Keep it Simple

10 Simple Ways to Encourage Gratitude

                      I     It’s the season of thankfulness, and I have 10 SIMPLE ways to encourage gratitude in your family. This isn’t Pinterest people, these are simple ways to encourage gratitude without creative pain! 1. Ask a question around a meal, “What is one thing you […]

Thanksgiving Table Apple Votives

By Nancy Blakey These lovely votives enhance any table. Pulling your kids into help make them adds something extra to the day! What you will need: Apples Small sharp knife Spoon Votive candles Use the knife to cut a votive candle-sized circle. Have your kids use the spoon to scoop out the apple inside the […]

Rainy Day Activity: Make a Puppet!

By Paula Solis Krock Children are so cool. Give them some fun props and they will tell creative, interesting stories, develop characters and make you belly laugh to no end. Puppets are a great way to unleash this creativity in your little storyteller. Put the following items on the table and see what delightful kinds […]

Kids in the Kitchen: The Power of Pancakes

By Nancy Blakey This is a small story about skills learned, confidence earned, and one simple way to make an extraordinary memory for a child. It began as such a simple thing. One rainy afternoon our 4-year-old asked if he could cook something. The refrigerator was bare that day, and the cupboards mostly empty except […]

Hello Jello! Edible ABC’s

By Nancy Blakey Our son was a kinesthetic learner. If he could touch it, manipulate it, hold it in his hands, the information would stick. When it came time to learn to read I used wet spaghetti for him to make letters. We cut ABC’s from sandpaper and glued them to a page so he […]

Play Outside! Why It is Important in All Weather

That’s right, in ALL weather. It’s easy to spend time outdoors when the sun is out and the temperature warm. There are fewer clothes to contend with and we are drawn to open that backdoor and step outside, but time spent outdoors in winter is almost more important and when we need it most. Not […]

Beastly Eyes

Kids love to participate in decorating the house for Halloween and these fiendish eyes are incredibly simple to make. What you will need: Paper towel tubes Scissors Glow sticks Masking tape Cut the paper towel tubes to the length of the glow sticks. Using the scissors, cut eyes or shapes into the tube. Tape one […]

Music Matters! And Singing and Dancing

By Paula Solis Krock So often when I heard the words as a young mom Sing to your children Dance with them! ! I rolled my eyes and thought, “I have a terrible voice! I can’t dance!” but here is the beautiful thing—your child DOES NOT KNOW THIS! In fact, until your child is about […]

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough

What better project than one you can not only play with, but also eat? This is a multi-sensory project that kids of all ages enjoy. Bring out the cookie cutters, scissors, a garlic press, spoons and bread knives. Your child can make pretend pancakes or cookies laid on a cookie sheet. What you will need: […]

“I’m Hungry!” 10 Great After School Snacks

By Paula Solis Krock Back to school means kids coming home hungry! Here are some easy after school snack ideas, packed full of protein to keep your student fueled and read to conquer anything after school activities demand! Bean and cheese burrito Chopped carrots and hummus Celery stick, Peanut or Sunflower butter, raisins (AKA: Frogs […]

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