10  Great Outdoor Toys for Toddlers (1 and 2 Year Olds)

10 Great Outdoor Toys for Toddlers (1 and 2 Year Olds)

People always talk about the “terrible two,” but honestly, for me, between 12 months and 24 months was the age that set me on edge. It wasn’t because my children were “misbehaving” or having temper tantrums at that age, but just that … well, they 

12 Best Bath Toys for Babies & Toddlers

12 Best Bath Toys for Babies & Toddlers

Who would have thought — before having kids — how magical the bathroom could be? No, not because you can lock yourself in there to hide from your kids (we all know that doesn’t work anyway), but because when it’s bath time (and trust me, 

14 Cool Science Experiments to Do at Home (using household items!)

14 Cool Science Experiments to Do at Home (using household items!)

Years ago, when we were homeschooling, shopping for science experiments sometimes drove me crazy. I didn’t want to have to go buy a head or red cabbage, and Borox and see if we had an eye dropper somewhere, and order the right kind of test 

17 Adorable Penguin Crafts for Preschoolers & Kindergartens

17 Adorable Penguin Crafts for Preschoolers & Kindergartens

Don’t you just love penguins? Whether of the cartoon variety or the real-life one, there’s something so cute about them. Whether it’s their waddle, their unique black and white coloring, or just the fact that they don’t live in the northern hemisphere, making them kind 

41 Birthday Breakfast Ideas Kids Will Love

41 Birthday Breakfast Ideas Kids Will Love

Birthdays are a special day (no matter how old we are!) As a parent, you want to make your child’s special and memorable right from the start … but you also don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. One really simple yet creative breakfast 

19 Fun Transportation Crafts and Activities for Kids

19 Fun Transportation Crafts and Activities for Kids

When my two daughters were young, we spent lots of time getting them craft materials and coming up with activities. They were crazy about any kind of stickers, and loved to glue, cut, color, decorate … you name it. But then I had a son. 

23 Unicorn Birthday Party Food Ideas (Desserts & Snacks)

23 Unicorn Birthday Party Food Ideas (Desserts & Snacks)

Planning a unicorn-themed party? Girls will love these 23 sweet treats that will be a hit at any sleepover. From the super sweet (Cool Whip and colorful sprinkles sandwiches between graham crackers) to somehow healthy (strawberry banana smoothies, rainbow fruit platter) to breakfast food (rainbow 

18 Summer Arts and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

18 Summer Arts and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

One of the many nice things about doing crafts with kids is that it can be either and indoor or outdoor activity. We’ve done crafts not only at the kitchen or playroom tables, but also along the side of the neighborhood swimming pool or at 

10 Ocean-Themed Under the Sea Snacks (beach party food!)

10 Ocean-Themed Under the Sea Snacks (beach party food!)

Looking for some cute and easy snacks for an ocean-themed party … or just a fun way to enjoy a summer afternoon with the kiddos? Here are 10 fun treats — from mermaid cupcakes to beach pudding cups to starfish sugar cookies — that will 

26 Best Board Games for Toddlers (2 & 3 Year Olds)

26 Best Board Games for Toddlers (2 & 3 Year Olds)

Even though my kids are getting older, we still play board games all the time. We started playing board games when they were toddlers around 2 years old and they just fell in love with them. To help you get started playing board games with 

23 Easy & Fun Bumblebee Crafts for Kids

23 Easy & Fun Bumblebee Crafts for Kids

Here are 23 adorable bee crafts that your kids will surely love. Not only are these crafts fun and entertaining, but they also provide a great way to enhance your child’s fine motor skills. Bumblebee crafts are not only cute and easy to make, but 

25 Easy Fun May Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

25 Easy Fun May Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The weather is getting a little warmer (some days!), the tulips and daffodils that my daughter and I planted back in November are starting to form little sprouts, I hear birds singing outside as I type this … Yup, spring is coming soon! Below are 

Mini Aquarium in a Bottle (ocean sensory play)

Mini Aquarium in a Bottle (ocean sensory play)

These ocean sensory bottles — or, as I like to call them, “mini aquariums” — are ridiculously easy to make and are a sensory activity that will keep young children calm and entranced for quite a while. There’s nothing wrong with making these bottles just 

Free Printable Cinco de Mayo Word Searches

Free Printable Cinco de Mayo Word Searches

Word searches are a fun activity and a great way to learn new words, reinforce both spelling and vocabulary, and develop fine motor skills. These Cinco de Mayo word puzzles are at two different difficulty levels, so there’s something for all age groups. There’s no 

