Our Favorite Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

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If your kids are starting to get bored this summer, you may want a few ideas to spark new activities and creative play. You know me, I lots of favorites on my summer activity ideas for kids Pinterest board. But, here are our top ten favorites that we think you will like, too. Favorite Summer Activities for (Bored) Kids 1. Camp Crafts: Ojos de Dios, friendship bracelets, … [Read more...]

Tri-FACTa Math Facts Game Sweepstakes

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Avoid the dreaded summer slide with this great addition and subtraction math facts game for kids ages six and above, Tri-FACTa. Fact Families Game: Tri-FACTa Players get six number cards. The goal is to play 2 or 3 cards to make a fact family, Players place the cards in the triangle spots on top of the other cards played. So in many cases, the player only needs to play one or … [Read more...]

The BEST Pretend Play Gift Ideas for Kids

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It's getting close to Christmas - and you may need a few more quick gift ideas. Here you go. Pretend play! Fairy Tale Finger Tattoo Puppets Fun, temporary tattoos that turn normal little fingers into finger puppets! Each pack contains 20 finger tattoos and full instructions Finger Fairytale includes: Witch, Princess, King, Prince and Dragon $5.95 Pretend & … [Read more...]

Favorite Learning Games Gift Recommendations for Kids

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If you're like us, you love to find new games to play as a family. Here are a few new ideas. BRAIN BOX THE WORLD FUN!!! Meet the BrainBox where everyone shows what they can remember. Turn over a card, turn over the timer, and then memorize the card. Can you answer all of the questions about the card after only 15 seconds of looking at it? If you can, you win. … [Read more...]

A Reader’s Gift Guide: Children’s Books

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Ok, this post is a bit long but it's worth it . . . today I'm giving you my picks for the best children's books of 2012: board books, picture books, and chapter books. Also, I've generally used the publisher's book descriptions due to time constraints. However, I've read all of these book and highly recommend them. (Some anecdotal comments are sprinkled throughout.) Board … [Read more...]

Huge Round-Up of Science and Math Gifts for Kids

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Get your kids into math and science with these fun learning science and math gifts. In no particular order, my favorites for 2012 gifts . . . MY FIRST BUILD Begin building with LEGO Bricks and More DUPLO My First Build 4631 $24.99 LITTLE CIRCUIT Playing games with friends and family is great way to develop children’s social and verbal skills. And what an adorable … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek at My Educational Gift Guides for Kids

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As in years past of publishing learning gifts for kids, I've compiled a guide of the best educational gifts for kids -- toys, games, kits, puzzles, and so forth -- in many learning categories: writing, reading, science, math, art, and games. Since many of you have asked, I want you to have a sneak peek at ALL the learning gifts in this year's gift guide. (It's a LONG list! … [Read more...]

Free Printable Halloween Treasure Hunt

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This weekend, you can sneak in a little reading and rhyming with this free, printable Halloween Treasure Hunt. Help younger kids with the reading and rhyming or modify the clues. Make Your Own Treasure Hunt 1. Write out the answers, in other words, where your kids will find each clue. 2. Go to Rhyme Zone and enter each answer to find rhyming words for it. 3. … [Read more...]