7 Lunar Eclipse Videos and Activities for Kids

7 Lunar Eclipse Videos and Activities for Kids

Learn about a lunar eclipse with these great videos and hands-on science activities!

Kids of all ages are curious about the night sky -- constellations, planets and especially the moon.

And even though we see the moon in its' various phases each evening, every once in while, there's a spectacular reason to look up at night and see the moon 'disappear'!

In 2018, there will be TWO lunar eclipses (and another in 2019) which can be seen from many parts of the world -- so today we're sharing all the details, videos for kids & fun science activities that explore the moon & eclipses.

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50+ Read Aloud Books Online

50+ Read Aloud Books Online

Find more than 50+ FREE read aloud books online and stories read aloud for kids at these amazing websites - perfect for reading on the go!

Kids love to hear stories - ask any child and I'll bet they tell you that one of their favorite parts of their day is read-aloud and storytime! 

Listening to a book read aloud helps kids of all ages to develop better concentration and listening skills, engages their imagination, increase their vocabulary and enhance their desire to be a reader as they grow.

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100 Things to Count to 100 & Estimation Jars Items

100 Things to Count to 100 & Estimation Jars Items

Use these 100 Ideas for Items to Use to Count to 100 with estimation jar ideas or 100th day of school activities!

Many kids around the country are celebrating their 100th day of school this month and we are having some math fun along with them!

Teaching kids to count to 100 is a big milestone and one that parents and teachers work on for a few years. 

It's a long journey fraught with numbers like "fifteen-ten" and other assorted creative ways to count.  And along the way, kids are also learning to count by 2's, 5's, 10's and categorize numeric values.

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Winter Scavenger Hunt printable list

Winter Scavenger Hunt printable list

Use this free printable Winter Scavenger Hunt list to explore seasonal changes in nature!

My kids will be the first to tell you that no matter the weather, we get some outdoor time every day.

It's definately more of a challenge during Winter -- the colder weather and being all bundled up puts a little kink in tree climbing and some of our animal observations but there's still a LOT you can explore.

Challenge your kids to get outside this week with this free Winter Scavenger Hunt list and learn how much happens during the cold weather!

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11 Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids

11 Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids

Enjoy learning about the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with these kids' activities!

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 PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter 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 PyeongChang. 

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25 Snow Day Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy

Enjoy these fun indoor & outdoor activities for your next snow day!

Like so many others, we are having a 'snow day' this week (actually, it's an ice day today but who knows what tomorrow might bring -- my kids are hoping for a repeat performance :).

You can't go out much (really, driving is horrendous) and it's not like you had time to plan ahead since snow days are always a surprise. 

But that shouldn't stop you from having some fun today and even creating a few memories.

Here are a few creative ways to spend the day without going crazy from cabin fever!

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10 Easy Science Experiments: Shadow & Light Activities

10 Easy Science Experiments: Shadow & Light Activities

Explore the science of light & shadows with these easy science experiments!

I know it might be hard to believe but making shadows is actually a simple science experiment!

Yep, all those shadow puppets you tried as a child or those evening walks with your kids when they're trying to step on your shadow to see if it hurts (does anyone else's kids do this or just mine?!) = Easy Science Experiment!

And with Groundhog's Day right around the corner, it's a great time of year to play with shadows!

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40 Animal Habitats Project Ideas & Science Activities

The topic for this week's Dr. Seuss science activities for kids is animal habitat project activities & science ideas!

This is always a wonderful learning opportunity - it seems no matter what your age, watching animals is something we all enjoy.

While kids love to observe animals, they usually don't give much thought about how and where an animal lives until you begin to discuss the idea of 'habitats'.

Can a camel live in a forest?

Are there sharks in our local pond?

And why is it that polar bears and penguins will never meet since they both live in icy places?

So many great questions :)

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25 Marvelous Math Picture Books for Kids

25 Marvelous Math Picture Books for Kids

Preschool, elementary & middle school kids will LOVE these math picture books that teach early and advanced mathematical concepts!

