Thankful Coloring Pages to Start a Conversation

Yesterday’s gratitude wall would be a great way to use these adorable, printable thankful coloring pages from Melanie Hope Greenberg. ...more

Thankful Tradition: Gratitude Wall #PirateThanksgiving

This “Share Yarr Tradition” conversation is sponsored by Pirate’s Booty. It is a tradition in our home every November to discuss the things in our lives for which we are thankful. I try to also turn it into a creative exercise ....more

Fine Motor Activity: LEGO Head Rescue

I must admit, this LEGO head fine motor activity that my son has been doing every day with therapy putty for the last few weeks has me laughing every time. There’s just something so funny about LEGO heads to me! Is that weird? ...more

Children’s Books Parents Actually Buy (and 3 They Should)

I recommend a lot of books during the course of a year! Except for my month off in July, I published a new children’s book list every Monday. (See the index of all my children’s book lists here.) At the end of the year I am fascinated to see which recommended books parents actually decide to buy for their kids ....more

Top 10 STEM Gifts with Books to Match

STEM learning is a big deal in our home. My boys are math and science oriented and I like to encourage their imagination in that respect so their focus doesn’t stay on “just the facts”. Every year I create a book and toy combination gift guide and this year I am focusing on STEM gifts ....more

9 Super Duper Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

Long time followers of this blog (wave!) know that I am not a huge holiday crafter. It takes most of my holiday energy just to get up our gingerbread house (from a kit, thank you very much) each year (which we usually do after Christmas!). Most of the time I’d rather pick up a holiday book to read ....more

10 Picture Books for 6 Year Olds (and up!)

Often, once a child can read independently, or he or she can sit though a chapter book,...more

I Survived Making Slime, One Kid Touched It, and No Superheroes Were Injured

I write a kid activities blog and yet I have never made slime. How can that be? I don’t have any good excuse except that neither of my kids have a great appreciation for sensory play ....more

Why We Love Subscription Boxes for Kids

Are you familiar with craft subscription boxes? If not, let me introduce you to the joy of receiving a box full of crafty-tinkering goodness in the mail each month. This may seem like an odd post for me since, if you’ve been following the blog for a time,...more

(Our) Best Children’s Books of the Year (Part 2)

This is the second in my series of book lists featuring our favorite picture books of the year. It’s difficult to narrow down what I think are the best books published this year, so I put all the onus on my kids! The only requirement for a book to make this list is for my kids to love it ....more