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Ultimate Guide for Summer Fun with Kids

Thursday, 05 June 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

In our house, summer comes in two phases:

Phase 1: The Honeymoon

A time when we all (parents & kids) are excited about no schedules, no school and long days together.  We have a hand-ful of activities planned and a great summer bucket list of things we can't wait to do -- life is looking good!

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Why Kids Need to Travel & What They Can Learn on the Trip

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 Category Travel Fun

 

Travel is such a great educational opportunity for kids!  A chance to explore new places, try something new and reconnect with the family.

Honestly, my kids learn more on our vacations than they do any other time of the year.  Part of it is because they are immersed in the moment -- when you travel, you HAVE to experience what's around you and it's only natural to ask questions, get involved and explore.

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Best Outdoor Science Tools for Kids

Monday, 19 May 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

We love outdoor explorations! 

Getting to know nature and being a backyard detective are activities my kids have enjoyed for years. 

And having great science tools takes outdoor exploration to a whole new level!

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Awesome Summer Art Projects for Kids

Monday, 19 May 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

One of the best things about summer is that slowed down schedule -- it's a time when I don't mind that our projects take more than a day to complete.

Kids can take their time with the creative process and enjoy each step.  Summer is a time to think about creating art that has multiple steps in the project.   You know, those "we need to wait for it to dry before the next step" type of activities.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

We are on countdown in our house -- only 9 more school days left for us!

Yep, only 9 days, 4 finals, 3 school activities and 1 graduation event -- then we can enjoy sleeping in, long days without schedules, fun day trips and some relaxing time to connect.

 

I do love summer!

Yes, some days are longer than others and the kids do get bored by mid-July -- but we wouldn't trade it for the world!

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Brilliant Ways to Take Art Outdoors

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 Category Nature & Outdoor Activities

 

Today we are focused on ways to Discover & Explore Art!

Art is as much about the process as it is the product -- in fact, sometimes it's all about the process for kids.  Being able to create with different mediums and materials is great way to ehance your child's appreciation and love of art.

And it's important that we allow that creation to take place naturally without a lot of directions or restrictions.  Which is why I love to bring art outdoors!

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8 Awesome Ocean Books & Activities

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

We're gearing up for our annual family vacation and this year we are heading for the ocean! 

Woohoo! 

Being from the dead middle of the U.S. means that we're all pretty excited about spending some time near the big blue sea.

As we're prepping for our trip, I'm keeping an eye out for some great ocean activities to do while we're there.  And we had some really cute ones that were shared during last week's Discover & Explore Animals linky.

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15 Fabulous Books about Forest Animals

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

The kids and I have always loved forest animals -- probably because we live in the middle of the plains ;)  So seeing a moose doesn't happen so often in our area.

But when we head out on vacation -- trips to the Rocky Mountains or hikes through the Black Hills of South Dakota -- we spend time seeking out and observing the amazing wildlife in the forest!

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Marvelous Books for Mother's Day

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 Category Books for Kids

 

Today on our Discover & Explore linky, we're celebrating all things Mom. 

Mother's Day is a time when kids express how much they appreciate all the things Moms do for them all year round.  Homemade cards, hand-picked flowers and maybe even breakfast in bed top the list of kind gestures.

Last year I enjoyed some delicious blueberry pancakes -- and the kids even cleaned up the kitchen after the mess, I mean breakfast :)

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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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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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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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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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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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Thursday, 06 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

This week, Discover & Explore is going colorful and also hoping to bring the luck of the Irish to you as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and rainbows.

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10 Culture & Map Activities for Kids

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 Category Kids Activities & Crafts

 

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.


 

 

 

 

 

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