Fun Summer Activities

It’s is absolutely unreal to me that summer is almost here! We officially started our summer vacation on Saturday, and we’re looking forward to a long summer of relaxing, weekend trips, and playing. Along the way we’ll also  be doing some fun summer activities, and we want you to have a resource to find some great ideas, too. Today we are launching a summer long linky for Discover & Explore. We’ll be taking a break from the weekly linky throughout the {Read More}

Tips and Activities for Flying with Kids

Flying with kids can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very stressful. In last week’s Discover & Explore travel theme, there were some terrific resources to help plan for airplane rides with kids. You’ll find tips, books, activities and more. First flight? Maps, Apps, and Naps~Tips for Traveling with Children is full of great tips for preparing kids for that first flight and avoiding meltdowns along the way. Planet Smarty Pants also has five ideas for helping prepare {Read More}

Preparing for Family Trips

Family trips can be create some of the fondest memories for families, but they can also be cause for a lot of stress. With a little planning and advance preparation,  you can start your vacation of on a great note and hopefully avoid some unnecessary stress. Family Trips–Planes, Trains, Boats or Cars? If you’re not sure how to get to your destination, you might enjoy this collection of ideas and tips from previous Discover & Explore participants. Maps, Apps, and Naps–Tips for {Read More}

Fun Outdoor Learning Activities

Outdoor learning can  be so much fun for kids. These fun outdoor learning activities were shared in last week’s Discover & Explore outdoor play theme. Learn how bubbles work from Left Brain Craft Brain then try some fun bubble activities for some quintessential outdoor fun! Use objects from outdoors to make the ABCs like Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes. Don’t forget to take pictures for an ABC book! Get creative with the garden hose! Growing Book by Book used their hose {Read More}

Kids’ Outdoor Play

We love to be outdoors. Whether it’s for playtime or learning activities, we always feel refreshed after time outside. This week for Discover & Explore we want to hear all about your favorite outdoor play ideas. Check out some of the outdoor play activities we’ve shared on Fantastic Fun and Learning. Then see what others are sharing in the linky at the end of this post. Outdoor Play Ideas Cool off during the summer with some water balloon play. This collection {Read More}

Free Printables for the End of the School Year

It doesn’t seem possible that the end of the school year is almost here. Last week’s end of the year theme include some  great ideas for celebrating the end of school and the beginning of summer. Here are some of my favorite free printables for end of the year fun. My kindergartners always called their new home “big school,” so I loved seeing this end of preschool printable from East Coast Mommy. Pre-K pages has an adorable Forget Me Not {Read More}

End of School Year Ideas

Summer is so close! This week  for Discover & Explore we’d love to know how you celebrate the end of the school year. Do you have any fun activities you do with your kids to mark the close of the school year and beginning of summer? What about gift ideas for kids or teachers? Any fun photo ideas for end of year pictures? We’d love to see all your end of school year ideas! Now it’s your turn. We’d love for you to {Read More}

Collage Art for Kids

My little ones love to create collages. Often during quiet time I set out a tray of materials as an invitation to create, and I just love seeing the collages they make from different sets of items. These creative collage art projects were shared in last week’s Discover and Explore art theme linky. Watercolor Collages from Homegrown Friends 3D Torn Paper Collages from Homegrown Friends Tissue Paper Collages for Toddlers from Where Imagination Grows Picasso Flowers from Rubber Boots and {Read More}

Art for Kids~Creative Ways to Paint

Art is at the heart of so many of our play and learning activities. This week for Discover & Explore we want to see all of your fun art for kids resources and activities. Here are some of the ways we like to paint here on Fantastic Fun and Learning. {Click on the title or photo for more details about each painting activity} Paint with Cars Paint with Spiders Paint with Tea Bags Paint with Rocks Paint with Pom Poms {Read More}

Bird Activities for Kids

For the past three days two little birds have been coming by to gather materials from our yard. We think they are making a nest nearby. The girls have been sitting by the window watching them come and go in hopes of figuring out where that nest is. When I spotted these fun bird activities in last week’s Discover & Explore animal theme linky, I knew it was time to do a little home preschool week all about birds. You’ll {Read More}