Autumn Leaf Rubbings



Every autumn, while on a fall walk, we choose leaves from several different types of trees to use for making Leaf Rubbings.

It’s a very simple little project that even toddlers can do, and it’s one of those little traditions we have always enjoyed doing year after year. Perhaps you made these when you were a child, as well!

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 12 Ideas for Fun Summer Days at Home


collage for summer ideas

Summer is drawing to a close. School is about to start back up, and maybe has already begun for some of you! But, summer isn’t quite through yet!  The days are still warm and it still stays light outside well into the evening. So, savor every moment!

When my kids were young, I liked to try to do some fun things that weren’t a part of our normal school year- to make summer days more fun. These are simple, inexpensive or free ideas that really just let kids be kids. There’s no need to get fancy or expensive. Kids’ imaginations are the best toy, when encouraged to be used, and simple fun is usually the most fun!

So- before summer bids farewell for another year, here are some simple, yet fun ideas you can enjoy with your kids.

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A Fun Tradition for Family Trips (and happier travels!)


family trips

Taking a vacation is always a very exciting time. As the weeks and days gradually bring you closer to the date to leave, you can feel the swell of anticipation in the air. The only problem is, that in order to reach the glorious vacation destination, you have to take a trip; and if you have children, you know that traveling can often be a bit of a stressful experience.

I mean, I get it! It’s hard to sit in a vehicle for hours upon hours (and to kids- an hour seems, I think, at least double what it does to an adult!) when you are already excited. All those emotions and antsy-ness, and small spaces are bound to create some…. “moments”.

So, in an effort to make the actual traveling time a little bit more fun for everyone, I began a little tradition.

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Library Trips = Fun Times: Tuesday Teaching Tips with Marilyn


Tuesday-Teaching-Tips-LibraryTurn library trips into regular fun times.

With our younger three we took them out to eat once every three weeks and then went to choose books from the library.

Be discerning though- there is a lot at the public library you don’t want your kids reading.

For families with young children, the public library is a great place to find entertainment, educational or cultural enrichment, or valuable information.

Top 9 reasons to go visit

  1. Free programs and activities: From author visits to puppet shows to family films, libraries offer programs with kid appeal after school, on the weekends, and during the summer. Ask your librarian for the schedule of upcoming events.
  2. Story times: There’s nothing like hearing a good story read by someone who loves to read aloud. Libraries are terrific settings for story times which often include finger plays, games, songs, and crafts that can be learned and enjoyed again at home.
  3. Workshops: Many libraries offer workshops that can help enrich your life as an adult and support you as a parent. At many libraries, it is possible to learn to knit, prepare your taxes, update your resume, gain computer skills, or improve your parenting skills.
  4. Books: Librarians are happy to make recommendations and most public libraries have a special section just for children’s books.
  5. Audiobooks: Listened to a good book lately? Most libraries have a collection of popular adult and children’s titles available for checkout on tape or CD.
  6. Movies: Your public library is a great source for free access to the latest blockbusters, family movie classics, documentaries, or favorite TV shows.
  7. Music: Want to introduce your children to Beethoven or Bach or new children’s songs? Check to see if your library has a collection of music on CD.
  8. Magazines and newspapers: Introduce your child to some of the magazines designed just for children. With bold photographs, poems and a joke or two, magazines are another reading choice for beginning readers. Or catch up on the news in your community and share a smile over the comics.
  9. Computers: Most public libraries offer free Internet access, computers with educational games for kids, and valuable online resources for teenagers.





Make A Rain Gauge


Child and rain


March is a perfect time of year to make a rain gauge! Let your child help you make this easy gauge for some low-mess fun! Here’s what you do:                                                                                                                                                  

Using a ruler, mark off inches on a strip of masking tape and attach to a container such as an empty jar or coffee can. Place the container on a level surface outside. Measure the amount of rainfall each time it rains. Record the date and amounts just for fun.