4 Free Printable Groundhog Day Word Search Puzzles

4 Free Printable Groundhog Day Word Search Puzzles

These free printable word search puzzles are a fun way to celebrate Groundhog Day with your kids. They make great educational activities for home school or classroom use — or they can just be a fun activity for your kids to do at home, just 

37 Easy Crafts for Kids to Make & Sell

37 Easy Crafts for Kids to Make & Sell

When I was about ten years old, a neighborhood friend and I were hanging around outside one day during summer break when we discovered mint leaves in my background. For some reason we got pretty excited about this discovery and thought we should go door-to-door 

24 Easy Dollar Tree Store Crafts for Kids

24 Easy Dollar Tree Store Crafts for Kids

When my daughters were younger, they both loved crafts — even very simple ones, like peeling off stickers and putting them on a piece of construction paper. We were always for craft supplies, craft kits, and art project ideas for them. But unfortunately, back then 

23 Best Open Ended Toys for Toddlers

23 Best Open Ended Toys for Toddlers

Isn’t toy shopping for your kids fun? I always think it is. But sometimes it can be overwhelming, or even confusing. There’s tons of stuff out there. And you don’t want to buy just any toy. You want a fantastic toy that’s high quality, lasts 

18 Cause and Effect Toys for Babies & Toddlers

18 Cause and Effect Toys for Babies & Toddlers

When my son was a year old, we joked that his favorite toy with a light switch. But really, it wasn’t a joke at all. His favorite thing to do for a while was stand on a chair so he could reach the light switch, 

15 Best Climbing Toys for Toddlers: 1, 2, and 3 Year Olds

15 Best Climbing Toys for Toddlers: 1, 2, and 3 Year Olds

We all know that toddlers have an endless supply of energy and curiosity. They love to explore and climb on everything within their reach. As parents, it can drive you crazy be challenging to keep up with their adventurous spirit, keep them out of things 

Storage for Stuffed Animals: Mesh Hanging, Chains & Hammocks

Storage for Stuffed Animals: Mesh Hanging, Chains & Hammocks

If you have as many stuffed animals as we do, you need some good storage ideas for them. One thing that I’ve found to be an extra challenge about stuffed animals is that new ones come in … but the old ones rarely leave. The 

Cute and Easy Animal Cupcakes

Cute and Easy Animal Cupcakes

When my girls were little, we spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Sometimes the girls would sit on the counter and help me make dinner (mostly handing me things and pouring in stuff), and other times we would make “fun food,” like peanut 

28 Edible Christmas Crafts for Kids [fun & easy!]

28 Edible Christmas Crafts for Kids [fun & easy!]

Many years ago, when my kids were babies and toddlers and I was researching the idea of homeschooling, I read a book that said that during the entire month of December you should just shelve the regular schoolwork and just do Christmas DIY projects and 

16 Creative Alice in Wonderland Party Games and Ideas

16 Creative Alice in Wonderland Party Games and Ideas

As I mentioned in another post, I’ve always been an Alice in Wonderland fan. (Although I’m not particularly crazy about the Disney film. I don’t hate it or anything; it just doesn’t grab me.) Interestingly, my oldest daughter went through a phase when she was 

10 Advent Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids (easy & fun!)

10 Advent Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids (easy & fun!)

Everybody knows that the countdown to Christmas is at least as much fun as Christmas Day itself. An Advent Calendar is a great way to make that countdown tangible and create a daily routine that can turn into a great family tradition. These 10 crafts 

22 November Fall Crafts for Kids (fun & easy!)

22 November Fall Crafts for Kids (fun & easy!)

You’re wearing your sweaters and jeans (and possibly coats, depending on where you live), drinking pumpkin spice lattes, cooking a lot of soup, and raking up the leaves. Yes, it’s November, and there are a ton of fun seasonal activities you can can do with 

22 Fun Christmas Crafts for Toddlers Age 2-3

22 Fun Christmas Crafts for Toddlers Age 2-3

I love the Christmas season as much as anyone, but I vividly remember the days when my kids were toddlers and how challenging the month of December could sometimes be. During the year of the year, you can often spend half the day at the 

11 Unicorn Toys & Other Baby Shower Gifts

11 Unicorn Toys & Other Baby Shower Gifts

Even though I’ve had three babies of my own, t’s not often that I specifically write about baby-related stuff. (In fact, one of the few baby-themed posts I have, about taking an infant to Disney World, was written by interviewing other moms.) But I have 

