Kid Projects

Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: A Gift for Furry Friends

My mom “stole” my 8-year-old daughter one snowy day recently and baked up a surprise for their doggie, Gracie, and some other pooch friends. What a fun project to do with kids for a Valentine’s Day surprise for the furry pets and their owners in your life. Hey, and it’s even made with

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Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

We’ve been cooped up way too long. Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something… stat. As of late, my three year old has taken to painting and can actually do it now without creating a masterpiece on the table, wall,

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Easy Easter Craft — Painting Eggs with Pom Poms

I had no idea what a hit this easy Easter craft with my preschool and toddler would be. Using pom poms, clothes pins and paint, we decorated eggs! Before you even get started with the painting, you’ll need an Easter Egg template.You could draw your own but if you’re like

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How to Make a Fleece Knot Blanket

Knot blankets are not a new thing. However, making my own now is! I have seen these cozy, fleecy, want-to-curl-up-with blankets around pretty much all my life. I had never looked at them closely until a friend of mine told me she was making some for her boys for Christmas.

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Paper Plate Pumpkin

We are in day two of a week long series of Halloween crafts. Yesterday we made a Candy Corn Craft (with a free printable). Today we are making Paper Plate Pumpkins! This is a simple and easy Halloween craft that your preschooler will love. It involves painting, cutting, gluing and

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Hand Print Fourth of July Shirts

I love hand print crafts. Love them. They give you a tangible snapshot of time when your little one’s hands where THAT small and remind you of how quickly they grow. In light of my intense love of anything involving hand prints,  I rounded up a few moms to to

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diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. “Let’s make soap!” one of them suggested. What?! Jessica here, and after a little research I have a fun and easy Spring project to whip up with kids

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Easter Craft Idea: Little Bunnies

I mean, how you can you not even chuckle a little when you see this? Every time my husband and I walk past this Easter craft we have a little laugh. My two year old was more than delighted to see herself transformed into a bunny as well. I failed

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favorite toys for two year olds

Moms’ Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Note: *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  Here’s a mommy pet peeve

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Indoor Snow Day Activities

7 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

Guest post by Rachel Johnson These cold winter days can feel long and dreary for everyone, especially our little ones. Although snow days can be fun, they can be disappointing when it is too cold to actually go out to play in the snow. If your kids are like mine,

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valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I’ve known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still continues. The mom told me that her kids used to get

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Indoor Snow Play (for REALLY Cold Snow Days)

Does your weather look anything like this today? Folks, I live in Missouri, not Alaska. We don’t really know what to do with ourselves. We cancel school. My neighborhood streets are barren. Everyone is afraid to go outside. And, as all moms with kids at home know, this kind of

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Parenting

  1. Cultivating a Heart that Obeys: Dealing with a Whiny Insolent Child 2. Make Your summer at Home Count 3. Packing a Hospital Bag Printable Check List 4. Three Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong 5. Baby Gear: What do you actually need? 6. What to

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10 Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

6 Easy and Fun Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

The Christmas spirit doesn’t have to stop after December 25! Here are a few easy ideas to do with family throughout the Christmas break, especially at gatherings. 1. Make a birthday cake for Jesus at Christmas. Here is our go-to Homemade Chocolate Cake recipe from Ina Garten. We make it

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Alphabet Train: Toddler Learning Activity

I’m always looking for creative learning games that my toddler will engage in. Here is a fun one that helps toddlers with letter recognition that we have been doing as of late. I saw it on Toddler Approved and thought I’d give it a shot. Alphabet Train Letter Game Using

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Game Night: Make Your Own “Apples to Apples”

It’s no secret. I LOVE games. Especially ones that make a group laugh and make memories together, like the Rate Your Mate Game or The Question Game. Today, I’ve got another DIY oldie but goodie that my family has played time and again. Remember that popular board game Apples to

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The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

Here’s a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family (ages 2-60) just a moment to reflect on why we had gathered. It focused our

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Family Devotional Cootie Catcher

Easy Family Devotional Activity: Make a “Verse Catcher”

You know you have a great babysitter when you come home and she’s playing “Psalm Catcher” with the kids. Remember those paper thingy-ma-bobbers that we made in grade school called “Cootie Catchers”? It’s the same concept, except our sitter had listed Psalms to look up on the inside. The kids

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Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Game Ideas: Perfect for School Parties!

