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Independence Building Boredom Busters

December 18, 2015 in All Posts, First Grade, Kindergarten, Play, Sponsored Posts

In our house there are a few “bad” words that the kids are absolutely and completely forbidden to say, like “I hate,” “I can’t,” and “I’m bored.” But that doesn’t mean they don’t ever say say it – in other creative ways – or feel that way when we don’t have scheduled activities. How do […]

Glue Resist Batik T-Shirts

October 21, 2015 in All Posts, DIY, Kindergarten Craft, Play, Popular, Preschool Craft, Sponsored Posts

If you thought DIY Batik Shirts were difficult to make – like I did before we tried this new activity – you are so wrong! Making Glue Resist Batik T-Shirts is actually super easy, super fun, and super cheap, especially if you already have glue and painting supplies handy. This is the perfect weekend activity you can […]

DIY Board Games for Kids

June 26, 2015 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Craft, Play, Preschool, Preschool Craft, Sponsored Posts

Hooray for vacation and stay at home days! Well, except for those days when the weather is too hot or too cold to get outside and run off all the extra energy from being cooped up. Even though we rotate toys – I hide stuffed animals in the attic and store birthday and holiday gifts in […]

{Homemade Valentines} Magic Heart Wands

February 13, 2014 in All Posts, Celebrate, First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Craft, Play, Preschool, Preschool Craft, Valentine's Day

If you’re like us, you’re scrambling to make one hundred homemade Valentines for your children’s classroom Valentine’s Day Exchange and need something quick, cheap, and fun. Lucky for all you last-minute crafters, we’re sharing our simple Magic Heart Wands that will help your child spread some love this Valentine’s Day. All you need is: A […]

5 Weird But True Facts About Us

December 4, 2013 in All Posts, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, Play, Preschool, Preschool Science, Sponsored Posts, Toddler Activities, Toddler Science

Have you heard? Today is #WeirdWednesday. That means that today Austin, Texas, is being crowned by National Geographic as the inaugural “Weird But True” Town of the Year and all week long National Geographic Kids will be celebrating the results of its survey of kids across the United States who have shared what’s kooky, unique, […]

Our American Girl Initiation

November 15, 2013 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Play, Preschool, Sponsored Posts

This week we were so excited to get a sneak peek of the brand new American Girl store that’s opening this weekend at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. I’m not totally sure why we were so excited because neither my daughter nor I had ever actually seen an American Girl doll in person […]

Exploring Open-Ended Pretend Play

August 5, 2013 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Craft, Play, Preschool, Preschool Craft

When we received a box of craft supplies to make our own DIY Costumes from Chica at Sprout’s The Chica Show, the kids nearly died from excitement! (After regaining their composure there was a very serious discussion about the difference between chicks, roosters, hens, and chickens). For my part, I was looking forward to spending […]

Science Experiment for Kids: Exploding Sandwich Bag

August 1, 2013 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, Play, Popular, Preschool, Preschool Science

I took my own advice this summer and tried this classic messy outdoor science experiment for kids last month: the Exploding Sandwich Bag. This experiment is your basic baking soda and vinegar reaction experiment, but the anticipation of the explosion, the big pop, and the overflowing fizzy solution made this one a favorite with the […]

Summer Learning Activities for Kids: Top Ten Ways To Keep Kids Curious

June 5, 2013 in All Posts, First Grade, First Grade Literacy, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Art, Kindergarten Craft, Kindergarten Literacy, Play, Preschool, Preschool Art, Preschool Craft, Preschool Literacy, Preschool Math, Toddler Activities, Toddler Art, Toddler Literacy, Toddler Math, Toddler Science

School’s out! Have you figured out how to keep your kids learning while they’re on summer break? True story:  my mom would leave academic workbooks outside each of our bedroom doors so we would find them when we woke up for the day and we’d have to have them completed by the time she got […]

Earth Day Craft: Upcycled Puppets for Kids

April 19, 2013 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Craft, Play, Preschool, Preschool Craft

Earth Day is around the corner, so we are crafting with an upcycled theme at our house lately.  We’re making art out of found objects and raiding our recycling bin for craft materials in an effort to maximize the waste we have, while reducing the waste we produce. The kids are also watching the classic […]