One of our favorite books (and probably one of yours too) is The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. In the story, a little bull in Spain loves to sit under a tree and smell the flowers while all the other young bulls fight and butt each other. When they all are grown, the other bulls dream of fighting in
The past month or so, we have had a lot of rain. It even rained every day all day for two whole weeks. Looking around town, one can tell – the ground is softer, the rivers are higher, and some of the roads have crumbled. We’re thankful for any piece of blue sky we see. But my kids are also thankful for the puddles.
Over the years, we’ve tried all sorts of ways to get our children to do their chores. We’ve used chore charts with stickers, lists with stars, marbles and even quarters in a jar. And while these are good methods for getting into the habit of doing daily chores, I’ve found there are times we have to turn to more desperate measures. When company is
Whenever we have an event to attend and we need to bring something sweet along, we always go for this oh-so-easy cookie recipe. It’s simple to put together, and after you’ve made them a few times with your child, he’ll be able to do it all by himself! What You’ll Need 2 eggs 1/2 cup of oil 1 box of cake mix (any kind)
During the summer, we have a beautiful wildflower that grows along the side of our road. It’s called Queen Anne’s lace, and each “bloom” is actually made up of many tiny flowers. Queen Anne’s lace is usually white – that is, until we get a hold of it! Here’s a fun flower experiment you can do with Queen Anne’s lace to show how plants
One of my family’s favorite board games is Ticket to Ride. We were first introduced to the game by my niece’s husband. He’ll spend a long time strategizing on each turn, and he almost always wins. If any of us can just beat him, we feel we’ve won the game! The box says it’s for ages eight and up, though my eight-year-old got a
If your child likes to paint or draw, you might consider entering his or her work in an art contest. There are a number of art contests online that kids can’t enter throughout the year. My children have entered quite a few, and sometimes they win, and sometimes they don’t. The Benefits But these contests are beneficial to them in a number of ways.
When my oldest son was small, we purchased a video camera that recorded on the little 8 mm video tapes. It was quite an investment at the time, but as with most technology these days, it became quickly outdated. Today, there are so many other ways to record, including cell phones, iPods, iPads and tablets, and digital cameras. For kids, making a movie has
Telephone Pictionary is one of our favorite group games, whether it’s a rainy afternoon, a small party, or a family reunion. The more people playing, the more fun it is! And all it requires is a little bit of writing and a few stick figures. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Small sheets of paper (about ¼ sheet of copy paper) Pencils or pens (one
This is a fun activity that can be played with children of all ages. It not only introduces children to the sense of touch, but also helps them think descriptively, which is helpful when writing. Here’s what you’ll need: *Brown paper lunch bags *A variety of small objects from around the house or outside. Some possibilities are: Toiletries – a comb, a hairbrush, a