Fun with Kids

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 […]

Best Toy Parking Garages for Toddlers (Wooden Garages, Matchbox Sets, and More)

Best Toy Parking Garages for Toddlers (Wooden Garages, Matchbox Sets, and More)

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. […]

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 […]

Baking Kits for Beginners (Starter Sets for Kids)

Baking Kits for Beginners (Starter Sets 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 […]

Storage for Stuffed Animals: Chains, Hammocks, and More!

Storage for Stuffed Animals: Chains, Hammocks, and More!

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 old ones rarely leave. The stuffed […]

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 […]

Best Airplane Activities for Toddlers: Puzzles, Magnetic Toys, and More

Best Airplane Activities for Toddlers: Puzzles, Magnetic Toys, and More

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 […]

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 […]

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!)

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

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 […]