The Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Tweens

disco cat puzzle - great for tweens

My 9- and 12-year old kids are way past those 25- and 100- piece jigsaw puzzles. (Although we do have puzzle races with 4 25-piece puzzles at a time. That's pretty fun!) Anyway, I looked and looked for a little harder puzzle that wasn't too Thomas Kinkade looking like the one above. 'Cause no kid likes that. Well, at least not mine. Finally, I found the best … [Read more...]

Warning: Harry Potter Fanfiction Gets Kids Writing (A Lot)

fanfiction

It's time to introduce your kids who are fans of Harry Potter to writing fanfiction. Why? Because it gets them writing and stretching their imaginations. Both very good things. Oh, and did I mention it's tons of fun? Especially if you write with your friends. What is fanfiction, or fanfic? Fanfiction is fiction written by fans of the original works that takes … [Read more...]

Simple Handmade Summer Journals

easy handmade journals

I decided not to buy my kids actual notebooks or journals this summer - I think they're too big. Big overwhelms. Big is too many pages to fill. (Clearly my children haven't inherited my journal hoarding / journal filling addiction!) So, I made simple, small, handmade books for my kids to use for summer writing. And, if they fill up one journal, I can always make … [Read more...]

Sight Word Games and Free Printable Cards

sight word games

Download and print out these free sight word cards. Once you do that, you can use the cards to play lots of fun, interactive games. Playing games with sight words will help kids remember because games involve auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning modalities. FREE Printable (Dolch) Sight Words Pre-Primer Primer 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 1. Sight Word … [Read more...]

Does Your 8 – 12 Year Old Need a Good Book?

good book list for 8- 12 year olds

Newly Published Summer Chapter Books for Kids Ages 8 - 12 I read tons of kid books so you don't have to. Because we all hear our kids say, "I don't have anything good to read," right? That's why it helps to have a list of good books to recommend to those silly kids. (Do they think they can get out of reading with this excuse?!) Something will appeal to them eventually. … [Read more...]

Educational iPad Dinosaur Game and Story App

Dino Dog App

Dino Dog - A Digging Adventure with Dinosaurs ($2.99) from StoryToys (one of my favorite publishers) gives kids both a fun animated cartoon story and a dinosaur game for kids ages 4 to 8. Kids who are budding paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts as well kids who have never before learned about natural history and dinosuars will find this play and learn app to be … [Read more...]