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. Best Puzzles for Tweens Finally, … [Read more...]

Summer Learning with PBS Kids

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If you are looking for activities and workbooks to keep your kids learning over the summer, check out these ideas shared with me by PBSKids. Carson-Dellosa Learning Books I loved workbooks when I was a kid. My own kids, not so much. So, if I'm going to use workbooks, I use them sparingly and only ones with engaging illustrations, pages that aren't too long, and useful … [Read more...]

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

TinkerLab book review

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

summer slide

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

virtual summer camps

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...]

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...]

3 Fun Summer Writing Prompts with Bubbles

Adorable little girl with soap bubbles

Want to sneak in writing this summer? I've got it 3 ideas that are going to be fun for you and your kids! Summer Writing Prompts You'll need: a bottle of bubbles, ingredients to make your own bubbles, paper and markers. 1. Use Your Five Senses Now you want to get the bubbles blowing and the writing bubbling . . . As your kids blow bubbles, start the writing … [Read more...]