Activities For Tweens

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Activities For Tweens | 0 comments

Snail Mail Pen Pal Fun For Kids

Snail Mail Pen Pal Fun For Kids

Remember the days before text messages and email? I do! I used to have a pen pal when I was young. I met her at camp one summer, and for the next few years we wrote back and forth via the good ‘ole postal service. I remember sharing all about my life with her, my secrets, and my accomplishments. Having a pen pal can be such a great experience for kids. They learn from the friendship, enjoy getting letters and goodies in the mail, and it’s an opportunity for them to practice their penmanship and letter writing skills. My oldest daughter has a friend that lives about an hour away. She sees her... Read Post

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 in Activities For Tweens | 0 comments

Memory Keeping Solutions for Kids

Memory Keeping Solutions for Kids

My girls love to take pictures of just about anything….themselves, their friends, their brothers, their room! We end up having to delete photos from their phones to make room for new ones. Often before we delete old pictures, I’ll print out their favorites for them. But what do we do with all these pictures? Until recently, I’ll shamefully admit that they were stored in a box, or taped to a bedroom wall. We weren’t very organized, and it was truly a mess. I realized that as they get older their affinity for keeping memories alive with pictures will only increase. Apparently it’s... Read Post

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Activities For Tweens | 0 comments

Personalized Flip Flops in Minutes

Personalized Flip Flops in Minutes

What says summer better than a cute pair of flip flops, right? My girls are obsessed with flip flops! They love having different colors and designs; flip flops have become quite the summer fashion statement. Here are two fun and easy flip flop crafts that will let your little crafters create their own personalized pair! Flip Flop Craft #1 – Ribbon Flops In three easy steps you can turn a regular old pair of flip flops into a new and super cute fashion must have! Just grab a pair of flip flops (new or old), and some coordinating ribbon. Cut several small pieces of ribbon (ours were about four... Read Post

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Activities For Tweens | 1 comment

Junk Creations Spark Creativity

Junk Creations Spark Creativity

My daughter’s favorite part of kindergarten was making “Junk”. Her teacher asked us to regularly contribute our recycling to her junk box. Every day, the children spent time with the junk, making anything they could dream up. We do this at home now, too. It’s the best (eco-friendly) way to encourage creativity. You’re providing open-ended play for children to create what they want instead of giving step-by-step directions. Without giving directions for each step, kids must problem solve and think for themselves. It’s also great for social skills to have your children work together to make... Read Post

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Activities For Tweens | 1 comment

The Benefits of Baking For Kids

The Benefits of Baking For Kids

My daughter recently found a new passion – baking cupcakes.  The benefits of children baking in the kitchen surprised me. I noticed that the process of figuring out a recipe and making it all by herself gave my daughter: -  a sense of accomplishment -  pride -  a new interest -  expanded problem solving skills It started when she discovered a free app for the iPad, Hello Cupcake!, from the popular book of the same name. In the Hello Cupcake app, there are twelve recipes with clear directions, perfect for children to follow. I really liked that the app used real photographs, not cartoonish... Read Post

Posted on May 3, 2013 in Activities For Tweens | 0 comments

The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

My oldest daughter Emma loves crafts. She gets it from me, and usually I’m happy to help her – but, with three other (younger) children, I am always looking for fun craft kits that she can do on her own. When I saw the Patch A-Peel Purse, I knew it would be hit. I set it aside for her seventh birthday, and she was thrilled when she opened it! I was impressed with how nicely the bag was made, it’s fully lined with soft pink fabric! Emma really enjoyed making this bag her own with the pre-cut sticky fabric shapes and adhesive gems that came with it. I loved that the shapes allowed plenty of... Read Post

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 in Activities For Tweens | 0 comments

Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

Crafts are a fun and creative way to teach your children about a variety of topics. Children are hands-on learners, and always learn best when having fun! In our homeschooling classroom, I keep plenty of craft supplies at the ready to create a variety of projects. Recently, I’ve been using my craft supplies to teach the children about different cultures. You can create a craft from almost any country and spark a lesson or discussion about an interesting new culture! Here are a few to get you started.  1. Australia: Craft your own wooden or paper boomerang. Let your child paint it in bright... Read Post