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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD BLURTS EMBARRASSING THINGS
When your child blurts out embarrassing things, and you can't become invisible, there are things you can do.

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD DEAL WITH CLIQUES
At some point your child is going to have to deal with cliques. Here are a few strategies for helping your child make friends and deal with cliques.

3 Tips to Stop Your Toddler From Taking Off His Diaper
If you have a toddler that isn't quite ready to potty train but won't keep his or her diaper on, then you are not alone.

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Star Ornament from Toilet Paper Tubes
Great recycling activity for kids! Make hanging star ornaments from toilet paper tubes!

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Hatching Eggs to Teach Kids the Development of Life
Hatching chicken​ eggs is a great way for your kids to have a hands-on lesson on the development of life.

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Teaching Kids Math with Cooking
Cooking with your kids is a great way to help them grasp math.

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4 Jobs for Kids
It's never too​ early to show a kid how to earn money

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Encourage Your Child to Start a Collection
Starting small collections with your kids is a great way to get them to become

How to Make a Stenciled Heart Shirt!
Kids can customize thier clothing with this simple DIY stenciling technique!

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Fun Play Dough Recipes & Crafts Perfect for the Holidays
Playing with play dough can be done any time of the year, but it's particularly fun around the holidays when fun add-ins and crafts can make it extra special.

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EASY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS USING OBJECTS AROUND THE HOUSE {FALL}
We love these Easy Activities for Kids because you probably have all of the items you'll need to make them at home already!

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Ways to Engage Children in Storytelling
Here are our Top Ways to Engage Children in Storytelling because we think storytelling is pretty spectacular.

Top 5 Manners to Teach Our Kids
Here are our TOP 5 MANNERS TO TEACH OUR KIDS so that our kids are thought of as polite and people like having them around!

5 Ways to Deal with a Defiant Child
Here are 5 Ways to Deal with a Defiant Child when no matter what you do, your child looks you straight in the eye and refuses to do what you ask them to.

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How to Fold a Paper Cup
Make a paper cup by folding one sheet of paper.

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Make a Thankful Tree
Help your kids make this thankful tree out of construction paper so that they can show everyone what they are thankful for.

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How to Make Fire Starters with Pine Cones
Here is a great idea to use up all of those Pine cones that your kids collect!

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Getting Kids to Let Go of Extra Stuff
Help make purging clothing and toys easy for kids by making a game out of it.

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Pigpen Cipher
Kids will have a blast using this easy to learn secret code!

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5 Ways to Teach Kids About Charity
Here are 5 Ways to Teach Kids About Charity that we Love!

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
You can recycle a toilet paper roll insert to make this great bird feeder!

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2 Ingredient Lip Gloss
Kids can make great gifts for friends and family! Check out his 2 ingredient lip gloss project!

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How to make pumpkin guts slime!
Pull it, Stretch it, Roll it...Have Fun with Pumpkin Gut Slime!

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NATURE JOURNAL SUPPLIES
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LEAF CRAFT
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TISSUE PAPER APPLE TREE SUPPLIES
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PAPER BAG TREE CRAFT SUPPLIES
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FALL CRAFTS FOR KIDS
There's no better time to craft with your kids than the Fall! There are so many projects that you can do with your kids that utilize bits of nature!

TISSUE PAPER APPLE TREE CRAFT
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FALL LEAF ACTIVITY
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How to Stop the Tween Eye Roll
Eye rolling is an effective way that many children employ to show irritation and convey contempt. Here's how to stop it.

BOTTLE CAP SPIDER SUPPLIES
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BOTTLE CAP SPIDER CRAFT
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HANDPRINT SPIDER SUPPLIES
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SPIDER WEB WEAVING SUPPLIES
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THUMBPRINT SPIDER SUPPLIES
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REINFORCE IDEAS FROM CRAFT
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SPIDER CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Spider Crafts for kids. Preschool and elementary school crafts that make fun, simple spider crafts with things you probably have around the house.

5 Tips for Getting Your Todder to Sleep
Here are our 5 Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Sleep in Their Own Bed so that everyone gets a full nights sleep!

Flip the Paper Over
Flip your paper over so that the folds are facing down and the flat side is facing up.

Third Fold
Fold the edge on the left towards the center of the paper.

Fourth Fold
Now fold the right edge back to meet up with the left edge.

Tuck the Corners
This will securely keep your note folded and secret!

