Free Play : DIY Road Map

Not sure why it took me so long to realize that I can draw on our play table. But now that I have, Henry and I have created many road maps! Roads are the biggest hit. And since Henry can’t reach across the table, the road always goes around the table. [Its a 4x8 piece […]

Raising Kids is Tough : Dining Out

This month is dedicated to Eating Battles. This is the second week of your questions being answered [last week was food battles at the dinner table].  These hands on experts have given their professional and personal answers to help lessen your eating battles that you submitted. The Hands On Experts: Mom Expert: Jill of A Mom with a […]

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Thank You Sponsors : Top Referrers

I want to give a huge thank you to Fudoo Boards for continuing our partnership again and a big welcome to a new sponsor this month, A Mom with a Lesson Plan.   Fudoo Boards is a fun, interactive way to learn about and  maintain healthy eating habits as well as a healthy lifestyle! A Mom […]

It’s Playtime : Play Resources

I love a good round up of activities, art or crafts. A place where I can find a lot of play resources in one spot and go from there. [This also often introduces me to new blogs that I've never seen.] I do a round up each month on the topic I find most compelling […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]

Outdoor Play : Scavenger Hunt

It has been a while since I made a scavenger hunt for Henry. This time I wanted Henry to be more self-sufficient at it. So I made a scavenger hunt guide with pictures [as well as the word]. [Super easy to make, I just used Word, inserted some clip art of the items, and added […]

Raising Kids is Tough : At the Dinner Table

I announced the Raising Kids is Tough [RKIT] series on the blog and asked for your toughest questions.  Each Monday for the month of August, I’m going to focus on the battles of eating that every household has at one time or another. Very generously, the hands on experts have given their professional and personal answers […]

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Ice & Water Activities: 38 Ways to Beat the Heat

Have you gotten enough ideas to Beat the Heat?  Here are some [thirty-eight, by the way] icy cool activities and art that I gathered up to share with everyone. Whether you got a water bug in your family, or an artist at your hands. There’s lots of exciting ways to keep cool in this scorching […]

It’s Playtime! : Beat the Heat

I realize that we’re not the only people going through a heat wave these past few weeks. I’ve noticed in many posts linked up to It’s Playtime lately, especially last week, that my playdate pals have found creative ways to beat the heat too! [Come Together Kids, using the heat like an oven to melt crayons: Hot […]

Sensory Play : Frozen Excavation

In order to Beat The Heat last week, we froze some berries and excavated them out! Using tools to find hidden treasures is thrilling for a preschooler! Henry was so excited to dig out his buried treasure. We got started by making the buried treasures together. We had some leftover fruit in the fridge: blueberries, […]