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what's your favorite animal

What’s Your Favorite Animal? – Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring Eric Carle

This month the Virtual Book for Kids is featuring the beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle. I have loved his work for as long as I can remember … and The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of the first books I read to
Glow-in-the-Dark Creeper Shirts

Glow-in-the-Dark Creeper Shirts: Minecraft Party Favor

I didn’t want to get a bunch of junky toys or candy for the party favors for my son’s Minecraft party … instead we made the  guests Glow-in-the-Dark Creeper Shirts. After nailing down the easiest and best way to make these Glow-in-the-Dark
PlayDrMom makes and paints some ice rocks

Making & Painting Ice Rocks!

My fingers are finally thawing out, so I can finally write a post about one of the fun activities I did with the kids when the Polar Vortex hit here in Michigan. The kids had already been out of school for
paper heart banner

Paper Heart Doily Banner

With all the snow, chilly temps, and grey skies around here I wanted something to brighten up our window and bring warmth inside the house.  Doing so was very simple!  All that was needed was some paper heart doilies, watercolor paints
PlayDrMom's pour paint pumpkins

Pour Paint Pumpkins

These are so easy and SO much fun to make.  All you need is a pumpkin and lots of paint.  And all you have to do is pour the paint on the pumpkin … and let it drip. Here are some
a little bit of spider humor - blogger style!  PlayDrMom shares Spider activities to go along with the package she received as part of the Love Books Summer Book Exchange.

Learning about SPIDERS!!!: Love Books Summer Exchange

When the ladies from The Educators’ Spin On It stated they would be running the “Love Books” Summer Book Exchange again, I quickly signed up. The kids I and I had a great time exchanging book and related activities last year
cute little TP chicks

Little Yellow Chicks

I saw this post from Happy Hooligans and we just had to try out our own version.  All you need to make these cute little yellow chicks are a few toilet paper rolls (cut in half), yellow paint (of course you could
St Patrick's Day Fun

St Paddy’s Day Ideas

Looking for some ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with children? Here are some ideas: Be sure to check out my post from last year with fun ideas such as making a leprechaun trap, an indoor gardening project of growing “hair”
playing with snow inside

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
snowman thank you notes

Snowmen Thank-You Notes

‘Tis the Season … to make sure you send out your Thank-you notes!  And having your kids take part is very important.  Since my kids were old enough to scribble I made sure that they had a role in making and
Using spin art as a therapeutic tool

Using Spin Art in Play Therapy

SPIN ART and PLAY THERAPY are two of my favorite things.  I was so happy when I started using spin art in session and realized what a great technique it could be therapeutically.  Originally I just thought my own kids LOVE
Painting ROCKS!

Painting ROCKS!

One early evening my kids and the neighborhood kids (we’re very lucky to have 2 families with kids around the same age right next door and behind us) were all playing in our combined backyards.  The seemed ready for a new