Dots and Boxes Game: An Indoor Game You Can Play Instantly

How to play dots and boxes game. A fun indoor boredom buster for kids and families.

Dots and boxes is a great indoor game that kids can play instantly with just a pen and paper. My older son (age 10) loves to play it. Dots and boxes appeals to his highly developed sense of spacial awareness and interest in logic games. His 6 year old brother still needs guidance. He understands the… Keep Reading →

How to Find Time to Read (Without Neglecting Your Children)

Find time to read book for yourself, even with kids underfoot!

I’m quite delighted to introduce Amy as a contributing author to this blog! Amy previously gave stellar advice on how to help children love chapter books and she blogs at Sunlit Pages.  I’ve long admired Amy’s intelligent posts about the books she reads with her kids and on her own and I know you will learn tons and… Keep Reading →

Fibonacci Art Project

Fibonacci art project. Great S.T.E.A.M. math art project.

Around here we like projects that combine math and art. Math art projects have been a key way for me to get my art-resistant kids to get creative. Following up on our super popular Pi art skyline project, I knew I wanted to do some kind of Fibonacci art project. Learning about Fibonacci and applying his… Keep Reading →

For Kids Who “Hate Art”: Make Your Own (Giant) Comic Strip

Inspire your reluctant artists with a giant comic strip art project.

As you know, I’m on a mission sneak in art projects into the life of my youngest son, who has declared that he “hates art”. So far, I’ve gotten him to make tape art and handprint art, but this “make your own giant comic strip on the floor” has gotten him the most excited about… Keep Reading →

17 Books to Inspire Kids to Change the World

Books to inspire kids to change the world.

I truly believe books inspire kids. It’s one of the many reasons I share children’s book lists with my fellow parents right here every Monday. Today,  I’ve gathered together a collection of picture books that parents can use as conversation starters with their kids about how both small and large actions can change the world, and… Keep Reading →

50+ Top Kid Activities of 2014

The top kids activities chosen by parents over the last year. Great variety of ideas to keep kids busy.

Today I’m teaming up with other fabulous kid bloggers to bring you more than 50 terrific kid activities of 2014. In the linkys below you will find each blogger’s most popular kid activity post of the past year. There are crafts, education and parenting posts to keep you busy well into the new year. My… Keep Reading →

Top Picture Books Lists of the Year

The top picture book lists of the year, chosen by readers.

These are the top picture book lists that received the most visits on the blog this year. My chapter book lists are by far more popular than picture books, which is the reason I make two “top 10″ posts every year. I don’t want the picture books to feel left out! Of course you will… Keep Reading →

Learn to Read with Jokes: Laughter and Literacy Go Together

Using joke books to teach kids how to read.

I wrote earlier about how I stopped forcing my son learn to read. For the last few weeks he has been making steady reading progress on his own. Because the boys have been particularly interested in telling jokes lately I went to the library to find a few joke books. I picked up an easy reader… Keep Reading →

Ornament Coloring Page

Ornament coloring page. Free printable by Melanie Hope Greenberg.

My son loved this brand new ornament coloring page from Melanie Hope Greenberg. I left it on the table for him to find after school and he sat right down to do it! Print it out along with her interfaith ornament and Christmas tree coloring page and craft and your kids will be busy with the… Keep Reading →

(Our) Best Chapter Book Lists (of the Year)

The most popular and best chapter book lists for kids.

At the end of the year, one of my favorite things to do is look back at see what book lists you — my lovely audience — found useful. What I learned last year is that you love a good chapter book list. I understand that. With picture books, parents can quickly peruse the title… Keep Reading →