April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

Capturing Spring Puddle Jumping *great tips

April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Celebrating the Seasons

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June 21 is the start of a new season – summer! Use this milestone day of the year as an opportunity to talk to your kids about seasons in general. Ask them to write down (or draw) what they love most about each one, using the following fun facts to help guide your discussion. The [...]

Colors of Nature Color Hunt

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This “Colors of Nature” post is provided by Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Each season has unique attributes and opportunities.  One of the ways we have studied different seasons is by going on a hunt to find colors in nature. This simple activity will have your children looking closely at the details, and they are sure to notice [...]

6 Springtime Gardening Ideas for Families

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It’s official — Spring has sprung! It’s time for your little budding gardeners to get their fingers GOOD-n-DIRTY. We’ve hand-picked a fresh crop of family gardening projects just for you! * * * Kid-Made Plant Markers Rainy day? There’s still plenty of gardening fun to be had! Stay in and stay dry while making custom [...]

5 Flower Facts for Kids

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For a little light learning this weekend, share these fun flower facts with your kids and tell us: what does your family love most about exploring the great outdoors? * * * “April showers bring May flowers, That is what they say. But if all the showers turned to flowers, We’d have quite a colorful [...]

Nature Walk with Alphabet Rocks

Nature Walk with Alphabet Rocks

This nature walk activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Nature Rocks!  As we step outside with the warmer weather, there are opportunities to create teachable moments even with our youngest learners.  A simple nature walk can build a variety of skills and knowledge in both science and language. [...]

The Ultimate Rainy-Day Activity Book

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Even the gloomiest of days can be brightened with a few crafts, some imaginative play, and lots of laughter! That’s why we collaborated with our creative friends at Highlights again – this time to bring you The Ultimate Rainy-Day Activity Book: Part of our month of Rainy-Day fun! (If you haven’t seen our Rainy-Day Pinterest giveaway, you [...]

Gardening with Kids: Kid-Made Plant Markers

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This “gardening with kids” craft is written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Spring is here, and like many others, my family is turning our attention towards the garden. We’ve started planning and preparing, and we’ve even done a little creating! These bright and cheery plant markers are a great way to get your [...]

Charming Cherry Blossom Craft for Kids

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What’s your favorite springtime flower? For many, early spring is associated with beautiful cherry blossoms, as people gather in various cities to watch them bloom. In case you don’t have some cherry blossoms nearby (or maybe it’s still a bit too chilly to enjoy them!) here’s a charming (and easy!) cherry blossom craft for kids! Materials: [...]