20+ Nature-inspired Holiday Projects

Today we have two special treats for you -- some gorgeous ideas for holiday decorating AND one amazing holiday giveaway! One of my favorite ways to decorate during the holidays is with natural items.  Whether it's as simple as the ki...
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Ideas for Connecting Nature with Books: A Year in the Secret Garden

Have you ever read a book with the kids and thought "Wow!  I wish there was something more that we could do with the story." ? Than boy do we have an awesome post for you today! One of our amazing friends has created a book of extens...
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25 Fun Ways to Have the Kids Join You for Coffee

I'm not sure if I've ever told you this but I am NOT a morning person. Really, not at all. Unlike my husband who's up at 5 every morning (I know!  He's crazy :), I would rather snuggle under the covers in hopes that the world will re...
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15 Fall-themed Texture Art Projects

15 Fall-themed Texture Art Projects

We love to create art with textures!  Paints and crayons are always more fun when you jazz them up with something cool like pinecones, felt or even food items. Textured art offers kids the opportunity to not only create a masterpiece b...
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25 Spectacular Seashell Activities & Crafts

Welcome Summer! We are kicking off summer with a BANG! and bringing you TONS of ideas for summer fun (woohoo!). And since I can't think of Summer without thinking about the beach, I wanted to pull together some creative ideas for playing,...
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8 Awesome Ocean Animal Books & Crafts

We're gearing up for our annual family vacation and this year we are heading for the coast and hoping to see some ocean animals!  Woohoo!  Being from the dead middle of the U.S. means that we're all pretty excited about spending...
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12 Learning Activities using Cars, Boats & Trains

  One of the best ways for kids to learn is through play!  And you can easily introduce some formal learning (such as math and science) by using everyday play things. In our house, the kids are always more likely to practice mat...
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7 Colorful and Creative Fine Motor Activities

  Do you remember when your kids were really young and they would pick up Cheerios to eat?  In addition to the amazing ability of learning to feed themselves, they were also developing their pincer grasp and fine motor skills. T...
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17 St. Patrick's Day Activities that Might Bring You Luck!

  Four-leaf clovers and rainbows are all the rage this week! Just check out any elementary school hallway, art room or any aisle at your local Target -- you'll see they're all decked out for St. Patrick's Day. Discover & Explore ...
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Fine Motor Skills: Rainbow Rice in a Jar

Today's activity is perfect for working on those fine motor skills as kids build their own rainbow in a jar!It's both a skill development exercise and a fun way to craft and decorate for Spring.We wanted to go colorful and hope to bring the...
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8 Unique Ways to Play & Create with Books

When is a book not a book? When it's an inspiration for a really awesome activity! As I was browsing through the Discover & Explore linky from last week, I was blown away by some of the great ideas that were inspired by kids books....
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Art & Science: Painting and Experimenting with Watercolors

  One way we beat those long, indoor days is by pulling out the paints!  Snow days, rainy weekends or days off from school always invite a little creativity in our house.  And painting is one of those activities that keeps th...
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Quick DIY Valentine Box for Kids

Super easy DIY Valentine Box that can be made at the last minute!Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm sure your kids have been thinking about what they will give their classmates this year.Will it be candy hearts?Maybe a Star W...
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8 Gorgeous Handmade Instruments Made From Recycled Items

You don't need a lot of fancy instruments to create beautiful music.  In fact, kids can make so many types of instruments on their own AND using items you would either recycle or throw away. We had some absolutely gorgeous and wonder...
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14 Wonderful Winter Activities for Kids

  We've already had our first taste of winter and the temperatures were brutally cold!  So I am ready to find a few new ideas before the next snowy day blows in from the west.  Now, I'll admit that no matter how snowy or co...
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