Friday, November 30, 2012

Candy Making Play Date & Giveaway (Giveaway now closed)


In the spirit of our Creative Family Fun Nights, I'm going to start sharing some ideas for creative play dates. These are designed for as few as 1 or 2 kids or to as many as you want. Many of these would also be fun ideas for family nights. And, to kick off our first play date idea, I've also got a giveaway at the end. Let's get started making some candy at our candy making play date!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Christmas Fun



It's Kid's Co-op time! Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Crayon Resist Candy Canes


At the end of my candy cane round-up, I promised you our own candy cane project. And, here it is - our crayon resist candy canes. After a short art lesson and a little bit of magic, we had a pretty new Christmas decoration.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

10 Candy Cane Crafts & Activities


It's easy to get lost in the wealth of Christmas activities around the blogosphere and Pinterest. In order to help you find the best projects, I'll be posting more roundups than usual this month. This first roundup is all about candy canes. Crafts, treats, learning & fun!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Santa Hat Ornaments


Now that Thanksgiving is over, we've officially started Christmas crafting. Our first project was these Santa Hat Ornaments. They were easy to make and you probably already have all the supplies on hand.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gift Guide for the Young Artist


We love art supplies and find that they always make a great gift. This gift guide is designed to give you fun ideas for your art-loving kids. I've got everything from stocking stuffers to big gifts. I hope you can find something your little one will enjoy!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Kid's Co-op



Have you missed the Kid's Co-op as much as I have? Are you ready to play? Please join up and share your favorite post. (And, we'd love you forever if you'd link back to us!) Your link will show up on all of the hosts' blogs. It's time to link up, visit some new blogs, and have a lot of fun!




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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Love

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One of the first parenting/education blogs I ever read was Imagination Soup. Melissa is an amazing resource for fun ideas and great advice. We've gotten to know each other know through our blogs and now I'm thrilled to be a part of her launch team for her new book, Book Love.

The book is a wonderful resource of fun, practical, and easy-to-implement ideas for your young reader. Do you have beginning readers? This book will help you foster a lifelong love of reading. Do you have reluctant readers? Melissa will help you pin-point the problem and will give you ideas to get from reluctance to enthusiasm.

Here's what you'll find in the book:
  • Activities and product recommendations.
  • Word attack and reading comprehension strategies.
  • The big reasons kids hate to read and what to do about them: too boring, too tricky, too blurry, too “sitty”.
  • Book lists organized by kid-interests.
Not only is the book great, but Melissa is planning a fun launch week. If you buy Book Love this week, you will get some 2 cool bonuses -- like a book from Newmark Learning! Go to http://imaginationsoup.net/2012/11/book-love-launch-and-bonuses/ to find out how to get your free book and be entered into 9 cool sweepstakes.

You can purchase Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader 1st Edition for your Kindle (you can also read it on just about any device by downloading the free reading app) or you can buy the paperback edition here

I truly believe both parents and educators could benefit from Book Love. I know I did!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gift Guide for the Young Scientist

Gift Guide for the Young Scientist
Gift Guide for the Young Scientist by creativefamfun on Polyvore


I'm a big fan of gift guides. I love having a themed selection of ideas to choose from when it's time to do my holiday shopping and I hope you do too. I plan on sharing a few with you over the next couple of weeks in the hopes that it will give you some new and fun ideas for holiday gift giving.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanksgiving Word Search


I had a lot of fun making my Halloween Word Search, so I thought I would make you a couple more word searches for Thanksgiving. These would be perfect for keeping little hands busy at the kid's table or as a fun after-school activity. I hope you enjoy sharing these fun Thanksgiving treats with your kids.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Get Crafty: Gratitude Leaves


This year, a lot of our Thanksgiving activities have centered around gratitude. We've been practicing gratitude at the table as well as celebrating all the things, big or small, that we are thankful for in our everyday life. As a way to illustrate all that we are thankful for, we made these simple gratitude trees.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

10 Ways to Play This Weekend: Week 16


We've been battling a stomach virus at our house this week, so I'm more than ready to do a bit of playing this weekend. Here are 10 fun ideas of ways to play this weekend.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Brazil


This month, Around the World in 12 Dishes is visiting Brazil. When I asked Lizzie what she learned about Brazil, the first thing she said was, "they make good chocolates!" Why yes, they do. The food we chose for Brazil was the brigadeiro, a popular chocolate candy. They were fun to make and definitely yummy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gratitude at the Table


So many of my family and friends are focusing on gratitude the month of November. While I believe gratitude should be practiced year-round, I love the special focus that Thanksgiving brings. I want to share with you a special way we've incorporated gratitude into our daily life.

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