Homemade Nature Suncatcher Wind Chimes

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These are stunning suncatcher wind chimes the kids made that was inspired by our fun tin can wind chimes, mixed with our nature suncatchers. Yep! These double as gorgeous suncatchers. too! This activity starts out with getting the kids really involved and moving because the kids get to explore in the backyard. We just went around the yard finding pretty colors of flowers and ...

Why Is it Important That I Do These Activities with My Kids Anyway?

3 main reason why I do activities with my kids. Should I even bother?

We go in a circle around here. It goes something like this: We're doing all kinds of activities, they're fun, kids are in a good mood and we're generally a happy home! Because the kids are being so good, I start to slack. I let them play on their own, which I love to see. The kids become bored of playing on their own and they start getting into trouble. I try an activity ...

A Fun Shaving Cream Activity for Hands on Learning

Shaving cream activity with fun learning opportunities

This is a shaving cream activity to practice writing and learning (just about anything, shapes, sight words, spelling, math, you name it). Plus its a great sensory activity! I've been a little rusty with new activities to do with the kids lately. Water has gone a long ways for us this summer. And its just them playing in it. So when George wanted something other than a water ...

A Seek & Find Movie Night Activity For Kids

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Movie nights are always fun and the kids jump at the chance for them around here because we really don't do them all that often. They're really something special that they look forward to [try these 10 ways to slow down and really make your child's day if you haven't!]. But they also get kind of long for my preschooler to sit all the way through. And most movies have a scary ...

Pinterest Crafts for Kids for Every Season, Holiday and Just for Fun

Pinterest Crafts for kids

Pinterest is a favorite tool of mine for finding ideas. But when I look for Pinterest crafts for kids to do, they all look so perfect and pretty, did the kids really make them? I have quite a hard time finding crafts for kids to do on Pinterest that the kids can actually do. Often they're crafts intended for kids, but there's really no kids involved in making them, so I have a ...

A Big Chalk Maze for Preschoolers

A big chalk maze to make for preschoolers

After checking out a life-size maze, we had to make a big chalk maze to drive through at home! Its easier to make than you might think too! Any kind of sidewalk chalk activity makes it fun for the kids, and usually gets them moving [which I love]. A month or so ago, we headed to our local maize maze and tackled it with the whole family. If your kid loves mazes, check ...

Make a Paper Bag Mask, a Classic Summer Craft for Kids

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Okay, I probably don't need to write out instructions for this classic summer craft; paper bag mask. It really is pretty obvious. But I'll go ahead and tell you how the kid each made a paper bag mask anyway. Well, first, you need a paper bag! That was obvious, wasn't it? Get one for each child to decorate. I made the kids each put the bag over their heads so I ...

What Can Kids Do While Waiting at a Restaurant? Plus, What Your Kids Do

Simple things for kids to do while waiting at a restaurant. Plus, what real moms do with their kids.

We don't go out to eat a lot. We just don't. Its not because we have kids, though that does play a big part in it. But even before kids, my husband and I just made it a rule for us that we don't go out to eat a lot. We'd much rather eat at home, with home-cooked food. We actually probably eat out more now with kids than we did prior to them. Since we don't eat out a lot ...

JCPenney and Me: Finding Style for the Whole Family

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As you may know, as a mom of 3 boys... fashion is not usually one of the first things on my mind.But I do like to look decent. For instance, you usually can't find me in a pair of sweats, or even a sweatshirt. And if I leave the house, I do put on makeup, I usually do even if I don't leave, because as a stay [work] at home mom, I need to feel a little pretty sometimes, ...

1, 2, 3 Counting Maze for Preschoolers

Counting maze for prescshoolers to move and learn

In an effort to brush up on Henry's counting skills, I made a quick counting maze on our driveway with sidewalk chalk. We've done a number maze before with tape, indoors. And we've also done a simple maze outside on the driveway too. I thought combining the two might be kind of fun for the boys, and get them out of the dirt for once. [Take a look at these pictures, you don't even ...

Boat Craft for Kids to Make from Juice Boxes

Boat craft for kids to make from juice boxes

We suck down a lot of juice boxes in the summertime. I finally realized I can make something with these juice boxes! So we made a cute boat craft for kids to play with! They're very simple to make, but take a little help from Mom [and any adult]. But I love to upcycle and reuse something before we throw it away. It just makes my craft cupboard much easier to stock! We used ...

35 Transportation Activities for Preschoolers! Things that GO!

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Transportation activities for preschoolers, plus transportation crafts to make and even our favorite books for kids that love things that go! I don't know about you, but all my boys can play with are things that go... you know... things with wheels! Part of the activities planner I do each week, is writing down what the kids are currently interested in. It always has some sort of ...