Science of Slime, Paper Mache, Viking Ship and more in TGIF!

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Get ready to get inspired with some amazing kids activities! Here are lots of ideas for preschool, homeschool, science fun, afterschool, home education, and just plain fun!












toddler and preschool turkey number learning activity

 Turkey Feathers Number Matching from Tot Schooling


Crafts for Kids - Paper Mache Plates

Paper Mache Plates from Mosswood Connections


Science for Kids - A great explanation of the science behind slime for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary age homeschool kids

The Science behind Slime from Science Kiddo


Viking Ship Craft for Kids - I love history crafts that make our hands on homeschool histroy lessons come alive - this is a great history activity for kids

Viking Ship Craft for Kids from Happy Brown House


Bible activities and lessons for kids- I love this super clever detective looking free printable bible unit for kids on acts!

Investigating Facts in Acts from Bible Fun for Kids



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15 Classic Family Board Games STILL Worth Playing

Does your family like to spend time together? If so family board games are a great way to play together. Plus these are great ideas for kids Christmas lists.
Family Games~ These classic family games would make great Christmas present ideas for kids or families who love playing games together or to pick up for a fun family game night.


Our family loves playing games together.


It is a great way to take a break from the business of life to just be together. I love that games do all the prep work for me and I can just sit and play with my kids!


We love finding new board games to play, but I wanted to share with you these tried and true games that are still lots of fun for families today!


Family Games

Classic Board Game for families - The Game of Life
Believe it or not, I actually never played The Game of Life as a child! I first played it when we picked it up on sale to play with our own kids (K + 3rd grade). This is a fun game for kids elementary age and up. My kids loved spinning the wheel! Basically the game mimics life in that you either go to college or just get a job, you make money, you pay for things, buy a home, get kids, and eventually retire. My kids ask to play this game over and over!
clue is a classic board game families still love to playClue is a classic board game families still like to play. It is the original who did it.  Basically the cards are shuffled and 3 random cards will decide who committed the crime, where it was done, and with what tool. Then the remaining cards are distributed to everyone playing the game. You journey between rooms asking other players questions to find out what they have in their hand to eliminate it and solve the mystery. This game is best suited to middle elementary school and up.  Doesn’t everyone like to play detective?
Jenga is still a great family gameJenga continues to be a fun family game that kids Preschool on up can play. Basically you each take turns pulling out one of the block and stacking it on top. The goal is to get the tower or blocks as high as it can go until someone knocks it over.
uno classic card game for familiesUno is a classic card game that is easy to learn and fun to play. This game words for preschoolers on up. Basically you play cards that match color or number as you take turns playing until someone gets down to one card and says Uno. When they run out of cards they win! The game is made more challenging with skip, reverse, draw 2, and draw 4 cards!
Rummikup is a fun classic family board gameRummikub was one of my favorite games growing up! This simple to learn game has you playing tiles in groups either same number different color or same color with numbers sequentially in a run. The fun part is as you try to play your tiles you may break up groups of tiles and rearrange them on the table to help you play your tiles. Kids in 2nd grade on up will enjoy this classic game.
sorry classic family board game Here is another classic family board game - Sorry. Each person picks a color and must move all their game pieces around the board safely to home, but watch out because along the way you may get bumped and “sorry” you have to go back to the beginning. This can be played with kids from preschool on up, but here’s a hint. When playing with younger children who get very frustrated with being bumped back to start we play that you can only pump people if that is the only move you can make. (Our family loves the Disney Sorry version!)
monopoly classic family board gameMonopoly will always hold a special spot in my heart. Not only was it my favorite childhood game, but way more meaningfully – my husband proposed using the game of Monopoly (he hid the ring in the game pieces as a token I could pick to play with)  But other than my sentimental reasons for loving this game, it is just a fun game that helps kids to learn about money; plus who doesn’t love buying up property and putting houses on them. The downside is the game can take a long time (like hours), but you can deal out property or use an electronic monopoly edition to speed things up if you like.
pictionary
In Pictionary players try to get the members of their team to guess a word or phrase based on drawing. My hubby & I happen to be an awesome team at this game =)
craniumOne of the things I really like about Cranium is that  unlike other games that are either based on artistic abilities or knowledge of trivia/songs, Cranium has a little of everything. So chances are you will have skills in at least one of the categories! Teams compete to move around the game board by winning challenges sculpting with playdough, spelling/word puzzles, answering facts (multiple choice), or humming/acting.
riskIn this classic game of Risk you will each claim territory on the globe and then work to gain world domination. You win battles by rolling dice. This game is not only fun, but is great for helping kids compare numbers, learn world geography, and practice critical thinking skills. This game takes a little more patience to set-up and play (45-60 minute game time). but for families that like more involved games with children 2nd grade and up will like this one.
battleship
Battleship is a fun game for 2 players. You strategically place your ships and then take turns firing at one another until one of you has sunk all of your opponents ships. Fun for 1st grade on up.
troubelI think kids everywhere love playing Trouble because instead of rolling you get to “pop” to find out how many you move. Other than that it is a simple game moving your players around the gameboard. First to get yours back wins. But this game is still fun to pop and helps kids with practicing counting.
yatzee
Yatzee is not only fun to play, but east to take with you to a hotel or grandma’s house. Basically you roll the dice and fill up different categories like the most 2s, full house, straight, etc. Kids not only practice recognizing number patterns and counting, but they get a good dose of strategy too!
mastermind
In Mastermind, two players will battle.  This game will get you thinking as you have 20 guesses or so to come up with the pattern your opponent has hidden behind the wall. Great for kids 2nd grade and up.
scrabbleAnd the list wouldn’t be complete without Scrabble.  In this game players attempt to find just the right word to get the most points by using more difficult letters, making longer words, and by going over bonus squares. This game can be used with kids as soon as they can spell and will only get better as the complexity of their spelling and vocabulary goes up!