First Folds
Turn your paper sideways and fold each of the four corners in as shown in the photo.

Second Folds
Fold the straight top down and the straight bottom up.

There are Several Ways to Fold a Note
There are so many different ways to fold paper. Here is another version of the pull tab note.

Paper
Start with a blank 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

Pass it on!
Once you learn the folds you can fold your note after you have written.

Tuck The Flap
Tuck this flap partially into the fold on the front.

Fifth Fold
Now, take the triangle piece at the top and fold it down over the front.

Finished Pull Tab Note
Write a

Note Folding has Become a Lost Art!
The creative folding of notes has become a lost art. Teach your children how to fold notes and spark a desire to write letters and notes to friends and family.

Fourth Fold
The fourth fold is the same as the third, match the fold by folding upwards again.

Third Fold
Take the bottom edge and fold upwards about half way.

First Fold
The first fold that needs to be made is to take one corner and fold it over to the other side of the page diagonally.

Supplies Needed
All that you need for this activity is a blank sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper.

Second Fold
The second fold will be from the same side you started with the last fold.

Turn the Paper Over
Now turn the paper over, so the folds are facing down.

Make a Hand Print
This will be one side of the spider and 4 of the legs.

Make a Second Handprint
Press this hand down on top of the other handprint. Be sure to match up the palms and have the fingers off to the opposite side.

Scary?
During this project would be a great time to talk about spiders and what they do for the environment

Make these Adorable Handprint Spiders!
Show your kids that spiders don't have to be spooky! Make some fun googly eyed handprint spiders! This is a great project for kids that like to get messy!

Paint your Hand
Explain to the children that are doing this project how spiders only have 8 legs.

The Body is Complete
Allow your handprint spider body to dry.

Add Some Eyes
How about adding some eyes to your spider?

Choose your Paint
You could use acrylics, finger paints or watercolors

Weave the Web
To weave the web, start by going over and under each stick with your string.

The Webbing
For our

Weave Your Own Spiderweb!
You can create your own spiderwebs to display with a bit of creative thinking.

Sticks are the Base of this Spiderweb
For this spiderweb project, we wanted to use some natural elements.

Add a Plastic Spider
Once your spiderweb is complete, top it off with a creepy spider!

Continue Weaving your Spiderweb
Be sure to move up a bit on each pass so that your web starts to fill in with a great pattern.

Build the Base
Before we can weave a web, we have to build our base structure.

Tie the Sticks Together
Now that you have your sticks together, tie them in the center.

Prepare to Weave
Before you can get started with weaving the spiderweb, you have to pick a starting point.

Add the Spider's Legs
Using a black pen or marker, add 8 legs to the spiders.

Creepy Crawlies?
Add legs to all of your thumbprint spiders.

Paint Your Thumb!
Once you have paint on your thumb, press your thumb down on to the paper.

Spiders Can Be Cute!
This is a fun project for all ages, even toddlers can make these adorable thumbprint spiders!

The Spiders Need Eyes!
Of course the spiders need eyes!

Dip and Repeat
You can wipe off colors from your skin for a fresh color, or let them mix for some surprise colors and patterns.

Supplies Needed to Make Thumbprint Spiders
All that is needed is some heavy paper (we like multi-media and watercolor paper), Watercolors, Paint Brush, Googly Eyes, Black Pen or Marker and of course ... thumbs!

Blending
Using a larger brush, paint side to side with water.

Watch the Spiderweb Emerge
As you paint you will see the details of your glue spiderweb drawing emerge!

Draw a Spiderweb
Using your school glue, draw a web on your watercolor paper.

Finished Spiderweb Painting
Once your watercolors are blended to your liking, set your painting aside to dry

Time to Paint!
Starting in one corner, apply the colors that you chose.

Prepare your Watercolor Paints
You'll want to be sure that your watercolor paints are nice and saturated as well.

Prepare your Paper for Painting
To prepare your paper for painting, you will want to wet the whole page with water.

Spiderweb Finished with Glue
Be sure to draw the arms of the web all the way to the edge of the paper.

Spiderweb Painting with Glue and Watercolors!
Your children will love this glue and watercolor spiderweb painting!

Supplies Needed for Spiderweb Painting
For this project you will need watercolor paper, school glue, watercolors, water and paint brushes.

Add Glue
Cover the area that will be the leaves of the tree with glue.

