids loved making stop motion animation movies with our OgoBild Animate It Studio Kit*? During spring break, they decided to take their stop motion to a new level! It was a wonderful spring break activity – they spent hours making their movies! This is a wonderful way […]

Poetry for Kids: Name Poems

Name poems are a wonderful introduction to poetry for kids! Seven-year-old Emma has always liked poetry. She saw name poems and started writing a few of her own. Like many children, sweets, sugar, and candy all rank highly in her life!     Name poems are one of the simplest forms of poetry to try, […]

Quick Get to Know Me!

I’ve had a lot of new readers recently, so wanted to take a moment to introduce myself! Hi! I’m MaryAnne! I started blogging last October, and it’s something I really enjoy! I love sharing the activities my kids and I enjoy, and learning from all of the amazing posts on other blogs. I’m wife to […]

Painting with kids can be a hassle to set up and a mess to clean up, but it is worth the work!

Painting with Kids is Worth the Mess

Painting with kids can be a hassle to set up and a mess to clean up, but painting with kids is worth the mess! My kids have been doing a lot of painting lately. It’s a nice, calm activity that they enjoy outside of school, and it is a fun way for them to get […]

This gluten free, Asian inspired broccoli cashew chicken rice recipe has been a hit with the entire family!

Gluten Free Broccoli Cashew Chicken Rice

I recently moved my family over to a gluten-free diet, and as a result we are making a lot of rice dishes! This gluten free, Asian inspired broccoli cashew chicken rice recipe has been a hit with the entire family! Gluten Free Broccoli Cashew Chicken Rice This recipe requires only six ingredients: Rice (we use […]

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Celebrate Play Dough!

Did you know that today is National Play-Doh day? We usually make our own play dough (that’s what is featured in the photo above), but I like the store-bought stuff as well! We even used to give out little tubs of Play-Doh at Halloween in our neighborhood, but have switched to more affordable stickers now […]

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Painting With Kids

I got a few questions about painting with kids after writing my recent post about painting with toddlers and preschoolers, so I thought I would write about how painting works at our house. I find that even kids who stay away from most crafting tend to enjoy paint. Painting is a wonderful sensory experience, involving […]

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Kid-Friendly Smoothies {No Sugar Added}

With hot weather here, I love to make smoothies for lunch. They are a healthy treat, and a fun way to cool down – especially in homes like ours that don’t have any air conditioning! Today I’m sharing some of our favorite kid-friendly smoothie combinations, and I would love to hear yours in the comments, […]

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Easy Homemade Mac n Cheese Sauce

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for making an easy cheese sauce that is perfect for homemade mac n cheese. Apart from grating the cheese (and you could buy pre-grated cheese) and gathering ingredients, I find this as easy as making boxed macaroni and cheese – and it tastes much better! You can even make it […]