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Create an Alphabet Monster … letter learning fun!

I’ve been realizing that my almost 4 year old needs more work on identifying the letters in the alphabet.  I saw an idea for making an Alphabet Monster Game from Little Family Fun.  So we made our own version with materials

Booking Across the USA – M is for MICHIGAN!

Booking Across the USA is a collaborative blogging project created by Growing Book By Book.  Participating bloggers are showcasing a book and activity related to their state.  All 50 states are represented!!!  Being a lifelong Michigan resident, I’m proud to represent

SnOw MUCH FUN!!! … round up of PlayDrMom’s snow posts

I haven’t lived anywhere else than Michigan, so SNOW has always been a part of my life (at least for 1/4 of the year!).  Unlike many others, I really enjoy snow (except driving in a lot of it).  Here’s a round

DIY Snowman Snow Measurer

I saw this fabulous idea from Pink and Green Mama on how to turn a paint stick into a super cute Snowman Snow Measurer.  We finally had a chance to give it a try. I took a couple of extra paint

Exploring Snowflakes

I found some great books the other day while at the library that really inspired us to learn a lot more about snowflakes.  These are the books … Widgets Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin … tells the story of

Anonymous Joy Bombing – Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring David McPhail

As I’ve said before, one of the main reasons I love participating in the Virtual Book Club for Kids is because I get to exposed to new authors and have the opportunity to explore each author’s works in depth.  This month

Bring it Inside! – exploring snow indoors

Snow starting falling where we live right on the Winter Solstice (December 21).  It melted but made a beautiful return on Christmas Eve … and we’ve had snow on the ground ever since.  My kids were SO excited to go outside

Create a Family Tree

This month Henry, my 6 year old son who is in 1st grade, had a homework assignment to create a family tree.  I was all excited to create one with him like I do with my clients  … he, however, had

Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls (yes, even boys!) – a collaborative post with Mama OT and Playing with Words 365

I’m very excited to share that I have a collaborative post up today over at Mama OT!  Christie (Mama OT) who is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, Katie (Playing with Words 365) who is a speech therapist, and I wrote about the

This Plus That: Customized Task Sheets for Kids

It’s been a struggle since the school year began … how to get Henry to accomplish the tasks he needs to do after school.  Especially when I’m not there to supervise. This year marks a first for us.  The first year

Thinking Creatively … featuring a book by Kevin Henkes

This month the Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Kevin Henkes.  He has TONS of fabulous books for kids … and the blogs that are participating are sure to come with TONS of wonderful related activities.  Many of the

When Potty Training is Difficult … part of the “We Get It” parenting series

I’ve received lots of requests to blog about potty training … but it’s taken me a really long time to sit down and write this post.  The road of potty training my son (now 6) has been long and bumpy …