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...
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20 Inspiring Nature Activities for Kids

When I was young, I can remember spending hours outdoors -- hiking to the woods behind our house, looking in the creek for crayfish and tadpoles, scouting out which animals were running around the yard.  And I can clearly remember the...
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How to Start & Organize a Nature Collection

If you've been around these parts, you'll know that we have a fondness for nature activities ;)  Most rooms in our house host some type of nature collection -- shells, rocks, tree seeds, leaves in the Fall, etc. And many of these we...
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Christmas Play Ideas using Items from Nature

Christmas is a wonderful time to invite nature into the house! We love creating & crafting with natural items during the holidays -- they're not only free but plentiful.  Not to mention, some of them have such a wonderful scent! ...
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Animal Observation Activities: Tips for Teaching a Child to Focus & Listen

Today we're going to talk about how to help your child increase their attention span.I know, we can all use practice with that, right?  It's the age we live in -- things move so fast and kids don't have the time they need to process th...
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50 FREE Forest Animal Crafts & Activities

When I was a child, I can remember spending HOURS exploring the woods behind our house.My brother, sister and I (along with our neighborhood friends) would hike back to this forested area and walk through the creek, play games and hope to e...
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18 Leaf Science Experiments & Projects

Fall is the season for leaf crafts, leaf science experiments & more colorful outdoor learning!You know me -- I'm all about EASY when it comes to projects and what's easier than walking out your door and rounding up a handful of leaves ;...
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Easy Nature Craft for Kids: Zentangle Rocks

I've learned a few things over the years when it comes to getting kids to talk & share -- First, a good snack goes a long way ;)  And second, kids are more likely to open up when they are preoccupied in an activity WITH an adult. I...
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Fun Math Games: Plot Points on a Map Scavenger Hunt

I'm super excited about today's activity!Why?  It's a fun way to get the kids outside PLUS there's some math involved AND there's also an element of surprise! So your kids won't even notice the math & learning that's involved ...
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DIY T-shirt Painting: Sun Printing on Fabric

Paint a t-shirt using heat from the sun -- an awesome craft for teens & kids this summer!You know when you find those inspirational points where two seemingly unrelated things collide?Like frozen hot chocolate?! You think "Man, I'm...
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A Secret Club for Kids -- Activities to Help Siblings Get Along

Try this creative idea fOne summer, our kids decided they wanted to start their own club.A secret club."One that only has kids allowed Mom -- you can't come in, okay?"It's one of those times as a parent when you're excited for the creativit...
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5 Tips for Kayaking with Kids

Try something new this summer by learning to kayak with your kids -- we've got tips & inspiration for how to get started!  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . All details & opinions are m...
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Go BIG! Life-size Games & Art Activities that Make Kids Say "WOW!"

Have you ever noticed that normal sized things are boring for kids? "Want pancakes this morning?" and all I hear is  "Ok." But if I ask "How about a pancake the size of your plate?", then I hear "AWESOME!" Yep, size matters to kids ...
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30 Fun Things to do in June: Holidays & Observances

Sometimes creating fun memories is as simple as celebrating a day together -- so I thought I would share some of the fun & unique June Observation Days that families will enjoy! It seems that there is a Fun Day celebration for everythi...
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Science & Water Activities for a Day at the Pond

One thing I really enjoy during the summer are days out with the kids!  We like to explore almost anywhere but since we have a summer budget, finding free places to visit is always a plus since we like to get out a lot during summerti...
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