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Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ Week 2: Animal Habitats

This post is part of the Introduction to Zoology series. For a suggested class schedule, an overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please see the Introductory Post. In this lesson you will teach your students about Animal Habitats. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this …

Explore the Ocean With Little Passports, Plus Enter to Win a LEGOLAND Vacation (Ends 7/31)

Discover the Ocean If your children are fascinated by the ocean this summer, Little Passports’ blog has a free educational summer series to enjoy! My daughter and I have really enjoyed our Little Passports subscription and also their Weather Lab Science Kit.  (Click here to read my review of the …

Fun & Educational in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Pan For Gems

We did something different this year during our annual visit to the Gatlinburg area.  We found the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine in one of the many local coupon books, and decided to try it.  We purchased one $15 bucket and allowed my daughter to do most of the “mining” – …

Gift Ideas: Early Explorers Program For Preschoolers From Little Passports

It’s the time of year to start thinking about Christmas and Holiday gifts!  In running this blog I have the opportunity to partner with several great companies offering quality items for kids (and their parents).  I will be running a series of posts on gift ideas for educational and other …

Spark Your Child’s Imagination With Kiwi Crate! Free Trial Now Available (Just Pay $3.95 Shipping)

Roasting The theme for the June Kiwi Crate is “Camp Out,”  and my daughter loved making the backpack and pretend campfire a few days ago.  The activities really sparked her imagination, and she played “camping” for the rest of the day in the living room, with me and Daddy occasionally …

Join In A Summer Adventure With Kiwi Crate!

Summer Adventure Series! For the months of June, July, and August, each project box from Kiwi Crate will include exciting summer themed projects, bonus activities and fun surprises for the family! New subscribers can take 25% off their 1st month subscription with code SUMMER25. Disclosure: I have purchased the Monthly …

We’re Going On A Trip! Free Travel Printables ~ Suitcase Craft, Pretend Passport, and More

A Mini-Lesson in World Cultures Yesterday my preschooler and I packed our suitcases and went on a trip…to ancient Persia.  We slept overnight in a hotel, then jumped on a train (yes, a train) and traveled to South America for breakfast! Disclosure: Most of the links below are to free …

Garden Printables ~ Free Charts & Planners Plus Activities For Kids

We just purchased some broccoli plants (a first for us) and a tomato plant, and we have some seed packets waiting for us on the kitchen counter.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day, so hopefully we can start our little garden! Enjoy these garden-themed printables – there are …

Sensory Play Ideas For Young Learners ~ My Sensory Box Subscription Review

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I received a complimentary sensory box to review. This afternoon my preschooler was quite excited to find a package in the mailbox.  She was even happier to open it and discover a box full of little toys and goodies for her …

Princess Printables ~ Free Crafts, Games, and Educational Activities For Your Royal Highness

For the little Princess in your life – mine loves these pretty printables!  Most of them are rather girly, but there are a few for your Prince, too.  I hope you enjoy them!  Just click on the thumbnail images to open and print – if the PDF doesn’t look right …

Spring-Themed Educational Activities For Kids (Free Printables)

Spring-time is almost here!  I hope you enjoy these Spring-themed printable activity pages with your little ones.  More to come soon! Just click on the thumbnail images to open and print – for best viewing/printing results please open in Adobe Reader first.  Opening the PDFs in a browser sometimes causes …

Polar Bears, Penguins, and Snowmen! Winter Seasonal Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Although I’m not much of a cold-weather person, winter crafts are fun: love those polar bears, penguins, and snowmen!  Here are lots of ideas to keep you and the kids from going crazy from cabin fever over these last two weeks (or so) of winter. Disclosure: Most of the links …

Inspirational Stories For Your Collection ~ Iesodo: Believe DVD Review

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, however, my opinions are based upon personal, positive experience. I only recommend products and companies that I believe will be of benefit to my readers. Inspirational AND Fun Meet Iesodo (Yay – Sa – Doe), an amazing dove who loves all the birds …

Butterflies and Valentines ~ Activities and Party Ideas For Kids

This year I am planning a butterfly-themed Valentines Day party; a little different, I know!  The theme was partly inspired by a gift from my mom-in-law to my daughter of a butterfly cupcake decorating set, and partly by my fervent desire for an early Spring.  First in this post are …

Little Passports Fundraising For Your School Or Homeschool Co-op

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Little Passports. I am an affiliate, and will receive a small commission if the links on this page are used to make a purchase. Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school or homeschool co-op? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational …

New Free Online Craftsy Class: Complete Knife Skills with Brendan McDermott

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Craftsy and will receive a small commission if the links below are used to make a purchase. My recommendation is based on personal, positive experience with this company. Free Online Cooking Class Learn new kitchen skills with Craftsy! Check out the new free mini-course, …