9 Unicorn Toys and Gifts for 3 & 4 Year Old Girls

9 Unicorn Toys and Gifts for 3 & 4 Year Old Girls

I remember when my girls were preschool age. It was a lot of work, and very tiring at times, but it was so fun — not only spending time with them, but also getting them clothes, books and toys. Everything for that age group is 

10 Cute Unicorn Toys for 7, 8, and 9 Year Old Girls

10 Cute Unicorn Toys for 7, 8, and 9 Year Old Girls

Having girls that are ages of 7, 8, and 9 years old is a great time for a mother. (And also for a grandmother, I’m guessing.) Girls at that age are at a wonderful stage where they still like whimsical things like unicorns and mermaids 

Frozen 2 Activity books (and free printable coloring pages)

Frozen 2 Activity books (and free printable coloring pages)

Kids of all ages went crazy over Disney’s animated movie Frozen. (I still remember my daughter walking around the house singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” constantly. Well, of course there had to be sequel. And there was. From the Academy Award- winning 

Minnie Mouse Toys and Gifts for 1, 2, and 3 Year Old Girls

Minnie Mouse Toys and Gifts for 1, 2, and 3 Year Old Girls

My younger daughter, Rebecca, has always been a particularly huge fan of Minnie Mouse. When Rebecca was 2 years old, she had a red and white polka dot Minnie Mouse costume that she wore almost every day for about three months. The only time she 

Tiny Santa Hat Christmas Ornament Craft (made with Dollar Tree items!)

Tiny Santa Hat Christmas Ornament Craft (made with Dollar Tree items!)

Are you looking for a cute and easy homemade Christmas tree ornament that you and your kids can together? Well, look no further. Not only does this craft take about 15 minutes to make, but it’s made with several items that we found at Dollar 

The Best Dinosaur Toys for Toddler Boys (ages 2-4 years old)

The Best Dinosaur Toys for Toddler Boys (ages 2-4 years old)

Little kids — and especially toddler boys — love dinosaurs. And it’s not hard to see why. Dinosaurs seem like something from a long tale or a mythical land … but they’re real. They’re scary, powerful, and huge … but they’re also safe, because everybody 

DIY Sensory Bottle Ideas for Kids to Make

DIY Sensory Bottle Ideas for Kids to Make

If your child has sensory processing issues or ADD — or even if they don’t — they will love these simple sensory bottles. Also known as “calm down bottles,” these DIY sensory bottles are a tool for younger and older children alike that can help 

7 Dinosaur Crafts & Art Projects for Toddlers and Preschoolers

7 Dinosaur Crafts & Art Projects for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Do you know a little person who loves dinosaurs? Both both and girls tend to be fascinated by these prehistoric creatures. And why shouldn’t they be? They seem mythical, almost like unicorns … but they were real. How cool is that? Whether you’re looking for 

Mickey Mouse Craft Ideas & Activities

Mickey Mouse Craft Ideas & Activities

There are all kinds of reasons for making a Mickey Mouse craft: An upcoming trip to Disney World A Mickey-themed birthday party A desire to bring a little Disney into your home or classroom Just to show off your love for the mouse! Whatever the 

Best Toy Parking Garages for Kids & Toddlers (Wooden Garages and Matchbox Sets!)

Best Toy Parking Garages for Kids & Toddlers (Wooden Garages and Matchbox Sets!)

This group of the best toy garages for toddlers make playing with cars extra fun, particularly for little boys, who in my experience are always fascinated with them. When my son Benjamin was very little, he loved toy cars and trucks more than anything else. 

How to Make a DIY Unicorn Dream Catcher

How to Make a DIY Unicorn Dream Catcher

This cute DIY unicorn dream catcher is a great decoration for a unicorn-themed party or simply to hang in a girl’s bedroom. One of the things I like about this craft is that it was very inexpensive, and you probably have most of these things 

8 of the Best Unicorn Toys and Gifts for 5 and 6 Year Old Girls [2022]

8 of the Best Unicorn Toys and Gifts for 5 and 6 Year Old Girls [2022]

Unicorns are big right now. Chances are, if you know a little girl who is in around kindergarten or first grade, about the age of 5 or 6 years old, they are probably a huge fan of unicorns. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday party 

Easy Edible Playdough Recipe for Toddlers (with Nutella!)

Easy Edible Playdough Recipe for Toddlers (with Nutella!)

