10 Incredible Outdoor Activities that will Get Kids Moving and Learning

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The weather is gorgeous right now, perfect for playing outside all day. Letting the kids play, run and explore is always at the top of our outdoor activities list. Providing them with extra learning experiences is important too. I'm a firm believer that kids learn more when their bodies are moving. Outdoor play is perfect for combining movement and learning. I went straight to my Outdoors with Kids Pinterest board for ideas. 10 Incredible Outdoor Activities that will Get Kids Moving and Learning Backyard Target Practice - Kids Activities Blog. All you need is a Nerf gun, some toilet paper rolls and markers. Balance Practice Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Summer

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How is your summer going so far? Ours has involved way too much yelling and nagging from me. YUCK! Whenever I get into one of these not so great cycles I know it's time for a reboot. Once I'm on a positive (and patient) page, the entire house seems to settle into a more cooperative and happy place. Luckily I know right were to turn... ... and I'm inviting you along. On July 9th at 6pm PST (9pm EST) I'll be hosting a FREE Positive Parenting Solutions Webinar by Amy McCready. You and I (and a few hundred of our closest friends. :D ) will be sitting comfortably in our own living rooms and getting access to Amy McCready herself. The Continue Reading

Parts of a Butterfly Dice Game

Parts of a butterfly  - fun dice game for learning about butterfly parts  (6)

I'm excited to introduce Cassidy to you today. She's sharing a fun dice game (and free printable) about the parts of a butterfly. We have had some experience with the butterfly life cycle and butterfly books this spring... so it's perfect timing for us and hopefully for you as well. After reading this make sure to check out Cassidy's site Freshly Planted. We have been especially fascinated with butterflies around here since ours hatched and flew away a couple weeks ago. While my kids have always noticed butterflies, now they want to know all about them. So we’ve been getting books from the library and watching videos online. These are Continue Reading

DIY Lego Challenge Games – Perfect Time Filler

Creating LEGO Challenge Games - easy boardem buster

Carolyn from The Pleasantest Thing is here today talking about something I know we all love. Lego activities for kids! Along with really great Lego ideas Carolyn shares wonderful playful learning ideas. Make sure to check out her site.   I'm excited to be posting here! LEGO activities are a favorite at my house, and I love all the LEGO ideas Jillian shares! LEGO challenge games are one of our favorite boredom busters. They are require very little setup and they are always a hit with my kids. You can get copies of my free LEGO challenge printables to use in the game, but it's also easy to make your own. You can just write them down on Continue Reading

Flashlight Games and Activities the Whole Family Will Love

Flashlight games and activites - love this list! # 5 sounds so fun

This post is brought to you by EVEREADY®. Summer break has barely started here (we're less than a week in) and we've already had a couple of late nights out back. M and M love bringing out flashlights when the sun goes down. I wanted to add to the flashlight fun so I went in search of some flashlight games and flashlight activities. What I found makes me want to stock up on flashlights (and batteries of course). EVEREADY® flashlights or EVEREADY® Gold® batteries are affordable enough to buy extra's. These activities will be great for backyard play after dark AND cool inside days when it's too hot to go out. Fun Flashlight Games Continue Reading

DIY Backyard Explorer Kit- Outdoor Pretend Play Idea

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There’s no reason our awesome pretend play ideas have to stay inside! Big M and Little M love to make up their own pretend play scenarios outdoors. I think the extra space the outdoors provides allows for imaginative play. Once in a while I like to add in a few props because... well I just like to! Hee hee. Check out this LITTLE Backyard Explorer pretend play from At Home With Ali. I love the amount of sensory play she's included. DIY Backyard Explorer Kit- Outdoor Pretend Play Idea Paper Bag Explorer Vest Our paper bag Explorer Vests turned out so cute. (I wish I could make one to fit me!) To make one for your kids, cut a paper Continue Reading

Cornstarch, Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment (with a twist)

baking soda and vinegar... awesome way to play with baking soda

Before all of the big kids were out for summer break, I got to spend one more special day with my niece J. I wanted our one on one time to be extra fun so I dug into my new copy of 101 Kids Activities (affiliate link) and quickly picked an activity I knew she would love. I told my sister to pack extra clothes... this was going to get messy. Prepping for the Cornstarch, Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment Ingredients you need: Baking Soda (2 lb box) - $2.93,  Corn Starch (16 oz) - $0.98, White Vinegar (32 oz) - $1.oo = $4.91 (awesome right?!?) Optional addition: Food Coloring  Materials: Bowls, spoons, measuring cups, water, paintbrushes Continue Reading