Fine Motor Activity: LEGO Head Rescue

Fine motor activity using therapy putty and LEGO minifigures.

I must admit, this LEGO head fine motor activity that my son has been doing every day with therapy putty for the last few weeks has me laughing every time. There’s just something so funny about LEGO heads to me! Is that weird? I have written before about my youngest son’s struggle with his fine… Keep Reading →

Children’s Books Parents Actually Buy (and 3 They Should)

A list of popular children's book that parents buy for their kids. Good gift ideas.

I recommend a lot of books during the course of a year! Except for my month off in July, I published a new children’s book list every Monday. (See the index of all my children’s book lists here.) At the end of the year I am fascinated to see which recommended books parents actually decide… Keep Reading →

Top 10 STEM Gifts with Books to Match

S.T.E.M gift guide for kids

STEM learning is a big deal in our home. My boys are math and science oriented and I like to encourage their imagination in that respect so their focus doesn’t stay on “just the facts”. Every year I create a book and toy combination gift guide and this year I am focusing on STEM gifts…. Keep Reading →

9 Super Duper Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

Easy Christmas crafts for kids

Long time followers of this blog (wave!) know that I am not a huge holiday crafter. It takes most of my holiday energy just to get up our gingerbread house (from a kit, thank you very much) each year (which we usually do after Christmas!). Most of the time I’d rather pick up a holiday… Keep Reading →

10 Picture Books for 6 Year Olds (and up!)

10 picture books to read to older kids

Often, once a child can read independently, or he or she can sit though a chapter book, parents (including me) may let picture books sit in the “to read” pile a little too long. I’m a huge advocate of reading picture books to older kids and my (almost) 6 year old is certainly a big fan of… Keep Reading →

I Survived Making Slime, One Kid Touched It, and No Superheroes Were Injured

Superhero slime play for kids indoor activity

I write a kid activities blog and yet I have never made slime. How can that be? I don’t have any good excuse except that neither of my kids have a great appreciation for sensory play. My oldest son flat out refuses to touch anything slimy, gooey or sticky, and his brother is very hesitant…. Keep Reading →

Why We Love Subscription Boxes for Kids

Best craft subscription boxes for kids.

Are you familiar with craft subscription boxes? If not, let me introduce you to the joy of receiving a box full of crafty-tinkering goodness in the mail each month. This may seem like an odd post for me since, if you’ve been following the blog for a time, (which, by the way, makes you a very special… Keep Reading →

(Our) Best Children’s Books of the Year (Part 2)

Best children's books of 2014

This is the second in my series of book lists featuring our favorite picture books of the year. It’s difficult to narrow down what I think are the best books published this year, so I put all the onus on my kids! The only requirement for a book to make this list is for my… Keep Reading →

Easy Handprint Art Project (For Kids Who Hate Art)

Easy art project for kids who say they don't like art.

I continue to try and find small, simple ways to encourage my 5 year old to try easy art projects, even though he has declared he “hates art.” As I promised, in my last post about our easy tape art activity, I’m sharing them here with you. At the end of this post I’ve listed… Keep Reading →

10 Alternatives to Forcing Your Kids to Learn to Read

Easy reader books for beginning readers.

There is so much advice out there about raising readers and for my first child I mostly ignored it. Not because it wasn’t good advice. It was! It’s just that Kiddo taught himself to read at the tender age of 3 and has since become a voracious reader. So, I didn’t have to do anything…. Keep Reading →