Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Happy Birthday Cupcake review and activities

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities The latest picture book from Terry Border, creator of the photography site Bent Objects is HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! and it's a mouth-watering adventure using everyday-object photography. (Also, don't miss his previous book, Peanut Butter & Cupcake!) Never Before Seen Photograph from Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Cupcake wants … [Read more...]

Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids

learning apps

Learning apps for kids are a solid choice for summer learning options. Researchers say that the best educational apps are: ACTIVE ENGAGING --not overly distracting MEANINGFUL to a child's life SOCIAL to include parents and peers Do you agree? Here's a list of new apps your kids might enjoy this summer . . . Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids The Counting … [Read more...]

Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

summer writing ideas for kids

If you've downloaded my free Summer Brain Camp printables, you'll see the page of choices for summer writing ideas. Today I want to make sure you have the links for these fun summer writing activities. Hopefully, these ideas will motivate your kids to write this summer --or anytime. For me, writing has been a gift. It's a way to express my feelings, and more importantly, … [Read more...]

Inspirational Quotes for Kids

motivational quote books for families and kids

I never would have predicted the level of deep discussion that our dinnertime inspiring quotes for kids have prompted. I've been itching to tell you about it since we begin. We're talking about these inspirational quotes at the dinner table every night. Each of us has our own quote book where we write down the quote and it's meaning. Can I just tell you how wonderful this … [Read more...]

10 Character Based Journals for Kids

Journals based on story characters

If your child loves these stories -- stories like Frozen, Magic Tree House, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, let her use the love of the characters as motivation for journal writing. See if one of these 10 character-based journals for kids would interest YOUR child and get him writing during summer vacation. Note: descriptions are from the publishers. 10 Character Based Journals … [Read more...]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Word Inventing Activity

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activity

Readers love Willy Wonka's (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) mouth-watering sweet inventions. The author, Roald Dahl, emphasizes invention in this story and not just with savory candies; he also invents delicious words. Words such as scrumdiddlyumptious, hornswogglers, snozzwangers, and whangdoodles. They're silly, absurd, wacky and 100% invented words! We've been inspired … [Read more...]

Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

story idea

The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]

Photo Story Starter Idea for Kids

photos first

I have the easiest writing idea for you to use with your kids . . . take photos of dolls or figurines for a story starter idea! It all started when my daughter said, "What should I do, mom?" I replied, "Why don't you take those Easter chicks and make up a story. Take photos and then write about what happens." (The chicks were an impulse purchase on a recent trip to a … [Read more...]

Writing Prompts for Kids

writing prompts for kids

Normally I dislike writing prompts for kids because I don't like prompts myself. However, I do think many kids want and even need ideas and inspiration for writing. So, I've found some fantastic online story and character idea generators that I think will motivate your kids to write. These are writing prompts about which I can feel enthusiastic! Story Ideas for Kids The Story … [Read more...]

Free Printable Christmas Mad Libs

Christmas Mad Libs

Do you love fun and silly family activities? My kids were cracking up last week as I reminisced about the footy pajamas I got every year for Christmas . . . with butt flaps. Remember those? (Super classy!) Anyway, I decided to include the idea in a Christmas mad libs type letter. It's a free printable and should be silly enough for some good laughs. Christmas Mad … [Read more...]