Reposted from October 2012 I love thinking of and running games for kids…really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie’s awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party Ideas, I put my own thinking cap on. Over the years I’ve worked with kids in various settings–camp

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craft idea for toddlers

Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

  Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo go to town with painting all over it. The messier

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Simple Toddler Activity

Simple Toddler Activity

Am I the only mom whose kid seems to instantly need my attention when I’m in the midst of making dinner? Or who suddenly thinks they are starving and won’t make it for the 20 minutes that dinner has left to cook? I hope not. Often times I’m looking for

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Parenting Inspiration for Real Life

Recognize this picture? Well, I know most of you probably don’t recognize my family, per se, but recognize what’s going on here? This was taken several years ago, but I love it because it shows us as a REAL family. Toddler tantrum, tired baby, and me with my stay-at-home mom

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How to Make a Chore Chart

How to Make a Chore Chart (a.k.a. Swift Kick in the Pants Chart)

You’re probably not like me. You probably don’t sweep your kitchen mostly just when you notice the ants beneath the kids’ stools nibbling on crumbs. You probably don’t check off everything else on your to do list but “swish the toilets”. And, I’m sure you don’t make a discrete pile

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Simple Toddler Activities

Simple Toddler Activities

Keeping a toddler busy is hard work. While I really do believe it is ok to let kids be bored sometimes, I’ve found that our home is happier and simply more stable when my two year old is occupied. It takes some planning and work to have creative outlets for your

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Unexpected and Cheap Toys That Have Stood the Test of Time

Unexpected and Cheap Toys That Have Stood the Test of Time

When I’m at a friend’s house, I often like to know what toys their kids have enjoyed for the longest.  It’s almost without fail that the simplest ones are the favorites. The big, expensive ones with lights and sounds get old (or break) quickly. The same is true around here.

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“On Purpose” from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

“On Purpose” from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

Not only is Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones something kids of a wide age range can enjoy, but it’s something that stirs my own heart every time I read it. In fact, I’ve been reading one each morning before most of the kids are up. It’s

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Olliblocks: A Mom’s Review

Olliblocks: A Mom’s Review

While we for sure have our share of toys that light up, play music, and even dance around, I’m always on the hunt for toys that encourage creativity and thinking. Since creative toys are sometimes hard to find, I was excited when I stumbled onto Olliblocks on Pinterest.  After poking around

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Helping the Homeless: On-the-Go Bags

I once had coffee with a homeless man. It wasn’t planned or anything. It just happened when he sat uncomfortably close to me at a Starbucks in Chicago. Here I was sitting in Starbucks with my caramel mocha, Bible open having a quiet time, belly full from breakfast and blatantly

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Practical Ideas for Teaching Children to Give

Practical Ideas for Teaching Children to Give

How kids learn to view and use their material possessions from early on has eternal significance in their lives. Today, I want to explore where we as parents can begin when cultivating a giving heart in our children. I write this for myself as much as for anyone else, since

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Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappacino)

Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappuccino!)

Who doesn’t love those sugar-filled icy cups of frappy goodness at Starbucks, really? But, at nearly $4 a pop and a whopping 50 grams of sugar and 240 calories in each one (that’s the plain coffee ones–I’m not even counting the dolled up Mocha or Caramel Fraps), why not make

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Bible

Hiding God’s Word in My Toddler’s Heart {Guest Post}

Guest post by Rachel J. from Somebody Come and Play. Throughout my teaching years, one learned lesson has always stuck with me: adults (parents and teachers alike) often underestimate what children are capable of. I saw it over and over again in the classroom. A kindergartener tackles a book “too

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Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

We just returned from a great 5 day trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. Even though I didn’t get to ski (thank you very much, Baby 2.0), I had a good time in the mountains and spending time with good friends. This was the first family vacation we have taken so we

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Why I Won’t Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

