Cupcake Liner Fish Craft

Make this adorable fish craft from cupcake liners.  It is simple, yet offers little fingers plenty of fine motor practice. You will need: construction paper, cupcake liners, scissors, glue, goggly eye, and crayons (markers, paint, etc.). 1.  Trace a simple fish shape on the construction paper. 2.  Color and/or paint the fish.  Allow to dry. […]

Painting With Pipe Cleaners: A Simple Fine Motor Activity

Painting is one of my daughter’s favorite activities.  So we paint a lot around here, to say the least.  We are always finding new objects to paint with and different paint techniques to use.  My daughter wanted to try using pipe cleaners to make paint prints with; so we did.  Not only was it fun, […]

Top Picks: Books To Help Children With Divorce

Divorce is terrible; I would not wish it upon anyone.  The following are my top picks of books to help children with divorce.  I have (and continue) to read and use them with my own children. Some advice with reading these books I share is to:  Always read it first.  For me, this pertains to […]

Purposeful Painting

Painting can be beneficial on so many levels for both children and adults.  Not only does it offer fine motor practice, it also provides relaxation, amongst other benefits.  Don’t limit your children (or yourself!) to only using paint brushes and paper; think outside of the box and be creative with your choice of media to use […]

Simple Sticker Counting Book

Make this personalized Simple Sticker Counting Book for your little learner out of materials around your house or classroom.  This activity can be easily modified to fit a vast group of learners amongst different ages and/or abilities.*  It can also be personalized to fit your little learner’s current interests to help with eagerness and active participation. You […]

Raising Bilingual Children Today

Kids’ Candor provided you with the samples for my post. All opinions are my own. Our first Kids’ Candor Bilingual Educational Kit arrived today.  From the moment my kids saw both of their names on the box, they were hooked!  They opened the box to find educational materials, a book, stickers, supplies, puzzle, music CD, and […]

CELEBRATE: Christmas Activity Plans

CELEBRATE: Create a Joyful Christmas with Simple Activity Plans Make lasting holiday memories with your children and/or students with these wonderful Christmas Activity Plans from hands on: as we grow. Everything you need in one spot for fun this holiday season! These practical activity plans are simple enough to fit in your already hectic schedule. Make this Christmas season your […]

Top Ten Back To School Tips 2015

Can you believe another summer is winding down?  Where does the time go?!  As many of us prepare to go back to school soon, I wanted to share some tips I have learned to help make the transition back-to-school smoother.  Top 10 Back-to-School Tips include my personal tips and opinions as a parent and an educator […]

*NEW BOOK* Learn With Play: 150+ Ideas for Year-round Fun & Learning

Research continues to show that kids learn best through play.  You should know by now, that I am a huge advocate for learning through play.  As a parent and an educator, I do my best to provide as many opportunities as possible for my own kiddos (and other’s children) to learn through play.  Sometimes, I need some […]

Art Museums Aren’t Just For Adults!

Yes, I bring my young children (one having autism) to the art museum.  Am I crazy…maybe, but I am an advocate that children should experience life as much as possible, even if that means my two young, full of life (and energy!!) kiddos brush shoulders with “the more mature folks” at a quiet, sophisticated art museum. […]