What’s even more fun than a hands-on craft with lots of sensory appeal for toddlers and preschoolers? One that you can eat when you’re finished! This homemade Nutella playdough has only 2 ingredients and is completely non-toxic and 100% edible. And if you’re a fan 

14 Christmas Snowman Crafts for Kids

14 Christmas Snowman Crafts for Kids

We live in the southeast, so it’s rare that we get to make an actual snowman. (Although it has happened!) But matter what the weather is like, snowmen are an icon of winter and the Christmas season. So if you can’t make one outside (and 

Christmas Snowman Craft for Preschoolers

Christmas Snowman Craft for Preschoolers

Do you ever use store-bought pasta sauce? How about salsa? Jelly? Olives? Pickles? Applesauce? If so, I bet you’re throwing away all those jar lids when you and your kids could be making a cute winter snowman out of them. After reading this post, you’ll 

32 Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Toddlers

32 Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Toddlers

Toilet paper rolls: We all have them. We’re constantly getting more of them. You might as well put them to good use, right? Here are 12 fun and easy toilet paper roll crafts that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, either at home or in 

How to Make a Sensory Bottle Without Baby Oil

How to Make a Sensory Bottle Without Baby Oil

This snowflake sensory is both beautiful and easy to make — plus it kind of doubles as DIY winter home decor.   So what’s a sensory bottle? If you’re not familiar with sensory bottles (also known as discovery bottles or calm down jars), they’re basically 

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Ornament Craft

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Ornament Craft

This is an easy Christmas craft that perschoolers could do (probably with a little assistance), but that looks nice enough that it doesn’t scream “a little kid made this!” It can obviously be used as a tree ornament … but you can also skip the 

Best Airplane Travel Toys & Puzzles for 1 and 2 Year Olds

Best Airplane Travel Toys & Puzzles for 1 and 2 Year Olds

Believe it or not, our children never rode on an airplane until they were all over the age of ten. There were a few reasons for this: We’re lucky enough to live within driving distance from most relatives We’re lucky enough to live within driving 

Dinosaur Nail & Wood Craft (Easy String Art for Kids)

Dinosaur Nail & Wood Craft (Easy String Art for Kids)

This dinosaur string art is a unique craft that has the benefit of teaching your kid the real-life skill of hammering (depending on their age.) If you’ve never done string art before, this post has everything you need to know to get started. Not only 

Panda Bear Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Panda Bear Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

This panda bear is a really simple craft that you can make within minutes of making this post. There’s no set up, nothing messy like paint, and you’re almost certain to already have everything you need. (If you don’t have black paper handy, you could 

School Bus Art Project for Toddlers & Preschoolers

School Bus Art Project for Toddlers & Preschoolers

I admit that I tend to be unfairly biased toward girls when I create kids’ printables and crafts for this blog. I don’t do it on purpose, but I’m guessing that it’s for 3 reasons: I used to be a girl and “girl things” appeal 

DIY Teddy Bear Halloween Treat Boxes (with Templates)

DIY Teddy Bear Halloween Treat Boxes (with Templates)

I love Halloween as much as anybody else, but I always like the “cute” side of it (pumpkins, fun costumes, cartoony ghosts) aspects of it rather than the scary/gory/haunted house element. And, of course, the candy. If you’re looking for a cute-not-scary way to pack 

How to Make a Mermaid Bookmark (with Printable Templates)

How to Make a Mermaid Bookmark (with Printable Templates)

You can never have too bookmarks — and this DIY mermaid bookmark is absolutely adorable. The printable template includes the instructions (written in first person by the mermaid, who I’ve named “Pearl”), so kids can make this bookmark with little to no assistance. All you 

Coffee Filter Leaf & Pumpkin Craft (with Food Coloring)

Coffee Filter Leaf & Pumpkin Craft (with Food Coloring)

This fall garland of leaves and pumpkins made from coffee filters is a fun craft that can kinda sorta double as a science experiment with a bit of creativity. This is one of those crafts — like my Mickey Mouse marble painting — where not 

Printable Slumber Party Activities (Mermaid Style!)

Printable Slumber Party Activities (Mermaid Style!)