Why I Won’t Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

I have a confession to make. My son just turned 6 this week. And…I dropped the ball, so to speak, on planning a big basketball birthday party like he had originally asked for. There are so many moms out there who are far more creative than me. It’s easy to look

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The Action Bible: Almost 6-Year-Old Boy’s Review

“Wow, Mom, I have to tell you how exciting that was! It was scary and exciting. It’s my favorite book.” (*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means

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10 Holiday Books to Read with Your Kids

10 Fantastic Holiday Books to Read to Your Kids

Guest post by Rachel Johnson from Somebody Come and Play Reading with children, especially with my daughter, is one of my ultimate favorites in life. There is nothing quite like connecting with a child over a great piece of literature. Watching their eyes light up as their eager hands turn

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One More Book Your Toddler Will Love

After reading Rachel’s top 10 book recommendations for toddlers, I felt as though I needed to chime in on what my daughter has been enjoying reading. She is quite the book worm but one book in particular has found its way to the top of the list. It’s a book

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Video from Rachel: Top 10 Toddler Books

Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or just picking books out at the library, I hope you find these Top 10 Toddler Book recommendations helpful as you’re selecting books to read to your little ones. Here we are in all our morning glory at home. Bed heads on the sick

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Easy Halloween Party Games

Easy and Cheap Halloween Party Game Ideas (+ Free Printable)

I love thinking of and running games for kids…really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie’s awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party Ideas, I put my own thinking cap on. Over the years I’ve worked with kids in various settings–camp counselor, babysitter, teacher, children’s

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healthy recipes kids like

50+ Ways to Sneak Fruits & Vegetables into Kid Favorites

This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here. I’m a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal and serving my family meat that I can trust. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try

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Have a Boy? You Might Want to Get Him This…

Have a Boy? You Might Want to Get Him This…

Warren and his wife, Shelly, are two people I trust implicitly when it comes to grace-centered theology and parenting. They are just some rock solid people. So when I saw that Warren wrote a rave review of The Action Bible recently at Every Square Inch, I knew what our next

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Reader Question: How Do I Handle My Picky 2-Year-Old?

Reader Question: How Do I Handle My Picky 2-Year-Old?

A friend of mine and reader of the blog emailed me a while back with several great questions about helping her picky eater, as well as incorporating healthy foods into their family’s diet. These are the same questions I was asking, researching, and anxious over only four years ago myself

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easy kid activities at home

10 Summer Boredom Busters: Easy Kid Activities at Home

I don’t know about where you live, but it’s been blistering hot in these here parts for weeks on end. Too hot to play outside for most of the day, in fact, unless water is involved.  When you have three small kids at home all day, especially an energetic 5-year-old

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3 Tips for Less Stressful Travel with Little Kids

3 Tips for Less Stressful Travel with Little Kids

Vacation season is in full swing and I thought this might be an appropriate time to repost these tips for an easier road trip. I’d love to hear any tips you’ve found helpful in the comment section, as well.  I know I need these reminders! Our family has gone from

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An Impromptu Learning Game

An Impromptu Learning Game

When we finished up this huge jar of peanut butter, I randomly kept the jar with the hopes we could put it to use around the house. It’s always good to have a little storage container right? Well, I have found a great use for it. Not only for now,

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Learning Activity for Young Readers: Word Post-Its

Learning Activity for Young Readers: Word Post-Its

Do you have a post-it pad and pen?  You do? Then you’re all set for this super simple yet fun learning activity for young readers called Word Post-Its.  There’s also a version for older readers, as well.  Hop on over to I Can Teach My Child where I guest posted

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Highlights of Our Easter Weekend

Highlights of Our Easter Weekend

Happy Belated Easter from our family to yours!  I don’t share these kinds of posts very often at TH, but I thought today I’d tell you a bit about our Easter weekend and give you a little window into our family’s life.  Here are a few highlights:

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Mommy’s Store: Where Playing Leads to Learning

Mommy’s Store: Where Playing Leads to Learning

When it rains it pours.  Not only was one of my original posts, Busy Night Recipes: Cheap, Easy, Healthy, Kid-Friendly Meals, featured at Meet Penny today.  But, I am also featured today on one of my newest favorite blogs, I Can Teach My Child. Jenae, the author of I Can

