Activities & Crafts

Volunteering with Kids

December 4, 2020 /

Over Thanksgiving break, Dustin joined me and The Wild Things at the zoo to help the zookeepers make animal Christmas Ornaments to sell as a fundraiser and to help sort and label animal ornaments for the animal enrichment wish tree. I so appreciate the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and JZG AAZK for allowing Dustin to…

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Let’s Talk About Germs

July 13, 2020 /

The idea of germs is a bit abstract, especially to a kid. We’ve read about germs and watched Curious George deal with Toots the germ. He grasps the concept but, to help give a visual and make the concept more real, I decided we’d do a little experiment at home. I shopped around and ended…

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Summer Camp at Home: Welcome to Camp

July 6, 2020 /

If your summer is anything like ours, it probably feels like a bit of a let down. I’m grateful for our health. And, while I’m having to work less and juggle having a kid at home full time, we are fortunate we are able to make things work. Unfortunately, with COVID numbers still on the…

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FREE Animal Coloring Book

April 24, 2020 /

Looking for some fun activities to do at home? Yeah, so are we! On nice days we’ve been enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous weather. There has been lots of frisbee, soccer, ladderball, corn hole, and even a little basketball and bocce. Thanks to Amazon, I was able to upgrade the backyard with a hammock. And…

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Celebrate Earth Day 2020!

April 20, 2020 /

Earth Day is almost here! Normally communities would be celebrating with beach and highway cleanups, festivals and expos, group hikes and bike rides, tree plantings, and other earth-loving activities. Not this year. Earth Day at a Distance Even though the usual festivities and activities are not an option thanks to coronavirus and social distancing, you…

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Sick Day Survival Crafts: Painting

June 27, 2019 /

Sick Day Survivors Log: Day 5 After four consecutive days of excess screen time and couch naps thanks to a 102 to 104 fever, a new fever has set in. I’m thrilled my little guy is starting to feel better, but cabin fever has taken over. There’s not much hope as we are essentially in…

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Celebrating Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8, 2018 /

Teachers. The amazing people who help us raise our kids while stuffing their heads full of useful information and good habits. While I will gladly take as much of the credit as I can get for raising an outstanding kid, I would be remiss to not acknowledge the teachers that have had a hand in…

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Milkweed, Monarchs and Masterpieces: The Tale of a Preschooler and His Butterfly Garden

April 24, 2018 /

Spring is definitely here, and we’ve planted a butterfly garden to celebrate its arrival and prepare for the oppressive heat of summer. No, a butterfly garden won’t provide much shade from the hot summer sun, but it will hopefully entice some beautiful guests to stop by. Hey, if you’re hot and miserable, you should at…

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3 Toddler Friendly Easter Crafts

March 28, 2018 /

It’s time for Easter crafts! Last year I shared how we substituted cool whip for shaving cream to make marbled Easter eggs. If you haven’t dyed eggs yet this year, I highly recommend giving it a try. We haven’t gotten around to trying the “whipped topping” again this year, but it is on the to-do…

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Naturally Scented Play Dough Recipe

August 14, 2017 /

Did you play with play dough as a kid? I know I did. I was the kid that loved play dough but could not handle mixing the colors together. Once they got all mishmash together it was just wrong and I had to go. The other thing I vividly remember about play dough is getting…

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