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6 Wonderful Weather Apps for Kids

Thursday, 17 April 2014 Category Kids & Technology

 

Tell me if this sound familiar to you --

Me:  You’re not wearing that to school?!

Kid:  Mom, you said it was going to get warm.

Me (as I pull a jacket from the closet):  Yes, GOING to get – it’s still 40 right now.

Kid:  But it’s my favorite ______ (tank top, flip flops, shorts, skirt – why is it never anything warm?)

Me:  Honey, just put on a sweatshirt or jacket so you don’t freeze at morning recess, PLEASE!

Yea – it's a weekly conversation in our house especially once Spring hits.  One day it’s 73 and then next day there’s snow again.

 

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10 Brilliant & Beautiful Recycled Crafts

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

WOW!  I was blown away with some of the awesome ideas for recycled crafts that were shared on last week's Discover & Explore linky!

There's a great quote by Scott Adams --

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

These ideas are definately ones to keep!!

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Going Green: Books & Websites to Inspire Kids

Monday, 14 April 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

Some of the newest lessons for this generation include learning about the environment, ecology and how our behaviors impact the world around us. 

Earth Day is a yearly celebration that reminds us to revisit how we treat the Earth.  These are important lessons for our children to learn as many of our resources are finite. 

Helping to preserve the water, open lands and wildlife will mean that our grandkids and great-grandkids will still have the opportunity to roll down a hill, swim in the ocean and breathe fresh air!

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Create Your Own Nature Notebook

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

I've found some really amazing nature printables this year for our nature study activities!  Really super awesome stuff! 

But you know how it is -- you take a piece of paper outside for a scavenger hunt or garden activity and before you know it, it's blowing around the yard with the kids chasing after it. 

Or the pencil you have goes missing. 

Or you don't have enough time to finish the activity and then can't find the darn sheet the next day.

Or you DO finish the activity but aren't sure where to store them all so the kids can see what they've accomplished.

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Books & Activities that Explore Plants and Seeds

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

My daughter was in her first play this past weekend (she was a swan with a beautiful costume).  And as is the custom with many performances, we brought her flowers on her first night. 

They were pink, deep purple and orange -- she's a kid that loves bright things -- and as she rearragned the flowers each day (because that's what kids do when they get their own flowers), she noticed a number of things. 

Sometimes the flowers were limp and sometimes the stems were very firm.  The color in the orange flowers faded quickly while the pink and purple flowers retained their color.  And some flowers turned brown and had petals fall off earlier than others.

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Outdoor Adventures in Gulf County Florida & Connecting Kids to Nature

Monday, 07 April 2014 Category Travel Fun

 

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

We love to explore the outdoors when our family travels! 

No matter where we visit, we always find some amazing gems to share with the kids -- animal encounters, geological wonders, outdoor journeys and those 'can't be planned but will be talked about for years' moments when we are in awe of nature.

 

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Gardening with Kids: How Fast Does a Plant Grow?

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

Gardening is such a fun science activity for kids.  It allows them to explore botany (the study of plants), habitats and pollination.

It's also a wonderful family activity as everyone can get involved in planting, growing and harvesting from your own backyard.

Even if you don't have the time or space for a full-blown garden, the kids would enjoy starting some flowers and veggies in a few posts on your porch.

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12 Learning Activities using Cars, Boats & Trains

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

One of the best ways for kids to learn is through play!  And you can easily introduce some formal learning (such as math and science) by using everyday play things.

In our house, the kids are always more likely to practice math or enjoy spelling practice if we connect the activity with a fun game or one of their favorite toys.

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Teaching Kids to Clean: Adventures in Vacuuming

Monday, 31 March 2014 Category Life Skills for Kids

 


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The other day, my daughter asked me if I was writing anything new for the blog.  She always gets excited if I tell her it’s a book review or there’s a new project we get to do together.  But this conversation went a little differently since my newest project is about how to clean and vacuuming for kids …

Me: “Actually, I’m writing a mini-series about how kids can help clean around the house.”

Kid (with deer in the headlights look):  “Mom! Kids don’t like to clean!”

Me:  “Guess what Honey, parents don’t like to clean either.”

Kid: “Really?!”  (yep, kids will never stop surprising me with their questions)

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Fantastic Fractured Fairytales

Friday, 28 March 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

My daughter is a princess-loving girl but she's also a kid with a great sense of humor. 

She loves to read books with puns, clever twists and funny dialogue.  So fractured fairy tales have been very popular on our library lists!

