Pretend Play Dog Activity for Kids – Dog Park

Adoption center for dogs

This dog activities for kids post originally appeared on May 24, 2012. (Make sure to check out the Little Dog Park at At Home with Ali.) I was excited about making a dog park pretend play area for the kids and got busy right away thinking about everything you might find at a one.  We have two dogs.  I didn't want them to get confused by real dog stuff so we made everything, but if you don't have dogs I would bet you could pick up real dog toys, leashes and collars for pretty cheap at the dollar store. Dog Activity for Kids - Dog Park One thing you might find at a park for dogs is an adoption center.  We used ours to talk about the Continue Reading

5 Ways Kids Can Help With the Dog

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This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food. All opinions are 100% mine. Hubby and I have been talking about adding more structured chores to the kids' daily routine. As it is now, there are a few family duties that are their responsibility. They are in charge of picking up after themselves and putting away their own laundry (once I've washed and folded it). Anything beyond that is recorded on their chore chart and they are paid accordingly. It's worked up to this point. They are both willing to help out when we ask, so I haven't seen a need to add anything more structured to the plan... until now. Big M is 8 and Little M is almost Continue Reading

Fun and Easy Rainbow Craft for Kids

great rainbow craft for kids

I love rain. But even more then rain I love the beautiful rainbow that follows. The other day while hanging out with my sweet niece J (3 years old), she asked me to plan an activity. Hmmm... I guess they expect kid's activities from me. I wonder why. ;) The sad fact is we were HOPING for rain but it wasn't coming. So we decided to make our own rainbow. This rainbow craft was so easy to prep, it literally came together in minutes. Don't you love a kid's craft that is easy to prep, execute and clean up??? Fun and Easy Rainbow Craft for Kids You'll need: Colored construction paper, kid scissors, glue. I asked J to cut up a piece of Continue Reading

Rainy Day Fun: Science Experiment for Kids

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Here is sunny southern California we are having a really warm winter. Of course, we appreciate the warmth (I know some of you are very, very cold right now) but I would really love to have some rainy day fun. I've been stockpiling ideas for when we do get a little rain and have enjoyed looking back over some of the rain play we've done in the past. I can't believe how little my M and M were back then, it just doesn't seem like it was that long ago. Are you in enjoying some rain? We loved this rainy day experiment! This rainy day fun post originally appeared on March 3, 2011. Rainy Day Fun: Science Experiment what you need: rain, something Continue Reading

10 Things That Scream Mom Car! {and a giveaway}

ha ha funny list - I added mine in the comments

This post brought to you by PERK. All opinions are 100% mine. I was looking around my car the other day and realized that it just screams MOM CAR! There is no doubt that I have kids and that they have taken over my little space. Some things are for the better. The old plastic cereal box that is now a trash can... GENIUS! Wipes in the glove box, even when the kids aren't around I wonder what I ever did without them. But the tissue box on the dashboard might be a bit much. Hubby can't stand it and frankly it's a bit loud. But when someone needs a tissue it's a life savor. So it stays. That got me thinking. What's screaming MOM from your Continue Reading

Rain Experiments for Kids: Flowing Objects

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This rain experiment originally appeared on March 2, 2011. Have you ever met a kid who didn't love to play in the rain?  We had a great time walking, splashing and learning in a downpour over the weekend.  Lucky for me, Auntie L took over the instruction and I was able to stay behind the camera. Rain Experiments for Kids: Flowing Objects what you need:  small objects, full gutters We gathered objects from around the house. We played around by dropping the objects into gutters.  Some gutters were flat, some gutters on a  slight slope.  Some gutters had a little bit of water, some gutters were filled with water racing down Continue Reading

How to Make Spelling Fun and 25 Spelling Activities for Kids

Great list for making spelling fun + Great Activities

Learning how to spell is important. (I think we can all agree on that). Spelling practice can be really boring. (Again, I think we can all agree). Spelling can be fun though, we prove that every week around here! Little M is always excited to see what type of spelling activities I have up my sleeve, and I am always on the look out for new ways to make spelling fun. Here are a few guidelines I use when planning a spelling activity, along with a list of great activities to get your kids enjoying spelling practice right way! How to Make Spelling Fun and 25 Spelling Activities for Kids Add movement. That's pretty much my motto for Continue Reading