 


What is YOUR Favorite Board Game?

Leave me a comment; I’d love to know!

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November Writing Prompts

If you are looking for some fun ideas to get your child writing more, I’ve got you covered. Here is the next in my Writing Prompts – November Writing Prompts.
Writing Prompts - FREE November Writing Prompts for Kids from Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade with lots of different topics and using 2 different styles of lines

FREE November Writing Prompts


Creative writing prompts contain a black & white illustration your child can color as well as a writing prompt and a place to write.


Each worksheets for kids has both large Kindergarten / 1st grade paper with three lines per page and smaller lined paper for 2nd-4th grade with 6 lines per page.  These are perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary aged kids. Topics in November Writing Prompts include:

  • National Election Day
  • If I had someone famous over for dinner.....
  • Veteran's Day
  • Holidays
  • Geography Awareness Week
  • Turkey
  • Thanksgiving
  • Family
  • Good Nutrition Month
  • and many more!


Christian Family Christmas Activities


Christmas for Families


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Help an Upset Child Calm Down

Here are some fantastic sensory ideas for helping children who are angry calm down.
Parenting - Great tips and practical solutions to help help an angry child calm down



We’ve all told our kids to calm down.


But have we ever told them how?


I know as a child I got frustrated (didn’t we all) and my parents told me to calm down or chill out. And if I didn’t I was punished. But I was never taught how to calm down. I think that is a maturity thing to be able to understand what we need to “calm down”


As adults we probably take some time to our self, talk it out, do something different, eat a snack, or similar. So what have you done to help teach kids (who are sill immature) what do when they get angry or frustrated?


Lemon Lime Adventures has shared 10 Angry Child Sensory Hacks.  These would be a great way for preschool and elementary age kids to “work off” that frustrating in a sensory approach. Great list!
How do you help your child deal with anger or frustration?


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Kindergarten Add-A-Vowel Spelling Practice

If you have a preschooler or kindergartner who is starting to know the sounds letters make they are ready to start decoding words. Grab this free spelling printable to help kids learn about vowels and start spelling in this fun, hands on approach.

Kindergarten - FREE printable to help Kindergarten kids learn about sticky vowels as they make simple kindergarten spelling words to trace and sound out with the help of picture clues.



Kindergarten


This is one of my favorite Kindergarten Language Arts printables I've made. It really helps kids to start seeing words and how to make them using sticky vowels to attach those consenants. Plus kids get a chance to trace words and then read the words they created with the help of a picture.


