Bookmark craft – Plus 7 ways to get your kids excited about reading

In the technology age, it is harder and harder to find kids who love reading. I recently had a conversation with an elementary age girl about being bored. I suggested she get a book to read and she responded with "I'm not that into books." I was such an avid reader as a kid I [...]

Encouraging Dramatic Play and Pretend in Preschoolers with a Craft!

Playing pretend isn't just an activity in our house, it's something Roo is doing constantly. I can't count the number of times I've put her to bed by saying "Goodnight, puppy," instead of her name. While sitting at the table for meals, she is better behaved and more involved if we are all acting as [...]

Story Stones and Rock Painting Tutorial

Have you heard of Story Stones? They've been popping up in my Pinterest for a while now. I love that it promotes imaginative play and early literacy! So, during our quick trip to visit family, I insisted we make a stop at a river. Roo and Daddy played in the water, and I collected stones; [...]

Cheap and Easy Storage Box With Fabric Applique DIY

Most of the posts thus far have been about activities and crafts you can do WITH your kids. Or things your kids can do to give you some space. Here is a project you can do with some of that space! And the bonus? Once it's done, you'll have some storage space to help get [...]

Marbled Milk Paper Project

  This project was almost soothing for me and kept Roo entertained for awhile. Be warned! It is a very messy activity and can get out of hand quickly. Have lots of towels and rags close by and don't do this before any important events! *TMI Post alert. If talking about bowel movements and potty [...]

Calming Activites for Little Hands

It's hot outside, and Roo has been bouncing off the walls (and couch, and beds...) I've been trying to find ways to calm and focus her as well as giving her opportunities to release all that energy. We have playdates, play in her little pool, play at the aquatic park, play in the sprinkler, play [...]

Keep Kids Entertained All Summer (Screen-Free)

Keeping the kids entertained all Summer screen-free sounds easier until you've run through all your ideas in the first week of summer. Just a few days into my oath of keeping summer boredom free, and I'm running out of steam. Sound familiar? Then I realized: I don't have to be the one to come up [...]

Curing Boredom With Creativity Plus–A Butterfly Lifecycle Craft

Curing Boredom This Summer To cure the boredom that inevitably comes with summer, I have a game plan! Each day, we will strive to do everything on this list. Sing A playlist is loaded with our favorite songs to sing. Dancing is likely to occur as well. Write Roo is not writing yet, but I [...]