Friday, July 22, 2016

How to get a box of amazing hands-on science projects sent your door

"You haven't given your kids a chance to be bored!" My mom's assessment of our summer schedule reflects my own feelings, but I don't think my children would agree. No one wants the school schedule back, but they could handle a little excitement, and even some learning. The summer chaos has already doubled my work load in the kitchen and the laundry room. Planning great activities is tough. Can you relate? If so, I have the perfect solution for you today.

Do you ever wish someone would just put together four or five science projects, and box up everything you need and send it to your house?

Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to set up a patriotic craft for your toddler

"Mom, she's messing up my project!" I love having children of several different ages, but hearing this phrase is one of the hazards. So, when I put together the patriotic math craft for my six-year-old together the other day, I decided to put together a toddler July project for my two-year-old as well. The toddler of the patriotic craft offers great fine motor practice, and you can always get familiar with some shapes, colors and counting along the way.

Family Summer Activities and Goals July 2016

It's summer! We've done our long road trip, (Check out my hints for helping your kids learn to love long car trips). We've done swimming lessons (read about some swimming pool science) and baseball camp.

Our garden is getting started, albeit a bit late. (Follow my quick guide to gardening with kids, and you can put one in by tomorrow! Mid-summer is a great time to plant fall crops like pumpkins.) We are joining the straw bale fad, and so far it's going well. You can see the tomatoes we transplanted, marigolds we picked up on clearance, and some cucumbers making their start in this shot.