The Great Pumpkin Race: A Halloween preschool activity

Help your preschooler learn to count using this simple printable preschool game. Race to fill up your pumpkin patch before Halloween arrives, and then race again to sell your crop.Help your preschooler learn to count using this simple printable preschool game. Race to fill up your pumpkin patch before Halloween arrives, and then race again to sell your crop.This game was inspired by a random impulse buy in Target’s dollar spot. I was there a couple of weeks ago with my two younger boys (mama NEEDED to get out of the house and Little Brother needed jeans for winter) when I was lured into the dollar spot by the promise of cute, inexpensive Halloween decor. Oh, Target…you’re a dangerous place.

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Four Corners Preschool Game about Colors

This perfectly simple preschool game about colors requires no prep, gets kids moving, and helps them practice colors and counting skills. This perfectly simple preschool game about colors requires no prep, gets kids moving, and helps them practice colors and counting skills. “Necessity is the mother of invention”…so said Plato. I’m inclined to agree, as some of my most successful ideas for learning activities to do with my kids have come when I’m desperate for something to keep us all busy at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. At least, that’s how this one started.
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8 Fantastic DIY Birthday Cakes for Boys

Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.

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One of my favorite parts about my kids’ birthdays is getting to make their cakes. I think it’s so fun to get crafty in the kitchen and create something that really reflects their personalities and interests. Continue reading

Simple learning: playground obstacle course

You don’t have to climb through tiny tunnels to play with your child at the park. This simple playground obstacle course is a great way to connect with your child and encourage them to get moving and learning in a playful way!You don't have to climb through tiny tunnels to play with your child at the park. This simple playground obstacle course is a great way to connect with your child and encourage them to get moving and learning in a playful way! I want to play with my kids. Really, I do. Or at least, I want to want to play with them. (did you follow that?) But sometimes, I’m just so tired…burned out from a day of mommy duty…and I just want to sit and relax or do whatever I want to do. Continue reading

Traveling with Kids: What to Do in Sunriver, Oregon

Looking for a great location for a family vacation or reunion? Check out Sunriver, Oregon! Here are 10+ family-friendly activities to do when traveling with kids in and around Sunriver!Looking for a great location for a family vacation or reunion? Check out Sunriver, Oregon! Here are 10+ family-friendly activities to do when traveling with kids in and around Sunriver!

I’ve been absent from the blog for a week, but it’s with good reason. We’ve been traveling again…this time to a family reunion in Sunriver, Oregon! Despite how much work it is to get everything ready when traveling with kids, I love a good adventure. Plus, this reunion was with my parents, my siblings, and their families, so I was highly motivated to make it happen.

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Summer Bucket List BINGO

Plan a fun-filled summer for your family with this free printable summer bingo game. Use my version, or customize it with your own bucket list to keep track of all your summer adventures!Plan a fun-filled summer for your family with this free printable summer bingo game. Use my version, or customize it with your own bucket list to keep track of all your summer adventures!Happy summer! Okay, I know that technically summer starts June 20th, but the de facto start of summer is definitely whenever school gets out. So, here we are! Yesterday we started our first “mommy school” theme for the summer–learning all about the sun! Continue reading

Awesome summer reading charts for kids

Summer break means lots of free play time, but we also want our kids to keep learning. These free printable reading charts will help keep your kids motivated to learn all summer long.Summer break means lots of free play time, but we also want our kids to keep learning. These free printable reading charts will help keep your kids motivated to learn all summer long.

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Today is Little Man’s last day of preschool. What??? He’s going to Kindergarten in the fall, and I can hardly believe we’ve both survived (and often enjoyed) five whole years. I have lots of plans for fun in the sun this summer, but I also want to make sure that he is prepared academically for Kindergarten in the fall…so I’ve been looking for ideas of how we can incorporate some learning activities into our summer plans.

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More silly songs your preschooler will love

Music is a great way to help kids develop language, motor, and memory skills. Here are 10 more silly preschool songs that kids are sure to enjoy, and they’re especially great for getting wiggly kids up and moving around.

Music is a great way to help kids develop language, motor, and memory skills. Here are 10 more silly preschool songs that kids are sure to enjoy, and they're especially great for getting wiggly kids up and moving around.

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Hands down, the most popular article here at The Many Little Joys is a round-up of my family’s favorite silly songs that I shared last summer. Over a year later, it’s still one of the top-viewed posts every day. Apparently, we’re not the only family who regularly feels the need to get moving and grooving to the music.  Continue reading

DIY piñata…made from a cardboard box!

Turn an empty cardboard box into an impressive DIY piñata using items you already have around the house. It’s an inexpensive way to add some excitement to your child’s next birthday party.Turn an empty cardboard box into an impressive DIY piñata using items you already have around the house. It's an inexpensive way to add some excitement to your child's next birthday party.Without fail, the one thing I always know Little Man will ask to have at his birthday party is a piñata. I don’t know what it is about kids and piñatas…well…maybe I do. You get to smack something as hard as you can without getting in trouble, and the reward for all your hard work is a bunch of candy. I suppose I can see why that appeals to a five-year-old boy.

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Paw Patrol birthday party: a real mom’s guide

If you have a child under five, you’re probably all too familiar with Paw Patrol. Here is your complete guide to planning a paw”-fect kids’ Paw Patrol birthday party, ideal for real moms who don’t want to spend a fortune to throw a great bash!If you have a child under five, you're probably all too familiar with Paw Patrol. Here is your complete guide to planning a paw"-fect kids' Paw Patrol birthday party, ideal for real moms who don’t want to spend a fortune to throw a great bash!

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Little Man turned five last week, and this boy takes holidays seriously…especially birthdays. Ever since his dad’s birthday at the end of March, he’s been talking about how his birthday is next and making plans. When it got close enough to really plan, I asked him what kind of party he’d like to have. Continue reading