Prepare the Leaf
Using the eraser end of a pencil, press it into the center of your tissue paper square

Cut Strips into Squares
Cut the strips of green tissue paper into squares.

Cut Strips of Red Tissue Paper
Cut strips from the red tissue paper for the apples.

Draw the Tree Trunk
Use crayons or colored pencils to draw your tree trunk.

Cut Strips of Green Tissue Paper
Cut green tissue paper to make leaves.

Fill in your Leaves
Occasionally add a red tissue square to represent your apples.

How to Make a Tissue Paper Apple Tree
This is a project that takes me back to grade school! It's a great way to teach your children dimensional art and is easy for even preschool age children.

Apply the Leaf
Using your pencil, press the tissue into the glue.

Finished Tissue Paper Apple Tree!
Display this fun apple tree dimensional art piece!

Supplies Needed for Making a Tissue Paper Apple Tree
List of supplies to make a tissue paper apple tree.

Ingredients Needed for 3 Ingredient Salt Dough
1 Cup of Flour, 1 Cup of Salt, 1/2 Cup of Water, Bowl for mixing and Wax Paper.

Salt Dough in Minutes
I am nearly certain that most of you will have the three ingredients on hand to make this salt dough recipe. Salt dough can be used to create so many fun activities for children. Some ideas to spark your imagination are bowls, beads, ornaments, vases, paperweights and much more!

Mix Well
Mix the salt and flour to combine

Too Dry or Too Sticky?
Add more water or flour to get the right consistency

Now Create!
Your salt dough is ready once you can knead it into a nice smooth ball.

Add Salt to your Flour
Pour 1 cup of salt into your bowl

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Add Flour to your Bowl
Begin by adding 1 cup of flour to the bowl first.

Knead the Dough
Encourage your child to squeeze with their hands to mix the water with the salt and flour.

GET SALTY!
Study the freezing temperature of water and what the effect of salt is on it!

EXPERIMENT WITH SALT INGREDIENTS
For this science experiment with salt you'll need: a glass of water, an ice cube, a piece of string, and salt.

EXPERIMENT WITH SODA
These EYE-OPENING experiments with soda can easily be done at home and are fantastic. Beware though, they may change the way you view soda....

MAKE RAISINS DANCE
Soda contains carbon dioxide bubbles, so an easy science in the kitchen experiment is making raisins dance.

JUMPING MACARONI EXPERIMENT
If you want to WOW your kids, you've got to try this jumping macaroni experiment. You can make your pasta jump right out of the bowl, or about ten inches high.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR JUMPING MACARONI
You'll need a few ingredients to complete the jumping macaroni experiment.

BAKING SODA MARVELS
The rainbow lava activity is a great way to teach chemistry and how some chemical opposites explode.

SCIENCE IN THE KITCHEN
Science can be found in the kitchen, too. You don't need a fancy laboratory or expensive kits to explore science.

BAKING SODA LAVA INGREDIENTS
To make baking soda lava you'll need baking soda, vinegar and different colored dye! That's it.

EGG SHELL SQUEEZE
Eggs are harder than we think. In this fun science experiment, see just how strong or fragile egg shells are!

CARDBOARD BOX TRAIN
One of our favorite recycled toys ever is this cardboard box train.

WACKY BALLS
This is a great craft and toy for older kids. Wacky balls are those squishy balls that we used to kick (like a hack sack) when we were in school.

WATER BOMBS
Making water bombs is an easy activity that your kids will love to do.

CARDBOARD PLAYHOUSE
So many cardboard toys for kids are large. This toy can be packed up and made portable!

CARDBOARD TRAIN BOX ITEMS
Enlist your kiddos to help make the train!

TOILET PAPER ROLL TRAIN CRAFT {Items needed}
This toys requires a few items that you probably already have around the house.

TOILET PAPER ROLL TRAIN CRAFT
The fabulous thing about this up cycled toy train is that is made completely up of recycled materials.

COFFEE CAN DRUMS
Coffee Can drums allow kids to get creative making an instrument and then they get to play it.

CARDBOARD PLAYHOUSE
All you need to make a cardboard playhouse is corrugated cardboard, a craft knife, paint, a hole punch and some twine!

Recycled Toys Your Kids Can Make
Some of our favorite toys for kids are ones that have been

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Display Your Tree for All to See!
These trees look great on display!

