How to Plan the BEST Family Game Night Ever

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We're HUGE family game night people. How about you? Toys “R”Us, Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up with me here at Imagination Soup to celebrate family game night. Not only is it lots of fun and a fabulous way to teach kids skills and cooperation, it's a great way to connect with each other away from technology and busy schedules. Now that it's summer vacation, make … [Read more...]

It’s About Process, Not Product Says TinkerLab Guide for Little Inventors

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Rachelle Doorley writes one of the most inspiring blogs, TinkerLab. Now she's published a wonderful book --TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors (55 Playful Experiments That Encourage Tinkering, Curiosity & Creative Thinking.) (*affiliate link) The book celebrates a child's process, the tinkering. It's not about product -- not at all. It's more about what … [Read more...]

Stop the Summer Slide with Educational Apps

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Are you keeping your kids learning this summer? Beat any boredom blues and keep your kids' minds engaged with educational apps. Educational Apps Grandpa in Space $1.99 Grandpa in Space is SO CUTE with lots of learning! Pick a planet, build a rocket to take you there, watch videos of real astronauts, do math addition problems, learn facts about the planet, play games … [Read more...]

5 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

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Kids can become virtual campers at online summer camps. Here are five fun virtual summer camps for 2014. Camp PBS Parents Check in weekly for educational activities, crafts, and experiments for you to do at home with your kids. sample activity: Make a Cereal Box Board Game Camp PBS Parents Camp Wonderopolis FREE virtual camp where kids gain extensive science … [Read more...]

Recommended Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

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Need some recommended chapter books to stop your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read? (Or is that just my kids?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of middle grade chapter books that I highly recommend. Recommended Beginning Chapter Books My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (beginning chapter book … [Read more...]

We Love Dads Who Read #dadsread

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Hey, dads! Good job on reading with your kids -- and showing your kids that you are a reader. Not all dads do though. To Raise a Reader, Be a Reader One of the BIGGEST gifts you can give your kids is to be a reader yourself. And let your kids see you reading. Which is why I want to celebrate how great it is that YOU are a reader. Good job! “As much as they may deny it, most … [Read more...]

Want to Plan Fun Kid Activities This Summer?

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The talented team of Holly Homer and Rachel Miller at Kids Activity Blog have published a super-fun kids craft and activities book, 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! And it's as amazing as their blog! (Which is totally amazing.) The book is a must-own summer craft and activity guide! Craft Stick Extravaganza We tried two craft stick projects … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]