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Beautiful Leaf Painting Easy Craft Activity

Beautiful Leaf Painting Easy Craft Activity

Fall is a fun time to get crafty and creative! This easy leaf painting activity transforms pretty autumn leaves into art. Kids and adults can enjoy decorating leaves with painted designs. Katie WallaceHi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful […]

Playdough Volcano Kids Science Activity

Playdough Volcano Kids Science Activity

Introduce kids to easy chemistry by making play dough volcanoes. Mix white vinegar with food coloring, and pour it onto baking soda to create a volcano-inspired chemical reaction!

Heart Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Heart Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Try this fun and easy Valentine’s Day-themed science activity! These heart borax crystals quickly grow in just a few hours! Kids will be amazed to see the chemical reaction caused by mixing borax and water, which creates sparkling crystals.
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Pretend Gingerbread Cookie Play Dough

Pretend Gingerbread Cookie Play Dough

This pretend gingerbread cookie play dough recipe is easy to make and inspires creative fun! Kids can cut out pretend cookies and decorate with felt shapes and colored beads.

Colorful Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Colorful Borax Crystals Kids Science Activity

Did you know you can make your own crystals using water and borax? One week for science, my kids learned how to do this awesome chemistry experiment!

Back to School Supplies & Gear for 2021

Back to School Supplies & Gear for 2021

A new school year is an exciting time to get organized and stock up on new school supplies! My kids love picking out new pencils, notebooks, erasers, rulers and organizers for the school year. Since we homeschool, I also buy my kids’ workbooks and curriculum for their next grade levels. Additionally, I love finding creative activity sets, craft boxes and toys that inspire my kids to play together. Here are some great educational resources and products to kick off the school year and make learning fun!
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6 Reasons Why I Love Homeschooling My Kids

6 Reasons Why I Love Homeschooling My Kids

I have been homeschooling my kids for 4 years. I use a great curriculum and have a flexible school schedule. We do many creative activities and go on adventures! Here are my top reasons why I love homeschooling my kids!

Fun & Creative Homeschool Activities

Fun & Creative Homeschool Activities

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is having fun while learning. Here are some of the creative activities our family does while homeschooling!

Homeschooling Tips for Teaching Your Kids

Homeschooling Tips for Teaching Your Kids

Are you thinking of teaching your kids at home? Possibly homeschooling is new to your family, or you just have kids in a new range of ages. I’ve been homeschooling my kids for 3 years. I use several homeschooling tips to make our school routine successful. Every family can use these homeschooling tips for parents. I’ve discovered the most important thing is to enforce a consistent schedule, so my kids know what to expect each day. Next, I chose a homeschool curriculum that works for our family. Finally, we do some hands-on activities to make school creative and fun!

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DIY Glitter Slime & Water Beads

DIY Glitter Slime & Water Beads

There’s something really fun about making homemade slime. We made dark purplish blue slime with glitter and aqua water beads. Mixing up a batch of slime is Chemistry that kids can do themselves!

DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

Making playdough is a great activity for any afternoon, especially to entertain antsy kids! This DIY mint playdough uses my BEST homemade playdough recipe, with added mint extract!

Field Trip to Clarkia Idaho Miocene Flora Fossil Dig

Field Trip to Clarkia Idaho Miocene Flora Fossil Dig

A trip to a local fossil dig is an interesting way to add some adventure to our regular homeschool week. We headed out to Clarkia Miocene Flora Fossil Dig in Idaho with our 3 kids to see what we could find. Evidently, the Miocene time period is the first geological epoch of the Neogene period. We mostly found impressions of leaves which were trapped between layers of sediment that later hardened into rock. Our family discovered that digging for fossils is a pretty cool hands-on science activity!
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Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Slime is super easy to make and really fun to play with! Red, white and blue slime is a creative kids activity for the Fourth of July or any open afternoon!

Word Family Dominoes Kids Phonics Game

Word Family Dominoes Kids Phonics Game

Play this interactive word family dominoes game to make reading fun and reinforce phonics sounds. Kids will love matching up rhyming words and learning through play!

Our Coronavirus Chronicles & Fun Stuff to Do at Home

Our Coronavirus Chronicles & Fun Stuff to Do at Home

This spring has certainly been an interesting experience for our family because of COVID-19. Through March and April, we’ve been staying home and social distancing based on the state of Idaho’s regulations. We’ve also enjoyed lots of fun activities and gone on some outdoor family adventures. You can follow our adventures in our Coronavirus Chronicles videos below!

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