What Do We Do All Day?

No Yard. No TV. No Car. Just two small boys, the big city and lots of crazy.

I blog about kids' books and playful learning activities for families.

5 Week Poetry Challenge for National Poetry Month

Last year, for National Poetry Month, I put together a weekly challenge to get kids and families excited about reading poetry. It was the first time I had truly, intensely and deliberately started reading poetry with my kids. It was a marvelous experience, and poetry has remained a joyful part of our daily life ....more

Game of the Month: Menu Mash-Up

I have been remiss in getting up a new post for our game of the month series but I’m finally getting my act together to share a new game we’ve been playing: Menu Mash-Up. (Note: this post contains affiliate links.) Chronicle Books sent us the game, Menu Mash-Up: The Food Game With All the Ingredients for Fun last December and it proved to be a great hit with my 10 year old who kept his grandmother busy playing the game throughout the school break. We are not the game’s only fans, Parent’s Choice awarded Menu Mash-Up a silver medal ....more

14 Inspiring Chapter Books Written in Verse

I cannot adequately express how much I enjoyed reading books for this list. There is a marvelous trend in children’s literature these days for chapter books written in verse. I don’t remember reading a single book written entirely poetry...more

Family Literacy: How to Memorize Poetry with Kids

[Note from Erica: Last year I...more

Compute & Find: A Secret Code Activity for Kids

Want to get your kids to practice math, handwriting, sounding out words, sleuthing and have fun all at the same time? This secret code activity is for you. I’ve been wanting to...more

15 Incredibly Easy Drawing Ideas for Kids

If you follow this blog, you are probably at one with my philosophy that EASY art projects are the way to go. Lately I have felt compelled to gather together easy drawing ideas to share with my kids. Life around here has been extra crazy lately, and since I find art a calming activity for me personally, I’ve been gravitating towards getting back into my art journal routine and possibly draw (pun!) my kids into it with me ....more

Super Duper Simple Circuit Science Project

This simple circuit science project is perfect for kindergarteners and first graders, but my 10 year old enjoyed it, too. ...more

16 Picture Books about Women Scientists

Although March is Women’s History Month, I hope you will read these biography picture books about women scientists, as well as the titles on my lists of picture books about women in history with your children all year round. ...more

11 Advanced Concept Math Picture Books

Hopefully I’ve been able to show you with this series of math book lists that reading about math can be fun. This final list is the series designed to appeal both...more