Create. Play. Travel. Creative Family Ideas and Pacific Northwest Family Lifestyle

Creative Family Ideas in the Pacific Northwest

Tag: homeschool

Make Learning Fun With Kids Science & Math Activities

Make Learning Fun With Kids Science & Math Activities

Children can learn and discover new things every day. I’ve found many ways to make learning fun for my kids. Resources like TinkerActive workbooks are a great way to reinforce science and math concepts, especially for kids who learn by doing.

Educational Activities for Kids Ages 0 to 10

Educational Activities for Kids Ages 0 to 10

My kids love doing crafts, playing pretend and spending time with mom or dad. It can be a challenge to keep kids busy. These artsy activities and educational toys encourage kids to keep on learning, exploring and problem solving.

Easy DIY Edible Marshmallow Play Dough

Easy DIY Edible Marshmallow Play Dough

Kids love sensory activities. Anything they can squeeze, squish, mix and even taste is often an instant win. When I mix up a batch of homemade play dough, my kids want to help choose the colors and stir the dough. We used marshmallows to make edible marshmallow play dough for the kids to play with one afternoon. Edible play dough easily resembles moldable fondant and it’s simple to make with a few ingredients. If your family is anything like ours, you probably have a bag (or 2) of old gummy marshmallows sitting in your cabinet — which is perfect for this DIY kids’ activity!
(more…)

Back to School Basics for Kids

Back to School Basics for Kids

What’s the first thing you do to get ready for going back to school? New school supplies, comfy shoes and healthy snacks are all important. These back to school basics are helpful to check off your list!

Get Creative with Eco-Friendly Art Supplies

Get Creative with Eco-Friendly Art Supplies

I love inspiring my kids with messy art projects and crafty activities. We tried out some eco-friendly finger paint, play dough and natural coloring pigments that are made with ingredients derived from the earth.

Things to Do at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Things to Do at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When we travel to a new city, we enjoy finding a handful of family-friendly activities to do with our kids. Our young children most enjoy half-day activities that include things to see, interactive activities and a spot to eat lunch. Our visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science provided a great selection of exhibits for our kids to explore. Highlights of our visit included the Prehistoric Journey dinosaur and fossil exhibit, the life-like wildlife panoramas and the Gems & Minerals exhibit. We also saw an IMAX show about flight and a Planetarium presentation.
(more…)

Creative Homeschool Science Projects for Kids

Creative Homeschool Science Projects for Kids

Teaching science to kids can be creative and fun! It’s easy to make school at home interesting and interactive to inspire a love for learning. Here are a few projects we’ve enjoyed to mix up our daily homeschool routine.

3 Static Electricity Tricks You Can Do With Your Kids

3 Static Electricity Tricks You Can Do With Your Kids

The best way to learn about science is by performing your own experiments, but not every family has a full science lab in their garage. These static electricity activities are fun to incorporate into homeschool or do as an after school activity.

Science & Snacks for Preschoolers

Science & Snacks for Preschoolers

My life with young kiddos is made up of many busy days and kid-friendly activities. I’ve found it successful to have a loose schedule so my kids know what to expect each day. We do preschool most weekdays and the kids learn the alphabet names and sounds, practice writing letters and numbers, and we usually do a creative project. Once my kids finish a few pages of their school workbooks, it’s fun to enjoy a snack before doing a simple science activity or craft.

(more…)

How to Entertain a Toddler During Homeschool

How to Entertain a Toddler During Homeschool

Do you homeschool with a range of kids? Keeping my toddler busy helps the rest of my kids have a productive school time. Here are some of the learning-inspired activities I use for my 2-year-old.

Teach Kids to Have Happy Hearts with Simple Jobs

Teach Kids to Have Happy Hearts with Simple Jobs

Teaching young kids unselfish habits is so helpful to make daily routines go smoothly. When I give my kids special jobs throughout our day, it’s easier for them to stay on task, be respectful and have fun at the same time!

DIY Cloud Dough with Cornstarch & Conditioner

DIY Cloud Dough with Cornstarch & Conditioner

Cloud dough is a fun sensory activity for kids. You can make it yourself using cornstarch and conditioner. You can also add food coloring and glitter to make this sensory cloud dough extra fun! This DIY kids activity is engaging for afternoon playtime or a creative kids party. We made cloud dough roses to play with at my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. Cloud dough is a lot like play dough, except it doesn’t contain salt and it smells like your hair conditioner!

(more…)

5 Ways Kids Can Learn Through Play

5 Ways Kids Can Learn Through Play

School doesn’t have to be boring! I find my kids learn faster when they are having fun and doing activities they enjoy. I try to mix up our preschool activities so learning is fun! Here are a few ways my kids learn through play.

Flowers To Plant in the Fall

Flowers To Plant in the Fall

Refresh your yard with some fall-friendly blooms. These plants and flowers are ideal for planting in the fall to give your home and lawn a little more color.

Back To School Supplies & Go-To Snacks

Back To School Supplies & Go-To Snacks

Is your family ready for back to school? September marks the start of school for many kids, which inevitably means children need new school supplies, easy lunch choices, and new fall outfits. Our simple tips can help maximize your back to school budget, make packing lunches easier and get your kids excited about starting school!

(more…)