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 →

Game of the Month: S’Quarrels

S'Quarrels is a fun family card game.

S’quarrels was a serendipitous find in an airport bookshop. On our way home from a family vacation we were stranded in an airport for 12 hours and I went in search of a novelty for the kids. I had never heard of this card game before, but S’Quarrels is now a family favorite and was an… Keep Reading →

Map Science with a Homemade Compass

Simple geography science activity with a homemade compass. Perfect for just before a trip.

If there’s one thing my older son adores (besides birds), it is maps. Mapping and geography are passions of his so I knew he would love to learn how to make a homemade compass for the super simple summer science camp we are doing with Coffee Cups and Crayons (see below for the activities so far). I… Keep Reading →

Math Art with a Möbius Strip

Math art with a Mobius strip! So fun for kids.

Have you ever made a Möbius strip? We’ve made simple ones before as part of our creative math learning explorations but a little blurb in a math games book inspired my 9 year old math whiz to take the Möbius strip to the next level. In case you don’t know what a Möbius strip is, it’s a one-sided… Keep Reading →

Solar Oven S’mores {Summer Science Camp}

How to make solar s'mores. Two ways.

Welcome to week 2 of DIY summer science camp. Just like last week there is a slight element of failure, but that’s all part of the process, right? That’s what I tell myself anyway. Whenever we go on vacation and have access to some sort of yard, we make s’mores. I know you can make them in… Keep Reading →