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7 Sidewalk Games for Kids

These sidewalk games are provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. Looking for a fun outdoor activity?  Sidewalk games are a classic (no cost!) activity all kids can enjoy on their own, or with friends! Here are 7 sidewalk games that you can play virtually anywhere. Items to gather: Colorful activity cones (also […]

3-Steps to Ensure You Don’t Need a Vacation FROM Vacation

We’d begin unpacking after a trip, and my mom would laugh and say: “I need a vacation FROM vacation.” As a child, I remember being perplexed by this statement. Now, as a parent myself — I totally get it. So much money, effort, and mental energy go into planning a family vacation. Parents often create […]

“Make-Your-Own-Memory” – Free Printable!

How do you practice memorization skills with your child? As your child gets older, their memory will be a fundamental part of how they achieve success in school: They will start to recognize patterns, remember key facts, and start to problem-solve. A memory game is the perfect way to practice these skills in a fun, […]

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s […]

5 Flower Facts for Kids

For a little light learning this week, 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 day!” ~ Thomas Tusser, […]

5 Tips for Gardening with Kids

Time for some gardening! This weekend, many families will likely begin (or continue) their annual gardening expeditions; cleaning up sticks, planting seeds, and more! Rather than having your kids feel like gardening is a “chore”, here are a few tips for gardening with kids from our guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). One of our family’s favorite […]

Camping With Kids: 4 Ways to Prepare for Your Family’s Adventure

This summer, we are “hitting the road” – and providing you with some fantastic traveling resources along the way! Every Thursday, right here on our blog, we’ll give you the inside scoop from three top-rated blogger moms on their favorite tips and tricks for traveling with kids. This week, we’re getting some tips from Marnie (Carrots are Orange) […]

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

What can you do on a rainy day? 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. The activities in this free printable book should […]