Nature Art Project Perfect for a Sick Day

Nature art project (1)

This post is sponsored by Dr. CocoaTM. All opinions are mine. Can you believe that it has only been 1 month of school and both kids have already stayed home sick? We are currently fighting off the second round, which means I need to get in a good hand washing activity to remind them what they should be doing. Last week Big M was home with me and he had a great idea. He wanted to go for a short walk so he could collect materials. He had a plan, but I did not have any idea what it was. The walk alone seemed to be helpful. He was tired of laying on the couch. The fresh air did us both good. Before we dive into Big M's very creative Continue Reading

Countdown to Moving Day Conversation Starters for Kids

countdown to moving day

We are in the process of moving. In fact as you are reading this we are probably shoving boxes into the truck. The last thing I felt like doing this week was coming up with an activity, picturing it and writing it out. But lucky me... I always feel like sharing with you. The reason that's so lucky is that this activity ended up being a wonderful way for us to connect as a family during this chaotic time. So thank you for motivating me to do something that otherwise might have died as a glimmer of an idea.   M and M love counting down to upcoming events. Our family also loves conversation starters. I decided to mix the two. Continue Reading

Teaching Kids about Giving

Marie Calendars

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender's for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I've been thinking a lot about the idea of teaching the kids to give. Financial donations have never been a priority for me but sometimes Pinterest can make me feel like teaching the kids to "save, spend and give" with their money is the best way to do it. (Oh Pinterest!) I toyed with the idea of starting up a giving fund... but quickly realized that would not work around here. Teaching kids about giving is just like teaching kids about anything. They learn by WATCHING. We are teaching M and M about giving everyday. The type of Continue Reading

Fall Sensory Bin: Simple Play for Toddlers

Fall sensory bucket

One of my favorite sensory bins is a simple container full of beans. Of course fall is the perfect time to use nature to create a sensory bucket. All it takes is a quick walk around the neighborhood with a bag. You can take the collecting adventure on your own... or let the kids decide what to keep! Inside the Fall Sensory Bin Leaves. Collect as many different types, sizes and colors as you can. Pine needles. Pine cones. Sticks and twigs. Seed pods. Flowers. Along Side the Fall Sensory Bin Empty tissue boxes. Tic Tac containers. Toilet paper rolls. Yogurt containers. Measuring spoons. Making the Sensory Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 1: The Secret Garden

What a fun idea! I'm joining the Family Book Club

Are you as excited as I am? Judging by the awesome response I received when I announced the Family Book Club I'll assume you are! If you don't have your copy of the book yet, don't worry. It won't take you long to catch up. We're reading The Secret Garden, Classic Starts version. This is an affiliate link but as always, I recommend you try your local library first.  Every week I will post a new reading assignment along with some discussion questions or activities that match what we've been reading. If you need help remembering when to check in, I will share the posts on Facebook and through my Newsletter.   Reading Goal This week Continue Reading

LEGO Challenges for Junior Builders

LEGO Challenges for beginning builders... how fun!

This post is sponsored by LEGO Junior. LEGO is an exciting word at our house. My son discovered LEGO sets when he was around 5, and he hasn't stopped building since. Now that LEGO has introduced a new line I'm convinced that kids just like him will be building (and having success with building) even earlier. This new line is called LEGO Juniors and it’s designed for 4- to 7-year-old builders. The bricks are regular LEGO sized (which means they’ll fit right in with our ever-growing LEGO collection). We tried out LEGO Juniors Construction. I loved that the instructions were simple to follow and that each part of the set went together Continue Reading

15 Spooky Halloween Science Experiments & Activities

Halloween science experiments and activities for kids

If your house is anything like my house, Halloween talk starts happening in September. The kids (and hubby) have already decided what costumes they want and kid made Halloween decorations start filling the walls long before I'm ready for it. This year I think I'll play along (have you seen the printable Halloween lunch box jokes I made?) I'm rounding up a few Halloween science activities that I know the kids will love. I'll buy the stuff we need early... but I'm sticking to my rule that Halloween doesn't happen until October! 5 Spooky Dry Ice Experiments The only experience I have with dry ice is packing a cooler with it. I know it Continue Reading