My girls love cooking and doing experiments, so food science experiments are like the best of both worlds for them. It’s amazing how many different experiments you can do with a few simple pantry items and foods from the fridge. I asked my girls to help me round-up some of our favorite kitchen science experiments […]

We’ve been doing some organizing this summer, and my girls got new magnet boards to hang next to their desks. The magnet boards are the perfect place to display lists, photos, mementos, and other kid treasures. We wanted to jazz-up our magnet boards with some fun and unique magnets. A quick look through our craft […]

Here is a fun watercolor painting invitation you can set-up for your kids – create your own painted paper popsicles! Sometimes, just a simple change of paper shape makes painting even more interesting. My girls loved experimenting with swirls, stripes, dots, and speckles, then creating fun names for all their popsicle “flavors.” Let’s get painting! […]

Is it back-to-school time in your house? We’re still trying to hang on to that summer feeling around here for a few more weeks. And, what goes better with summer than a cold, tropical drink? My girls love smoothies, and this delicious and vibrant tropical smoothie is the perfect way to start the day. It […]

We always seem to have an abundance of stickers around the house. One of our favorite projects to do with stickers is creating sticker rebus stories. Sticker stories are a great way to get the creative juices flowing for young writers. If your kids are writers, they can write sticker stories all on their own. […]

My girls always want to have a craft project at their birthday parties. Since we usually have boy and girl guests of various ages at our parties, the craft needs to be simple and doable for multiple ages and interests. It’s always a bonus if the finished product is something the kids can take home […]

Whether you call them energy bites, cookie dough balls, or no-bake cookies, these little tasty morsels take just a few basic ingredients and turn them into a quick and easy sweet treat. We make many variations of dough balls, but this recipe is the simplest and favorite around here. Unlike regular cookie dough, the base […]

We love picture books! Even though my girls can read big, fat chapter books now, there is still something magical about a silly or sweet story paired with the perfect illustrations. My girls often use picture books as inspiration for their own drawings, so lately we’ve been surfing the web to check out some of […]

We don’t usually give big gifts for Father’s Day, but we do like to celebrate Dad with a day of relaxation and yummy goodies. This year, Dad will get to spin for special treats throughout the day with our homemade Father’s Day spinner card. My girls are so excited to give this to their Dad […]

Are your kids on summer break yet? We want to keep those little brains learning and growing, even during the lazy days of summer. Numbers and food go hand-in-hand perfectly and, with very little extra prep, your kids can be working their brains while they eat. Here are three fun and simple ways to play […]

Summer break is coming, so here’s a great project to tuck away for a hot afternoon. We all enjoyed making these abstract positive/negative shape cut-out pictures. This is a great project for a mixed-age group – younger kids can cut simple shapes, and older kids and adults can try for more intricate designs and shapes. […]

Do your kids love dipping? Mine sure do! From our standard veggies with ranch to a more decadent chocolate fondue dessert, my girls are always game for a snack with a dip. Here is a tasty and simple chocolate yogurt dip that kids can whip up on their own – and it’s healthy enough to […]

Pigs are my eight-year-old’s favorite animal, so I knew she would enjoy making a cute piggie painting. Our pigs are super-simple to draw, making this a great project for preschoolers and up. You can use round objects to trace, or draw your circles freehand. I think the freehand circles give the pig great character! Supplies […]

Here’s a fun and quick drawing game to play as a family after dinner, or bring outside on a nice day. With just two dice and some drawing supplies, you can create some silly shape drawings. We had fun hiding our drawings from each other, then having a big reveal at the end. Let’s play! […]

Every spring, I love seeing tulips pop up in my yard. It seems like I always forget about them – such a colorful surprise! We made a little ode-to-tulips art project with some super-simple origami paper tulips. With only a few folds, this is a great origami project for young kids and origami novices (like […]

My girls love to help prepare meals for the family. From mixing batter to tearing lettuce to scrambling eggs, they are always eager to learn a new skill or master a new recipe. We have a number of kids’ cookbooks, but our favorite by far is the adorable (and delicious) Honest Pretzels by Mollie Katzen. […]

My girls love both crafts and teeny tiny things, so these sweet little pipe cleaner bunnies are the perfect spring project for our house. I think they are taking over the dollhouse as we speak, turning it into an Easter wonderland. So fun! Once you get the hang of making these little bunnies, you can […]

Colorful Stained Glass Kites

by Amy on March 11, 2013

How’s the weather in your part of the world right now? We are definitely seeing some signs of spring here in California (including sniffly noses and itchy eyes). My girls are on watch for a windy day perfect for kite-flying. Until then, we have some colorful tissue paper stained glass kites decorating our windows. This […]

Smoothie-making is a great way for kids to experiment with creating their own recipes. Adding ingredients and tasting as we go is the part my kids like the most. We almost always end up with a delicious smoothie! My 10-year-old is excited to share her favorite smoothie recipe with you – a rich and filling […]

Colored Sand and Glue Drawings

by Amy on February 18, 2013

Here is a fun and tactile project for your little artists – colorful drawings made with glue and sand. Drawing with a glue bottle takes patience and control, then you get to go a little crazy and cover your design with brightly colored sand. Supplies for Colored Sand & Glue Drawings: bottle of white glue […]

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