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

Travel Felt Board: “Birthday Wishes” cupcake play set (with free printable templates)

Travel felt boards are a great activity for kids stuck on a plane or waiting in a restaurant. This fun birthday travel felt board set is a celebratory addition to the downloadable sets I’ve shared in the past.

Travel felt boards are a great activity for kids stuck on a plane or waiting in a restaurant. This fun birthday travel felt board set is a celebratory addition to the downloadable sets I've shared in the past.Little Man’s birthday is this week. My boy is turning five! There’s nothing like your child reaching new milestones to make a mom feel both proud and old at the same time. I mean, I have officially kept another human being alive for five whole years! That’s worth celebrating.

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Memories for Mom: my favorite Mother’s Day gift + tradition

This simple Mother’s Day gift would be a wonderful tradition to start. It’s inexpensive, yet meaningful, so any mom is sure to love it!

This simple Mother's Day gift would be a wonderful tradition to start. It's inexpensive, yet meaningful, so any mom is sure to love it!

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A few years ago a friend of mine posted an idea on Facebook for a Mother’s Day tradition that I loved. It was simple, inexpensive, but meaningful. Right up my alley.

I subsequently emailed the idea to my husband and told him that I wanted to start this tradition in our family. He’s a wonderful man who knows a not-so-subtle hint when he sees it, and I was gifted a couple weeks later with my favorite Mother’s Day gift to date. Continue reading

Traveling with kids: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

If you’re going to Southern Utah, check out these ideas for fun, family-friendly things to do while traveling with kids in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

If you're going to Southern Utah, check out these ideas for fun, family-friendly things to do while traveling with kids in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. I love to travel. I have long dreamed of taking off on a grand European tour, I think going on an African Safari sounds like an awesome adventure, and I could stare for hours at pictures of far-off, exotic places. However, with two little boys taking up much of my time and energy these days, some of those dreams are not going to be fulfilled in my immediate future (although I am going to Europe this summer, sans kiddos!…more on that later).  Continue reading

The BEST homemade playdough recipe

There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today!
There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today! Truth: I have never bought playdough for my kids…and yet, it’s one of their favorite toys. How is that even possible? It’s because I have an awesome homemade playdough recipe that is just as good (or better) than the name brand stuff at the store and about a gazillion times cheaper.  Continue reading