So here's the issue at our house -- we've got one child who is a math whiz and another who wouldn't mind if math was wiped off the face of the earth.

The one thing they both have in common is neither enjoys any math homework: 

"It's boring, Mom!"

"Yes, I know.  Worksheets aren't always the best way to enjoy math." 

But you still need to do your homework. 

This is how it goes for so many things in life, right.  Practice isn't always as much fun as 'the real thing'!

So since math is important in life, I try to introduce them to non-school, non-worksheet ways to gain a better understanding of math concepts.

As a parent, I have to find ways for them to practice, enjoy it and find it relevant to their life.  Otherwise, I will be forever helping them to figure out if they have enough allowance money to buy the souvenir they want when we're on vacation!

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15 Best Children's Magazines for Toddlers, Kids & Tweens

15 Best Children's Magazines for Toddlers, Kids & Tweens

When my kids were young, I loved to take them to the library. 

We would search the shelves for our favorite books and attend storytime sessions.

And sometimes we would explore a new area of the library -- which is how we found the children's periodical section on one cold and snowy Tuesday.

It's kind of hidden at our library, tucked back behind the non-fiction books in the corner.  But once you know where to look, there's so much to see!

So on that first day, we checked out a copy of Ladybug Magazine for Kids.  We read the short stories, enjoyed poems, sang songs and challenged ourselves with the puzzles.

And we put the magazine shelf on our weekly list of places to explore!

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Christmas Science Experiment for Kids

Christmas Science Experiment for Kids

Try this easy Christmas science experiment as a fun winter break or holiday-themed classroom activity!

There's nothing like the holidays to get you in the mood to do some science experiments, right?! 

Actually, it's those long winter break days when the kids need some creative things to do that usually spur some of these ideas.  And although today's science experiment is Christmas-themed, it can be done year round and was a very popular one during our science series a few years ago.

So have the kids gather up these common holiday items, print off the free worksheet and experiment with a litte physics over their winter break!

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Gift Ideas for Book Lovers that Aren't Books

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers that Aren't Books

Got bookworms? Try giving these gift ideas that aren't books!

We have a LOT of books in our house as you might suspect from our numerous kids' book lists!

One of the things I did well as a parent was to raise readers -- I always found a way to tie books with a favorite project, vacation or any interest our kids have had over the years.

But when you have book lovers, you have to make a decision when it comes to gift buying -- either move into a library (we haven't found one for sale yet :)

OR find some book-related gifts they'll love since your bookshelves are already chocked full.

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5 Money Skills Every Tween & Teen MUST Know

5 Money Skills Every Tween & Teen MUST Know

This post has been sponsored by Greenlight. All opinions are my own.

Money lessons that all kids & teens should know before they leave home!

Money skills are one of those responsibilities that fall to us parents as we raise kids. 

Sure, kids will learn how to identify different types of money and its face value in school -- BUT when it comes to managing money, saving money and topics like investing -- those are skills that are only learned at home.

So today, we're diving into 5 KEY lessons that every tween and teen needs to learn in order to be financially responsible adults.

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10 Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg, TN

10 Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg, TN

Explore all the things families can do at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg, Tennessee -- a wonderful year-round location for your next vacation.

The Mountains are calling!

Whether you're looking for a quiet weekend getaway, a summer travel destination or a location for your multi-generational vacation -- you'll find it all in the Smoky Mountains.

With nature trails, wildlife, family attractions, driving tours, beautiful scenery and fabulous restaurant, there is SO much to do that you'll effeminately want to visit this Appalachian region again and again.

We are excited to be working with our sponsor, Holiday Inn & their #SmilesAhead campaign to share a detailed guide to this family travel destination along with tips for creating family memories on your next vacation!

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Fire Safety Activities for Kids: Printables, Books & Skills to Teach

Fire Safety Activities for Kids: Printables, Books & Skills to Teach

Since October is Fire Prevention Month, I thought we'd share some fun activities for kids to learn about fire safety.

It's important to teach children these life skills and help them be aware of who in their community can help them & keep them safe.

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