If your little girl is planning a slumber party anytime soon, you’ve got to check out this adorable activity. Each girl gets to pick a pillow and sleeping bag for their sleeping bag, then they all get to pick a mermaid name and work on 

Seasons of a Tree: A Q-Tip Painting Idea for Kids

Seasons of a Tree: A Q-Tip Painting Idea for Kids

Here’s a great art project that not only helps kids learn about creating texture and layering colors, but also is a way to learn about the changing seasons. We did our trees by painting with one Q-tip at a time, but I’ve also seen people 

No-Cook Pumpkin Spice Playdough

No-Cook Pumpkin Spice Playdough

This play dough recipe is sometimes referred to as “Cloud Dough” because of how soft and smooth it is. Now I should clarify right off the bat that there is no pumpkin in this recipe. In fact, it’s not an edible play dough, so if 

Toilet Paper Roll Cat Craft for Kids

Toilet Paper Roll Cat Craft for Kids

This cat craft is super easy and requires almost literally no skills other than hitting your computer’s “Print” button and cutting out and gluing shapes. However, if you want to be more creative, you can certainly dress it up by varying the colors, drawing designs 

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder (with or without peanut butter)

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder (with or without peanut butter)

Want to attract some birds to your yard (and maybe even some squirrels and chipmunks?) This Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder is a simple craft that even toddlers and preschoolers can help make. You can make a couple of them to hang at different heights 

Toilet Paper Roll Ghost (A Halloween Craft)

Toilet Paper Roll Ghost (A Halloween Craft)

This paper roll ghost is a fun Halloween craft that can also be used for decorations in your home or classroom, especially if you’re hosting a Halloween party. They would also look great hanging from your porch and trees on Halloween night. This project is 

Dinosaur Dirt Pudding Cups: An Easy Recipe for Kids

Dinosaur Dirt Pudding Cups: An Easy Recipe for Kids

These Dinosaur Dirt Pudding Cups are not only a super-easy dessert recipe that kids can make themselves, but they’re a great snack and activity for birthday parties and playdates. Dirt Pudding Cup Variations There are a few ways you can change this up, depending on 

Free Printable Fall Word Searches (2 easy & 1 challenging)

Free Printable Fall Word Searches (2 easy & 1 challenging)

I just love fall, from the colors (autumn colors look very good on an Irish redhead) to the excitement of starting a new school year to that cozy feeling of sliding on a sweater and pair of jeans for the first time in months. Here 

Free Rainbow Templates to Color & Print

Free Rainbow Templates to Color & Print

Who doesn’t like rainbows? They’re fun, they’re colorful, they represent hope and promises … and you can use them for all kinds of kids’ activities, especially when it comes to learning about colors or the science of what makes a rainbow. I made a few 

Free Printable Summer Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

Free Printable Summer Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

Looking for something cheap and simple for your kids to do inside on a hot summer day? Here are 3 printable coloring pages with summer themes that are geared for preschool and kindergarten ages. Just click on each image to download and print. But wait! 

Raccoon Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Raccoon Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

This raccoon craft is super easy for even preschoolers to make. Just use the templates to cut out the pieces on colored paper, then glue the pieces in the right spots on a toilet paper roll.   Raccoon Book for Kids Why not create a 

How to Make Puffy Paint Without Shaving Cream and Glue (Super Easy Recipe!)

How to Make Puffy Paint Without Shaving Cream and Glue (Super Easy Recipe!)

Whipping up a batch of puffy paint is a great way to get your kids outside and let them be creative. If you’ve made puffy paint before, you’ve probably used shaving cream and/or glue. While that’s a perfectly respectable way to make it, this recipe 

3 Free Printable Back to School Word Searches

3 Free Printable Back to School Word Searches

These 3 printable back to school word searches are great for homeschool families, teachers, or any kid that loves word puzzles. Word searches may seem like something that’s a “filler” activity or something to do “just for fun,” but they actually help with skills such 

Free Printable Cat Coloring Pages

Free Printable Cat Coloring Pages

Considering the name of this blog, I figured it was about time that I created some cat coloring pages. To make them even more fun, I gave each page a funny cat pun.   Get All 4 Cat Coloring Pages! Get these coloring pages plus 

How to Make a Dinosaur Stick Puppet

How to Make a Dinosaur Stick Puppet

Today you’re going to learn a really easy kids’ activity that’s a double whammy: it’s a craft that doubles as a homemade toy. When my kids were younger, they were constantly putting on shows and making videos. (Mostly it was just my girls, but sometimes 

Mermaid Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Mermaid Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

One of my daughters was absolutely obsessed with mermaids — particularly Ariel — when she was 5 and 6 years old. We would go to the park and “play pretend” with her little sister being Flounder and me being Ursula. (Yes, I am one of 

Free Printable I Spy Unicorn Worksheets

Free Printable I Spy Unicorn Worksheets

These 2 Unicorn I Spy printables are not only cute and colorful, but they also help children: Build working memory Develop visual discrimination Practice maths skills like counting, sorting, and comparing Develop visual tracking skills Just click on each image to download and print it. 

