Spin Art Streamers: 4th of July Craft for Kids

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Spin art is a classic, fun activity that kids absolutely love to create! But creating streamers as a 4th of July craft was the last thing on Henry's mind. I tried for many days and many approaches to create these. Sometimes I just don't win. Okay, a lot of times. Then, I saw a post from Adventures of the Smith Family: Spin Art Patriotic Garland! With a salad spinner on ...

It’s Okay to NOT do Hands on Activities with the Kids. Really. It is.

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I've had something nagging at me lately. I know I push being hands on with the kids all the time. That is what the blog is all about... all the hands on activities, crafts and art projects that we do, right? But its okay to not be too. I just read this article, from Almeda Patch, about not helping your children, so they can learn it themselves. She talks about the ...

Fun Process Art for the Kids: Make Rain Art!

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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 finally took advantage of all the rain drops and the boys and I got to see the ...

A Beginning Letter Sounds Hunt for Toys to Wash

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To delve further into prepping to read this summer, we're moving onto reviewing and learning beginning letter sounds. Henry has learned his letter sounds this past year, so this is a great review for him. George is not to this point on his reading journey, so this is entirely new for him and more just as an introduction to have him be around it and not really involved ...