12+ Classic Books for Tweens

Although the word “tween” is a new-fangled one, kids ages 9-12 can certainly appreciate a classic book. ...more

10 Indoor Active Art Projects for Kids

As I am currently navigating my youngest son’s disdain for all things art, I thought it would be a good time to resurrect some of the active art projects I did with his brother. The great...more

Halloween Coloring Page for Kids {Plus Giveaway}

This new Halloween coloring page from children’s book illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg, marks our two year collaboration to bring you a...more

Books to Inspire Artistic Creativity

With the advent of my “my kid hates art” series, a list of picture books to inspire artistic creativity seemed like the perfect accompaniment to my mission to get my son to enjoy art just a wee bit. Fortunately, the library shelves are full of books that will inspire creativity in kids. Leave your additions in the comments below! ...more

12 Practical Life Activities for Kids

When my older son was younger I discovered Montessori, and while I never strictly adhered to their activities and lessons, I tried loved the idea behind it and tried to incorporate it into our daily learning. I particularly found...more

My Kid Hates Art: Tape Project

If your child has never told you he “hates art” or that “art is for girls”, consider yourself lucky. I’m embarrassed...more

1970s Children’s Books {Picture Books}

This list of 1970s children’s books is meant as the picture book companion to my post about great 1970s chapter book classics...more

Why I Am Not “Just” A Parent (And Neither Are You)

A few days ago, someone asked me if I used to be a teacher. She had been looking through the blog at some of our learning activities and wondered how I came up with some of the ideas. Since I get this question from time to time, I gave my standard reply, No ....more

16 Indoor Water Play Ideas for Kids

My kids absolutely love playing with water. Indoor water play has saved me on many a bad-weather day or when the kids were especially cranky and I needed a quick activity to keep them busy. It’s such a simple concept and it cleans up so easily ....more

16 Magazines for Kids

My kids love getting magazine subscriptions in the mail. I like it too because when I pull out the latest edition of Click or Ladybug from the mailbox I know my kids will be quietly occupied for 30 minutes to an hour. ...more