A Mom with a Lesson Plan — Reader Survey

Hello A Mom with a Lesson Plan readers! I hope you are having a fun and relaxing summer so far. We're halfway through ours already... I can't believe it. Over the summer I've been working behind the scenes and trying to find places that I can improve the blog. Now I need your help. This survey will help me bring more relevant posts and ideas to you. It should only take a few minutes and I would really appreciate it! All you have to do is read and answer the questions. There are 10 all together. At the bottom of each "section" you will find a next button. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your feedback is really important to me and it Continue Reading

Cooking with Kids – 10 Tips and Activities

cooking with kids - great tips and activities!

M and M have been cooking so much lately. Big M loves to make scrambled eggs. I think he likes it best because he can complete the entire process by himself. Little M is our pancake maker. The fact that they both like to make breakfast foods is no coincidence. I can cook, but it's not my favorite thing to do. Early morning cooking is definitely not something I rush into the kitchen for. So if they want something fancier than oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, they have to make it. One of my new favorite books, Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors, has a fantastic section on letting kids explore with ingredients. There is even Continue Reading

20 Fun Summer Activities for Kids (divided by age)

Playful Kid Activities for Toddler, Preschool and School Age kids.

Now that you have your summer schedule printed out, you'll need some fun summer activities for kids to fill it in with! You know I've got you covered  in the kid activity department! Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers Pudding Painting - Pudding and painting?!?! Every toddlers dream right? Plus this time eating the paint is encouraged.... perfect for toddlers.  Busy Bag Fun - Whether you have a busy bag making party or make a busy bag to keep on hand, these activities are sure to keep your little one entertained. (At least for a few minutes.) Cornstarch Painting - Cornstarch painting is one of my very favorite ways to play outside when Continue Reading

Super Simple 4th of July Fun! (and a giveaway)

TinkerLab book tour + giveaway

Right now you're either preparing the party (and need something to entertain the kids) or you're already involved in the party (and want something fun that a large group of kids can do together). Am I right? Well either way I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet so you can get right back to the fun! TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors  I am so, so excited to tell you about a book that hit shelves last month. TinkerLab creator Rachelle Doorley has taken her creative know how, fun spirit and inspiring activities to a new level in her new book... TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors. TinkerLab is one of my Continue Reading

9 Team Building Activities for Kids

9 team building activities for kids... think siblings!

How are your kids getting along so far this summer? With all of this extra together time, sibling love can turn into sibling rivalry pretty quickly. M and M have been getting along pretty good so far, although the loving-wrestling-turned-painful-battle thing is driving me crazy. When I stared rounding up team building activities for kids my thought was these activities could turn a yucky sibling situation around. But the more I found, the more I realized these activities will encourage the kids to work together and strengthen their relationship no matter how great it already is. Bring on the sibling team building! Movement Team Continue Reading

Teaching Kids Responsibility (while making your life easier!)

3 tips for teaching kids responsibility (while making your life easier.... shhh!)

Our family has been extremely busy. Hubby and I are self-employed and still in the building phase of our businesses. That means a lot of extra hours.  Add that to a super fun summer bucket list begging to be used, and we don't have much time (or energy) for family chores. We've been giving the kids more and more responsibility in our daily chores. Of course, teaching the kids responsibility is awesome, but it also helps us out a ton. (Win win!) Teaching Kids Responsibility by Including Them in the Process Problem #1: Folding laundry was a four-step process. Laundry is one of my least favorite things to do. Handing over part of that Continue Reading

Limiting Screen Time for Kids – Why, How To, and What Now

Limiting screen time

I'm re-posting this screen time for kids post because I needed to read it. (It originally appeared October 20, 2012). These first few weeks of summer have been pretty intense around here. My husband and I are both self employed. Both of our business seem to be taking off right now. YAY! It's great news, but that leaves me with scrambling for work time. What's been happening because of this need to work? I started out allowing way more screen time than I'm comfortable with. Enter the begging, the endless vegging, the "I just want to lay down" pleas. So I pulled up this post, read through it and decided that if I needed... perhaps you do to. I Continue Reading