• Fun,  Learn

    Halloween Printables

    Halloween is just a few weeks ago and our neighborhood is going crazy with decorations this year. The kids are getting excited and beg me to drive through town to check out spooky front yards and store windows. I am glad people are going all out to bring the kids joy since this year has been so crazy. We have been crafting a lot at home and I designed activity pages and lunchbox notes, all free Halloween Printables for you to print and enjoy. Lunchbox Notes These lunchbox notes include jokes and funny, uplifting words. Download and print the pages on paper or card stock and put them in your…

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    Kandinsky Pumpkin Art

    It is September and I have seen the first pumpkins being sold at farm stands. Fall is my favorite season and we usually go pumpkin picking and to Halloween events. This year is going to be a bit different since most farms canceled their Fall festivals. One more reason to do more Fall crafts and decorate the house. Kandinsky pumpkin art is a creative way to celebrate Fall and it is also an educational activity to teach children about Wassily Kandinsky. The Russian painter is known as the pioneer of abstract art. One of his most famous paintings is the Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles shown below. Since we…

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    Apple Crafts and Activities

    I love apple crafts and activities! Apples make me think about Fall, cooler days, and the first days of school. In preschool, we like to start out with “A is for apple” but this year I will be home teaching my kids and we will do our own apple themed week. Here is a list of fun crafts, educational activities, books, and easy recipes for kids to get you into the Fall mood. Apple Crafts 1. Woven Paper Plate Apple by Non-Toy Gifts 2. Happy Paper Plate Apples by Simple Everyday Mom 3. Apple Stained Glass Window Decor by Kinder Craze 4. Apple Stamping Bugs by Box of Ideas 5.…

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    12 Fun Science Experiments for Kids

    Science experiments are not boring at all. There are so many fun and hands-on activities you can do with preschoolers and older that will leave them fascinated and asking for more. Here are 12 experiments to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of science. 1. How to make a Galaxy Jar This Galaxy Jar looks magical! The Inspiration Edit shows you how to make this Galaxy Jar with a few easy ingredients. You can choose your own colors to make different looking jars. The page also features Galaxy Playdough and a yummy galaxy treat. Hop on over to The Inspiration Edit for some galactic fun. 2. Magic Milk Science…

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    How to Start Homeschooling

    2020 has been a challenging year so far. COVID, quarantine, the fight against racism, job losses, a tanking economy, and loss of countless souls. If you are a parent of a school-age child you are also facing the decision on how to continue their education this Fall. Is it safe for kids to return to school, to socialize and learn in a somewhat awkward classroom setting? What if someone gets sick? Will the whole class have to go into quarantine? How to start homeschooling? Is it even legal? Are you working fulltime, or you have a child with special needs who throws social distancing out of the window the moment…

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    Fun Sticker Activities

    Kids love stickers. I have never met a child that didn’t love them. Stickers make things pretty, they are great as rewards, to help over a small injury, and to keep kids entertained for a few minutes. There are so many fun sticker activities you can do, the possibilities are endless. I have to admit, I have a little bit of a sticker addiction. Every time I run into pretty, funny, or useful stickers I just have to buy them. Since I bought a Cricut I also learned how to make my own, which is really neat. When I substitute in elementary school I give them out as rewards for…

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    Craft Sticks Busy Bag – Shapes and Patterns

    Sometimes you just need a few minutes of peace and quiet to talk on the phone or you are sitting in a restaurant and the food isn’t coming and your four-year-old is getting antsy. This is when it is time to pull out a busy bag and most of the time the problem is solved. Yes, cellphones and tablets are a great distraction too but a busy bag is a hands-on activity where kids can create, play, and also learn. What is a busy bag? A busy bag is a small activity in a Ziploc bag or a little box to keep your child entertained for 10-15 minutes. Most activities…

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    Goldfish Math Cards

    A few days ago I posted a goldfish cracker game to practice addition. Today I want to show you another way to make counting fun: with Goldfish Math Cards. They are a great way to practice simple equations, number recognition and you can also make up your own math problems. What is in the Goldfish Math Cards File included The file includes a fishbowl page, 4 pages of task cards, and one sheet of blank cards that can be usedd to make up your own math problems. The equations are simple addition and do not go beyond number 10. Other cards are listing numbers to be counted out, which is…

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    Goldfish Math Game

    When it comes to preschool and Kindergarten there are a ton of fun activities you can do to teach your child numbers and counting. My kids used to bring home math homework games in Kindergarten. Since neither one of them is a big fan of homework I tried to make it more interesting by trying to make it visually more appealing to them. Today’s freebie is a Goldfish Math Game that my son still likes to play. He loves Goldfish crackers so there is some extra motivation. All you need to do is print out the page and laminate it. Lamination is not required but it makes the game more…

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    Rhyming Dust Bunnies Book Activities

    Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is another wonderful book by this beloved children’s book author. We meet Bob and his friends who love to rhyme. Bob though can’t find the right words and that upsets his friends. But Bob has a very good reason for his behavior: he is trying to save them! If you do not know the book you can order it from Amazon or watch the narration on YouTube. Why is rhyming so important? Rhyming is an important skill for children approaching Kindergarten. The ability to recognize and produce rhyming words is an important phonemic awareness skill – of working and playing with language and sounds.…