Fort Magic Obstacle Course for Kids in the Backyard

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I have been dying to make an obstacle course for kids in the backyard for years. I just never really had any spectacular ideas of what to make it with, even though we've made a simple crawler obstacle course, and even a learning obstacle course inside... taking it outdoors daunted me. I knew it needed to be simple for the kids to understand, because making a map of what they ...

20 Back to School Art Projects for Kids

20 back to school art projects for kids to do - name art, self portraits and apple art projects!

Back to school art projects don't have to be done in the classroom! They can be done at home to get the kids excited about school too! What do you think of when it comes to 'back to school"?I absolutely love art. I was an art major, studying graphic design. However, I'm not an artist. I know, that seems contradictory. But I don't live and breathe art, and I don't actually know much ...

Toddler Activities for 1 Year Olds to Do This Week

Toddler activities for 1 year olds to do this week

Alright, here it is. A simple week of activities for 1 year olds. After sharing the four general weekly planners with my incredible newsletter subscribers, I asked if they had any suggestions for new weekly planners. By far, everyone wants to know what to do with their one year old! Of course, there's plenty of activities to do with 1 year olds, especially sensory ...

Sight Word Practice on the Stairs, Hands on Learning

Sight word practice on the stairs - a fun hands on learning approach to learn sight words

Before school starts back up, some sight word practice was needed! Back to school is just around the corner. In fact, Henry starts tomorrow already. First grade! Wow! I didn't realize how fast this summer went by. We really didn't do anything to prevent the notorious summer slide. We have been reading at night though. Henry reads a book most every night either to myself or ...

Apple Printing Lunch Sacks on Parents.com

Apple printing to decorate lunch sacks

On field trip days for school, my kids are so excited to pack and take their lunch. They don't get to do it very often otherwise, so its always a treat! I cannot believe that Henry going back to school is already this week. Where did this summer go? I hope we have time to do some back to school portraits again this year! George's is still hanging in his room from last year. He ...

Back to School Activities for the Week – Weekly Activities Planner

Back to school weekly activities planner

This week is back to school for Henry, and next week George starts preschool. Back to school is definitely in full swing! How do you make an easy transition to get back into the school routine? I always think its fun to get the kids a little excited! Of course, with back to school shopping for supplies and clothes. But what else? Any special traditions that you do with the ...

One to One Correspondence Practice with Dice & Blocks

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With just some blocks and a pair of dice, Henry practiced one to one correspondence and counting, as well as building towers! And even a little bit of patterning, all on his own! We did a similar activity with our blocks and ABC Mat as well, the dice were a new thing to Henry. I had him start with just one die. Rolling a die is a new skill too! He'd count the dots on ...

Ready, Aim, Blow! A Pom Pom Activity for Kids

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This activity kind of happened on accident. And sorry, I'm slow to sharing it. We did this back earlier in the spring. After doing the letter connect the dots. George found the tubing from the butcher paper that we used up and instantly made a game out of it. Simply blowing pom poms into the tube. That's it. We used a straw to blow. With just George, it was a ...

5 Things to Do Before Heading on the Road with Kids

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Well, it has been a busy couple of weeks.First I got to travel without the kids and husband for a weekend to BlogHer Conference in San Jose.It was a lot of fun, getting to meet up with some of my favorite bloggers such as Allie of No Time for Flash Cards, Rachelle of Tinkerlab, Jill of A Mom with a Lesson Plan, Kristina of Toddler Approved, and Alissa ...

Stop the Yelling & Learn How to Get the Kids to Listen

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This webinar is in the past now. I'll let you know when we do another one! In the meantime, Positive Parenting Solutions [by Amy McCready] has free webinars every week and... shares the secrets to getting kids to listen! Hopefully we'll catch you next time for a webinar that I host! -- Jamie Parenting doesn't come easy to me. Its not an intuitive thing for me for some reason. I ...

Leaf Rubbings Nature Match Up

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I cannot believe we've never done leaf rubbings in the past! These were so cool to watch come to life. Of course, I added a little learning twist to this, too. I turned plain ol' leaf rubbings (which really aren't so plain, if you've never done it, what are you waiting for? Totally cool) into a matching game for the kids. To prep the activity, I started off wandering ...

A Taste Test for Kids: See It, Smell It, Taste It!

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A taste test for kids is a fun, and kind of sneaky, way to get kids to try new foods. Plus, it's a wonderful sensory activity that lets them observe, smell and taste! I often think of sensory activities to do with touch, but there's much more than that, and this is wonderful to have kids explore. I recently got a new blender. I'm so excited; I've been wanting one for quite a ...