Tuesday, February 23, 2016

50 Rainbow Activities for Kids

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It's almost spring! I just can't hold off any longer on sharing some great spring activities with you.  And what's more spring-y than rainbows?  So here are 50 rainbow activities for kids from some of my favorite blogs for you and your kiddos to try out.  I've broken them down for you based on what type of activity they are.   

arts and crafts
Mix up your own rainbow flour paint using this recipe from Learn Play Imagine.
Make rainbows with cotton balls like Fireflies and Mudpies.
Create a coffee filter color wheel inspired by this one at Pink and Green Mama.
Recycle and create something egg carton rainbows like Creative Family Fun.
Brighten up your space with rainbow window art from hands on: as we grow.
Grab the broken crayons and make these rainbow alphabet crayons from The Imagination Tree.
Create Rainbow Pour Pots using this technique from Dilly Dali Art.
Add a little science into your art time with this Rainbow Resist Art from Learn Play Imagine.
Punch up your walls with some confetti rainbow art inspired by Rainy Day Mum.
Make rainbow ice paintings using everyday items like these from JDaniel4's Mom.
Create colorful rainbows using this method for rainbow sponge painting from Teach Preschool.

more arts and crafts
Use cotton balls and ribbon to create this rainbow craft inspired by Pint Sized Treasures.
Turn snack time into art time with these Fruity Os Rainbows from hands on: as we grow.
For an easy way to paint rainbows, use this method from De Tout et de Rein
Make a rainbow sensory collage with this printable from Crayon Box Chronicles.
Create abstract rainbow paintings using this technique from Teach Preschool.
Use common items to create neat black glue and salt rainbow paintings inspired by Mess for Less.
Make these classic rainbow cereal necklaces from Pink and Green Mama.
Have some sweet fun painting with marshmallows like Learn Play Imagine.
Create a sticky wall rainbow craft with this technique from De Tout et de Rien.
Do a wheely fun art project by rainbow painting with cars like Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Craft rainbow telescopes using this tutorial from Smart Schoolhouse.

math & fine motor
Little ones can practice their color sorting and fine motor skills with our Rainbow Math with tongs.
Make Pipe Cleaner & Bead Rainbows and get fine motor skill practice like De Tout et de Rien.
This rainbow playdoh color sorting from No Time for Flashcards lets kids practice basic math.
Rainbow circle size sorting offers basic math practice with a crafting option at the end.

Have mess-free fun with rainbow rice with these rice sensory bags inspired by Learning 4 Kids.
It's time for hands-on fun with this taste-safe (no shaving cream) rainbow by Powerful Mothering.
Make up a batch of Rainbow Playdough using this recipe at Mama Smiles.
Little hands can dig in and explore this rainbow sensory tub from Counting Coconuts.
Have some good, clean fun with rainbow soap sensory play inspired by Fun at Home with Kids.
Give your kiddos' taste buds a colorful experience with Rainbow Fruit Cups like One Sweet Appetite.
This Rainbow Oobleck from Blog Me Mom is sure to catch the eye of little learners.
Hands on fun gets stringy with this rainbow spaghetti sensory bin from One Perfect Day.
Have a sensory experience for breakfast with rainbow toast from Learn Play Imagine.

rainbow literacy
Practice writing in a colorful and fun way with rainbow words inspired by NurtureStore.
Go buggy practicing name spelling with these rainbow name caterpillars from Toddler Approved.
Practice line-making and writing using sensory rainbow writing trays like Blog Me Mom.
Let your kids create their a personalized Rainbow Journal with this free printable from NurtureStore.
Practice color names with these rainbow reading/writing books from Teach Preschool.
Do more name practice with Spell Your Name, Make a Rainbow activity from hands on: as we grow.

rainbow science
Make some Rainbow Slime for little hands to explore using this recipe from Learn Play Imagine.
Try out this extremely awesome rainbow jar science experiment from Playdough to Plato.
Create rainbow eruptions using household ingredients like Learn Play Imagine.
Explore how to make a rainbow with your kids inspired by Inspiration Laboratories.

rainbow games
Grab the Duplos and play this awesome Roll a Rainbow game from No Time for Flashcards.
Send your kids on a color scavenger hunt around the house.
Or make it more physical and play Color Run & Sort from Mummy Musings and Mayhem.
Create your own DIY rainbow puzzle inspired by Teach Me Mommy.
Go on a rainbow scavenger hunt using this great free printable from hands on: as we grow.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

25 Star Wars Gifts for Kids

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Even before the latest Star Wars movie was released, Bear (7), has been fascinated with all things Star Wars.  He's never seen any of the movies, just the cartoons on tv.  Nonetheless, it's a constant theme for play around our house.  So with the holidays coming up, I thought I'd put together a Star Wars gift guide to share some of the more unique Star Wars items I've found.
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1. Help your child create their own cuddly Star Wars buddies by using the patterns in the Star Wars Crochet Book.

2. There are tons of fun and easy crafts for kids in The Star Wars Craft Book.

3. The Star Wars Shrink N' Play Activity Play Set gives homage to the Shrinky Dinks that many of us played with when we were kids.

4. Origami is a fun and calm activity to fill up some time.  How fun is this Star Wars Origami book that provides directions to make all those favorite Star Wars characters?