How to Make a Fairy House with a Recycled  Milk Jug

How to Make a Fairy House with a Recycled Milk Jug

We have a few people in my family who are crazy about cold cereal, so needless to say, we go through several jugs of milk every week. If you’re tired of having all your milk jugs become sad little smooshed things at the bottom of 

How to Make a Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle With Water Beads

How to Make a Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle With Water Beads

In this post you’re going to learn how to create a sensory bottle. But not just any sensory bottle — a glow in the dark sensory bottle! (That would be a very cool activity to make during a sleepover party.) And not just any glow 

How to Make Moon Sand With Baby Oil and Flour

How to Make Moon Sand With Baby Oil and Flour

Tomorrow morning we’re heading to Jacksonville Beach to spend the week at an Air B&B (I’m packing as soon as I publish this post!) so I’ve had ocean-y things on my mind for a while. Here’s a super-easy sensory activity that’s perfect for using all 

Easy Dinosaur Footprint Fossil Cookies

Easy Dinosaur Footprint Fossil Cookies

Got a dinosaur lover in your house? They’ll have a blast making their favorite dinos stomp around to create these yummy cookies. And eating them is pretty fun too. If you want to be a little extra creative, you could make “muddy” footprints by adding 

Easy Father’s Day Fingerprint Craft Card

Easy Father’s Day Fingerprint Craft Card

Looking for an easy idea for a homemade Father’s Day Card to make Dad feel special? This Hammer & Nails card craft is both unique and super easy. And it’s perfect for guys who are particularly handy. Kids will get paint all over their arm 

Fireworks Art Painting for Kids

Fireworks Art Painting for Kids

This fun and easy fireworks painting activity is great for any time of the year, not just the Fourth of July. What’s neat about this craft is that you use plants for a paintbush. Not only does that make the project unique, but it means 

Free Printable Dinosaur I Spy Worksheets

Free Printable Dinosaur I Spy Worksheets

These free printable I Spyworksheets are not only be fun for kids who love dinosaurs, but they’re also educational. According to Scholastic, I Spy worksheets like these: Build Working Memory Enhance Visual Discrimination Entice Reluctant Readers There are two different worksheets below. Just click on 

Mickey Mouse Marble Painting Craft for Kids

Mickey Mouse Marble Painting Craft for Kids

Marble painting is a fun and easy craft that makes a unique painting each time. The great thing is that you don’t need great fine motor skills, you don’t need any artistic ability — and best of all, there’s no wrong way to do it! 

How to Make a Wooden Peg Doll: DIY Little Mermaid

How to Make a Wooden Peg Doll: DIY Little Mermaid

I didn’t even know that wooden peg dolls were a “thing” until I discovered this Little Mermaid peg doll. It turns out that these peg dolls are a toy used in Montessori and Waldorf schools for pretend play, color matching, and other activities. They can 

Printable Mermaid “Color by Letter” (great for preschool & kindergarten)

Printable Mermaid “Color by Letter” (great for preschool & kindergarten)

This free Color by Letter worksheet featuring is not only fun for mermaid lovers, but it also helps preschoolers and kindergarteners with letter recognition. The picture uses the first 7 letters of the alphabet. Since those are the letters of the musical alphabet, it’s also 

Free Printable Dinosaur Word Searches (Easy & Challenging)

Free Printable Dinosaur Word Searches (Easy & Challenging)

Whether your kids are studying dinosaur in school, learning about them at home, or just can’t enough of those huge prehistoric animals, hear are 3 printable word searches they’ll love. The first 2 are easy (no up and down or diagonal words) and the last 

Free Printable Dinosaur Coloring Pages (with names!)

Free Printable Dinosaur Coloring Pages (with names!)

I recently read that a third of all children between around the ages of 2 and 6 have what researchers call an “intense interest” about something. While the most common intense interest at that age is vehicles like cars and trucks (that was definitely my 

Sensory Ziploc Paint Bags for Babies & Toddlers

Sensory Ziploc Paint Bags for Babies & Toddlers

Imagine your toddler or preschooler painting with multiple colors, swirling and smearing the colors together, digging right into it with their hands and fingers … … without making any mess. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, not if you make a paint sensory 

10 Easy Sensory Activities for Preschoolers: Bins, Bottles, and Playdough

10 Easy Sensory Activities for Preschoolers: Bins, Bottles, and Playdough

Do you want to keep your preschooler busy and happy while learning — without spending a ton of money? Then check out these 10 easy sensory activities. What are the Benefits of Sensory Play? One of the benefits to you is that is frees you 

