summer Archive

The Bicycle Book, by Gail Gibbons – Virtual Book Club for Kids

We missed out on last month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids … just got too busy (… and the kids weren’t too into the activities I could come up with!)  So, we definitely didn’t want to miss

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

Create a Simple Outdoor Music Play Area

I’ve seen lots of great ideas on Pinterest on ways to create music areas for outside …  and I wanted to give it a shot. Here’s our SUPER SIMPLE Outdoor Music Play Area … Like I said,

A Mario Power Lemonade Stand

One afternoon last week me and the kids found ourselves with a couple of free hours, so I asked them if they wanted to have a lemonade stand.  They both got excited and Henry (my 6 year

Loving the Olympics … playing and learning through the Summer 2012 Games

Here’s some playful ways we’ve had fun taking part of the Olympics this summer … 1.  We had a sleepover party with Nana/my mom to watch the opening ceremony and played Olympic Opening Ceremony Bingo created by

Maker Faire Detroit 2012

I’ve heard about Maker Faire Detroit for the last couple of years and thought it might be a fun event to take the kids to.  But after spending a day there yesterday there is no might be …

Let Your Imagination SWING! – MeMe Tales Readathon Week 4

Although we were a bit late to start, the kids and I have been participating in MeMe Tales  Readathon.  If you haven’t signed up already, make sure to take advantage of this terrific opportunity to get the

“What does it mean to be a friend?” – MeMe Tales Readathon 2012, week 2

I’m over a week late to the MeMeTales Readathon 2012 party … but I didn’t want to miss out.  It’s another great opportunity to get kids READING this summer.  I have already enrolled my kids in the

40 Wonderful Ways to Enjoy Summer with Your Kids

I was going through old photos of the kids playing during the summer and here are some gems that I found.  Happy Summer Solstice to all! (hover over the photos to read descriptions!)       Have

Stars & Stripes Sticker Resist Painting

It’s been awhile since we did a sticker resist painting project, but I figured with the 4th of July approaching it was time!  We tried something a bit different with this project … watercolor spray paint! We

A Playful End-of-the-Year Thank You Gift for Teachers

Thanks to Pinterest (see paragraph at the end of the post!) I found a playful, yummy, and useful way to thank my kids’ teachers for being such a important part of their lives this year.  Here’s the

Nature Bracelets

I first heard of Nature Bracelets from my aunt whom had taken my cousin’s daughter (my aunt’s grandchild) to a kid’s event at their local library.  That was about a year ago, before my Pinterest addiction had