Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

Summer joy, hammock - girl with a book resting on a hammock in the garden

Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

Summer Backyard Boredom Busters GIVEAWAY

Summer Backyard Boredom Busters Giveaway!

ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?? Because I have some exciting news... I'M CELEBRATING SUMMER WITH A CRAZY, FUN GIVEAWAY! With summer almost here, you might be wondering what to do with those cute kidlets of yours for three whole months. Well... What if your whole backyard was packed full of fun things for the kids to do ALLLLLL summer long?! Yep, that's right! We wanted to say … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Thinking with Riddles

super fun riddle game for kids

UKloo Riddle Treasure Hunt game gets kids reading, thinking, and problem solving. And it's totally fun! Don't you want to make reading and thinking fun for your kids? Especially over the long summer vacation? I know. Me, too. Which is why I'm telling you about uKloo Riddle Edition as part of my Summer Discovery Learning Series. All summer I'll be giving you ideas to … [Read more...]

NEW Science Activity Book for Summer Learning

Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot Science for Summer

We found a fun science experiment book that is perfect for learning over summer vacation. ('Cause we don't want to see any summer slide around here.) It's Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot, Awesome Science Activities You Can Do at Home by Kendra Muntz, illustrated by Matt Carrington. Get it?-- "molecule"! Cute, right? Science Activity Book And it is cute with … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, wordless picture books provide a great springboard for writing poetry. Wordless Picture … [Read more...]

Good Picture Books to Own

new picture books to watch for

   Ooh, there's so many new and good picture books to tell you about! If your kids are under 4, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and What's In Your Purse are my favorite recommendations. If your kids are 4 - 8, there are many books with great lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking! Good Picture … [Read more...]

Finally! An ABC Simple Way to Make Eco Art Kit

eco-art with Artterro

Confession time: I'm not crafty. (Or cooky, but that's a different blog post.) HOWEVER, I can read directions (how else would my family survive?) but I need things to be simple and well-planned out. I'm talking ABC here. Today (Earth Day) Artterro relaunched their Eco Art Kits. And I'm happy to report that because the kits are so easy to use, my kids and (even) me got our … [Read more...]

What’s New in Picture Books? Picture Books About Animals

student dachshund is studying and reading book isolated over white

You won't believe the picture books about animals! From funny to informative, here are my top picks for new spring animal-related picture books. Picture Books About Animals This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Hilarious! This is a moose. Who wants to be an astronaut. But the narrator of this book says no way and neither can giraffes, who … [Read more...]