9 Terrific Books about Turtles

9 Terrific Books about Turtles

Enjoy these fiction and non-fiction books about turtles and introduce kids to one of the few animals that takes their house with them as they travel!

When we take our evening walks through the neighborhood, we often see various animals -- other dogs, squirrels, deer, sometimes a wild turkey and believe it or not -- one very large turtle!

Actually, he's a tortoise and his owner give him the run of their backyard on these nice days :)

And then there are all the turtle we see at the pond in our local park -- more than a dozen peek their heads up when we head over to feed the fish.

So in honor of World Turtle Day on May 23rd, I thought we'd share some of our favorite books plus a few really cool turtle facts this week!

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50 Activities for Your Summer Bucket List

50 Activities for Your Summer Bucket List

Make a bucket list of fun things to do with your kids this Summer!

My kids tell me I've been acting extra goofy this week. 

Really? 

I hadn’t noticed ;)

Actually, we are quickly approaching summer and I am very happy about the prospect of the not-so-scheduled days and longer evenings to enjoy with the kids.

So this week, we grabbed a few supplies and started working on our Summer Bucket List. 

Each year, we make a great list of all the adventures we'd like to have and fun things we hope to do together (plus a few things to learn too because during the summer, learning is always fun!)

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17 FREE Summer Reading Programs & Book Logs for Kids {with printables}

17 FREE Summer Reading Programs & Book Logs for Kids {with printables}

FREE Summer reading programs and book logs for kids & teens -- earn free books & more!!

As parents, we know that connecting kids with books throughout the summer months is SUCH a good thing. 

Summer reading helps them to keep their vocab and comprehension skills strong so those first weeks back to school are much easier!

But honestly, keeping them reading can be a challenge with all the other fun activities they have going on -- like the pool and friends and s'mores by the fire ... not to mention the availability of technology and the desire to get sticky, dirty and wet any chance they get ;)

Which is why this first post in our 105 Days of Free Summer Fun includes awesome ideas & freebies that will not only inspire your kids to read but also allow us to retain our 'cool Mom/Dad' status without constantly bugging them to pick up a book!

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17 FUN Activities to Do at the Park

17 FUN Activities to Do at the Park

Try one or more of these fun activities to do at the park with your family!

Our family LOVES to visit different parks. 

Sometimes it's just a short walk at our neighborhood park to visit the ducks or play at the playground.  Other times, we'll head out and spend a day exploring trails or hiking at one of the state or national parks.

Today, we're partnering with the National Park Trust to celebrate Kids to Parks Day with some AWESOME ideas for things to do on your next park visit and a super GIVEAWAY too!

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Easy Mother's Day Craft or Teacher Appreciation Gift

Easy Mother's Day Craft or Teacher Appreciation Gift

Love this easy craft idea for Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation Day -- preschoolers, elementary kids & teens can create a one-of-a-kind gift with this quick tutorial!

Do you know what I love about today’s painting project for kids? 

It doesn’t require perfection or detail or really any focus. 

It's very open-ended and so creative -- plus down-right beautiful too!

And it's the perfect idea for Mother's Day or as a Teacher Appreciation gift at the end of the year -- it will brighten up any yard or room!

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10 Documentaries & Animated Movies for Earth Day

10 Documentaries & Animated Movies for Earth Day

These 10 animated movies, feature films & documentaries for families, children & the classroom are perfect for Earth Day or teaching kids about environmental themes and issues!

Our kids were born into a world of endangered animals and environmental issues.

They will grow up recycling, reducing their carbon footprint and learning how to preserve natural lands and protect animal species.

But some of the environmental issues we face -- climate change, biodiversity and conservation -- can be difficult to explain to children. 

While we can teach our children to recycle, conserve natural resources and tread lightly on the land, many of these global issues will be better understood as they get older.

However, it's important to introduce how kids can make a difference in the world at a young age.  One easy way to begin the conversation is to use great kids movies - animated, feature films & documentaries - to help them learn about a variety of environmental issues.

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Earth Day Activities: Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

Earth Day Activities: Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

Grab this free Earth Day Scavenger Hunt printable activity and inspire kids to learn more about our environment!

April is a great time to teach our kids about going green, eco-friendly behaviors and ways they can help the environment.

When we were young, environmental issues weren't as well discussed or researched -- now, our kids learn about them in school as part of the curriculum and are inspired to do small things that will benefit the Earth.

