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the rainbow loom: 5 reasons kids need it and parents love it
September 4, 2013 21 comments

the rainbow loom: 5 reasons kids need it and parents love it

Join over 5,000+ subscribers who receive fun, free ideas for making learning FUN and meaningful each week!     We are loving–and I mean loving–the Rainbow Loom. We’re bracelet-making, ring-wearing, ...

homemade tooth fairy boxes
August 28, 2013 8 comments

homemade tooth fairy boxes

    originally published as ‘tooth fairy, we’re ready!’ on October 13, 2009 If you check around the internet, dozens of sites exist with perfect, beautiful tooth fairy pillows. If ...

math, writing, STEM apps for kids: tabletop surprises
August 18, 2013 2 comments

math, writing, STEM apps for kids: tabletop surprises

    We’re close to the finish line here, and my heart is heavy. Though my own work is piling up by the second, the fun I’ve had with the ...

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems
August 7, 2013 No Comment

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems

    For our tabletop surprise today, we rocked some major poetry. Knowing that poetry reading is sometimes less intimidating than reading other texts and knowing that right now my ...

creative hands-on learning for kids: tabletop surprises
August 4, 2013 4 comments

creative hands-on learning for kids: tabletop surprises

    Tabletop Surprises have been a saving grace for us this summer. Quick and easy learning on my kids’ own time.  They’re digging it. This week we incorporated some ...

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap
July 26, 2013 4 comments

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap

    What happens when you put a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave? Really. Ivory soap. Plain ole sweet-smelling, plain-jane white bar o’ Ivory soap? In the microwave. ...

how to make the most of a day trip to museum, farm, or amusement park
July 22, 2013 No Comment

how to make the most of a day trip to museum, farm, or amusement park

    Now that our swim and dive seasons are officially over, it’s time for a few good family day trips. And our close proximity to Washington, DC, Baltimore, and ...

learn and play independently: tabletop surprises week 2
July 20, 2013 No Comment

learn and play independently: tabletop surprises week 2

    One rockin thing about tabletop surprises is that kids can learn and play independently. On their own time, when they’re up for it. And that flexibility has been ...

tabletop surprises: simple, summer learning fun
July 12, 2013 8 comments

tabletop surprises: simple, summer learning fun

    Summer is kicking us hard over here. Actually, swim and dive are kicking us hard over here, like always.  And at five weeks in, between meets, practices, relays, ...

foam dough: serious rainy day indoor fun
July 11, 2013 1 comment

foam dough: serious rainy day indoor fun

I’m all about trying new and exciting things with my kids, and today’s activity is no different. Totally strange, completely weird. Absolutely new for us. I went on a whim ...

summer fun cards of 2013
July 8, 2013 No Comment

summer fun cards of 2013

Every year for the last few years, we’ve rocked out our Summer Fun Cards in the first few weeks of the summer. We choose an afternoon, we gather markers and ...