Monday, April 30, 2012

Get Crafty: Ladybugs

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details.


Last week we decided to do out own twist on a classic kid's craft, the paper plate lady bug. We were down most of the week with the stomach flu and needed a low-key craft to do once we started feeling better. We happened to have The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle in our pile of library books and a pile of paper plates in our craft supplies, so we decided to make some simple ladybugs.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekends: Unplug


Is this a familiar scenario? Almost-empty coffee mug, a little Pinterest browsing and a very lazy morning. It happens most mornings around my house and I'll admit that sometimes the time stretches much longer than it should. There are times when I have to be on the computer and times when I just want to. But, no matter the cause, my laptop is a pretty integral part of my life.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kids Co-op



It's Friday and you know what that means? It's time for the Kids Co-op! Link-up your favorite kid-related post and make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers!

Each week the Co-op is getting bigger and bigger! I was so excited to see over 200 great ideas linked up last week. Here are just a few of the great ideas I discovered last week.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

10 Ways to Explore Nature in Spring


Spring is such a beautiful time of the year to get out and explore nature. Everything is fresh and new and there is so much to see and explore. Here are 10 fun ways to explore nature in spring.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Creative Family Fun Nights: Family Interviews

I'd love to introduce another new series to you today: Creative Family Fun Nights. This is where you'll find family-friendly ideas designed for family nights or anytime. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to Creative Family Fun Nights you can follow for even more ideas!


It's not always easy to come up with ideas for the whole family that don't require money or a car trip anywhere. So, that's why I've decided to start sharing some of my ideas for family fun nights. Set aside a night and after dinner pledge to spend time together as a family, laughing and having fun. This activity, Family Interview, is designed to help you get to know each other better and have fun while you're at it! All you need is paper and pen.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Get Crafty: Cork-Print Trees

My craft projects will now be living under the series Get Crafty. You'll see the same type of projects and the same type of fun; they'll just be gathered together in one great place!


Since the weather has been so nice, we haven't been doing as many craft projects. So, during one rainy day, I decided it was time to get crafting again and we made cork-print trees. I pulled this project together quickly and as a result the set-up and clean-up was rather easy, which left plenty of time for fun.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weekends: Clean Greener


Since Earth Day is coming up on Sunday (April 22nd), I wanted to share a way that I have consciously moved toward being greener. About a year ago, I got serious about greening my cleaning routine. I was always uncomfortable with using all the harsh cleaning chemicals around my pets and children, so I started researching ways to eliminate those chemicals. That's when I met my two best friends, vinegar and baking soda. Combined with a spray bottle and a pile of old rags, I can clean my house from top to bottom.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kid's Co-op


It's Friday and you know what that means? It's time for the Kids Co-op! Link-up your favorite kid-related post and make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers!

Each week the Co-op is getting bigger and bigger! Here are just a few of the great things linked up last week.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Exploring Nature: Investigating Trees

Today, I'd like to introduce you to another new series, Exploring Nature. Nature posts are not new to Creative Family Fun, but now they are going to live under the title, Exploring Nature. I know you're expecting another 10 Ways post today since it is Thursday, but don't worry, that series isn't going away. It's just taking a mini-vacation for a week so I can introduce all of my new series!



We took a trip out to our side yard recently to take a close look at our young apple tree. We were talking about the different parts of trees and learning about how they grew. We were specifically taking a look at the apple tree because we wanted to know how apples grew. 

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Story Time: Earth Day

Over the next few weeks, I will be introducing several new series here on Creative Family Fun. You can look forward to Creative Family Fun Nights, Exploring Nature, and this series, Story Time. The girls and I are all book lovers and this series will present reading lists based on different subjects. Today's choices are all in honor of Earth Day.

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details.

Curious George Plants A Tree by Margret & H.A. Rey: George learns about the environment and wants to do something to help.

Be a Friend to Trees (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, Stage 2) by Patricia Lauber: Learn about the importance of trees and how we can be a friend to trees.

We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow: Learn about the benefits of trees through two families who plant two trees in different corners of the world.

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals: Learn all about compost through fun rhyming verse.

The EARTH Book by Todd Parr: Colorful illustrations and playful text help explain the environment to young children.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: No Earth Day book collection would be complete without including The Lorax!

What are your favorite Earth Day books?

