Rosie Revere, Engineer… Tinkering Station

Tinkering Station for Young Engineers (I want the book!)

I know you are going to love today's guest post! Anne from Left Brain Craft Brain is introducing a new book (yay!) and sharing an idea of how to expand on it. We love it already right? Thanks for inviting me over to A Mom With a Lesson Plan today! I'm excited to share one of our recent book adventures... We've fallen in love with a book called Rosie Revere, Engineer and set up a Tinkering Station to go along with it. (This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for helping support our craft supply budget!) It's an inspiring story about a smart little girl who likes to tinker with trash and make amazing contraptions. But her inventions don't Continue Reading

Color Sorting Activities for Toddlers

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Please welcome a special guest, Allison McDonald from No Time for Flash Cards. Allison is here to share 7 color sorting activities for toddlers! YAY! Toddlers are my absolute favorite age group. They are an impossibly adorable balance of baby and teenager. They want independence but only when they want it and usually when you don't. What I adore is that they want to know everything, learn everything, and are usually game for any activity you are offering. If your toddler resists activities please don't push, these are just for fun. I gathered together some of my very favorite toddler activities that work on sorting. Sorting is an Continue Reading

17+ Preschool Art Activities

17+ FUN preschool art activities

I have a special surprise for you today. The Artful Parent, Jean Van't Hul is here to share some of her favorite preschool art activities. Enjoy!  Do you have preschoolers or other young children? If so, chances are that you are often on the look-out for fun, hands-on activities to do with them. Creative activities, such as arts and crafts, are excellent choices to slip in between playground visits, pretend play, and regular daily routines. Here are more than 17 super fun preschool art activities from the 20 Moms group of bloggers: Check out the art activities on this list, try one or two of your favorites now, and pin this Continue Reading

“Lunch Box Rules” Every Family Needs!

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School is right around the corner and so is packing lunches. This year I'll be following some important lunch box rules I learned over the past few years. Follow me to Parents.com to learn more. Then head over to Del Monte's Facebook Page for their Squeeze or Spoon Contest. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Del Monte. The opinions and text are all mine. Continue Reading

Reading to Active Kids

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When a reader asked me about reading to active kids I had the answers ready.  What a great question, and one I know a lot of parents would like answered. I have a lot of experience with active kids and reading has always been a big part of our day to day. "I have a question about your experience with books. My son has a VERY difficult time settling into a story and while I'm "reading" tends to be running all over the house. He doesn't have a huge interest in books or sitting for them. I know the importance of reading to my child, but do you have any advice on reading to a child who is so active they aren't able to "settle" for book time? Or Continue Reading

5 Creative Ways to Get Kids Reading This Summer

Creative ways to get your kids reading

This post is brought to you by JetBlue and Momtastic.  I am extremely excited to team up with JetBlue today! JetBlue’s annual, award-winning summer literacy program Soar with Reading is fantastic, and something I know you'll want to hear about. JetBlue is working with Random House Children’s Books and bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne, known for her Magic Tree House® series, which features the adventures of brother-sister duo Jack and Annie, to help place age-appropriate books in the hands of children in under-served areas. This summer, JetBlue needs YOUR help to make a huge impact on children’s literacy. With your support, Continue Reading

Places to Visit in California with Kids – Kidspace Museum

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Today I am joining a group of California bloggers to share some of our favorite places to visit in California with kids. I know, I know, a lot of you don't actually live in California. Don't leave just yet! You just might find a good reason (or two) to come visit... the weather is always nice. :) A couple of weeks ago my sister and I piled all 5 of our kids in the car and drove to Kidspace Museum in Pasadena. It's actually right next to the Rose Bowl. For us it was quite a drive... and trust me worth every mile!!!! Kidspace was kind enough to provide us with complementary tickets. Places to Visit in California with Kids - Continue Reading