Favorite Arts and Crafts for Kids from the After School Team

It’s school vacation week! In order to focus on spending time with our families, the other After School cohosts and I decided to take this Monday and next (12/30) off from hosting the After School linky – but we will leave last week’s linky open, so you can continue to add your activities!  We want […]

Gifts Kids Can Make: Handmade Jewelry

Artterro sent us their wool felt wearables kit when we sent over some of their gorgeous art journals for my four kids, and Emma has enjoyed using the kit to explore the world of handmade jewelry – although I realized, putting together this post, that she has hardly touched the wool portion of the kit […]

Adventure Stories for Kids: Gannon and Wyatt

Seven-year-old Emma may come across as very calm and even sedate, but this girl loves adventure! Emma would like to travel the world, but we can’t do that right now, so I am always looking for exciting new books for her to travel through. The new middle-grade adventure series, Travels with Gannon & Wyatt, was […]

Making Bouncy Balls!

There are a few ways of making bouncy balls at home, but this kit from ALEX Toys is definitely the easiest I’ve seen! Since I blog for ALEX Toys, we get sent a bunch of their products to try; we received a mini version of this kit in the Slimy Sticky Silly Stuff Kid Concoctions […]

Candy Experiments Book!

We love using candy for science experiments, so I was thrilled when we received a review copy of Loralee Leavitt’s Candy Experiments book (affiliate link)! I was even happier to see that the book includes simple explanations of why things happen the way they do. We’re still busy packing for our coast-to-coast move, so we […]

Making Paper

Our family had a blast making paper using a Paper Factory kit we were sent by ALEX Toys! First we had to tear the paper. Anna was our best paper ripper – this is one of her favorite everyday activities, so she was thrilled to be able to do it without being stopped! Once the […]

Teaching Kids to Tell Time

At the beginning of the summer, Emma came to me with a problem: she didn’t know how to tell analog time. She had a unit on telling time in school, and did fine on her test, but the concept behind the answers hadn’t stuck. Luckily, I was one step ahead of her – ALEX Toys […]

Child-Made Birthday Cake!

Yesterday was my birthday, and the three “big” kids had a blast making me a birthday cake (with a little help from dad, who doesn’t bake himself) while Anna and I napped. Seven-year-old Emma picked out a marbled cake recipe from (affiliate link) The Cookbook for Kids – a fantastic cookbook from Williams & Sonoma […]

Creative Play with Fusible Beads

My kids really struggled with fusible beads the first time I pulled them out, but they have since gotten very creative with them, so they have become part of our rainy day activities! Ours are Pyssla beads from IKEA, but you buy Perler beads in most stores, and they are the exact same thing, at […]