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}

Help Kids Handle Big Emotions at Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Conscious Discipline. All opinions are entirely my own. I taught in a classroom setting for years, and I know that learning to handle big emotions is integral to a child’s success, socially and academically. But somehow I feel less prepared to teach self-regulation to my own kids at home. One of my children often shuts down and doesn’t want to discuss her feelings. She experiences a lot of anxiety, {Read More}

Fun Things to Do in Daytona Beach, FL with Kids During the Holidays

This post brought to you by DaytonaBeach.com. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Fantastic Fun and Learning. Sometimes we think of beach destinations as summer family vacation options, but there is a lot of fun to be had at the beach in the fall and winter, too. Personally I love that the beach and the surrounding area are a tad less crowded this time of year, so we can explore and enjoy our favorite spots a little {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}

Teachers Teach Much More Than Academics

What if I told you that the most important thing teachers teach has nothing to do with their lesson plans, the standards, or the tests? If you’re a teacher, I bet you’d believe me. You know it’s about much more. Today as part of World Teachers’ Day I’m partnering with SMART to recognize the positive role teachers play in kids’ lives and remind both teachers and parents to look for the little ways teachers make a big difference. What My {Read More}

Ivy Kids Monthly Subscription Box for Kids

While I love planning learning activities for my kids, sometimes I’m just plain busy. It’s nice to have some go-to resources that are already made for me. Ones that involve little or no preparation or planning on my part. Ones that I can just pull out on a whim for some meaningful learning time. Sounds dreamy, right?! I know that many of you feel the same way. A monthly subscription box for kids can super helpful for these situations. I was {Read More}

Tips for a Fun Bedtime Routine

Ugh! The dreaded bedtime routine! If you look at social media or talk to other moms you’re bound to hear some grumbling about how hard it is to get little ones to go to bed. Sometimes it seems downright impossible. We’ve had our share of bedtime challenges here, but over the years we’ve developed a routine that’s fast and fun. Bedtime has even become something we look forward to.  It’s also very much in line with the Read2Me Tonight Brush! {Read More}

Creative New Science Kits

What can you do with lemons? Well, we all know we can make great lemonade, but that’s definitely not all. Lemon science experiments can create some very interesting reactions. Today we’re partnering with Green Works to try out Stem Box science kits. Each monthly kit has a unique science experiment for kids to try at home. Our challenge was to create a lemon battery. Although I’ve seen this experiment done a few times, we’ve never tried it on our own, mostly because {Read More}

Legoland Florida Fun for Families

My oldest daughter doesn’t really enjoy birthday parties, at least not yet. Instead for her birthday she usually chooses an experience to celebrate. This year she was begging to go to Legoland Florida. Visiting there has been on our wish list for a while, so it seemed like a great year to go. We were thrilled to get two compimentary media passes to visit the park, and we purchased additional tickets to take four people. These are some of our favorite {Read More}

Enter to Win a Chuck E. Cheese’s Guest Pass

Today’s post is a little different from the norm. Usually we share step-by-step activities for you to do with your kids, but today we’re hoping to get everyone involved in the action by taking a break to share some of our cheesiest family moments. No materials required! In case you didn’t know, it’s National Cheese Lover’s Day. To be honest, in our house every day is cheese lover’s day. My girls are cheeseaholics, but we’re happy to jump on board {Read More}