Decorate the Tree with Leaves
All of the beautiful colors in all different shades of green, brown, red, orange and yellow.

Prepare your Paper Bag
The first step is to cut through both layers starting from the open end of the bag.

Prepare the Tree Trunk
Twist the paper bag to make the main trunk of the tree

Supplies Needed to Make a Tree from a Paper Bag
Supplies needed to make a tree from a paper bag.

Make a Tree from a Paper Bag!
Fun activity to make a tree sculpture from a brown paper bag.

Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Stranger Danger
These Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Stranger Danger are helpful when you talk to your child about stranger danger.

6 Strategies for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums
These 6 Strategies for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums are ways that we've found work best for calming down our children when they break down.

Add the Leaves
Press the leaves into the glue to make the branches look full

Glue the Tree
Attach the tree to the blue construction paper

Cut the Tree Shape
Cut a tree shape from construction paper

Easy Fall Leaf Art Activity!
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Add Glue for the Leaves
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Glue the Grass
Attach the grass to the bottom of the picture

Display your Dimensional Art Piece!
Hang your gorgeous dimensional fall art

Talk a Nature Walk
Collect several different leaves

Crunch the Leaves
Have your child crunch up the leaves into pieces

Cut Grass from the Green Construction Paper
Using the green construction paper, cut grass

Supplies Needed
Supplies need for simple leaf art activity

Almost finished!
For items like googly eyes, you may want to use a bit of hot glue to make it more secure.

Finished Personalized Composition Notebooks
Many uses for composition books. Kids' Learning Activities.

Piecing the Design Together
Once they have the items chosen for the design, have them lay them out next to the notebook.

Layer the Design
You can begin helping your child to attach the design pieces by layering and applying with glue

Start with the Base
Starting with the base of the design, apply glue and position on the notebook

The Design
First have your children pick out the items they would like to use for their design.

Supplies Needed for Personalized Composition Notebooks
The supplies needed for personalized composition notebooks are most likely items you have on hand.

Personalized Composition Books for Children
Help your child make personalized composition books that are as unique as they are!

Supplies Needed to Make Clothespin Refrigerator Magnets
Wooden Clothespins, Magnets, Tape with designs, Craft Glue and Stamps.

Cover the Clothespins
The first step is to cover the clothespins with the designed tape.

Another Option
You can also stamp words onto the bare wood if you like.

Apply the Glue
We used a tacky craft glue that dries clear.

Attach the Magnets
Press your magnet down firmly into the glue.

Finished Clothespin Magnets Make Great Gifts!
We will be making a lot of these to use as Christmas presents this year.

Fantastic Activity for Kids Making Refrigerator Magnets from Clothespins!
Make sets of clothespin refrigerator magnets.

Shower Curtain Liners
We always keep a few of these cheap shower curtains on hand.

T-Shirts
Keep some blank colored shirts on hand for crafting.

Clothespins
Clothespins are great for crafting!

Googly Eyes
My children love to create silly faces with googly eyes

Glue
We find our crafting glue in packs of two from the dollar store.

How to Survive Colic
Here are our top colic survival techniques because let's face it, living through that colicky period is just plain uncomfortable for everyone involved.

What You'll Need
A willing child, an index card and scissors is al that is needed to make a magic index card!

Step Three
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Step One
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Step Two
Starting at the folded edge, make two cuts on each end.

Step Four
Now just cut back and forth. Kids' Learning Activities.

Can You Fit Through This Index Card?
Hand your child an index card and ask them if they think they could cut a hole in it that they could fit their entire body through.

Continue Cutting
Continue the back and forth cutting until you fill the area with cuts

Now, Can You Fit Through?
You should now be able to fit your body through it!

How to Help Your Child Stop Thumb Sucking
If you have a thumb sucker that doesn't seem ready to give up their thumb, but it's time, here are some strategies that can help!

Supplies Needed for Matching Rhyme Game
Index cards (or card stock), marker and scissors.

Start with Simple Rhymes First
Words with the same ending spelling would be best to start with.

After All of the Matches are Paired...
If they want, help them make more cards with the other words they came up with to play again and again.

Learning with Games
Help your child learn about rhyming words.

How to Play
If it is a match, they can take the match. If it is not a match, have them flip both cards face down and try again.

How to Make this Matching Rhyme Game
You will cut these in half to give yourself 12 cards, which would be 6 rhyming sets.

