Last Minute Earth Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

Earth Day Activities for kids

Did you forget to plan some Earth Day activities for the kids? I did! It only took a quick Pinterest search for me to find some great Earth Day activities. I've divided them into ages... to make it even easier for you. Enjoy! Toddler Earth Day Activities Painting with recycled objects is a great way to start talking about how we can reuse items. I love the way No Time for Flash Cards set up this activity. It looks so inviting. Hands on is the best way for toddlers to learn. This outdoor texture scavenger hunt from Hands On: As we Grow is a great way to introduce nature through play. Teach Preschool's earth day fishing game is a Continue Reading

Keep Good Going: This is my story

I am a work at home mom...

This post was sponsored by New York Life. Find out how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going by visiting newyorklife.com/keepgoodgoing I am so excited to be teaming up with New York Life today. Their promise to Keep Good Going is unbelievably touching. After watching My Uncle’s Gift, spent half an hour watching videos of life experiences handed down from one generation to the next. (I'll understand if you get a little lost in the videos too!) Keep Good Going couldn't have fallen into my lap at a better time. We've been talking a lot about what it means to be a work at home mom. For me Continue Reading

Conflict resolution for kids {with a printable}

Conflict resolution for kids

I have no idea where I learned this conflict resolution technique, and I am certainly not taking credit for inventing this BRILLIANT strategy...but I have been using conflict resolution for so long that I consider myself an expert on the subject.  Trust me this is one parenting tip you will want to memorize!!!  I even made a handy conflict resolution guide for you to print out. If you have more than one child, you know that conflict is bound to happen.  Don't tune me out if you've got an only child though, the beauty of conflict resolution is that once you've mastered it, it will work with any conflict. (Kid vs. Neighbor, Kid vs. Toy, Kid Continue Reading

Egg Painting Ideas for Kids of All Ages

12 egg painting ideas for kids of all ages

Easter is just around the corner. I'm almost ready, but I think there is a bit more egg painting in order! I've rounded up a few awesome egg painting ideas for kids of all ages... enjoy! Egg Painting Ideas for Toddlers Toddler activities are so fun! Keep them simple, keep them quick and don't worry about the end result (although these egg painting ideas will still give you a wonderful result). Coloring eggs with bleeding tissue paper from The Artful Parent is perfect for little fingers (and might be a good way to get some cutting practice in). Using a medicine dropper is great for finger muscle control. I love the way Chocolate Continue Reading

Creative Easter Egg Painting for Kids

egg painting for kids

When I was deciding how to paint eggs this year, I wanted to do something really special.  I search the web and still didn't find what I was looking for.  Then we brought out our stack of Easter books, and I had an idea!  Ohhhh and it turned out to be a good one. I love it when that happens! Creative Easter Egg Painting for Kids what you need: eggs, pin or needle, paint, egg cartons, paintbrushes I blew out the insides of the eggs we used.  It ended up being harder than I expected, but well worth it.  Prick the top of your egg with a needle, then prick the bottom (this hole needs to be bigger).  I found that using a straight pin Continue Reading

How to Get Full Use of Season Passes – Places to go with Kids

11 ways to make the most of your season pass

One of the great advantages to living in Southern California is the option for outside activities. There are also so many fun places to go with kids. We have zoos, a wild animal park, aquariums, Disneyland, Sea World, Knott's Berry Farm. YAY! When the kids were babies, my sister and I started taking advantage of season passes to some of these places. We get a different pass every year. It's been such an incredible experience and we've learned a thing or to about how to get full use of our season pass. Making the most of your Season Pass Know the dates. Season passes are not created equal. Some places have block out dates, some Continue Reading

Giant Crossword Puzzle for Kids

giant sidewalk crossword puzzle for kids - great for spelling practice (1)

Sight word and spelling word games are probably my very favorite kid activities. We haven't done outside spelling or sight word practice for a while and I thought was about time (the weather is perfect for it). We loved sight word twister, so I put some thought into finding another game that I could modify using Big M spelling word list. I decided on a giant crossword puzzle designed around his spelling words. Fun right?! I thought so.... and so did Big M. Giant Crossword Puzzle for Kids what you need:  Sidewalk chalk, a spelling list and some paper. (This is an affiliate link, if you use the links you help Continue Reading