Today's activity -- an Earth Day (or Month) Scavenger Hunt -- mixes both the How & Why of choosing to 'go green'!

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Tornado in a Bottle Science Experiment

Tornado in a Bottle Science Experiment

Upcycle items from around the house for this easy tornado in a bottle science experiment!

Sometimes an activity can introduce us to something that we aren't able to experience in real life and today's science project does just that!

Spring brings all kinds of weather across the country and one of the worst types of storms are tornadoes.

Living in Kansas, we've had to duck-and-cover quite a few times, huddling in the basement until the storm sirens sound the all clear but thankfully, we have never been caught in a tornado!

But kids will be kids and ask all those great questions -- 'how do tornadoes start?' and 'what makes them so dangerous?' so we thought we'd take a closer look at these storms by creating our own tornado in a bottle!

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9 Plant & Garden STEM Activities

9 Plant & Garden STEM Activities

Explore some science & math in the garden with these great plant activities!

Gardening is the perfect way to inspire kids to explore botany (the study of flowers & plants), habitats and pollination.

It's also a wonderful family activity since 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, your kids would enjoy starting some flowers and veggies in a few posts on your porch.  And these STEM activities are a wonderful way to learn while you grow!

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Set up your own DIY Easter Egg Hunt with free printable clues that can be used in any home!

When I was younger, Easter was a big family holiday for us -- lots of people over to the house, a HUGE family dinner and new Easter outfits.

But my favorite part of the whole day was the Easter egg hunt!  I looked forward to it more than the cool stuff in my Easter basket!

My mom would round up a handful of pennies, nickels and dimes (+ one quarter) from my father and distribute the money into a dozen or so plastic eggs. 

Then she would hide them around the house and let my sister, brother & I know they were hidden.

That was all it took -- we would hunt and search like crazy! 

Oh, to find the egg with the quarter (that was a lot of money for a kid way back when ;) 

Now we live far away from our family so Easter is more of a quiet holiday -- no big meal and it's  just our immediate family but every year, I do an egg hunt for our kids.  

 

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Outdoor Science: Biodiversity for Kids

Outdoor Science: Biodiversity for Kids

A fun outdoor science activity that let's you measure the biodiversity of living things in your backyard ecosystem!

Many times, you'll hear kids say "hey, there's a bird!" or "this is the tallest tree in our yard!"

This activity takes it one step further to inspire kids to notice the DIFFERENT types of trees, plants, animals and insects that live right outside their window!

And for today's activity, we're partnering with an awesome group of blogs for Storybook Science - projects that connect picture books to science activities for kids!

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17 Everyday Math Activities for Kids

17 Everyday Math Activities for Kids

These everyday math activities are the perfect way to introduce hands-on math ideas to kids!

Do you know today is?

March 14th...

3/14...

3.14

Ring a bell at all?

Ok, how about if you flash back to high school math class?

Yes, that's it -- Today is Pi Day!

And Pi Day is a great time to get your kids more keen on how math is part of our daily lives.

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St Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt {printable list!}

St Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt {printable list!}

Grab a copy of this printable St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt list and challenge your kids to find their 'pot o' gold'!

Almost anyone will tell you that you don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day ;)

While we have our favorite books and movies about the holiday, and love a good parade as much as anyone, there's also another fun way to enjoy this holiday --

hunting for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

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Early Spring Scavenger Hunt

Early Spring Scavenger Hunt

Head out on an early Spring Scavenger Hunt with this free printable activity and look for signs of Spring!

I so hope Spring is coming soon! 

We are really in the mood for more outdoor time without all the snow boots and heavy coats. 

In hopes of warmer temperatures, we've put together an early spring scavenger hunt list for kids to encourage them to get out and discover what nature looks like as spring approaches. 

So grab a light jacket & head outside to explore the season!

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20 Rainbow Craft Ideas for Kids

20 Rainbow Craft Ideas for Kids

Enjoy these 20 easy Rainbow Crafts for Kids -- perfect for Spring & St. Patrick's Day!

Nothing says "Spring" like the colors of the rainbow!

And while it's fun to pull out the crayons to make a rainbow, we often prefer something with a tactile or sensory component when we're crafting or creating art. 

Like our Fall Texture Art projects for kids , today's activities all involve something more than just coloring on paper. 

So let's get creative with rainbow colors that 'pop'!

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