How to Stop Your Child From Lying
Here are 5 ways to get your child to stop lying.

Tell a Story
Now each person uses the images to tell a story.

Cut out Pieces For Your Stories
Cut photos out of magazines. Kids' Learning Activities.

Attach to Blank Paper
Attach the cutouts to blank sheets of paper.

Inspire Creative Storytelling with these Prompts!
Inspire a fun night of storytelling by making story telling prompts. See who can come up with the craziest story!

Let's Play!
Have the children draw 4-5 pages at a time.

Supplies Needed to Make Storytelling Prompts
The supplies needed are plenty of old magazines, scissors, glue sticks and copier paper.

Hang Up Your New Bunting Flags and Enjoy!
Make with holiday themes to change out through the year.

Repeat the Process
Continue adding duct tape flags to the string.

Divide the Clothesline
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Make your Flags
Make your flags out of duct tape.

Supplies Needed to Make Duct Tape Bunting
Supplies needed to make a new sew bunting flag.

Duct Tape Bunting Flag
Make duct tape bunting flags for every season.

5 Community Service Projects Kids Can Do
Foster empathy within children by helping them participate in community service. Here are 5 community service projects that kids can participate in.

Your Kids will Love this Galaxy Jar
A galaxy jar is great for helping a child calm down and focus as well.

Shake to Mix
Shake the jar to get all of the hair gel, dish soap and glitter to mix.

Awesome Galaxy Jar!
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DIY Galaxy Jar Supplies Needed
Supplies are found at a local dollar store.

First Step to Make a Galaxy Jar
Add about half of the hair gel to your jar

Second Step to Make a Galaxy Jar
Add the purple dish soap. Kids' Learning Activities.

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Add hair gel to your galaxy jar. Kids' Learning Activities.

Add Some Glitter
Add glitter for stars. Kids' Learning Activities.

More Glitter
More glitter in shades of blue, purple, etc.

TONS of Glitter!
We added a lot of glitter in all different shades

Almost Finished!
Screw the lid back on to your jar.

HELPING THE EMOTIONALLY SENSITIVE CHILD
Helping the emotionally sensitive child balance their emotions with proper understanding, encouragement and quality time will help them to grow up to be well-adjusted and happy.

Sweet Dreams Spray Supplies
Supplies needed to make a spray to help your child relax at night.

Relaxing Essential Oils
Lavender has been used for a very long time as a sleep aid.

Sweet Dreams Spray for a Relaxing Bedtime
Recently we have been pulled back in to the

Make Your Own Sweet Dreams Spray, Step One
It's more special to them when they make it on their own.

Add a Little Sweetness
We wanted to sweeten up her dreams

Label Your Sweet Dreams Spray
decorate a label. Kids' Learning Activities.

The Final Touches
The final touches for Sweet Dreams Spray

Using Sweet Dreams Spray
During the bedtime routine, have your child lightly spray their pillow and blanket with Sweet Dreams Spray.

Happy Day Spray Step One
Step one of Happy Day Spray. Kids' Learning Activities.

Spray the Grumpies Away!
Fight those grumpies! Kids' Learning Activities.

Lets Get Rid of the Grumpiness...
A perfect compliment to the Sweet Dreams Spray is the Happy Day Spray!

Add Essential Oils
We really like citrus/fruity scents to boost our moods.

Create a Label for Your Happy Day Spray
Now make a fun label to identify your Happy Day Spray

Supplies Needed to Make Happy Day Spray for Kids!
Supplies needed to make an aromatherapy Happy Day Spray with your children.

How Many Wild Flowers can You Find?
Locate as many wild flowers as you can.

Make it a Game
Make a game out of learning. Kids' Learning Activities.

Make a Nature Collection
Collect different leaves. Kids' Learning Activities.

Glue Letters and Photos on the Cover
Decorating the cover of a nature journal.

Supplies Needed to Make a Nature Journal
Supplies Needed to Make a Nature Journal

Other Ideas for Nature Journal Pages
You can do rubbings, pressings and even add in some nature writing prompts if you like.

Talk About What They Found
Ask your kids questions. Kids' Learning Activities.

Drawing in the Nature Journal
Record what they found in their nature journals.

What is an Evergreen?
Explain what makes an Evergreen different.

Make Your Own Nature Journal
Art and Science together in this project! How to make a nature journal.

Putting the Nature Journal to Use
Take a nature walk. Kids' Learning Activities.

