How to Make an Indoor Boomerang

How to make a paper indoor boomerang.

Making and designing an indoor boomerang was the perfect accompaniment to my kids’ recent obsession with making paper airplanes. (Did you see their awesome landing strips?) It was a nice way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon when we were stuck indoors.  The kids got a little science tinkering time in, and testing out the boomerangs released a bit… Keep Reading →

Math Picture Books (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades)

Math picture books to teach concepts in kindergarten to first grade

In this series of math book lists, we move on now to math picture books for kindergarteners through second grade. In my list of math books for preschoolers I mentioned that there is no shortage of math picture books. The trick, for me at least, is to find books to teach math concepts that are… Keep Reading →

Early Chapter Books for 5 to 8 Year Olds

Early chapter books for 5 year olds on up.

Last week’s adventure early chapter books list could not encompass all the early chapter books I have been wanting to recommend lately, so here is one more list. I simply could not come up with a specfic theme for chapter books for 5 year olds to 8 year olds, and so you will have to accept the eclectic-ness of… Keep Reading →

Why You Should Ban Dinner Conversation (And What To Do Instead)

No need to force family dinner conversations. Try something fun for family bonding time.

Does the title of this post seem a bit dramatic? (Don’t forget I am a theater nerd.) I know what you are thinking: “Why would she ban dinner conversation? I want to encourage family dinner conversation! I want family bonding! I want to know what my kids do at school, help them get in touch with their… Keep Reading →

The Giant Hug: a Family Valentine Craft and Book

Make a giant hug valentine craft!

[Amy from Sunlit Pages is back with a wonderful idea for a Valentine craft to go along with your holiday reading. I especially love how it reinforces family kindness and working together, something we’ve been working on around here, too.] I love seasonal and holiday picture books, but I have not had the greatest luck… Keep Reading →

Adventure Early Chapter Books For Kids

Adventure early chapter books for kids ages 5 to 8.

I’ve been wanting to add to my series of book lists featuring early chapter books for kids for quite some time now, but couldn’t figure out a theme — until I hit on the idea of adventure books. My youngest son loves lots of action with heroic (and funny) protagonists so an adventure early chapter… Keep Reading →

Math Books for Preschoolers

Math books for preschoolers, kids ages 3 to 5.

This list of math books for preschoolers is the second in a series of math book lists I am doing in collaboration with The Measured Mom. Last time I shared math books for babies and toddlers, and although these preschool books are along similar themes of counting, exploring shapes and patterns, the concepts are ever so… Keep Reading →

Darling Valentine Cards Coloring Page

Free, printable Valentine cards coloring page for kids.

Today’s addition to our coloring page series is one you will want to bookmark. This Valentine cards coloring page from children’s book illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg, eliminates the need for store bought cards. (Hooray!)  Plus, your child can decide either to color the cards himself or hand them out as is for the recipient to… Keep Reading →

11 Chapter Books for Black History Month

Black history month books for kids.

Although February is Black History Month, I hope that you will not confine your reading about the African-American experience to only 1/12 of the year. I’ve created a list of superb chapter books for Black History Month.  Most of the books are for kids ages 10 and up, but  I also included an acclaimed anthology… Keep Reading →

Paper Airplane Landing Strips

3 fun DIY paper airplane landing strips for indoor games.

I have been pleasantly surprised at how much fun my boys have been having making up paper airplane games lately. I love these kind of old school, quick indoor activities that kids of all ages (even those who need a little help with the folding) can enjoy.  In fact, making and flying paper airplanes has been… Keep Reading →