Book Advent

Our wrapped book advent is all ready for Christmas 2016. I did a simple one this year - I wrapped 24 books and put them in a basket. I didn't even number them. We'll just open one each night to read until they're all gone and it's Christmas!

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How Family Game Night Can Improve Inference Skills



We are big fans of family game night. The kids love it, the adults love it, and it's a great chance for us to spend time together. Besides bonding, some other benefits of family game night include improved problem-solving abilities and better motor skills. But did you know that it can also improve inference skills? Being able to make inferences is essential for successful comprehension of texts. Keep reading to find out how playing a game like Hedbanz™ Electronic helps strengthen this important skill.


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Stuffed Animal Storage

I wanted to share a simple way we found to keep my daughter's stuffed animals organized.


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Keeping Playtime a Priority During the School Year



It's no secret that playing outside makes kids happier and healthier. Not only does it provide a sense of freedom and a great way to relieve stress, it also encourages healthy habits. The physical activity and challenges that outdoor play provide mean kids sleep better, eat better, and develop healthier habits. Unfortunately, outdoor play is disappearing. 70% of moms played outside when they were kids while only 31% of their kids do. CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play all year long.


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Craft Stick Farm Animals

Create farm animals from craft sticks to use as bookmarks or as puppets to retell your favorite barnyard story.

Create farm animals from craft sticks to use as bookmarks or as puppets to retell your favorite barnyard story.

My daughter had a lot of fun creating these craft stick animals. We used the post from Crafts by Amanda as inspiration, but there are lots of ways to make this craft your own. I would suggest setting out many different materials and letting kids use their imaginations to create their own versions.
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What's in Your Backpack? Saving on Must-Have Back-to-School Essentials



Can you believe it's time to start thinking about back-to-school? Luckily, PayPal makes it easy to save on all the backpack essentials your kids need to start the school year successfully AND support your favorite causes at the same time.

Save on back-to-school essentials

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Dinosaur Visors

These dinosaur visors are made from inexpensive foam and are a fun craft for a sunny summer afternoon.

Craft for kids: dinosaur visor hat

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