How to decorate for Back to School

Back to School Feast: How to set an adorable table for the celebration

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats [...]

Back to School Lunches: Mom edition!

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It’s Lunch Time! Yes, friends. The time of year is upon us when every mom everywhere groans as she tries to figure out what to pack in those empty little cooler bags at a far too early a time in the morning. Last year we suggested “30 Days of Lunches: No Repeats!” and the response [...]

Bonding over bubbles

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  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more [...]

4 Activities to Help Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

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From guest blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat. Summertime is coming to a close and that means only one thing – Back to School! For your child entering kindergarten this can be both an exciting experience and one that can make him feel a little hesitant. It is, after all, his first opportunity to put his budding [...]

Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Good Pencil Grip

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Holding a pencil correctly- why does something that looks so easy seem so hard to teach our kids?  Using a mature pencil grasp (one that involves just the thumb and index finger or thumb, index, and middle fingers [...]

Create a High-Five Bedtime Routine for your Child

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This bedtime routine tip is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com. I winced upon hearing that some states already have kids back in school. Isn’t it just August? In our state, we don’t send kids back until near or after Labor Day. Still, it got me thinking about how we’ve gotten lax in [...]

Stacy Shares: Back to School Bedtime Routines

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Do you struggle with your back to school bedtime routine? Have kids who are too tired to listen, eat breakfast in the morning, or make sound judgements throughout the day? Can the morning rush and/or putting your kids to bed be one of your least favorite parts of the day? It doesn’t have to be [...]

Letter Sounds Pictionary (plus printable!)

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This back to school lesson is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Do your kids need a few refreshers after a carefree summer? They’ll love getting back into the swing of things with this family favorite! Letter Sounds Pictionary is a great family time activity that sneaks in a bit of learning, which makes it [...]

6 Playful Printables to Get Kids Ready for Back-to-School

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As you cling to the last fleeting days of summer, somewhere in the back of your mind you know that the first day of school is just around the corner. It’s time to start moving up your kids’ bedtimes, getting those backpack hooks cleared away, and — yes {sigh} — practicing some school-related skills. We’ve [...]