Fun Idea to Do With Kids While You Wait

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Every parent of preschool and elementary kids has been there. The dreaded wait...at a restaurant, the doctor's office, an amusement park, you get the idea. Kids start to whine. Your head starts to hurt. Well, we have a really fun idea to do while you wait, and it doesn't involve a device!
30+ Journal Prompts for Kids (FREE PRINTABLE)

Start a Summer Journal for Kids (+ FREE Printable of 30+ Writing Prompts)

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As I mentioned in our 7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home, I want to be intentional about the way we use our time in the summer. Today I'd like to share about a really cool resource…
shelves of colorful books

10 Read Aloud Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

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Every child loves books. They just don't know it yet. For the kid in your life who says they hate reading, here are 10 read aloud books that are sure to change his or her mind.

7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home

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If your kids will be at home with you, by themselves, or with a sitter this summer, don't let that precious time go to waste. With just a little forethought, you can intentionally help them grow in ways that might not be possible during the school year. Here are seven steps to make your summer count when you have kids at home.

Table Talk Cards

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Time together as a family is precious. Maybe like us, you want to use these years of having kids under your roof wisely. We want to build life-long relationships with our children and influence them…
These easy and fun summer learning activities are perfect for elementary-aged kids.

20+ Excellent Summer Learning Activities for Elementary-Aged Kids

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I want my summers at home with my kids to count. Every May, I spend some time thinking about how I can make an impact in my children's lives over the summer months. I've written quite a bit on setting…
Round up of easy summer learning activities for preschoolers

20+ Summer Preschool Learning Activities

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Summer is a-coming! All of my little ducklings will be back in the nest and quickly clamoring for things to do. So, in theory, I'm OK with my kids facing a little boredom. It forces them to be creative…
5 Creative Ways to Get Kids in the Kitchen

5 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer (and Why It’s So Beneficial for You and Them!)

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Storm the Castle: A Mini Catapult Launching Game

Storm the Castle: A Mini Catapult Launching Game

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My 5-year-son and I made up this game one afternoon that we called "Storm the Castle". We had so much fun together, as you can see in our snippet of video at the bottom. A bonus was that he was…
Free Printables for Summer

FREE Fun Printables for Summer

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Hey there, Thriving Home readers! My name is Julie and I blog over at Happy Home Fairy. One of my favorite things to do on my site is create fun FREE Printables that help sweet mamas like you build a happy…
Make This Summer with Your Kids Count - How to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in kids' lives.

Make This Summer with Your Kids Count

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Don't waste your summer with kids at home. It's never too late to think about how to use these summer months intentionally. Here's how to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in…
Rainy Day Activity with marshmallows and toothpicks is one of the simplest learning activities for many ages.

Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Rainy Day Activity

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This activity isn't rocket science...but it might further your child toward that career. Simply give your child toothpicks. Gasp! You mean hand my child those sharp pointy objects!? They will poke…

Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

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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…

My Preschooler's Favorite Counting Game

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I wanted to share a super easy counting game that is great for toddlers and preschoolers. This number learning game is something you can put together at home and will keep your kiddo busy. When…

Ball Toss Game: Learning to Add by 10s

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Anybody remember The Bozo Show? I think I just dated myself...big time. But, that's where this ball toss game idea originally came from. My kids, ranging in age from 4-8, love this game on rainy…
14 best educational toys

The 14 Best Hands-On Educational Toys We Own

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Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

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Although a while back, I swore off a Pinterest birthday party for my kids, here I am. I found a pocket of creative time this past year and dove head-first into my 7-year-old son's request for a Science…
preschool math learning game

Preschool Math Learning Game: Twist On the Game of War

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Here's a quick and easy math learning game you can play with your preschooler. My 4-year-old son loves this one. It's a twist on the game of war which will help your child learn the concept of "more…

6 Easy and Fun Activities for Holiday Gatherings

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  Updated from December 2013. Want to spice up that next family gathering or Christmas party? Try a game or activity to get everyone involved. Here are some of our favorites to do together…

Preschool Number Learning Game

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This preschool number learning activity is almost too simple to deserve its own post. Anyone can whip this matching game up at almost any time. All you need is some paper and scissors. Depending…

Field of Dreams: A Family Business Venture

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My mom (i.e. the real pioneer woman) has a dream. It's a pretty cool dream. It might help to see this picture of my mom, me, and my little sister from my childhood first. See, my mom has always…

Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. Today is my 1st grade son's last day of school (finally!). After one last trip to the Dollar Store this morning,…

Stacking Cheerios: A Preschool Counting Game

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My almost-three-year-old has been enjoying all things counting as of late. I've been trying to run with the momentum and find all sorts of things to count. I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest…
alphabet soup preschool learning activity

Alphabet Soup: Preschool Learning Game

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Dinner is going--pots boiling, oven cranked and chopping knife in hand. And the only thing the kids want is to be near mommy. I mean right on top of me. Know that feeling? Years ago, we coined the…