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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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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20 Fairy Play & Mini Garden Ideas

20 Fairy Play & Mini Garden Ideas

These mini garden ideas and fairy play activities are sure to inspire kids of all ages to dig, plant, grow and engage in imaginative play!

Fairy gardens are the perfect way to connect your child with so many learning & sensory concepts and they are easy to create in your backyard, kitchen or classroom! 

We have ours in our outdoor flower garden but today's set of activities include ideas for both indoor and outdoor fairy set-ups! 

I hope you find inspiration and enjoy planning your own mini garden play area!

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DIY Sundial for Kids

DIY Sundial for Kids

For years I've been saying that it would be cool to have a sundial in the yard!

First, I operate my 'sundial' time more than by a clock -- you know, the "it's just about the right time" kind of time :)

Hehe :)

No, really it's more for the idea that we've discussed sundials as being both a fun STEM activity and a connection to some of our history discussions (for my Greek-loving, Percy Jackson fan girl -- she loves anything to do with ancient societies!)

For the 31 Days of Outdoor STEM series this month, we constructed a sundial for our back garden using natural items along with a little 'pop' of color!

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23 FREE Printable Gardening Activities

Spring is the perfect time to introduce your kids to gardening!

It doesn't have to be anything complicated -- a few seeds in a pot or an herb garden on the windowsill is the perfect starter project.  Or even a mini Fairy Garden as a family project!

Gardening offers so many learning opportunities -- understanding how things grow, exploring bugs & worms and the science of plants (botany).  Plus some fun ideas for connecting math and reading with gardening activities too.

Today's round-up of free garden printables will help you to plan your garden, track your plant's growth, learn about plants & seed and even inspire the kids to do some reading too!

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DIY Fairy Garden Ideas & STEM Activities for Kids

Enjoy these DIY Fairy Garden Ideas for kids that incorporate science, math & engineering learning!

Today we are combining a few of our favorite things -- gardening, fairies and STEM in this month's feature of manipulative play and small worlds for kids!

We've been talking about planting a Fairy Garden for a year now and finally got around to it this month when we celebrated my daughter's birthday. 

She loves the idea of small worlds and we both enjoy gardening so I decided to overlap those activities with a few science, math and even a cool engineering project. 

Come peek inside our Small World Fairy Garden and see how this fun activity will inspire kids to learn too -- plus we have some great resources so you can put together your own fairy garden this Spring!

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Exploring the Parts of a Flower: A Science Project for Kids

Today we are going to have a look INSIDE nature at the parts of a flower with a fun hands-on science project – flower dissection and pollination.

As Spring sets in, we are all treated to blossoming trees and beautiful flowers.

I'm sure your kids will pick flowers, smell their scent and then give the bouquet to Mom.

Ahh... to receive a handful of wilted but picked-out-of-love blooms is a mother's delight ;)

We've had more than one dinner at our house spruced up with a home-picked bouquet, whether they were the wild orchids growing in the backyard or the dandelions that popped up all around (much to my husband’s chagrin).

With the recent plight of the disappearing honeybees , some plants and flowers are in danger of not being pollinated.  So I thought this would be a great opportunity for kids to learn more about the process of how plants reproduce.

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30 Early Garden Crafts & Ideas for Kids

30 Early Garden Crafts & Ideas for Kids

These garden crafts & ideas for kids are sure to get you excited for warmer weather!

For some people, the sight of green grass or tulips popping up means Spring has arrived but for me, it's the sight of a seed packet!

Sometime in February, I realize that Spring is only weeks away (yea!!) and it's time to think about gardening with the kids.

Now, I'll be the first to tell you that I am not someone who was blessed with a green thumb.  I don't have this amazing garden by any means.

However, I do love to have flowers and vegetables growing in the yard.

And I really love to see kids get involved in growing veggies or choosing a cool new plant.

It's pretty amazing when you can send them outside to "pick the tomatoes you grew for the salad tonight"!  Or to watch them count the number of cucumbers that are growing on a vine.

So let's ignore the winter weather and start some gardening prep today!


Early Garden Ideas and Crafts for Kids

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Gardening Books & Activites for Kids

This week, our Discover & Explore feature is Gardening with Kids

We can't wait to see all of your fun ideas & projects as we enter gardening season!

Not only is gardening a fun family activity, it’s also a wonderful way to learn about science, nature and math.  And kids really enjoy digging in the dirt, watching plants grow and then eating what they've harvested!

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30 Gardening Ideas for Kids

These plant activities and garden crafts are sure to inspire some gardening with kids this Spring!

I'm so excited that we are finally seeing some spring weather!

We are so past due - and it's cutting into our gardening activities

I'll admit, I am not one of those amazing Martha Stewart-type gardeners but I really do enjoy having a small backyard garden each summer. 

The kids and I choose a few favorite plants along with some new items to try each year and then we get dirty, track how the plants grow and reap in the harvest (literally!) 

So today we're sharing all types of wonerful gardening activities for kids!  In addition to our tips and experience, you'll also find affiliate links to items we've found useful in our gardening adventures.

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