3 Free Printable Unicorn Word Searches (2 Easy & 1 Challenging)

3 Free Printable Unicorn Word Searches (2 Easy & 1 Challenging)

Here are three unicorn word searches, all with different designs, for the unicor-loving girl in your life to have fun with. The first two are fairly easy, and the last one is more challenging, so there should something just right for your child’s age and 

13 Easy Unicorn Crafts & Art Projects for Kids

13 Easy Unicorn Crafts & Art Projects for Kids

What’s more fun than a unicorn? How about a unicorn that you’ve made yourself? Here are 13 easy unicorn crafts that kids will love. They’re perfect for birthday parties, playdates, or just hanging out and being creative at home. Although this post has “preschoolers and 

4 Free Printable Unicorn Coloring Pages for Kids

4 Free Printable Unicorn Coloring Pages for Kids

I was inspired to create some unicorn activities a couple weeks ago, after the cute blond 3 year old girl next door ran across the front lawn to happily show me her stuffed unicorn. I started by making these printable unicorn templates in different sizes. 

7 Beach Themed Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

7 Beach Themed Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

If your family can’t get to the beach this summer, you can the beach to your home by doing these crafts with your kids. And heck — if you are going to the beach this summer, these are great crafts to help you get in 

Free Printable Mermaid Coloring Pages for Girls

Free Printable Mermaid Coloring Pages for Girls

When one of my daughters was about five years old, she was obsessed with mermaids. She would wrap blankets around her waist to give the effect of a mermaid tail (we didn’t know at the time that they make special blankets just for this purpose), 

Free Printable Ocean Animals Word Searches

Free Printable Ocean Animals Word Searches

Are your kids learning about ocean animals and sea creature at home or at school? Is your family planning a trip to the beach? Do your kids just think that sharks, dophins, and jellyfish are pretty cool? These are all great reasons for your kids 

12 Fun & Easy Sensory Activities for Infants & Toddlers

12 Fun & Easy Sensory Activities for Infants & Toddlers

Do you want to: Keep your toddler busy Have them develop important skills, and Let them have a blast — just by whipping up something in ten minutes that barely cost any money? Then you need to check out these 12 sensory activities!     

7 Free Printable Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

7 Free Printable Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

Nothing makes a better Mother’s Day gift that something that was hand-made by your child. These 7 Mother’s Day crafts are simple, cute, and kids will love to make them. Many of them require nothing other than crayons or markers and cardstock to print them 

8 DIY Unicorn Cake & Cupcake Ideas for Birthday Parties

8 DIY Unicorn Cake & Cupcake Ideas for Birthday Parties

Planning a unicorn-themed birthday party? Well, all birthday parties need cake … or cupcakes. Or both. Here are 8 ideas for homemade unicorn cakes and cupcakes. While they all look amazing, many of them are more easy to make than they appear. Several involve using 

9 Fun Outdoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

9 Fun Outdoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

When my kids were toddlers, one of the ways I stayed sane was to get all of us outside as much as possible. Sometimes that meant walks to the library in the double stroller, and other times it meant driving to one of our favorite 

Free Printable Mother’s Day Word Searches

Free Printable Mother’s Day Word Searches

Here are two colorful word searches I made that will get kids in the spirit of Mother’s Day. Just click on each image to download.       I always found that highlighter pens work much better for word searches than just circling the words. 

23 Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids to Make by Themselves

23 Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids to Make by Themselves

Dessert. Is there anything it can’t do? Think about it for a moment: Dessert makes people happy. Dessert brings friends and family together. Creating dessert can be an art project. Baking teaches math and science. Making dessert together is a great way to bond with 

Free Printable Unicorn Head Templates

Free Printable Unicorn Head Templates

The two little girls who live next door to us are ages six and three. I love getting visits from them because they remind me so much of my two girls when they were little. Yesterday the girls next door were outside playing when I 

Free Printable Under the Sea Coloring Pages

Free Printable Under the Sea Coloring Pages

I’m guessing that you’re here because either you and/or your kids are fascinated with life under the sea. Ocean animals are just so … interesting, aren’t they? There’s so much variety to them, and life under the sea is just so different from our normal 

8 Easy Dinner Recipes Kids Can Make

8 Easy Dinner Recipes Kids Can Make

Some of my very favorite moments have been time spent in the kitchen with my children. From when my oldest daughter would sit on the kitchen counter and hand me the items to make a stew while her baby sister to a nap, to when 

Earth Day Printable Activities: Word Searches and I Spy

Earth Day Printable Activities: Word Searches and I Spy

Looking for an indoor activity for your kids to do for Earth Day? Here are 3 free printables: two word searches and an “I Spy” worksheet. Just click the image to download each one. I always love to find picture books specific to any holiday, 

