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 →

Game of the Month: Story Cubes

Story Cubes is an excellent game for literacy and imagination. A total brain workout.

You may have seen the popular Story Cubes game on the shelf at the toy store, or buzzing along in your Pinterest feed, and I’m here to say that if you haven’t played this literacy game, it’s time to correct that oversight and that is why Story Cubes is our Game of the Month. (Note:… Keep Reading →

Literacy at Lunch: Tongue Twister Lunch Box Notes

Tongue twisters help with phonemic awareness. A silly way to include literacy at lunchtime!

My kids and I like to practice tongue twisters. They are a silly, fun distraction when we are out and about and make a good alternative to screen time when the kids get antsy waiting for a bus or an appointment. Lately I’ve been seeing lunch box note printables going through my Pinterest feed and… Keep Reading →

Children’s Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

10 children's books for Hispanic Heritage Month. Picture books every child will enjoy.

Every kid will love these children’s books for Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s so important to me that my kids read books that reflect a diversity of experiences. Latino culture has had a huge impact on life here in the US so it stand to reason books reflecting that culture should be part of every child’s reading education. Picture… Keep Reading →