3 Engrossing Word Games for Kids

the best word games for kids

Three word games, WordARound, Bubble Talk, and Junior Scrabble, are always top choices for my kids for family game time. (Although I think my husband could play Bubble Talk by himself just because he thinks it's so funny.) Let me tell you about them.  1. WordARound WordARound cards have three rings, black, red, and blue, with words written around each ring. To play, start … [Read more...]

Storytelling Games That Will Get Your Kids Thinking Out of the Box

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When I teach kids how to write stories, we generally start out loud. In other words, we think, plan, and share orally before writing silently. Of course, not all kids are oral processers but sharing out loud helps organize our thoughts and gives us feedback from friends if the story is missing anything or on the right track. Here are three delightfully engaging storytelling … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Why the Slackline is Our Favorite Backyard Activity

slackline fun

Last summer I got a Slackers slackline (affiliate link) for the girls (and me) thinking core strength would be good for everyone. What I didn't plan on was it being so much FUN and being the kids' favorite backyard activity for months and months and months. (And still going strong!) The slackline stretches between two trees like a tightrope but is stretchy and bouncy. … [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...]