35 Easy Rice Krispie Treat Recipes That Kids Can Make

35 Easy Rice Krispie Treat Recipes That Kids Can Make

Does anyone remember that commercial where the mom made Rice Krispie Treats, then tossed a little bit of flour on her face and brought the treats to her family while trying to looks as haggard and tired as possible? The idea was that “your family 

17 Animal Themed Desserts & Party Food Ideas

17 Animal Themed Desserts & Party Food Ideas

When my kids were younger, we had lots of fun in the kitchen together. Sometimes they would just be my assistant and hand me things while I was making dinner. But the best times were when was we made “decorative food.” Here are 17 animal-themed 

Free Printable Disney Coloring Pages for Kids (and some for adults!)

Free Printable Disney Coloring Pages for Kids (and some for adults!)

Do you have anyone in your house who loves to color and loves Disney? Well, here are a ton of links for coloring pages featuring you and your kids’ favorite Disney characters. I even included a couple links to adult Disney coloring pages at the 

18 Fun Stay at Home Kid Activities: No More Boredom!

18 Fun Stay at Home Kid Activities: No More Boredom!

If you’re a parent, you’re bound to have times when you’re stuck at home with the kids. It could be that one child is sick, so the entire crew is basically homebound until they’re better. It could be due to weather. Or a car being 

Free Easter Printables: 3 Word Searches for Kids

Free Easter Printables: 3 Word Searches for Kids

I’ve spent plenty of time over the years printing out free printables for my two daughters to have fun with. (My son, on the other hand, was never interested in that kind of thing, and for the most part I didn’t force it.) With Easter 

Easter Gifts for Babies, Toddlers, & Older Children (both Christian and Non-Religious)

Easter Gifts for Babies, Toddlers, & Older Children (both Christian and Non-Religious)

  I have so many fun memories of my kids when they were toddlers. We used to color eggs, go on Easter egg hunts with other families at the park, and decorate the house with stuffed bunnies (which we still do.) And my mother always 

3 Free Printable Easter Bunny Mazes

3 Free Printable Easter Bunny Mazes

When my oldest daughter was about 3 years, she discovered mazes and dove deep into them. I bought her this book and she almost finished the entire thing in one weekend. It turns out that she wasn’t just having fun, but she was also laying 

Free Printable Easter Coloring Pages for Kids

Free Printable Easter Coloring Pages for Kids

Here are 4 Easter coloring pages that your kids will love. (And if you’re anything like me, you’ll love coloring along with them!) These pages can be used in so many ways. They can be an activity at an Easter party, a way to make 

8 Free Printable Disney Princess Word Searches

8 Free Printable Disney Princess Word Searches

It’s rare to meet a little girl who doesn’t have a favorite Disney princess. (My oldest daughter was crazy about Ariel, and my younger daughter loved Cinderella.) These free word searches are something girls can work on alone or with friends, at school or in 

Pink (and Purple!) Dinosaur Toys for Girls

Pink (and Purple!) Dinosaur Toys for Girls

Through no particular prodding or encouragement on our part, our kids always followed gender roles in their choice of toys when they were little. While my son Benjamin was crazy about toy cars and garages, (and little else), my two daughters loved princesses, dolls, Minnie 

Best Junior Baking Kits for Kids

Best Junior Baking Kits for Kids

These baking sets for beginners are all geared for girls and boys who want to learn to bake. I know I’ve had great memories of making Christmas cookies with my mom, and I still have the specific recipes that we baked together when I was a 

The Best Dinosaur Skeleton,Bone, and Fossil Toys

The Best Dinosaur Skeleton,Bone, and Fossil Toys

Dinosaur skeleton bones and fossil kits make a great educational toy for kids. Hands-on learners (like my middle child, who has always loved to touch everything) will especially love digging around making unique discoveries with them. They can be equally enjoyed for both girls and 

12 Great Gifts for Kids Who Love to Read

12 Great Gifts for Kids Who Love to Read

When I was in my late twenties, I looked up one of my sixth grade teachers and wrote her a letter, telling her that I was now a middle school teacher myself, and that I had good memories of her and remembered what a good 

The Best Glow in the Dark Toys for Toddlers (and Older Kids Too!)

The Best Glow in the Dark Toys for Toddlers (and Older Kids Too!)

When my kids were really little, we used to play hide and the seek in the house after dark using glow sticks. One of my girls found it scary, so we renamed the game “Hide and Hug” and everybody would hug the person when they