Game of the Month: Zeus on the Loose

On a whim this winter, while the kids were stuck inside claiming boredom of the highest degree, I purchased Zeus on the Loose card game. It turned out to be an enormous hit and I love the way it helps my 6 year old practice his math skills. Of course, I had to make...more

Activities for 1 to 5 Year Olds All in One Place

When I first started this blog a bit more than seven years ago it was with the intention of sharing the small, easy ways I found to entertain my then-3 year old. He was not in any sort of preschool or day care and I was always trying to find ways to keep him busy so I could sit down for just five minutes! I was always Googling “how to keep your preschooler busy” or “easy toddler activities” and just the brain power it sometimes took to try and find simple ideas was a bit much for my sleep deprived self ....more

Classic Summer Reading List for Tweens

Your kids might not view summer as the idea moment for delving into a classic novel full of unfamiliar vocabulary and situations. I would argue, however, that it’s the ideal time, when they can take their time and read slowly, ask questions, and have leisurely discussions about the story if they so desire. I’ve included...more

Library Coloring Page (and Summer Reading Log)

Does your child love books and trips to the library? Melanie Hope Greenberg’s latest free coloring sheet...more

Creative Journal Ideas for Kids

I’ve shared in the past how keeping a journal is an important part of my life and that I’ve attempted to instill in my kids a love of journaling. My experience of journaling with the kids has had its ups and downs and I want to share what I’ve tried, our successes and failures. I’ll do that in an upcoming post, but for now I’m going to share some helpful and creative tips and ideas for getting started ....more

9 Read Aloud Books for Summer

This is the third year in a row I’ve made summer reading lists. I really enjoy planning out books to share with my kids. You can see my previous summer reading chapter read alouds here ....more

All You Need for a DIY Summer Science Camp

Last summer the boys and I created our own DIY summer science camp. It was very casual and so simple, and the boys always asked, “What are we going to try this week?” Every week, we did a new science experiment and shared them in collaboration with Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons. For your convenience, so you don’t have to hunt them all down, I’ve collected all of the science projects right here in one place so you can have your own do-it-yourself summer science camp with the kids ....more

Why You Should Read Aloud to Older Kids

[Do you read aloud to your older kids? Our family read aloud time includes my 10 year old and I hope he continues to listen to my melodious voice (ha ha) well into his teens. Amy of Sunlit Pages is here to chat about the importance of...more

5th Grade Summer Reading List

This 5th grade summer reading list was fun to put together. Middle grade books are my favorite kind of books to read these days and these titles are appropriate for kids ages 8 -12, so they aren’t just for 5th graders, just as last year’s 4th grade summer reading list was not just for 4th graders. It is so HARD to believe my son is getting ready to be a 5th grader! ...more

Poetry Writing Challenge {Final Week} – Hyperbole and Haiku

I hope this month’s weekly poetry writing challenges have been as enjoyable for you and your kids as they have been for us. Unlike the poetry reading challenge in which I could pin up poems to read at specific times of the day, this writing challenge has been much more spontaneous. I find myself suddenly chatting with the boys about the poetry topic of the week in those hard to fill moments like getting ready for bed, walking home from school, as well as our usual family dinner time ....more