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An Eggcellent Easter Decorating Idea

An Eggcellent Easter Decorating Idea

I love repurposing things. In this little holiday decorating project, I repurposed these paint chips into… …an Easter garland! This project cost next to nothing (except for a few strange looks you may get by stocking up on so many different paint chips).  It could be a great craft idea

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Guest Post: Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

Guest Post: Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

Growing up, Advent and Lent were seasons that not just my church but my family observed. Both were times of anticipation and waiting. Both were times of drawing closer to the manger and to the cross. Both were opportunities my parents used to start intentional conversations about the Gospel. Lent

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Guest Post: Reading Aloud With Our Littlest Bambinos

Guest Post: Reading Aloud With Our Littlest Bambinos

In my years as an elementary school teacher, I saw the benefits of reading aloud to my students everyday first hand. It sparked their creativity, increased their vocabulary and grammar, improved their attention span, stimulated their interest in new ideas, promoted communication skills and gave us a platform to discuss

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Here’s How We Roll: A Quick Healthy Lunch Idea

Here’s How We Roll: A Quick Healthy Lunch Idea

My mom used to say she felt like a short order cook when my three siblings and I were young.  Now I understand.  There’s only so many battles I can fight in one day with the little people, and the lunch menu isn’t one I usually choose.  Although I encourage

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Because Silliness is Next to Godliness

Because Silliness is Next to Godliness

Tonight, my kids and I had a super silly time dancing and singing with hundreds of other little kids.  I won’t lie, acting like a kid with lots of other kids is one of my favorite things in life.  Maybe that’s why I like my job as a Family Events

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Healthy Kid Snack: Chocolate Nut Butter Pretzels

First off, thanks to my friend, Nikki, for this idea!  Today, I received another “you’re the best mommy in the world!” cheer during snack time thanks to her simple kid-friendly snack idea. If you use a whole grain pretzel, an all-natural nut butter, and the darkest of chocolate for these

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20 Questions: A Birthday Ritual

20 Questions: A Birthday Ritual

I LOVE this idea I just saw on Pinterest. Starting at age 3, ask your kiddo the same questions on every birthday until they are 18. Assuming you were able to follow through with the idea for 15 years, you can make a book out of all the questions and

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3 Tips for Less Stressful Travel with Little Kids

3 Tips for Less Stressful Travel with Little Kids

Our family has gone from a low maintenance two adult caravan to a five person traveling circus in the past five years.  Traveling to and staying with family is something we look forward to, but we know it’s not easy anymore.  Besides the minivan overflowing with kid gear, some of

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Serving Up More Than Overcooked Baby Goo

Serving Up More Than Overcooked Baby Goo

Have you ever smelled or tasted jarred baby food?  Especially the peas or green beans?  It’s enough to make you throw up a little in your mouth.  If you ask me (and I know you didn’t, but since you’re on my blog I’ll tell you anyway), processed baby food is

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Simple Learning Activity: Sorting in an Egg Carton

Simple Learning Activity: Sorting in an Egg Carton

I’m a teacher by training, a former children’s ministry director, and a current mom of three.  Like many of you, I understand the importance of and enjoy the teaching of my 2 and 4-year-olds. Am I alone in saying, though, that I disdain complicated activities that require a lot of

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Sick Day Fun: Play Dough, Mr. Potato Head, and Me

Sick Day Fun: Play Dough, Mr. Potato Head, and Me

Having three small sick kids at home in the winter can be a bit of a challenge at times. Ok, if I’m honest…sick or not and winter or not, staying home with small kids is a challenge.  I can often get discouraged at how much “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training

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Lesson Learned: Getting My Preschooler to Eat

Lesson Learned: Getting My Preschooler to Eat

Just wanted to pass along a little tip I gleaned tonight.  If you have a wonderful picky-strong-willed-often-distracted preschooler like I do (or someone in that genre of little person), you know that mealtime can be quite a struggle at times.  Temper tantrums, whining, looks of disgust, or any combination of

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