writing

While we have been experiencing a heat-wave here in California, I know many of you are still looking for a little spring weather to make its appearance. Either way, summer is coming (yay!), and if you have school-age kiddos, they are probably looking forward to summer vacation. As a family, we always enjoy making a […]

For quite a few years, my girls have been keeping journals. They write about family activities, make lists of favorites, compose poems, and try creative writing techniques for home school projects. This school year, we decided to start new art journals to keep things fresh and interesting. So far, the art journaling has been a […]

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. […]

At least once a year, I do a self-portrait art project with my daughters. I love having a collection of paintings, drawings, and collages of how they see themselves at different ages. For one of our recent self-portrait projects, we made adjective self-portraits. The girls had great fun brainstorming words to describe their looks, personality, […]

“Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters…” I have some pretty amazing sisters. The kind of sisters who you talk to on a weekly basis. The kind that when you get together it’s an all out party. And the kind who will put on a “Sisters” number with you at your wedding, (I wish […]

All About Me Wordle for Kids

by Amy on September 10, 2012

Have you ever played with Wordle? It is a fun way to create an interesting graphic or word cloud using text of your choice. I didn’t have much experience with Wordle until recently, and now my girls and I are hooked! We love to start the school year with self-portraits, interviews, and fresh photographs. For […]

I live with two aspiring secret agents, who sometimes need to send important cryptic messages to each other. In addition to experimenting with lemon juice as invisible ink, we’ve been having loads of fun trying out various secret codes and ciphers. And as a bonus, playing with secret codes is a great way to sneak […]

Summer Camp guest post by Amy of Let’s Explore On a recent afternoon where there was more squabbling than playing, I knew we needed a quick and simple boredom buster. I grabbed a stack of large index cards and a black Sharpie, and drew a quick squiggle on each one. I invited my girls to […]

Tips for Journaling with Kids

by Marie on September 10, 2009

Guest Post by Carrie of This Mama Makes Stuff Journaling is such a great activity to do with kids. I love it because I am able to preserve a little piece of who my children are at a particular moment in time.  And like we all say, they grow up way too fast.  I also […]

My little girl is now interested in writing and drawing lines, so I figured she’s ready to start forming those lines into letters. We now take time everyday to practice writing letters of the alphabet from A-Z! As she’s just starting out, we go slow and easy. We play this little game that she loves. […]

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