How to entertain your child with a business card: meet Chompy!

Next time you’re waiting at the doctor’s office, a restaurant, or the bank, grab a business card off the counter nearby and entertain your child with this simple trick.

Next time you're waiting at the doctor's office, a restaurant, or the bank, grab a business card off the counter nearby and entertain your child with this simple trick.When I was a kid, we had a VHS (yep, those were the good ol’ days!) called “101 Things for Kids to Do.” It featured Sheri Lewis and Lamb Chop. Remember that horribly unforgettable song that never ends?…Sorry if it just resurfaced in your mind after being buried for a decade. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky and take my advice: DON’T go look it up. Continue reading

30 awesome popsicle stick crafts and activities for kids

These 30 creative and fun popsicle stick crafts & activities are enough to keep your kiddos busy for a whole month!These 30 creative and fun popsicle stick crafts & activities are enough to keep your kiddos busy for a whole month!

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Popsicle sticks have got to be one of the most basic, unassuming craft materials on the planet, but they offer a WORLD of possibilities where kids are concerned. Continue reading

The Sneaky Leprechaun: A St. Patrick’s Day Game for Preschoolers

This St. Patrick’s Day game is a simple way to help your preschooler practice colors, counting, and develop critical thinking skills in a sneaky way. This St. Patrick's Day game is a simple way to help your preschooler practice colors, counting, and develop critical thinking skills in a sneaky way. March comes in like a lion, so they say. For us here in Utah, that certainly seems like it’s going to be the case. It snowed again today, and I’m starting to lose patience with winter. I’m so DONE with surprise blizzards, and I’m aching to get my boys outside to play more often! But in the meantime, at least we’ve got fun preschool activities to keep us busy…and the hope that March means it will officially be spring in a few weeks, no matter what the weatherman may say. Continue reading

Best Board Books for Toddlers

Getting a toddler to sit still long enough to read can be a challenge, but when you choose the right books, you can get them on the road to being life-long readers. 

Getting a toddler to sit still long enough to read can be a challenge, but when you choose the right books, you can get them on the road to being life-long readers. Here are some of our favorites...the best board books for toddlers. Note: This post includes affiliate links. See my disclosure to learn more.

One of the things that I looked forward to most about becoming a mom was being able to share all my favorite books with my kids. I have fond memories of my mom introducing me to so many wonderful stories, and I wanted to share that magic with my own kids as well.

One evening when I was pregnant, I may or may not have bought six children’s books at once during a shopping adventure with my sister, which may or may not have resulted in my husband suggesting that we might need to establish a book budget. Whoops. 🙂 I was just so excited to share the joy of reading with my future son. Continue reading

Love Monster: A Preschool Literacy Valentine’s Activity

Turn your trash into treasure with this simple preschool Valentine’s activity that includes a book, a craft, and a learning game that can easily be adapted for kids of various ages. Turn your trash into treasure with this simple preschool Valentine's activity that includes a book, a craft, and a learning game that can easily be adapted for kids of various ages. Is anyone else REALLY ready to be done with wintertime sniffles? It seems like at least one person has been sick with a cold in our house since Thanksgiving. Ugh. I’m so ready for summer. The good news, though, is that the empty tissue boxes that have resulted from all the recent nose-blowing are what inspired today’s Valentine’s activity!

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Fun ways to practice sight words with beginning readers

Do you have a little book lover who is ready to learn to read? Here are seven simple and fun ways to to teach and practice sight words (one of the keys to reading) with beginning readers.
Do you have a little book lover who is ready to learn to read? Here are seven simple and fun ways to to teach and practice sight words (one of the keys to reading) with beginning readers.

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I’ve really been struggling with our home preschool lately. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it. It’s just that Little Man has now mastered shapes, colors, letter identification, letter sounds, and counting from 1-30. I’m so proud of his progress and how much he enjoys learning, but for awhile I was kind of at a loss as to what to teach him next (and I got a little burned out during the holidays and had no desire to plan anything). However, he’s starting to show interest in reading now, so I decided to start working on beginning reading skills. Continue reading

Learning on the Run Vol. 1: Kids in the Kitchen

Even though it is often messy, involving your kids in the kitchen is a great way to give them opportunities for real-life learning without spending a lot of extra time or money.Even though it is often messy, involving your kids in the kitchen is a great way to involve them in real-life learning without spending a lot of extra time or money.Do you ever feel like it’s a lot of work to teach your child? Pinterest abounds with ideas of crafts, games, and other activities to promote your child’s literacy, numeracy, gross motor, fine motor, STEAM, and who-knows-what-else. But, here’s the thing: you don’t have to do fancy activities to teach your child. Continue reading

Dice Wars: A simple & fun math game for kids

This simple and fun math game is a great way to help preschoolers (and older kids, too!) practice counting, addition, and other basic math skills while competing to win the “dice wars.”
This simple and fun math game is a great way to help preschoolers (and older kids, too!) practice counting, addition, and other basic math skills while competing to win the "dice wars".

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Little Man has been a big fan of playing games for over a year now. He goes through phases where he wants to play the same game over and over, until I have to hide it somewhere to save my sanity (just kidding, I would never do that…maybe).

Lately his obsession has been with alphabet go fish, which he got for Christmas. It’s a great little game really, or at least it was the first 200 times we played it. But last week I just couldn’t handle it anymore. So, I created a new game that I hoped he would like enough to give me a break from going fishing for a few days at least.

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Indoor activities to get kids moving in winter

Got the winter blues? During the snowy winter months, it’s hard to get the family outside riding bikes and running around the playground. To help, here are eight indoor games for kids that will keep them moving, even in winter.
Got the winter blues? During the snowy winter months, it's hard to get the family outside riding bikes and running around the playground. To help, here are eight indoor games for kids that will keep them moving, even in winter.

I should probably disclose right from the start that our house does NOT have a “no running” rule. If you feel strongly about that rule, some of these activities may not work for your family. However, come January when you’ve all been cooped up inside for a few months, you may reconsider. I know I did.

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Favorite picture books we discovered in 2016

There are so many books published each year, there’s no way to read all of them. Thankfully, you don’t have to. You should, however check out these 14–our very favorite picture books we read in 2016.There are so many books published each year, you probably don't have time to read all of them, so I'm narrowing it down for you. Here are our very favorite picture books we read in 2016.

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“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

I love this quote from C.S. Lewis. I have always loved picture books. During my years teaching middle school, I would regularly pull a picture book off my shelf and read it to my students to illustrate the use of imagery, voice, onomatopoeia, or whatever else we happened to be working on in our writing. Continue reading