Calming Activities for a New School Year: Sensory Play

Calming activities for a new school year: sensory play

Sensory play is one of my favorite after school activities for kids, and it ranks high on my list of calming activities for a new school year! I have learned that our afternoons go much more smoothly if I have something planned for the kids when school gets out that helps them decompress. Sensory play […]

Beados Review: Fuse Beads with Water, not Heat

Beados review - fuse beads with water, not heat

My kids love creating things out of fusible beads, but we don’t do it nearly as often as they would like because it means getting the iron out and the iron is hardly my favorite household appliance (that title goes to our washing machine, followed closely by the dishwasher). When we were offered the opportunity […]

Kindergarten Readiness: Fine Motor Skills

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Developing fine motor skills is a big part of getting your child ready for kindergarten, where they will be expected to spend the year learning to print neatly! Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways to help your child develop the kindergarten readiness fine motor skills they need to excel! Today I am sharing some […]

Favorite Arts and Crafts for Kids from the After School Team

It’s school vacation week! In order to focus on spending time with our families, the other After School cohosts and I decided to take this Monday and next (12/30) off from hosting the After School linky – but we will leave last week’s linky open, so you can continue to add your activities!  We want […]

Enjoying Fall in California

We are enjoying crunchy fall leaves and mild weather in California, and getting ready for Halloween. The kids enjoyed carving pumpkins, although Johnny and Lily weren’t quite as into the degunking step as Emma! They also had multiple tea parties and discovered a great public sandbox, complete with water faucet! We are expecting around 200 […]

Child-Made Birthday Cake!

Yesterday was my birthday, and the three “big” kids had a blast making me a birthday cake (with a little help from dad, who doesn’t bake himself) while Anna and I napped. Seven-year-old Emma picked out a marbled cake recipe from (affiliate link) The Cookbook for Kids – a fantastic cookbook from Williams & Sonoma […]