Pin It

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Weather Wiz Kids


I stumbled across Weather Wiz Kids when I was researching my "10 Ways to Learn About the Weather" post. I was so happy to discover such a comprehensive weather website created for kids. You'll find explanations of weather phenomena written for kids, fun facts, weather safety information, experiments, games, and even jokes. You'll find information there for all ages of kids, their parents, and teachers. If you're looking for ways to teach about weather, Weather Wiz Kids should be your first stop!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tips for Observing Nature With Small Children


Since we are going to be spending so much time exploring nature, I thought it was important to teach the girls how to observe nature. We recently took a trip to a local nature center and had some incredible opportunities for observation. We saw turtles and geese and heard frogs and many varieties of birds. We were very lucky to have chanced upon the goose in the picture above, who let us watch him for quite awhile before swimming away. Of course, he wouldn't have stayed around for as long if we hadn't been following some simple rules for observing nature.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weekends: Examine the Small Things


It's so easy to overlook the little things, isn't it? I was on a hike with the family and the girls were moving as fast as they could. They were excited and full of energy. They were ready to move. Suddenly, a voice from behind said, "Slow down! You just missed a pretty flower." They circled back and looked. Sure enough, in all of their excitement, they had walked right by a pretty spring flower poking out of a bed of dead leaves. We talked about slowing down, looking around us, and paying attention to the small things.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kid's Co-op


It's Friday and you know what that means? It's time for the Kids Co-op! Link-up your favorite kid-related post and make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers!

There were so many great ideas shared last week, that it was so hard to choose three to share. Here is just the tip of the iceberg from last week:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

10 Ways To Use Your Public Library


Happy National Library Week! This week, April 8-14 is National Library Week. According to AtYourLibrary.org, National Library Week is "a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use."

I love our public library and we visit it at least once a week. It's a gem in our community and I couldn't ask for a better library. This week I wanted to salute my public library with a list of 10 ways to use your public library. And, believe me, it was hard to stop at 10! I'm doing something a little different this week and linking to many activities provided by AtYourLibrary.org which is the public website for the American Library Association's public awareness campaign, the Campaign for America's Library. So here are my 10 favorite ways to use your public library.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How Do Birds Find Their Way? Book & Activity

The girls and I are on a quest. We're on a quest to learn as much about the natural world as we can. I hope you'll come along on the journey with us. We'll consult many book, do science experiments, look at things up close, observe, pretend, do art project, and many, many other things while we're learning. Let's have fun!

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details.

Monday, April 9, 2012

We Make Music

Awhile ago, I asked my friend Angelique Felix for help. I was hoping to provide you with a post about music play. Angelique graciously offered to write a guest post on this subject, and today I am happy to be able to share it with you! Thank you Angelique!
**************************

This post I dedicate to a big love in my life and the joy it brought me and many of the children I encounter - MUSIC. Written for my lovely friend Terri of Creative Family Fun.

Children are magically drawn to music. A big master of music said:
If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” - Shinichi Suzuki (Japanese violinist and teacher who introduced millions of children to his  musical "Suzuki Method")



The importance of tones, melodies and music for our children’s development start early.
Since the fourth month after conception kids have the ability to listen to the rythm and melody of their mother’s voice. The newborn child will likely react positively and show recognition of songs sung by its parents during pregnancy. Reseacher Annie Murphy on TED explains that newborns can even cry in the dialect of their mother! The sense of melody and rythm begins in the womb and will be mostly formed up to three years of age.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Weekends: Finding Balance


Would it shock you to hear that I sometimes struggle with balance? No, I don't have it all together. In fact, a lot of time, like this past week for example, I feel like I have way too much on my plate. I struggle to prioritize. I know I need to do better. So, this weekend, while spending time with my family, I'm going to work on balance. 

So, how do you find balance? Here are the steps I'm going to take to help balance my priorities. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Kids Co-op


It's Friday and you know what that means? It's time for the Kids Co-op! Link-up your favorite kid-related post and make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers!

Last week there were over 200 amazing idea linked up! It was so hard to choose just three favorites.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Sweden

Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg's footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited. Our children see maps, flags, books and even postcards about the world.Taste and smell don't often get explored, which is how the "Around The World in 12 Dishes" challenge came to be.

Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Mummymummymum, Rainy Day Mum, Red Ted Art, The Educators' Spin On It and The Outlaw Mom have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it - to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun! Check out the other great posts as well!

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details.

Around the World in 12 Dishes


When we moved on to Sweden, I had difficulty coming up with a recipe. We checked out a Scandinavian cookbook from the library, and I still wasn't sure what we should cook. Finally I stumbled across a recipe for Swedish Almond Cake. I knew we had a winner!