There isn't a Wrong Way
Markers, glue, magazine images, stickers and anything else your child desires can be used to help them represent nature.

Decorate the Cover of the Nature Journal
Recycle magazines for decorating the cover of a nature journal.

SENSORY IDEAS FOR THE KIDS WHO CAN'T SIT STILL
If you have an active learner, or a child that has a hard time sitting, still then you'll love these 5 sensory ideas for kids who can't sit still!

SECRETS OF POTTY TRAINING
Are you ready to toilet train your toddler? From readiness, implementation, to rewards, first time parents are usually dying to know how it's done.

PLAYFUL PARENTING TIPS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS
Top tips for Playful Parenting for Preschoolers which focuses on getting parents to lighten up and spend time playing and giggling with their kids each day.

MAKE DIY TOYS
Making DIY toys tops my list for a top activity for engaging toddlers.

EVERYONE FOR FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Toddlers love to do things as a family, too. Try to create lasting, healthy memories for your child that include the whole family.

TAKE ART OUTSIDE
Send your kids outside with art in mind!

UTILIZE FINE MOTOR SKILLS GAMES
Kids love to play games that utilize their fine motor skills. Make a game out of a simple task and see how content they'll be.

PRETEND PLAY
There's nothing that sparks the imagination quite like pretend play, and toddlers love pretend play!

ENGAGE YOUR CHILD IN ACTIVE PLAY
Engaging your toddler in active play is easier than you may think. Ditch the electronic devices and provide ways for your child to explore their world.

GO OUTSIDE
Outside adventures present one of the best ways for kids to be active.

GET MUSICAL
Since children are naturally drawn to musical rhythms, get children moving to music by clapping, stomping and dancing!

SAY YES TO EDIBLE FUN
Edible fun might be my toddlers favorite activity. Food is motivating, especially when food that they aren't normally allowed to eat is involved.

PLAY DOUGH FOR THE WIN
Play dough allows children to use their imagination while allowing them to be active!

DON’T LET THE SUMMER SLIDE WITH YOUR KIDS. LEARN.
Our favorite tried and true out-of-the-box learning activities for kids so that the summer doesn't slide.

HELP KIDS BE GRATEFUL
Help kids be grateful with 5 ideas to foster an attitude of gratitude.

MEMORY MAKING ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS
Create moments with kids that are meaningful with these Memory Making Activities.

ENJOYABLE MUST-DO SUMMER ACTIVITIES WITH KIDS
These enjoyable must-do summer activities will help create fun, memorable moments with your kids that are priceless.

SHINY PLAY DOUGH
We've found that kids LOVE shiny things, and play dough is no exception. Here are fun things to add to play dough to make it shine.

5 MINUTE PLAY DOUGH
Here's how to make 5 minute play dough using Koolaid!

SICK DAY PLAY DOUGH
Sick day play dough uses essential oil to uplift spirits on a sick day.

SOFTEST PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
The softest play dough recipe only uses 2 ingredients and isn't appropriate for kids that put play dough in their mouths.

THE BEST PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
THIS PLAY DOUGH RECIPE IS OUR FAVORITE!

PEANUT BUTTER PLAY DOUGH
BEST PLAYDOUGH RECIPES AROUND. HANDS DOWN.

CANDY PLAY DOUGH
Instructions for making Candy Play Dough including video tutorial found here!

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM PLAY DOUGH
An idea for making wonderful smelling play dough that can be scooped like ice cream.

PEPPERMINT PATTY PLAY DOUGH
Recipe for Peppermint Patty Play dough that's fully edible.

HOW TO MAKE GLOP
GLOP is a 2-ingredient play dough that requires no cooking.

KEEPING SANE WHILE VACATIONING WITH THE KIDS
HOW TO KEEP SANE WHILE VACATIONING WITH THE KIDS

IDEAS TO KEEP YOUR TODDLER OCCUPIED
Fun activities to keep your toddlers occupied so mom can get things done.

HOW WE RAISE CRANKY TODDLERS
Here are 5 Ways that I’ve found We Raise Cranky Toddlers. Avoid these behaviors that contribute to melt downs!

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Making Leprechaun Traps Using Simple Machines
Help your child combine fun and learning by building Leprechaun traps using simple machines.

Ideas for Reluctant Writers
Is your child a reluctant writer? Here are five great ideas to get her writing without making it feel like work.

