The Pulley: Simple Machine Project

Simple machine project at home with a pulley. Such fun for kids.

Engineering is a big part of science, so a simple machine project with my 5 year old was the perfect addition to our DIY summer science camp. I had originally planned an afternoon of building with a bag full of goodies to inspire tinkering, but it turned into a playful session with a pulley. The… Keep Reading →

Simple Play Activity: Throw Rocks

Simple activities for kids are also the most entertaining.

Simple nature play is sometimes the most entertaining things my kids can do. Remember when my kids were fascinated for hours with thin ice? Even messing about with acorns keeps their attention. One of my kids’ favorite things to do is throw rocks into water. I bet your kids love it, too. There’s a lot… Keep Reading →

Easy Reader Books That Are Actually Easy

10 Easy reader books for kids learning to read. These are actually easy.

Do you have an emerging reader? Have you ever noticed how many of the so-called easy reader books are not actually easy? My 5 year old is currently deep in the beginning stages of reading books. Whereas with my early reading oldest child, I was concerned about finding advanced books with subjects appropriate for a 4 year… Keep Reading →

DIY Simple Kids’ Science Lab

Set up a simple kids' science lab at home. Adaptable for kids of all ages.

Summer science camp continues with a simple at home science lab that I set up one afternoon to keep my 5 year old busy. This idea is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners but even older kids will love to explore the chemistry of mixing different household items they find in the kitchen. The idea behind… Keep Reading →

8 Reasons Why Mom (That’s Me!) Loves Pokémon

How Pokemon benefits kids. Parents will love this.

Both of my boy are really into Pokémon. Sometimes it takes me a while to come around kid products that are clearly designed to keep you buying more, but the other day, while they were playing with the neighbor’s son I asked myself the following: what logical reasons, other than the fact that the cards are… Keep Reading →

Handmade Mini Bookmarks (and Books About Reading)

Super cute mini bookmarks! Plus, awesome chapter books to use them with.

I don’t collect many things (who has the space?) but I do love my collection of bookmarks. Bookmarks are also a simple craft that you can do with kids. It’s quick (always a plus with my active boys) and they can be put to use, unlike a lot of crafts which just sort of lay… Keep Reading →

Leak Proof Bag Science Experiment

Leak proof bag science experiment. Simple and fun.

I knew this leak proof bag science experiment with the kids was a project that would have a high fun factor since the kids LOVE anything that includes water play.  Since it is such a simple science project it was the perfect addition to our DIY summer science camp with Coffee Cups and Crayons. I wanted to do the… Keep Reading →

Beach Coloring Page

Beach coloring page, free printable by a published illustrator.

I love how our collection of coloring pages by Melanie Hope Greenberg is growing! We now have several summer-y printable pages for your kids with the addition of this seaside scene. This beach coloring page seems kind of retro to me, what about you? One of my favorite thing about Melanie’s coloring sheets is that the… Keep Reading →

7 Lessons Learned While Making Paper Boats

Lessons I learned while making paper boats with my son.

It may surprise you to know, that I struggle greatly with how to encourage my children’s artistic development. I’m not a very good crafter or artist, but I do enjoy it and I want my boys to find joy in it also. I’ve been starting to try very simple, classic crafts as an easy way… Keep Reading →

Balloon Rocket Experiment

Balloon rocket race experiment for kids. Indoor or outdoor science activity!

Years ago, my older son and I raced balloon rockets across our living room. This year, for summer science camp we took our balloon rocket making supplies over to a friend’s apartment to try outdoors with the kids. As you can imagine, a balloon rocket experiment was lots of fun for three very rowdy boys…. Keep Reading →