Snowflake Scissor Skills: Printable!

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Print out this winter-themed scissors skills printable and grab some child-safe scissors! Scissor crafts are a great pre-writing skill builder as they lay the groundwork for proper pencil grip. After cutting out the snowflakes, the kids can decorate them or create a snowy scene indoors! Click the image below to download the PDF printable!  

6 Stupendous Sticker Activities for Kids

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6 Stupendous Sticker Activities for Kids . . . Now say THAT three times fast! Seriously, though, stickers are an unsung hero. They can be a great tool for learning, rewarding, decorating, playing, and so much more. And — even better for busy moms and teachers — stickers are quick, handy, and MESS-FREE! So “stick [...]

Festive in 5 minutes

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How many of you remember sitting at a wobbly card table in a squashed corner of a dining room longingly gazing at the big people’s table with all it’s fancy finery on Thanksgiving? I’m sure I’m not alone in this classic kid memory. This year marks the very first year our family & guest size [...]

Learning with Patterns

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This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It Patterns are everywhere! They are such a playful way to start working on life-long math concepts with your child.  From the patterns in our clothes, plants around us and even in the way we line up our toys we can [...]

It’s a HALLOWEEN HULLABALOO . . . Crafts, Games, & Learning Activities for All Ages

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We’ve got dynamite decorations, creepy crafts, educational experiments, and more! We’ve rounded up “the best of the best” Halloween ideas from our Blog Ambassadors to bring you this special Halloween Hullabaloo. Like a treat bag on Halloween, this post is OVERFLOWING with goodies . . . our TREAT to you! 1. Last-Minute Halloween Crafts Allison [...]

How to Get Kids Excited About Homework

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This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It School’s back in session, which means homework is starting to come home and become a part of our daily afternoon. Here are a few tips to get your child excited about homework, rather than viewing it as a challenge. 1) [...]

3 Ways to Foster Creativity through Boredom

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Melissa shares her views on why it’s not only important – but necessary - to let your kids be BORED! “Parents sometimes think that hearing their child say, ‘I’m bored’ is a sign they haven’t tried hard enough to keep their child busy or entertained. But the truth is that when children are BORED, they have the [...]

Create a Pirate Craft for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

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Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19, and we thought it would be fun to share a pirate themed craft to celebrate! ARRRRR you ready? We created our pirate ship and pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely known as popsicle sticks), construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers. We glued [...]

Which BLOCKS Are Best for Your Child?

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Our “puzzle guide” article was so well received by our readers that we’ve put together a similar guide to help you choose the right BLOCKS for your child. Whether you have a baby, toddler, or school-age son or daughter, we’ll explain the different features you should look for in block-related toys, games, and activities for [...]