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Have fun with baby activites - 1 to 2 years

Finding new activities to do with your little ones can be tough. We have compiled a list of some of the most creative and fun activities you can do with your little ones.

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Summer Boredom Busters: Kids Activities Chart

I love that summer provides children with hours of unstructured time but if there is no structure, those hours of play and learning can turn into hours of whining! We have a pretty crazy summer ahead (selling this house, moving across the country, and possibly spending as much as two months somewhere else in the middle), so I decided to have some summer boredom busters set up from the beginning. ...

Summer Fun for Kids: Link Up Your Favorite Activities!

A linky full of wonderful activities and ideas for summer fun for kids! A great resource for parents and summer camps. ...

Play to Promote Language Development: Get Ready for K Through Play

Play as a tool for Language Development Getting Ready for Kindergarten Through Play I think play is one of the best ways to promote language development! Here are a few fun ways to get your child to talking, thinking, and stretching vocabulary this summer: Get Outside Spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to get kids thinking! ...

Announcing a Summer Blog Series on Kindergarten Readiness

Announcing a summer kindergarten readiness blogging series! ...

Gifts Kids can Make: Spin Art

I'm always looking for simple gifts my kids can make. Spin Art is a perfect gift-able kid craft ? it looks neat, and it is simple and fun enough that kids will happily mass-produce art in this way for, say, thank you cards! I also like to take multiple cards and frame them as a study of sorts. We were sent the ALEX Toys Fantastic Spinner ? ...

Organic Gardening: Dealing with Animals

Turns out animals LOVE organic seedling in the garden! How do you keep animals out while practicing organic gardening? #ad #DigIn #HeartOutdoors ...

Simple Birthday Crafts

I stuck with simple crafts for Emmas birthday party, after considering several much more elaborate options. ...

Robot Cake!

On the day of his birthday (party), Johnny decided he wanted a robot cake. We had talked, and talked, and talked about different cakes, and finally he settled on a robot cake with a 4 on its tummy. I normally like to make fancy cakes, but this time I decided to simplify. ...

Handmade Kindergarten Birthday Present

Six-year-old Emma deemed this gift her best present ever, and I think deservedly so! She spent several hours making it for her friend As sixth birthday, and I think it turned out beautifully! It all comes in its own little shoebox house, complete with pillow, blanket (adorned with a star), dog leash, dog clothes, and leash. Emma planned everything out and stitched it up all on her own. I cut out t ... ...

Learning Laboratory: Farmer's Market

One of my goals for July (yes, Im posting this a month late) was to visit a Farmers Market! And we did it with fancy (and very tasty) honey and delicious blueberries to show for it! And a hit-and-run on our car in the parking lot. But I dont feel like that is anything to complain about, considering we escaped damage from Hurricane Irene this weekend. Our street flooded and trees lost branches, bu ... ...

Learning Laboratory: Gardening

This spring, I decided to attempt a raised bed garden. I bought a Lifetime Raised Garden Kit (incredibly easy to put together, and half the Amazon price at Costco at the time, although mysteriously no longer for sale there), and planted some seeds. Mostly peas, because I am and always have been addicted to garden fresh sweet peas. ...

Spouting Whale Craft

Emma has become quite the crafting machine recently, perusing books for ideas as well as coming up with her own. ...

Raising Kids Who Love Their Planet

A portrait of the sky, taken by six-year-old Emma How do you teach your kids to love this world we live in? It seems to me that children are born with a deep appreciation for nature, and our role as parents is to nurture this instinct, rather than stifling it. In our family, we encourage loving the earth by spending a lot of time outside (geocaching on nearby trails is a particularly popular pasti ... ...

Exploring Geography: Washington State Salmon!

Todays post comes from Marnie! Marnie is a wife, mom, daughter, twin, little sister, career woman, runner and writer for Carrots are Orange. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, and currently lives in Seattle. Here are three posts I love from Marnies blog: Paint in a Box Sensory Madness, Infant Ball Pit (brilliantly simple DIY ... ...

Creative Play Dough Art

I adore the creativity that comes out with regular play dough play, and adding in a few extra materials opens the door to so may new options! I fell in love with these little guys that Johnny made using play dough, paper, and googley eyes! The creation on the left is a boat they can ride in! The kids dried these creations, and they have enjoyed playing with them! ...

Learning Laboratory: Overcoming Bug Phobias

My kids are slowly, but surely, overcoming their bug phobias! Here are a few things that have helped: Letting them wear protective gear like my gardening gloves on Emma, above. Encouraging natural curiosity even when it means they dig up part of the sidewalk searching for ants. Examining bugs with them. Borrowing lots of bug books from the library. Spending time outside with them, with bugs arou ... ...

Organic Gardening with Kids: Planting

Organic Gardening: planting an organic garden with kids. Getting started. Part of a series sponsored by The Home Depot on the mamasmiles.com blog. #DigIn #ad ...

Art for Kids: Seeking Inspiration

Art for kids: seeking inspiration. Looking for resources for a young child who loves to sketch. ...

No-Mess Finger Paint for Kids!

A fun no-mess finger paint for kids ...

Creative Sand Sensory Play

Lily adored this creative sensory play activity with some colored sand and her Safari Ltd Fairy TOOB? (affiliate Amazon link, although we purchased ours at Michaels with a 40%-off coupon) characters! As you can tell, the wings of these fairies sometimes fall off when they get a lot of play from an exuberant three-year-old, but she still likes them. Lily loved making mounds of sand for the fairies ... ...