Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

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Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

Summer Backyard Boredom Busters GIVEAWAY

Summer Backyard Boredom Busters Giveaway!

ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?? Because I have some exciting news... I'M CELEBRATING SUMMER WITH A CRAZY, FUN GIVEAWAY! With summer almost here, you might be wondering what to do with those cute kidlets of yours for three whole months. Well... What if your whole backyard was packed full of fun things for the kids to do ALLLLLL summer long?! Yep, that's right! We wanted to say … [Read more...]

3 Fun Summer Writing Activities 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! 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 process of brainstorming. … [Read more...]

Watch For These New Picture Books

new picture books to watch for

   Ooh, there's so many new picture books to tell you about! If your kids are under 4, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and What's In Your Purse are my favorite recommendations. If your kids are 4 - 8, there are many books with good lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking!   What's in Your … [Read more...]

Finally! An ABC Simple Way to Make Eco-Art

eco-art with Artterro

Confession time: I'm not crafty. (Or cooky, but that's a different blog post.) HOWEVER, I can read directions (how else would my family survive?) but I need things to be simple and well-planned out. I'm talking ABC here. Today (Earth Day) Artterro relaunched their Eco Art Kits. And I'm happy to report that because the kits are so easy to use, my kids and (even) me got our … [Read more...]

Should You Download SylvanPlay Apps?

Playing SylvanPlay Apps

Yes! You're going to want to download SylvanPlay's 9 FREE apps. Why? Because they're fun, educational, and high-quality. My kids loved the SylvanPlay apps - especially Sushi Scramble - and they're the pickiest testers. I was impressed with the SylvanPlay app's beautiful graphics, the easy usability, the this-is-so-fun-I-can't-stop quality, and the embedded learning within … [Read more...]

What’s New in Picture Books?

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You won't believe the picture books published this spring about animals! From funny to informative, I'll tell you my top picks for new spring animal-themed picture books. This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Hilarious! This is a moose. Who wants to be an astronaut. But the narrator of this book says no way and neither can giraffes, who … [Read more...]