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350+ Ideas for a Creative & Fun School Year

I am beyond excited for today’s Discover & Explore linky!!  And for two very cool reasons —

First, we are starting our fall themes and I just LOVE Autumn 🙂

And more importantly, I’m thrilled to announce that Discover & Explore is now being hosted on 5 amazing blogs!




Discover & Explore Back to School

Today’s theme is Back to School so I thought I would introduce you to each of the blogs along with a few of their wonderful ideas for kick-starting a great school year.


Fantastic Fun & Learning

Shaunna with Fantastic Fun & Learning will continue to be one of our awesome hosts.  She is a teacher who now loves learning at home with her kids.  You’ll find wonderful ideas for sensory play, book-related activities and fun ways to learn.

Alphabet Activities for Kids

Make sure to read this amazing round-up of more than 100 Ways to Learn your ABC’s for fun ways to help the kids practice this year!



Stephanie from Twodaloo is one of our new hosts and a speech-language pathologist.  She loves to share creative art, play and learning ideas along with some super-cute DIY crafts!

Fun Ways to Learn Colors

Head over and see her 30 Fun Ways to Explore Colors post for some back to school learning.


Buggy & Buddy

Buggy & Buddy is also joining us this year!  Chelsey is a former elementary school teacher who inspires her readers to create, play and learn.  You will LOVE her creative art projects along with her creative play ideas.

Learning to Read

I love her 5-part Learning to Read series — a wonderful resource for any home with kids!


Teach Preschool

Deborah from Teach Preschool is not only one of our hosts but she’s also the author of Ready for Kindergarten!: Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep.  She teaches preschool and her blog is a wealth of knowledge with so many fun ideas for creative learning!


My favorite area at Teach Preschool is the Creative Art Ideas – more than 200 ideas & projects all organized by topic and theme!


Edventures with Kids

And if you’re looking for some fun reads as the kids head back to school, make sure to visit our Best Back to School Books by Grade for kids from preschool through middle school.

backtoschoolbooks  backtoschoololder



Want to get Organized before School begins?

I highly recommend the Makeover Your Mornings e-course!  It really helped me to think about what I want to achieve early in the day and gave me TONS of free printables & ideas on how to get organized! 

It’s only 15 minutes a day and is perfect for helping you tame the chaos that happens with back to school time.



More Back to School Ideas

Your turn!  We’d love to see all your back to school activities, traditions and ideas!


Discover & Explore Linky


Currently Open – Back to School

August 21st – ABC’s & 123′s

August 28th – Down on the Farm

September 4th – Forest Fun

September 11th – Fall Activities


Please read the following guidelines for sharing:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you’d like, grab a button for your post — we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!

Each of the host blogs will be choosing a few great ideas to be featured in a round-up post and pinned the Discover & Explore Pinterest Board!

If you aren’t already, please remember to follow us on Pinterest so you’re sure not to miss those feature posts.  You can also find us on Facebook and g+ too!