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Creative In-Tent

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

encourage kids to write all summer long with a writing tent (creative writing prompts included!)

Every great writer needs a great space; and there’s no better space than a one-of-a-kind, gen-u-ine, kid-made writing tent. A safe and cozy writing tent can inspire some fantastic tales. Hope on over to PBS Parents to check it out! I’ve also included a list of creative writing prompts to help get those brains buzzing with ideas.

Looking for more summer fun ideas? Check these out…
Arty Scavenger Hunt
Homemade Finish Line
Pretend Play Campfire

ps. Hat tip to Monica Merrill for the title up there. She wrote it in on the PBS Parents page. It totally made me laugh!

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Leprechaun Treasure Box for St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

printable template for leprechaun treasure boxes

That squirrelly leprechaun. He rearranges our shoes, turns things upside down, and has even been known to leave rainbow colored treats around the house. Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, the leprechaun is full of mischief and unpredictability. What’s he going to do this year? (more…)

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Thanksgiving | Super Sleuth Children’s Table

Monday, November 10th, 2014

thanksgiving table activity for kids to learn about their family history

Do you guys do children’s tables for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of them. The challenge though, at least in my mind, is making sure kids still mingle with the rest of the family. So, I created a quick and easy activity to get kids chatting and learning about their family history by employing them as super sleuths. All you need is some strips of paper, a bit of tape, and a pen or pencil.

You can catch the whole post over on PBS Parents. I’m hoping will add some fun to your family holiday festivities.

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Summer Fun! Photo Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Today’s post by Rebecca Cooper of Simple as That is a great way to encourage kids to explore the world around them. It’s also a clever and stylish way to avoid vacation knick-knack clutter—something we’re hoping to avoid this trip. ps. I just discovered Rebecca is a nap lover too. Between that and the name thing, I’m thinking we must be long-lost sisters.

photo scavengerhunts are a great way to get kids exploring the world around them

I don’t know about your kids, but mine sure love a good scavenger hunt! I can’t count how many scavenger hunts we’ve done lately. They just seem to be the perfect activity to fill up a slow summer afternoon.

In our family, we particularly like going on photo scavenger hunts. Instead of collecting things (ie. the ones you never know what to do with afterwards) we collect photos that center around a particular theme as we go for a walk or drive together. (more…)

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Are We There Yet?! 3 DIY Travel Games That’ll Keep Kids Happy

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I’ll be honest, now that Ellie and Jonah are older, I find it’s easier to keep them entertained on long flights and car rides. The ability to read is an incredible thing. We can hand them a comic or book and they’re good for a while. But when they were little, that was a different story. I’ll spare you the stories, as I’m sure you have a few of your own.

Today, the ever-talented Jane from Buzzmills is sharing not one, but three DIY travel games your kids will love. They are a great way to keep little hands and minds active while you’re traveling. -Jen

DIY felt travel games

We are slowly beginning preparations for our summer vacation.  Which also means that we are slowly making preparations for the long car trip that we need to take to get to our vacation spot.

It is sure to be a car trip filled with bathroom breaks, “are we there yets?” and maybe a little whining.  Let’s face it whether it’s by plane, train, or automobile the time spent getting to vacation can occasionally be difficult and stressful. We don’t have a DVD player for the car, so we rely a lot on small and portable games and activities to keep the kiddos busy and content in the back seat, including these simple felt DIYs which have come on several trips with us over the years.

Bonus: they are also great for restaurants too! (more…)

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Best Board Games for Bored Kids

Monday, June 17th, 2013

best board games for bored kids

Summertime means vacations, whether it’s for a weekend or a week or two. Camping or cottaging. Or just a staycation at home. It’s family time and for us that means putting away the screens and the PDA’s and bringing out the boardgames.

We spend time at the cottage every summer and have test driven MANY many games. It’s an art to create a game that is easy to understand yet challenging enough to keep you and your kids engaged.

Here are my favorite games for kids and families, the ones we play again and again. (more…)

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EEK! Springy Spider Toy

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

It’s the season of creepy crawlies. In the spirit of such a terrifying season, I came up with a terrifying project for you. It’s based on an old toy we saw while antiquing last month. By the way, the antique mall where I saw it was pretty terrifying itself. It toootally creeped me out. But I’ll save that story for another day. (more…)

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Natural Playgrounds

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012


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Have you heard of the new trend towards natural playgrounds? A friend sent me a link to a recent study that found natural playgrounds inspire more play. I love the concept and wonder what playgrounds of the future will look like. I imagine they’ll look more like playgrounds of the past—when playgrounds were called the woods/creeks/meadows. What do you think?

Oh and if you need a little inspiration for creating a natural plays pace in your own backyard, check out the Playscapes blog. They have tons of cool ideas! I’m digging this one here.

ps. We could really use a playground in our neighborhood. Do you have one where you live or do you also have to hop in the car to take the kids to one?

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