New Tech Toy for Summer Learning SPHERO 2.0 + Sweepstakes

sphero app

We're LOVING the addictive and totally engaging robotic ball, Sphero 2.0! It's a fantastic learning option for your kids' summer learning. My kids are obsessed. Grab your smartphone or tablet, download one of the 30 free Sphero apps, and in no time, your kids will be playing and learning with Sphero. No more summer brain drain.  Become an expert race car … [Read more...]

So FUN!! Personalized Children’s Books from MyChronicleBooks

personalized books

Need a gift idea for your kids, mom or dad? My daughter loves her personalized book, My Quotable Kid from Chronicle Books. It's a huge step up from the jumbled journal of notes I used before. It looks so fancy! My Quotable Kid  lets you record every fun, silly, and clever little quote your kid has said. It's personalized with the child's name on the … [Read more...]

Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

Summer joy, hammock - girl with a book resting on a hammock in the garden

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...]

Here’s a Quick Mother’s Day Gift – a Printable Letter Template

Mother's Day Letter Template

The most meaningful Mother's Day gifts are homemade expressions of love. Use this printable Mother's Day letter template so your kids can write mom a heartfelt letter -- with a little help. Click on the letter above to get a downloadable, printable copy. Happy Mother's Day! … [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...]