Bottle Balloon Blow-Up Experiment
The Balloon Bottle Blow Up experiment harness the power of a baking soda and vinegar reaction to blow up a balloon without using your child's lungs!

What is Taught in First Grade?
In order to plan and choose appropriate learning activities to do at home, you’ll need to know a little bit about what is being taught in first grade. Here’s a quick guide to first grade.

Grocery Store Learning Activities
Grocery shopping doesn't have to be so much of a chore if you plan some grocery store learning activities ahead of time. From estimation to scavengers hunts, here are some ways your child can learn while you're shopping.

4 Common Grammar Mistakes Kids Make and How to Fix Them
Knowing the common grammar mistakes kids make and how to fix them can save you some editing once your child starts writing.

Balloon in a Bottle Experiment
The Balloon in a Bottle Experiment demonstrates how heat can change the air pressure enough to create a partial vacuum.

This is My Neighborhood Map Activity
Making a map of the the neighborhood gives you and your child both the chance to explore your neighborhood in depth and find a way to make sense of maps.

How Do I Teach My Child to Focus?
Getting your child to pay attention can be tough. Here are some easy tricks to help answer the question: How do I teach my child to focus?

10 Magical Multiplication Tricks to Teach Kids to Multiply
Not all kids are able to learn multiplication facts using rote memorization. Luckily, there 10 Magical Multiplication Magic Tricks you can use to teach kids to multiply.

Pirate Treasure Hunts
If your child likes to play pirates, he probably likes pirate treasure hunts, too. Here are four ways to set up treasure hunts to help your child learn while he's having fun.

KleenSlate Dry Erase Paddles Are Great for At-Home Learning!
A review of KleenSlate Dry Erase paddles and an overview of how they can be used for at-home learning.

5 Snowy Day Learning Activities for Kids
Are you looking for things to do with your kid on a snowy day? Here are five ways to make snowy days fun and educational!

Make a Secret Message Scytale Spartan Cipher
Does your child like to play detective and write in code? Making a Scytale Cipher is a great way to keep messages secret and to learn a little history.

Hollywood Studios Educational Attraction: Studio Backlot Tour
The Backlot Studio Tour in Hollywood Studios in Disney World is a top educational attraction to put some informal learning into your vacation.

Hollywood Studios Educational Attraction: The Great Movie Ride
The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios in Disney World is educational attraction that help teach your child about pop culture and classic movies.

Hollywood Studios Educational Attraction: Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
Your child may not even know Walt Disney was a real person! One Man's Dream in Hollywood Studios can help teach your child about the man behind the magic.

Top Educational Attractions in Disney World's Hollywood Studios
A trip to Hollywood Studios in Disney World can be educational and fun. Here are four educational attractions and ways to make them easy lessons.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 9
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 9th step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 10
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 10th step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 11
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 11th step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 12
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the final step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 8
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 8th step to making a cootie catcher.

What Is a "Cootie Catcher" Anyway?
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 1
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 1st step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 2
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 2nd step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 3
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 3rd step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 4
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 4th step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 5
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 5th step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 6
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 6th step to making a cootie catcher.

How to Make a Fortune Teller - Step 7
Fortune tellers are fun and can be educational. This is the 7th step to making a cootie catcher.

Test Taking Tips for Students
Knowing how to take a test is as important as taking one. Here are 15 tips to help your child be a calmer, more relaxed and more successful test-taker.

The Dancing Raisin Science Experiment
Did you know that given the right conditions raisins can dance? Try the Dancing Raisins Science Experiment to see the effect that soda can have on raisins.

My Life Timeline Activity for Kids
The My Life Timeline Activity can help kids understand historical perspective and sequencing, while also practicing writing skills.

What Are Teachable Moments?
A teachable moment is a specific time when learning an idea or concept is easy for a child, either because of a stage of development or intense interest. But you can create teachable moments for your child as well as catching them when they happen.

Teaching Kids About Positive Attitudes
It's easy to fall into a pattern of negative thinking, but with these positive attitude activities, you can help your child turn that negativity around.

Coloring Carnations Science Experiment
The Coloring Carnations Science Experiment helps to demonstrate that the water when you water a plant. Using food coloring to dye the water, your child can make unusual colored flowers.

Egg in Vinegar: A Dental Health Experiment
The egg in vinegar experiment can be used as a dental health activity to show your child how acid interacts with calcium to cause tooth decay.

