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25 ways to play with puzzles
January 24, 2014 No Comment

25 ways to play with puzzles

Get those puzzles out, my friends! It doesn’t matter if your kids are 2 or 12–puzzles are a super way of flexing those brain muscles, practicing fine motor skills, and ...

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home
January 12, 2014 6 comments

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home

The following guest post is written by Natalie, of Afterschool for Smarty Pants.   Natalie shares ways she enriches her daughter’s learning at home, after school.  Check it out. —————————— As ...

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell
January 9, 2014 12 comments

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell

     Originally published on 2.23.11 but republished because it’s that important. During Maddy’s homework time yesterday, Owen had one task on  his mind: he wanted to write a get-well letter ...

new year’s eve bingo bonanza
December 27, 2013 2 comments

new year’s eve bingo bonanza

    Every  New Year’s Eve that we join forces with a few other families, we make Bingo our go-to game for the kids. And the kids—and parents–love it. But ...

easy, homemade new year’s eve shakers
December 26, 2013 No Comment

easy, homemade new year’s eve shakers

Any time we can use recyclables for learning or play, it’s a win in my book. So each year as New Year’s Eve approaches, we clean out our recycle bin and ...

books as gifts: holiday ideas for kids
December 20, 2013 No Comment

books as gifts: holiday ideas for kids

    For any occasion, books are my go-to gift. From baby showers to birthdays, graduations from preschool or highschool, for well-wishing or comfort-giving, books are a rockstar way to ...

you buy one, we GIVE1 -- the mother company
December 17, 2013 No Comment

you buy one, we GIVE1 — the mother company

From now until the end of the year, the amazing people at The Mother Company are running a rockstar promotion that I think everyone will love. It’s learning in the ...

holiday card stencils and balloon stamps
December 16, 2013 34 comments

holiday card stencils and balloon stamps

Thank you Dollar Tree and the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club for making this post possible!   This year, we’re spicing our holiday cards up a bit. For the past ...

halos mandarin orange paper dolls: dress up your food *sponsored*
December 14, 2013 6 comments

halos mandarin orange paper dolls: dress up your food *sponsored*

    It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of making mealtime more fun for my kids.  And if we can sneak in some sort of learning along the ...

our cookie baking day: favorite family annual holiday tradition
December 12, 2013 2 comments

our cookie baking day: favorite family annual holiday tradition

Every year, one of our advent calendar activities reads: Cookie Baking Day!  And what that means is that no matter the day–it’s always a surprise!–the kids and I ditch everything ...

holiday party kid activities: 3 secrets to success #mykindofholiday
December 10, 2013 2 comments

holiday party kid activities: 3 secrets to success #mykindofholiday

As part of Target’s Inner Circle, a few of us are participating a super-fun holiday party series: Holiday Party 101. We’re writing about everything from invitations to desserts, hostess gifts ...