You can grab this free printable Kindergarten Add-A-Vowel Spelling Practice over at Free Homeschool Deals where I originally shared the post. This is such a fun way for kids to learn about sticky vowels and begin spelling in a fun way!


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30 Household Items to Make Yourself

If you are into natural products and even better things you can make yourself, here are 30 household items to make yourself.
Organic Shampoo - You have 2 choices: Buy it from a convenient online company where we buy all our toiletries OR make it yourself. Here are 30 household items you can EASILY make yourself


Why Use Non-Traditional Products?

My family has been on a quest to use “natural” chemical free products.

About 5 years ago now my sister introduced me to the Environmental Working Group which has a huge online data base for you to see what is actually in every product and what the health concerns are if any.  Once I was able to see how harsh and unsafe the products I was using were – it was time to make a switch. For good!

Because I am a busy Mom of three and was just learning to forgo the convenient, sweet smelling, attractively packaged products I had always bought; the ones that are easy to buy as they are at any store, I decided I still wanted to “buy” my products. But it had to be somewhere safe. It took a lot of research and searching but slowly but surely I was able to find everything we needed and I actually liked the products.

 

Buying Convenient, Safe Products for your Family

Then 2 years ago I ‘met’ the Honest Company. This was even better! All their stuff was safe and finally oh, so convenient. I could buy things one at a time or have a repeating order of what we used every month – LOVE it!

 

Make your Own Safe Products

I’ve started making some things myself. I now exclusively use Vinegar to clean my kitchen, bathroom, and floors. I’ve also found Olive oil is a fantastic wood polisher. But at some point, when/if I am ready to take the plunge to making a whole slew of things from laundry detergent to glue, lotion to conditioner myself I will be going back to this pin of 30 Products You’ll Never Buy Again from DIY Ready.


So, where do you get SAFE products for your family?


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FREE Spelling Test Printables

FREE black and white spelling test worksheets for kids that work with any list 10, 15, or 20 words with/without a sentence dictation spot. These are perfect for Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade homeschoolers.
FREE printable Spelling Test Printables for K-6th Grade. Spelling tests are a good way to evaluate how well students have learned words. These can be used for pretest, test, practice, and more post test review. Perfect for homeschool, parents, and teachers of kids 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.


Spelling tests are part of just about ever education, from public, private to homeschool.

They are a simple, easy-to-use way to access how well children are learning to spell words.

To make it easier you can grab these FREE Spelling Test Printables perfect for K-6th grade. These work for 10, 15, or 20 words with or without a dictation sentence.


Fun Ways to Practice Spelling



Download FREE Spelling Test Worksheets

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Parenting a Defiant Child

Do you need some encouragement as you parent a difficult child?
parenting a defiant child




I love this sweet article Pointing a Defiant Child to God by Not Consumed. 


It includes encouragement and practical advice for not only helping a defiant child, but helping them the only way that truly matters; they only way for lasting heart changes – by pointing them to God.


What tips do you have?



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Cute Turkey Snack for Kids

Super cute edible Turkey Craft for kids. This easy turkey snack for kids comes together super easily.
Super cute Turkey Snack for Kids is a fun edible turkey craft for kids, to put at everyone spot on the Thanksgiving table or just for a special after school snack in November.


Last year I made these cute turkey snacks for my kids. Then we put one at everyone’s spot at the table for Thanksgiving. There were a huge hit and so cute that I thought I’d share them with you.






Turkey Snack for Kids

start with 2 oreo type cookies

You will need 2 Oreos per Turkey. Break off the top cookie from an edge of one of the Oreos. This leaves the icing to “glue” the other Oreo on top. Press the second Oreo cookie perpindicular into the notch you created. They should stay together now as long as you are reasonably gentle with them.

add in candy corn feathers

Press about 6 candy corn around the perpendicular Oreo to make Turkey feathers. Note: I used double stuffed Oreos to give there more room to stick in the candy corn feathers.

here's our flock of Oreo Turkeys

I made all that I was going to make, using up one package of double stuffed Oreos.

