16 Magazines for Kids

16 great magazines for kids. These make terrific gifts.

My kids love getting magazine subscriptions in the mail. I like it too because when I pull out the latest edition of Click or Ladybug from the mailbox I know my kids will be quietly occupied for 30 minutes to an hour.  I’ve written before about why I think magazines are good for kids, and… Keep Reading →

How to Have the Perfect STEM Play Date

Kids love this STEM activity

Play and learning are natural partners. Kids’ activities that promote STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) concepts do not have to be complicated and simple STEM projects are perfect for play dates so friends can learn and play together. One of my older son’s best friends is another boy his age who lives in our building…. Keep Reading →

8 Banned Books Your Kids Should Read

Banned books for kids. Books I loved as a kid and books my children love now.

In celebration of Banned Books Week, I encourage you to read or check out at least one title from this banned books list. I admit, that I do not readily understand the need for parents to censor their child’s reading. Even when my kids enjoy books I hate, I don’t tell them no. I have even… Keep Reading →

8 Ways to Use Poetry to Calm Your Kids and Bring Joy to Your Daily Life

Poetry calms kids and can bring joy to daily life. 8 ideas to try right now.

I am happy to report that our home has experienced an explosion of poetry, a “poetry renaissance”, if you will. Back in April, I started the Poetry Reading Challenge and it would not be an overstatement to say that it changed our lives. As I reflect on how we have infused our daily life with… Keep Reading →

34 Play Dough Activities for Fine Motor

Play dough ideas and activities for fine motor work.

Play dough is great for fine motor work! Originally I had not intended to write a post about play dough activities but as today is National Play Dough day (Seriously. For real!), and I had these photos from a recent play dough session with with my 5 year old, it seemed like a fun idea. Perhaps this list… Keep Reading →

10 Funny Books to Read Aloud

10 funny chapter books to read aloud to kids

This list of funny books to read aloud is primarily (with a few exceptions) composed of books that can be found elsewhere on my book lists, but a few days ago a fellow parent and I were chatting about how much fun it is when our kids laugh out loud when we are reading. I… Keep Reading →

Train Coloring Page {Perfect for Parties}

Free, printable train coloring page for kids by children's book illustrator.

This train coloring page is perfect for the child who thinks that no party is complete without a train. The latest coloring sheet in our monthly coloring page series from children’s book illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg, doubles as a fun party favor or activity. Stick one in a goodie bag, or leave them out for kids who… Keep Reading →

Handmade Journals and Books about Writing for Kids

Recycled journals made from children's art work. Plus, a list of books about writing to inspire kids.

The kids are back to school and it’s time for another book art project with my partner in bookish awesomeness, Ana from Babble Dabble Do. As you know, I try to encourage my kids to exercise their writing skills in playful ways, including using journals for fine motor work, or making a hobby book. Ana… Keep Reading →

12+ Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter

Books for kids not ready to ready the entire Harry Potter series, either because of reading level or age appropriateness.

Every child should read Harry Potter, but not every child is ready to read the entire series in one go. I mentioned in my post about how to choose chapter books for kids that the age of the protagonist is a good general guideline for the age of the reader. Harry Potter is 11 in… Keep Reading →