Fall Read Alouds (The Whole Family Will Love)

I had so much fun putting together a summer read aloud list and a winter read aloud list earlier this year, it seemed ...more

The Tower of Hanoi: Math Logic Puzzle for Kids

You might have noticed we are on a serious math and logic brain teaser kick...more

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle (Even With Kids): A Waste Less Challenge

Those of you who have been following me for most of the last 7 and a half years may recall my mentioning at various times, our attempts to live a “greener” life. The words, “reduce, reuse and recycle” are big around here. Especially “reduce” ....more

Picture Books to Teach Empathy

This book list of picture books to teach empathy was inspired by one of you! A reader emailed me and asked for a list of books which would help...more

Game of the Month: Bananagrams

I’m a bit behind on my game of the month posts. Did I miss two months? Ooops ....more

Picture Books that Teach Kids to Combat Racism

Books are a great teaching tool, especially when it comes to talking to kids about tough subjects. Many parents might struggle with talking to their kids about institutionalized racism and prejudice and I hope these picture books about racism will help, because an open and honest dialogue...more

Water Refraction Science Experiment

This water refraction science experiment has such a “wow factor” and is so quick and easy I can’t believe my kids and I haven’t done it before. It would fit right in with our DIY science camp series, too. Best of all, there is almost no set up, but once I showed it to the kids, they experimented on their own and debated the reasons for the results ....more

School Frame Coloring Pages

Oh, school pictures. We all have at least one that makes us say, “Look at my hair!” This month’s coloring page from Melanie Hope Greenberg will help you frame your kids’ adorable school pictures so that they, too, can one day look back and say, “I was such a dork!” Print out the frames on card stock, and kids can color them in to their hearts desire. Then give them away to grandparents, aunties and uncles, cousins and neighbors ....more

Chapter Books That Teach Empathy

It could be said that all books teach kids to have compassion for others by helping them understand the lives of others who are different from themselves, which is why making this list of chapter books that teach empathy could include hundreds of books. However, I have grudgingly narrowed it down to eleven...more