Now add the chocolate turkey body

Next, we made the rest of the turkey using a whopper, mini Reece's Peanut Butter Cup, red icing, light bulb sprinkle, white stick looking sprinkle, and a toothpick.
  1. Start out by making the feet from red icing (you can buy it premade in the baking isle all ready to pipe) leaving a little pile of red towards the back where the cookies meet.
  2. Now using a sharp knife cut an edge in the peanut butter cup so it lies flat. Place in the red icing to “glue” it.
  3. Using a toothpick make 3 indentations. Put a white sprinkle in two for the eyes (I pressed which turned the sprinkle to powder and left if flat) and a large bulb sprinkle in one for the beak.
  4. Now you will need to break the toothpick in half. Then stick on end in the whopper so you have the turkey head on a stick. Press the other end of the toothpick into the top of the Reece’s peanut butter cup.
Thanksgiving Place Setting Idea - cute for kids!

 There you have it – a super cute Turkey Craft perfect for your Thanksgiving Table.  I added a fan shaped folded cloth napkin behind it.

 

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Parenting: 9 Things to get Rid of for your Kids

Help be a parent stuff by getting rid of these 9 things.
parenting - 9 things we should get rid of for our kids


I am all about parenting better with less. I mean let’s be realistic, we Americans have a LOT of stuff!


Not only do we not need all the stuff, but sometimes it can get in the way of the really good stuff. Like we are so focused on things instead of people, stuff instead of playing, cleaning our big houses, instead of just living.


9 Things to Get Rid of For your Kids by We are That Family is such a well written piece that will help us all to think. Great tips! So take a read and then come back and tell me what you think?

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Hands on Activity for CVC Words

Help kids learn CVC words with hands on activities for kids.
What a FUN hands on activity for practicing  CVC words for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade kids



Practice CVC Words

Your kids will love learning CVC word with this super fun Unearthing CVC Words from Liz’s Early Learning Spot. You’ll get all the instructions to play along with a free printable for your child to use as they act like an archeologist and unearth the CVC Words.








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To get lots of hands on games, activities, and more to learn Sight Words, don’t miss Reading the Easy Way.  Plus you may want to take a peak at my Preschool Worksheets for tons of themed learning, alphabet practice, and more!


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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

This easy, no bake pumpkin cheesecake recipe is perfect for fall.I love the presentation of this pumpkin cheesecake recipe where you make them in jars - so pretty & YUMMY! Perfect for October or Thanksgiving



Not only does this pumpkin cheesecake look super pretty…..

It is also SUPER easy to make!


Get the recipe for no bake pumpkin cheesecake from A Night Owl.


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10 Simple Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers & TGIF

Are you looking for Preschool Crafts? Here are 10 simple Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers they will love to make in November for Thanksgiving.
10 Simple Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers



Get ready to start pinning up a storm because it’s Friday and time for our fun kids linky party. Come take a peak at last weeks features and then browse through dozens of new ideas this week.





Clothespin Feathers Turkey for Preschoolers

Clothespin Feathers Turkey from Stir the Wonder


Color Matching Fine Motor Turkey for Preschoolers

Color Matching Fine Motor Turkey from I Heart Arts & Crafts


Easy Turkey Craft for Preschoolers perfecte for November or Thanksgiving

Easy Turkey Craft from Happy Home Fairy


Simple Pasta Turkey Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Simple Pasta Turkey Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers from 123 Homeschool 4 Me


Paper Plate Turkey for Toddler and Preschool

Paper Plate Turkey from Theme Party Palace


Shape Turkey for Preschoolers

Shape Turkey for Preschoolers from Blog Me Mom


Thanksgiving Turkey Plate for Preschool kids

Thanksgiving Turkey Plate from Preschool Crafts for Kids


Preschool Turkey Card Craft

Preschool Turkey Card Craft from DecoArt Blog


I’m a Turkey Preschool Turkey Craft for Kids

I’m a Turkey Preschool Turkey Craft for Kids from Bless this Mess


Pumpkin Seed Turkey Craft for Preschoolers

Pumpkin Seed Turkey Craft for Preschoolers from 123 Homeschool 4 Me


turkey crafts and kids activities

35 Turkey Crafts & Kids Activities




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