Backyard Scavenger Hunt
Go on a Backyard Scavenger Hunt with your kids to explore the nature you can find in your own backyard.

5 Tools for Kids to Learn Programming
Learning programming and coding is a great way for kids to develop organization thinking skills. Here are 5 tools to help kids learn how to program.

Learning Through Parallel Play
Parallel play means your child is gravitating toward other children and becoming more interested in making friends and playing with them

The 6 Different Ways Kids Play
There are 6 main stages of play your child will engage in. Knowing what type of play your child is ready for can make it easier to find ways to help her learn.

Learning Through Unoccupied Play
During unoccupied play, a child doesn't seem very interested in toys or exploring her surroundings, but that's not really accurate.

Learning Through Solitary Play
Solitary play is typically seen in toddlers, but just because your child is playing by herself doesn't mean you can’t help her learn.

Learning Through Onlooker Play
Also known as “spectator play”, during onlooker play your child is interested in how other people are playing, but isn't ready to join in quite yet.

Learning Through Associative Play
Associative play looks somewhat similar to parallel play, but there are some differences.

Learning Through Cooperative Play
Cooperative play means your child is starting to play with other children in more structured ways, often working together toward a certain goal or outcome.

How Much Water Is in an Apple? - Science Activity
One apple theme activity you can try with older children is a science experiment to answer the question

Make Healthy Valentine's Day Treats With Your Kids
Spend Valentine's Day making and eating a variety of healthy treats and foods with your child. It's a good way to learn kitchen math and about American Heart Month.

Little Passports Kids Exploration Kit Review
Little Passports has hit upon something special with their monthly subscription box for kids. The global adventure kits make learning about geography and culture lots of fun.

Lucky Charms® Graphing - St. Patrick's Day Math
Graph with Lucky Charms cereal to teach math on St. Patrick's Day. Download a printable Lucky Charms graph to use with this math activity.

Lucky Charms© Graphing - St. Patrick's Day Math
Graph with Lucky Charms cereal to teach math on St. Patrick's Day. Download a printable Lucky Charms graph to use with this math activity.

Lucky Charms© Graphing - St. Patrick's Day Math
Graph with Lucky Charms cereal to teach math on St. Patrick's Day. Download a printable Lucky Charms graph to use with this math activity.

Lucky Charms© Graphing - St. Patrick's Day Math
Graph with Lucky Charms cereal to teach math on St. Patrick's Day. Download a printable Lucky Charms graph to use with this math activity.

Lucky Charms Graphing - St. Patrick's Day Math
Graph with Lucky Charms cereal to teach math on St. Patrick's Day. Download a printable Lucky Charms graph to use with this math activity.

Lucky Charms Graphing - St. Patrick's Day Math
Graph with Lucky Charms cereal to teach math on St. Patrick's Day. Download a printable Lucky Charms graph to use with this math activity.

The Benefits of Journaling for Kids
Journaling for kids has benefits beyond just practicing writing. Keeping a journal can also be a way to understand science, nature, math and even sort out your child's own thoughts and relationships.

Healthy Heart Valentine's Day Activities for Kids
Since Valentine's Day comes right in the middle of American Heart Month, it's a great time to do some healthy heart activities with your kids. You can get them up and moving and keep them away from the chocolate!

Patterns and Sorting Teaching Activities for Children
Teaching patterns to your child goes hand in hand with teaching him how to sort. You can sort and pattern using a number of attributes including size, shape, color and texture. And you'd be surprised how many different places you can find patterns.

Web Writing for Kids: Using Bold in Writing
This article in the series about creating and writing web pages for kids, explores how to correctly use bold when you write.

Keeping a Nature Journal
Keeping a nature journal helps your child get in the habit of using writing to express what he observes as well as giving him the chance to understand more about nature and his surroundings.

Ways for Kids to Practice Spelling Words
If your child hates to practice spelling words, maybe he just needs some new and creative ways to practice. Here are nearly 20 interactive ways to practice those spelling words.

Ways to Keep a Feelings Journal
Keeping a feelings journal helps your child to recognize the span of emotions they experience. Older children can use a feelings journal as an outlet to work through anger, frustration, social problems and decision-making.

Keep a Good Feelings, Good Things Journal
Using the Feeling Faces Chart, you can help your child keep a journal about the good feelings and good things that he experienced during the day. Page 2.