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recipe reading (and cookie-eating)
October 8, 2013 2 comments

recipe reading (and cookie-eating)

    This post was originally published on December 12, 2009, but as I searched for our Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookie recipe, I found this oldie but goodie and realized ...

teaching left handed kids to write: grasp, stages, positioning
October 8, 2013 8 comments

teaching left handed kids to write: grasp, stages, positioning

    The following guest post is written by Christie Kiley. Christie has the job I find amazing and awe-inspiring: an Occupational Therapist.  The work of these professionals is absolutely ...

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 ...

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 ...

math, literacy, and creative summer learning: tabletop surprises
July 28, 2013 2 comments

math, literacy, and creative summer learning: tabletop surprises

We’re week three into our tabletop surprises, and this week, we rocked some sneaky math, literacy, and creative thinking. The kids woke up to some easy activities and ones that ...

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. ...

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 ...

5 ideas for sneaky learning and backyard fun
June 21, 2013 No Comment

5 ideas for sneaky learning and backyard fun

Hip, hip hooray! Summer is here! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for us—not too hot and not too cool. It’s the spring we always seem to miss here in ...