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Self Portraits for the Kids First Day of School Outfit

To get Henry excited to head back to school, we went on a shopping trip for a new outfit for his first day back, and [taking Susan's tips for prepping for preschool, it still applies for kindergarten] let him pick out his own backpack! Getting Henry excited to do any shopping really isn’t hard. He […]

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Squiggle! Tracing Lines on the Driveway

On a spur of a moment activity [why not? They're the best and easiest], I drew a few random, swirly lines with chalk on our driveway. George had such a fun time tracing letters and shapes on our indoor chalkboard, when I wrote that post I realized it would be so much fun to do […]

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Making Fitness for Kids FUN!

Getting moving indoors is kind of tough sometimes. Lately, its been so hot outside that we can’t really spend too much time out there. And then even when we are out there, the last thing any of us want to do it any amount of work [or running… or anything that will break us out […]

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Turn Leftover Kids Art into Streamers

There are so many times I have the kids’ art just lying on my dining room table. And not only that, we often use butcher or art paper to protect the table when we’re doing our creating… and it often gets covered with paint too! Or the kids decide to create on that as well. […]

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Drawing on the Floor Kids Art! Super Simple Art Project

I like simple ways to create art. And I love it when my kids like it too. This art project was started by receiving an art project in the mail from the Kids Art Exchange. It was a Starry Night drawing. As the kids opened it, I heard my husband tell Henry to ask me […]

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Weaving with Kids: Fun & Simple Kids Activity!

Weaving with the kids has always been on my wish list. But I never really pushed it with the boys, because I kind of thought of it as a girl thing. I know, I shouldn’t be stereotypical like that. I have tried it in the past. When we did our ribbons in a bottle activity, […]

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Classic Summer Craft: Coffee Filter Butterflies

When I thought about all the crafts I’ve done with the kids, I realized we haven’t done many classic crafts for kids! This butterfly craft is definitely a classic craft that you probably remember doing yourself when you were a child. The kids loved the process of prepping the butterflies. Dying the coffee filters especially! But […]

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Shape Activity: Sorting Blocks as a Graph

We’ve sorted blocks as a shape activity in the past. But it was pretty ‘informal’. Not that this is really that structured of an activity, this one just has a place to put each shape of the blocks! To create the ‘graph’ to sort shapes on, I taped a large piece of paper to my […]

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Lowercase Letters String Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A string scavenger hunt was a blast when Henry did one a couple years ago to help him learn his name. It was time to do another one! This time I condensed it down to a smaller area and make it about learning lowercase letters, a review for Henry this summer, and kind of a […]

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Fun Process Art for the Kids: Make Rain Art!

I’ve been wanting to try rain art for awhile. But it seems whenever it rains, we just hide indoors. Why?! Being outside when its sprinkling it so much fun! The boys just love it! Its been raining pretty much non-stop the last few weeks [a horrible planting season for farmers in Iowa this year]. I […]