14 Children’s Books that Challenge Gender Stereotypes

Children's books that break gender stereotypes. Click through for entire book list.

Books should reflect a diversity of children’s experiences. The picture books on this list challenge gender stereotypes. These titles celebrate the fact that not every child fits into society’s preconceived notion of what it means to be a boy or a girl. I don’t want my kids to grow up feeling limited by their gender. Kids need to know… Keep Reading →

How Failure Teaches Kids to Think Like Scientists

summer science camp blue

This inaugural summer science camp post was supposed to show you how to do a simple science project with your kids: how to lift an ice cube with a string. It has all the great characteristics of an easy experiment: it’s quick, there are no fancy materials, there is a not-too-obvious explanation, etc. However… it turned into… Keep Reading →

Balloon Yo-Yo (Inspired by 101 Kids Activities)

Kids love balloon yoyos

A standard Yo-Yo can be tricky for kids, and nearly impossible for really young kids to learn. These easy-to-make balloon yo-yos on the other hand, are loads of fun and will cause lots of laughter (and maybe a little mayhem). Since we are apartment dwellers, one of the main themes of my blog has been keeping kids busy… Keep Reading →

14 Chapter Books about the Theater

Theater chapter books for kids. Click through for entire list.

I loved reading the theater-themed books for this list!  As I said a few weeks ago, when I shared 12 of my favorite picture books about the theater, our family has made theater an essential part of our lives. I’ve often joked that all my theater training serves me well, now that I spend so much time reading… Keep Reading →

Game of the Month: Ani-gram-it

Ani-gram-it is a brand new science learning card game for kids and families.

I’m so excited about June’s game of the month! I love introducing you to new games that the entire family can enjoy. Ani-gram-it is a brand new card game for kids and families from na2ure that combines science learning, the natural world, and play.  (Disclosure: na2ure sent me a set of game cards for review purposes. All… Keep Reading →

Star Wars Craft: Clone Trooper Paper Dolls

Star Wars craft. Get boys crafting!

How do you get a non-crafty 5 year old boy to start creating? In case the answer isn’t totally obvious, you make a Star Wars craft, of course! In this case, we made Star Wars paper dolls. Or, to be more specific: an army of Clone Trooper paper dolls. This is the first easy craft… Keep Reading →

Circus Coloring Page

Circus coloring page for kids. Free, printable.

This circus coloring page from children’s book author and illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg, is her latest contribution to our monthly series of free, printable coloring sheets.  This summer city parade of clowns, elephants and ball-balancing seals will surely bring a few smiles. Free Circus Coloring Page Summer is a fun time to take your kids… Keep Reading →

17 (Almost) Effortless Preschool Math Activities

Easy math activities for preschoolers to do at home. Build a strong foundations for math learning.

This second installation in my series of (Almost) Effortless Learning Ideas for parents to teach their kids at home. Last time I shared some of my favorite easy activities to build literacy; today I’m tackling my older son’s favorite subject: math. These easy preschool math activities were ones I did (and still do!) with both my kids…. Keep Reading →

Mermaid Books and Crafts for Kids

Mermaid books and crafts for kids

Summer means it’s beach season and imaginative children can’t help but wonder if there are a few mermaids beneath the waves. Spark their imagination with some fun mermaid books. Even though long time readers (you.are.the.best.) know I’m not one to do book related crafts with my kids, that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. (It… Keep Reading →

The REAL Summer Bucket List

Summer bucket list you will ACTUALLY do. So true!

I’m as inclined to faux nostalgia as the next mom trying to give her kids the perfect childhood summer experience. But let’s be real, as much as we all look forward to summer, sometimes it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. So don’t worry if you can’t “enjoy every freaking moment.” Last week a… Keep Reading →