5. I'm a sucker for kid projects that utilize their handprints, so the Star Wars Thumb Doodles book and kit is perfect for creating fun art while documenting those smallish fingerprints. (I'm getting Bear this one for Valentine's Day!)

6. Making paper airplanes is a classic time filler and is great because you don't need a lot of extra supplies.  Using the Star Wars Folded Flyers Craft Kit kids can make their own version of their favorite ships from the movies.

7. The Star Wars Felt Craft Kit is an all inclusive kit that includes everything needed to make ten characters out of felt.

8. Aqua Beads are similar to the pearler bead sets that can be placed into patterns and then fused with an iron.  Only they are fused together with water, which makes them 100% kid friendly.  The Star Wars Aqua beads set comes with patterns so kids can make their favorite characters.

9. Spice up your Mr. Potato Head collection by adding the evil  Darth Tater and his Spudtrooper or the hero, Luke Frywalker.

10. Play Doh is a classic favorite. But the Star Wars Activity Kit and Millennium Falcon Kit bring the fun by turning the Play Doh containers into Star Wars "can heads" characters that can be played with.

11. The Star Wars Magnetic Activity Play Set is great for keeping little hands busy in the car, at church, or a home while you're cooking dinner.

12. Of course, a Star Wars LEGO set has to be on this list. There are so many fun and different sets available in a variety of sizes and price ranges.

13. Have a Star Wars themed family game night with Star Wars versions of Chess, Battleship, or Sorry!.

14. Need more games? Then grab the Star Wars The Force Awakens: 6-in-1 Game Collection which has bingo, dominoes, and other games.

15. Get familiar with all the characters with the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia or the
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia.

16. Stir up some Star Wars kitchen fun making Wookiee Cookies and other out of this world recipes from The Star Wars Cook Book.

17. The 5-Minute Star Wars Stories makes a great addition to your young reader's bedtime routine.

18. Get your kiddo snuggled up with a fuzzy Star Wars Fleece Throw.

19. The Star Wars Camp Chair would be perfect for young fans to use around the fire pit.

20. This Star Wars Tent could be used inside for fun sleepovers or outside for playtime.

21. The kids will be begging to go to Grandma's for the weekend if they had this luggage! The Darth Vader Pilot Case is pretty cool, but no lie, I'd even use the R2-D2 suitcase.

22. Teach saving money the fun way using a BB-8 Droid Bank or a R2d2 Bank.

23. These Star Wars headphones are adjustable and have a limited loudness, so they're safe for kiddo's hearing.

24. Vamp up your child's bedroom walls with this awesome vinyl Star Wars quote or character decals.

25. Let your Star Wars lover wake up in style with a Lego Darth Vader or Lego Yoda Alarm Clock.

There's soooo much cool Star Wars stuff out there... products for children with a variety of interests. So many of these could even be given to an adult Star Wars fan, don't you think?

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Books About Love for Children

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Foxy in Love
Foxy has a hard time getting things right, so when he sets out to show Emily how much he loves her, he struggles, especially when she keeps talking about flowers, balloons, and  more.  In the end Foxy helps Emily to learn that it's all about the people you love, not just the things.

I Couldn't Love You More
This book addresses the beautiful and unlimited love that Jesus has for us.  It provides a great way for parents to talk to their children about spiritual matters in a way that's just right for little ears and hearts.

Yummiest Love
THE most precious book about the love between a momma and her baby.  It covers all those things that truly touch a momma's (and daddy's) heart... the sweet clean smell while in pajamas, the snuggles, and hugs.  The book bumps Munsch's "I'll Love You Forever" off of the number one spot in my favorite book list.

A Special Kind of Love
How can a dad share the love of his child when words just aren't his forte?  This book shows how a father, unable to truly communicate his feelings to his child, instead finds another way to do it.... by building amazing contraptions for them to play with.  (This book got me teary.)

God Gave Us Love
This collection of books by Lisa T. Bergren has to be one of my favorites.  I love how she addresses various topics from a gentle, faith-filled place.  In this book, readers see Little Cub and his Grandpa discuss love.  The topic isn't shallow, either.  Even how it is we should and can love others, even when their actions seem unlovable is a great message for little readers.   

In his standard style, author/illustrator Todd Parr, uses brilliant colors and simple illustrations to share a loving message that no matter what the occasion or mood, love still remains.

The Invisible String
This book is quite poignant (and tear-jerking for me) as its message explains the bonds of love, that "invisible string" that ties us to those we love, no matter where they are.

I Love You, Stinky Face
Humorously written with funny illustrations, a little boy asks his mom many questions in exploration of her love for him.  Would she love him if he was this or that?  She answers with equally playful answers. 

Ten Things I Love About You
Rabbit wants to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig.  But Pig is not at all cooperative, a fact that only gives Rabbit more to add to his list.  This book is a great testament to finding joy and appreciation in our loved ones, even if their behaviors aren't the ones we're looking for.

You Know What I Love?
I don't know of another book that so beautifully and properly explains the love between a little girl and her doll.  The preciousness of this books takes me back to my days of doting on my cabbage patch dolls as it looks at the love they share from the doll's point of view.

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