Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

Here is one of our favorite homemade snacks- homemade fruit roll-ups!  These are so simple to make and you need only a few REAL food ingredients.   Any parent scanning the snack aisle at the local grocery store has seen the HUGE array of choices.  From pudding cups, chips, crackers, to fruit based snacks such as Fruit […]

Easy Veggie Chips Your Kids Will Love

A simple and quick recipe for vegetable chips that will help make those “eat your vegetable” battles a bit more peaceful. Plus, they are tasty and fun for adults, too! Recently, I’ve found myself deep in hostile, hostage-like negotiation scenarios. Usually daily. Usually multiple times a day. Can you tell I’m the mother of a toddler? A two-year-old […]

Real Food Snacks for Kids (that even adults will love!)

We all want to raise our children with good healthy food, but it can be very hard in a processed, convenient world. Welcome to my series on how to eat real, healthy food with kids. If you missed my first post, you might be interested to read, “How To Get Your Kids to Eat Real […]

How To Get Kids to Eat Real Food Without the Battles

I think we can all agree that we want our children eating the healthiest food possible, but unfortunately, information on how to practically do it, day-to-day, meal-to-meal is not widespread. Here are my tips and tricks that have worked for my family. My kids eat about 98% real food, and you and your family can, […]

How to Go on a Nature Walk – Preschool Learning Activity

Going on a nature walk or scavenger hunt with your children is an excellent way to inspire a love and appreciation for the natural world. I share how we do it and give a free printable for your own nature hunt book! Once we decided we were going to try homeschooling for pre-k, I searched […]

Mud Pie Kitchen Fun with Kids – Preschool Activity

There’s something so primal and animalistic about mud. It’s cold, wet, slimy, sloppy, sticky, gooey and brown – a sensory bin at it’s finest. Recently, I let my kids tap into their inner cave boys and go to town in it. It was quite the success and a great way to kill a couple of […]

Free Fun for Kids – Shredded Paper Sensory Play

Before you recycle or throw out the bin of shredded paper from your shredder, consider letting it loose for the kids! This is a great sensory activity and my boys loved using their diggers and dumpers to push the paper around. Sensory play is so important in early childhood education – they learn with their […]

Crafting with Kids – Snow Paint Winter & Valentine’s Garland

Painting with snow paint is so much fun, and once it dries, it really looks like snow! It’s the perfect craft to do with a toddler, too, because it doesn’t require precision. I’ve also included a free printable to use as a stencil to cut out the shapes. Supplies Colored paper (just a few sheets […]

Kids for Kindness – A Year of Family-Centered Random Acts of Kindess

Join the #kidsforkindness challenge as we do one kid-friendly random act of kindess for 2013! Well, it’s officially 2013! I love how a new year gives us a fresh start, a blank slate. For me, it’s a time to reflect on goals I have for myself and my family and be purposeful about how to […]

DIY Kids Felt Christmas Tree Craft

This felt kids Christmas tree is perfect for young children as it’s virtually indestructible, and even the craft-challenged parent can tackle it in an hour or less. You just need felt, scissors, and cookie cutters! There’s nothing more un-fun than keeping small children off the family Christmas tree – for an entire month! We’ve been just […]