A fractured fairy tale is a clever take on one of the tradition stories we all know and love.  In the clever retelling, the author will add humor, modern language, change the traits of some of the characters or add different events.

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A 'Celebrate Spring' Bucket List

Friday, 28 March 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

I don't know about your house but in our neck of the woods, Spring can get really busy! 

The end of the school year is approaching which means school performances, state assessments and helping the kids to finish all those final projects they need to do. 

Then there's getting the yard and house cleaned up after winter -- turning over the garden, putting away winter clothes, cleaning out the garage so we can FIND the spring toys -- all that spring cleaning.

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Books about Trains, Boats, Planes and Things that Go

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 Category Books for Kids

Today our Discover & Explore topic is Things that Go! 

This is always a favorite topic for young kids -- cars, planes, boats, trains -- anything they can ride, drive or fly.  It's always fun to take kids on a new adventure whether it's their first train ride, flight on a plane or boat tour. 

Our kids just loved our first real train ride -- we took Amtrak to a small town about an hour and a half away from our house.  Just enough to enjoy the experience of riding the rails.  It was so great to be able to do things as a family on the train.  We visited the dining car for a snack, played a game while in our seats and (of course) had a round of "I Spy" out the window.  Since no one had to drive, it truly was family time!

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7 Colorful and Creative Fine Motor Activities

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

Do you remember when your kids were really young and they would pick up Cheerios to eat?  In addition to the amazing ability of learning to feed themselves, they were also developing their pincer grasp and fine motor skills.

The ability to hold, grab and control things with their fingers is such an important thing for babies, toddlers and kids of all ages to practice.  Even older kids need to hone those skills in order to develop their ability to print and write. 

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Vintage Kids Books for Spring

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

What do you remember about the spring days of your childhood? 

I have vivid memories of waking up to the sounds of birds and smelling the lilacs in our back yard, along with lots of time outside playing in the backyard and having adventures in the nearby woods.

Spring is definately a time for adventures and trying new things! 

As we wrap up our Vintage Books for Kids series, this final list will share many classic children's book series and tales of wonderful journeys. 

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10 Books that Keep Kids Active

Friday, 21 March 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

I know what you're thinking -- reading is a stationary activity.  Fortunately, that's not always the case. 

There are a number of terrific kids books that encourage the reader to get up and move with the story!  These 10 reads are a great way to get the kids moving and introduce them to ways they can strengthen their muscles, balance and large motor skills. 

And once their done 'reading', they will surely settle in for some much needed rest ;)

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Kansas City Day Trips & Weekend Travels

Thursday, 20 March 2014 Category Travel Fun

I grew up back east where you could drive for an hour and reach the next big city.  That's not the case in the Midwest; the cities are farther apart and a day trip definately takes a whole day. 

But boy are there some wonderful Midwest cities to visit!

With spring in the air and summer on it's way, I thought I would ask some of my friends to share their favorite places around the Midwest. 

Learn about some of the great day trips & weekend jaunts from Kansas City!

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Items that Help Improve Fine Motor Skills

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

When my kids were young, they had no issues with their fine motor skill development.  I attribute it to the fact that they loved Cheerios and were always playing tug-of-war with the dog :)

But once they hit elementary school, they both began to have issues with their printing and writing.  I always thought that fine motor skill development was important when kids were younger but I never realized it was a skill they would need to work on after preschool.

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Great Nature Activities for Your Spring Bucket List

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

After a long winter, kids love to get outside and stretch their legs! 

Let them get their hands muddy, get their feet wet and discover what happens to nature in the spring.

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Time for a Getaway - Win a Trip to Las Vegas, Baby!

Monday, 17 March 2014 Category Travel Fun

I'm excited to be working with Southwest Vacations and Savings.com to bring you this awesome opportunity!  This is a sponsored post but all thoughts & opinions are my own.

 

Have you ever visited Las Vegas?

I have heard so many great things about the city!

My sister's been to Vegas and so has my brother. 

My husband had a business trip to Vegas a few years ago.  Kept saying "Vegas Baby" all week!

And my parents & Aunt have both won big in Vegas.

I have never been to Vegas -- can you believe it?! 

I know, my whole family has visited this amazing destination but I have yet to get there. 

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Explore Nature in Spring- Outdoor Activities for Kids

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

I know the rest of the world thinks that spring begins on March 20th with the Spring Equinox but for me, spring begins on the day we turn back the clocks and gain that extra hour of daylight.

Ahh… dinner during daylight hours

Heading to the park after dinner

The sounds of birds in the morning

I love Spring!


 

 

 

 

 

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