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Great Nature Project + Animal Photography Tips

September 28, 2013 in All Posts, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, Preschool, Preschool Science, Toddler Activities, Toddler Science

How would you like to enjoy this weekend’s sunshine, get the family outside and up close with nature, and help set a Guinness World Records title? You’re in luck: National Geographic’s Great Nature Project is going strong today and tomorrow and just by uploading your photo of a plant or animal to Instagram, Flickr, or […]

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 […]

{Play} Flower Confetti

May 3, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Here’s another Screen Free Week activity that will get your kids outdoors, playing with natural objects, and jumping and giggling until they fall down trying to catch their breath: Flower Confetti We have so many fallen wisteria blooms littering our yard that I’ve been meaning to rake up (Read: look at every day and walk […]

{Play} Painting With Brushes, Balls and Bodies

November 3, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

  The other day Jane looked up at me and said, “Mommy, I want to paint.” “What do you want to paint?” “Something HUMONGOUS!” My first thought was, “Where in the heck did she learn that word?” And my second was, “What humongous paintable thing do I have lying around the house?” Initially, I thought […]

{Live} Don’t Be Ranunculus

March 28, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Hubby typically covers the kids for 1.5 hours on Sunday afternoons after he gets back from the office so I can have some “free time” on the weekend. “Free time” at our house loosely translates to “grocery shopping or running to the drugstore alone without the kids slowing you down.”  If you’re speedy enough with […]