The Very Best Pet for Kids

best pets for kids

I grew up around lots of different kinds of animals and I really want my kids to have the same kinds of experiences I had as a child. I think caring for animals teaches kids a lot about responsibility, life (and sometimes death), and compassion. Over my childhood, my family had countless kittens and

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Flubber Slime Recipe – Messy Play

flubber slime

It’s slime! It’s silly putty! It’s flubber! To be honest, I don’t really know what it is! I have always tiptoed on the edge of messy play, but feeling brave this week and wanting to try something new with the kids, we tried our hand at adapting a sensory play slime recipe from Growing

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Snowman Hush Bottles – DIY Calm Down Glitter Jars for Kids and Adults!

snowman hush bottles

About a year and a half ago — was it really that long? — we shared our perfect hush bottles with you. Those calm down glitter bottle / mind jars / sensory bottles were a big hit in our family AND with our readers. After much use, I finally had to toss ours several

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Powder Paint Press Art

Powder Paint Press Art

Did you see the Sift and Spray Paint Art we did yesterday? The kids enjoyed it so much, we tried a different version of the same process art today: Powder Paint Press Art! We did this in the bath tub so the kids could have some messy, sensory play fun afterwards, but you can

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Rainy Day Activities: Indoor Shower Ball Pit

shower ball pit

Today is one of those rainy days when all I want to do is curl up in my pajamas with a good book and relax the day away. Of course, being stuck inside means the kids have at least seventeen times the amount of energy they normally have, and by mid afternoon my dreams

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Tips to Help Kids Build Mega Bloks Kits Independently

Tips to Help Kids Build Mega Bloks Kits Independently

My 5 year old son has been building with block kits since just before turning 4, and he has really gotten quite good at them. Now that my 3-1/2 year old daughter is starting to show interest in building and there are now girly kits like the Mega Bloks Barbie products that strike her

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Blueberry Banana Muffins: Baking and Book Making

blueberry banana muffins

This past week the kids and I did 3 themed learning activities involving blueberry banana muffins! Yum! We baked together, did a hands-on, messy play activity in the sand box that the kids have begged to repeat all week long, and even wrote and illustrated books about the process that the kids enjoy “reading”

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Planet Earth Paintings – Process Art for Kids

planet earth paintings

Looking for a fun Earth Day project to make with your kids? Try these process art, marbled Planet Earth Paintings! My kids had so much fun creating their little planetary masterpieces, and the finished art really looks like planet Earth from outer space. The project is so simple to set up, and even little

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Bubbles Backyard Photo Shoot

Bubbles Backyard Photo Shoot

Yesterday I shared our homemade bubble solutions and some photos of our fun. We had a fabulous time. So fabulous in fact that I ended up taking 1,008 photos. Yep, 1,008! There were too many good ones to include in yesterday’s post, so here are some more. I was truly amazed at how these

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Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

homemade bubble solutions

Let me start by apologizing in advance for all the photos, but testing our homemade bubble solutions was such an amazing experience!! This is MUST-TRY simple science for kids, and you probably have all of the ingredients to get started RIGHT NOW in your kitchen pantry!! I hope the photos relay just how awesome

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