5 Beginner Kendama Tricks (and Tips) from Kids Like You!

5 beginner Kendama Tricks videos

I have a 9 year old son... and we have entered the world of Kendama. When he's not busy with Lego activities, he's tossing around his Kendama. His toy came without instructions and lends itself to some very creative play. YAY! But it's also fun to get a few beginner Kendama tricks and tips under your belt to make getting creative easier. There are a lot of Kendama trick tutorials out there. I chose to use videos made by kids. It's very impressive that they can describe their take on the tricks so well. I specifically looked for videos that not only showed the tricks but that also share a tip or two. Enjoy! 5 Beginner Kendama Tricks Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 3: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time Wrap Up

Family book club week 3 A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

This week we'll be wrapping up our second round of the Family Book Club. Check out the bottom of this post for round 3 details. Reading Goal This week read chapters 9 -11. A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time Discussion Questions & Activities Chapter 9 - Discussion Questions The first ghost takes Charles Dickens to visit himself as a child. What do you know about the boy? Use the words and picture for clues. Why does he smile? What does that tell you about books and stories? The second ghost shows Charles Dickens how his books affect other people. Can you think of a book that has been important to you? Why was it important? How Continue Reading

Letter F Activity: Gluing Feathers

Letter F feather p

Are your ready for for some Fantastic, Fancy, Feather Fun? It's F week! Our letter F activity is gluing feathers. Have you been following along with our letter of the Letter Fweek? Which one has been your favorite so far? Let us know in the comments. Letter F Activity: Gluing Feathers What you need: Letter F, feathers,glue, and construction paper. Feathers really are a lot of fun. They are light, fluffy and soft. This activity could not be more simple. Set out the feathers, set out the glue, and sit back and watch. After your little one has enjoyed gluing feathers for a while try changing the activity a bit. Big M started blowing Continue Reading

10 Gingerbread Man Activities & Crafts

10 gingerbread man activities and crafts

We love Gingerbread Man activities around here! In fact some of our favorite Christmas traditions revolve around that sneaky cookie. Check out these ten adorable gingerbread men activities and crafts, then leave us a comment explaining your favorite way to play with gingerbread men. 10 Gingerbread Man Activities & Crafts Read different versions of The Gingerbread Man. Here are our 4 favorite versions of The Gingerbread Man story. While you're reading talk about what is the same and what is different in each story. Is there anything that is the same in EVERY story? Make paper gingerbread men. We had a blast with our Continue Reading

A New Year’s Resolution Idea That Will Make You Feel Better About Yourself

a new new years resolution

The new year is right around the corner. Will you spend the next month trying to decide how to be better? Wishing for a change that will surely make you a happier, healthier, more focused person? Mapping out New Year's resolutions and hoping you'll be able to stick to them? I've done that in the past - haven't we all? Well this year I want to do it differently. This year I want to spend January remembering what I've done right and what I love about myself. This year I want to resolve to strengthen what is already strong. To focus on the best parts of my today and hope for more of those in the future. Want to join me? A NEW New Year's Continue Reading

A Wish for Others: A Simple Thoughtfulness Activity

A simple activity that inspires the kids to think of others at Christmas.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Christmas is such an exciting time for kids (and adults) It's easy to get swept up in wish list writing and countdown calendars. I want M and M to think about all the things they hope to do and receive this Christmas. I want them to be excited about the idea of Santa bringing a new toy and eagerly await driving around to look at Christmas lights. But that's not all I want for them. I want for them to think of others too. I want them buy (or make) gifts for the people that they love. I want them to consider what other people want and need. I Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 2: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

family book club (week 2) A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

We're back with week 2 of the second Family Book Club. This book is rather short, so we'll be wrapping up next week. I would love for you to leave book recommendations for a third Family Book Club in the comments (or email me at [email protected]). Once we are into the new year I will get it scheduled. Reading Goal This week read chapters 5 -8. A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time Discussion Questions & Activities At our house the kids are close in age (9 and 7) but I know that's not true for a lot of you. I try to mix the discussion questions with some for younger kids and some for older kids. I recommend you simplify any Continue Reading