25 Free Summer Activities for Kids

25 Free Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is here! It’s that time of year again and it seems no matter how much a parent intends on planning for it, summer sneaks up on you. I’m a firm believer in kids keeping themselves somewhat occupied but I like to plan activities or have things to assist in their summer fun, because while I want them to have fun, I want our family on a whole to have a blast too! Here are 25 free Summer activities for kids (or almost free), these are some things that we do…

Pirate vs Pirate Book Review

Pirate vs Pirate Book Review

A book review by Landen This is Landen’s book review of the book Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum (40 pages, 2011) *Parent’s note – My boys really thought this was funny as the pirates go tit for tat, and they boys especially loved the ending (adding plenty of “kissing” noises, lol). My daughter liked it as well but the boys seemed more “into” it, with Landen asking me to read it 3 times in one sitting.

Three Hens and a Peacock Book Review

Three Hens and a Peacock Book Review

A book review by Elijah   This is Elijah’s book review of the book Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack (32 pages, 2014) *Parents note – This book is another one of my favorites and was one that Elijah asked to have checked out multiple times, so it was purchased. After better than a year, it is still a book he keeps close to him in his room and is a favorite among the other 2 as well. While I wouldn’t say that this book is trying hard at an underline…

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother’s Day Flowers

A simple but cute mother’s day idea  The kids and I visit the library, usually on Tuesdays, and with Mother’s Day coming up they had a cute, little craft waiting after story time and the kids were able to make Mother’s Day flowers. We love our library and those in children’s department, they always have things for the children but this one was too cute not to share, and honestly… Dads, husbands, boyfriends…this one is for you! Why you might ask…well any mom would love the thought of her man…

Dogerella Book Review

Dogerella Book Review

A Book Review by Emmy This is Emmy’s book review of the book Dogerella by Maribeth Boelts (48 pages, 2008) *Parents note- This book is an example on why it is a great idea to allow children to pick books that suite their liking, as this would not be a book I would have picked, thinking there would be more fluff than value. However, Emmy really enjoyed this book and we kept it for 2 checkout cycles from the library. Books like these keep children interested in reading and after it was said…

Hands on Learning

Hands on Learning

Earth’s Layers For school recently we have been learning about the Earth’s layers and I thought it would be fun to do some hands on learning along with the reading, so we made mini Earths out of homemade dough. To make the dough you will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and food coloring in blue, green, red and yellow. Mix the flour, salt and water until you get a dough consistency and then separate into 4 separate pieces. Once that is done,…

Ivan the Terrier Book Review

Ivan the Terrier Book Review

A book review by Elijah  This is Elijah’s (word by word) book review of the book Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto (32 pages, 2007)  “I like this book because every time they try to tell a story this dog keeps coming and going ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff (laughs). I also like this book because after the 3 pigs and the big bad wolf, an old lady baked the gingerbread boy for her husband and then Ivan scared the pants off the cat (All the kids are laughing). He eats…

Beware of The Storybook Wolves Book Review

Beware of The Storybook Wolves Book Review

A Book Review By Landen This is Landen’s (word by word) book review of the book Beware of The Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child (32 pages, 2012).  “I like the book because the characters come out, especially the Fairy Godmother because she says she wants to turn the little boy into a caterpillar and the wolf in the dress is SO funny. The funniest part is this part at the end, with the caterpillar trying to scare the little girl. I think Derrick, Cain, Marshall, Alexa, Abby (some of his friends)…

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum book review

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum book review

A book review by Emmy This is Emmy’s (word by word) book review of the book Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler (32 pages, 2004). “I like Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum so much because they are “rhymey” and the sentences are silly, like this one… Along comes a shrew… A bad mood shrew, a bad mood, how rude! Tough dude shrew. (reading from the book) My favorite part is about the big bottom bear (giggles)! I think kids, like until they are 10, will like this book, and grown-ups will like…

Kids and Chores

Kids and Chores

Kids and chores can be a touchy subject for parents. Should my kids do chores? If so, what kind of chores? Should children be paid or should chores be just a normal part of living? Many think that chores should be expected with no reward, others think allowance (monetary or otherwise) for chores is the best option, and others believe that kids should be kids, not forcing chores on their children at all. I personally view chores and school as a child’s “job”, and just as parents have jobs which they…