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

Real Food Snack Ideas for Kids - Kid Tested and Approved!

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

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Real and Healthy 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

My Merry Messy Life: How to go on a Nature Walk with Kids to Inspire an Appreciation for Nature

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

My Merry Messy Life: Outdoor Mud Kitchen fun with Kids

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

My Merry Messy Life: Shredded Paper Sensory Fun Play for Kids

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

Snow Paint Winter Garland Craft

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

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

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

DIY Kids Felt Christmas Tree

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 […]

Christmas Craft with Kids – Felt Star Tree Topper

Kids Felt Christmas Tree Star Topper

A quick and easy tree topper your child can make for their own Christmas tree using felt, pom-poms and puffy paint! We have literally gone hog wild this holiday season in our house with felt, pom-poms and puffy paint. Once I started one project with Gabe, the creativity and ideas just kept on coming and […]

Christmas Felt Wreath Craft with Kids

Christmas Felt Wreath Craft with Kids

This Christmas felt wreath with pom-poms and puffy paint is super easy and fun to make, even for a toddler! We’ve had so much fun this December coming up with ways to use felt, pom-poms and puffy paint to make our own Christmas decorations. In addition to this wreath, we also made our own felt […]