Edventures with Kids
Kids Activities, Family Travel & Fun Ways to Learn
I love to explore the world with my kids!
There's something very eye-opening about learning how other people live and seeing the beautiful places around the globe.
And even though we love to travel, most of our foreign explorations happen right in our own home.
There will be a lot of reading going on this week -
Read Across America (Dr. Suess's birthday) is March 2nd and celebrated in school throughout the week
World Read Aloud Day is March 5th
World Book Day is March 6th
All great opportunities to share a new book (and a love of reading) with the kids!
When is a book not a book?
When it's an inspiration for a really awesome activity!
As I was browsing through the Discover & Explore linky from last week, I was blown away by some of the great ideas that were inspired by kids books.
One way we beat those long, indoor days is by pulling out the paints! Snow days, rainy weekends or days off from school always invite a little creativity in our house.
And painting is one of those activities that keeps the kids engaged for quite a while (always a plus for those long days).
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We don't live close to any of our family - they are sprinkled across the country. So when it comes time to celebrate a birthday or special occasion, we rely on 'snail mail'.
Yes, we could probably text them a note or send an email but it's not as much fun or as special as sending something special for them to open.
I remember the first time my daughter had to do a math worksheet at school -- she's a rainbow kind of girl so a black-and-white worksheet full of numbers was just not her style.
Sooo... she decided to use a different color crayon for each of the problems on the worksheet :) "When life hands you lemons, make it colorful" is her motto!
Watching the Olympics can be a great family activity! Kids will rarely see sports such as ski jumping, luge and biathalon unless it's during the Winter Games.
The athletes make it look so easy as they compete -- they've had a lot of practice in perfecting their sport. But it's hard to decribe to the kids how much skill goes into become such a great athlete.
One of the best ways for them to understand the skill and dedication needed is to introduce kids to some hands-on activities where they can practice and learn about Olympic events.
And there were some wonderful ideas for Olympic-themed activities that get kids up and moving shared during last week's Discover & Explore linky!
It's hard to believe that it's time for the Olympics again!
This year, the world will be watching all the winter activities in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Games.
It's a great opportunity to introduce something new to the kids -- maybe a new winter sport or a quick tour of the globe to find the location of Sochi.
We are snowbound this week! Yep, 12 inches of snow overnight tends to shut down most of the city.
Now this is all fine with us as we LOVE snow days -- BUT we had plans to go shopping for some Valentine items this week. And that's just not going to happen for a few days.
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If you've ever purchased a box of Girl Scout cookies, I'd like to say 'Thank You'!
I'm sure you love the cookies but I'll bet you don't realize what a box of cookies can do for a young girl.
Well, we're getting another winter storm tonight. Obviously the cold weather is going to hold on a little longer. So instead of shaking my head, I thought I would embrace the idea of winter with a few fun ideas that were shared at last week's Discover & Explore linky.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm sure your kids have been thinking about what they will give their classmates this year.
Will it be candy hearts?
Maybe a Star Wars valentine?
Or are they going to make something special for their friends?
My daughter and I took a day trip this past fall and headed to St. Joseph in Missouri.
Not far from Kansas City (about an hour's drive), St. Joseph has quite a few wonderful attractions that families will really enjoy! During our day-long trip, we were able to visit three of the city's museums.
We are joining our book loving friends today as the Poppins Book Nook heads to Ancient Greece!
There's something so intriguing about traveling into the past. We've loved exploring the some of the ancient cultures and customs of past societies but especially Ancient Greece. My daughter is a huge fan of Percy Jackson and knows all the myths by heart (I am schooled weekly on some of the details).
So to honor all the Gods & Goddesses, we've rounded up some great books & fun activities so you too can introduce your kids to the stories and secrets of Ancient Greece!
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I don't know about you but my kids tire me out -- All. The. Time.
It's a good tired - wouldn't trade it for the world! Parenting takes lots of energy and I'm always looking for ways to stay healthy and full of energy. Luckily, I've found a few things that really work for me, and no, it's not hours at the gym.
My "keep Mom healthy" secrets include superfruits, natural probiotics and daily exercise!
I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be a parent who keeps up with the kids. I want to play chase and tag with them. And go biking, sledding and swimming - not sit on the sidelines. And it was also really important for me to find ways to fit in easy and simple healthy behaviors that I could stick with for a long time.
You don't need a lot of fancy instruments to create beautiful music.
In fact, kids can make so many types of instruments on their own AND using items you would either recycle or throw away.
We had some absolutely gorgeous and wonderfully creative ideas shared at this week's Discover & Explore Music linky. So grab that recycle bin and get started!
Does your family enjoy going to the movies? We are big fans especially of family movies that we can all see together.
So we always like to look ahead and see what new movies are coming soon - you know, check out the trailers, see what's worth seeing and read the book (if it's based on one).
Birthday season is coming for our family.
Well, make that Birthday Season for everyone in my family BUT me.
I celebrated my special day last month – super great day! The kids made me pancakes and I didn’t have to run one errand all day long (now that’s a birthday).
So Spring is my time to focus on creating special days for my family.