Encourage Kids to Dream Big

This post is sponsored by Disney. All opinions are my own. As we settle into the new year, adults often reflect on their priorities and goals for the upcoming year. This is also a great time of year to talk with kids about their goals and ambitions for the year ahead. We all want our kids to dream big, so why not spend a little time talking about their dreams? Then encourage kids to dream big, and record those dreams {Read More}

14 Love Bug Crafts and Activities

Every February we seem to get bitten by the love bug.  Love is in the air and we start seeing in hues of red, purple, and pink!  One of my favorite things to do with my girls to celebrate a holiday is create some handmade crafts or keepsakes.  And if there is a craft to capture their hand prints or remember those sweet little finger prints, you bet we’re doing it!  Recently, my oldest daughter has developed an interest in {Read More}

Hot Chocolate Math and Science Activities

As soon as the temperature starts to drop, we love to welcome the seasonal change with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Recently, as we were pouring our marshmallows into our cups, it turned into an impromptu counting game.  My preschooler insisted that she wanted the most, so we compared the numbers in each cup to make sure that she had the largest amount.  Whenever a favorite tasty treat can take on different forms of fun and learning, it’s a winning {Read More}

Make Your Mark Writing Activities Book

We’ve been working behind the scenes on a fabulous new resource for parents, and it’s finally ready for you! My new collaborative book, Make Your Mark, brings you 30+ projects that will help your child develop a love of writing, creative storytelling, self-confidence and compassion. Through play, art, language, and writing this book will help your child improve writing skills and discover ways to make their mark on the world. Make Your Mark – a book about creative writing, confidence, compassion and {Read More}

Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray

The girls have enjoyed using our play dough writing tray to practice forming letters and writing spelling words, so I thought we’d make a new tray with a holiday twist.  Sometimes changing just a couple of elements can give an activity brand new appeal. This candy cane play dough writing tray is perfect for writing activities during the month of December. Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray Materials Affiliate links included. Play Dough-We used red and white play dough with {Read More}

Shape Reindeer Collage Art and Math

After seeing how much fun my own kids and many of you had making shape monsters, we decided to continue the creative fun with a Christmas twist. We used our shape reindeer set and some collage materials we had in our craft stash to make some adorably unique reindeer collage art. Along the way we learned about shapes, and we’ll be continuing on with some literacy and math extension activities using our reindeer. Materials for Shape Reindeer (affiliate links) Take a {Read More}

Free Printable Thanksgiving Turkey Shape Matching Activity

Roll and color activities are engaging for kids, especially those who are kinesthetic learners. We had so much fun with our roll and color fall leaves set that we decided to make a Thanksgiving version too. In this free printable turkey shape matching activity kids get the chance to practice shape recognition as they color in their own turkeys. At home you can set this activity up as quiet work during rest time, a choice option on a home preschool {Read More}

Wire and Wood STEAM Building

We’ve been introducing a new STEAM building each week as an after school activity here at home. Most of them involve simple materials, and I give little instruction to the girls. Instead I invite them to use the materials to create whatever they think would interesting given the materials provided. This wire and wood invitation turned into a collaborative project, and the girls seemed to like creating DIY toys similar to winding bead mazes. Materials Affiliate links included. Large wooden {Read More}

Free Printable Acts of Kindness Bingo for Home and School

We all want our kids to grow up to be kind, empathetic people who naturally spread acts of kindness to others. Of course, we do. But how? How do we get them to that point? With two young girls who are just beginning to explore the meaning of true friendship, I spend a lot of time chatting about the characteristics of a good friend and how our actions impact others. If you are a parent or teacher, then you know {Read More}

Doreen Cronin Book Activities

Doreen Cronin has mastered bringing characters to life on the pages of her books.  In fact, she does it so well that readers are given first hand insight into their very deep, adventurous, and often hilarious thoughts.  Cronin’s books are a favorite among many children, including my own.  We love to laugh at the farm animals’ ingenuity in her “Click Clack…” books, and discuss our own day to day perspectives based on her “Diary of a…” books. What’s really great {Read More}