Handmade Journals for Kids

easy handmade journals

I decided to make handmade journals for my kids, not to buy my kids actual notebooks or journals this summer because 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 … [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...]

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...]

Summer Learning with PBS Kids

PennyBoats

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...]

How to Plan the BEST Family Game Night Ever

family game night!

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

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 Kid Apps

summer slide

Are you keeping your kids learning this summer? Beat any boredom blues and keep your kids' minds engaged with educational (ipad) 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 like match up … [Read more...]