Category Archives: When It Rains

Easy to make Tee Pee for Kids!

If you've been anywhere near Pinterest in the last few years, you'll have seen some of these fun teepee hideouts for kids.  With a few little kids running around, we thought this would make a great present but the price was a little more than I was thinking of. So we took a few dimensions and…
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7 Audio Programs Kids Will Love!

As a kid, I have a vivid memory of carrying around my little, red, Sony tape recorder, listening to books on tape and radio theater programs. I loved it. I would clean my whole bedroom while listening to stories. Times have changed. There are tons of ways to access audio story times and programs for kids. Typically…
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6 Wordless Books to Spark the Imagination

For a little kid, it can be difficult to sit still long enough to read an entire book. Sometimes the words just get tangled in their brains and they'd rather move on to something more interesting and hands on. That's where wordless picture books come in! Looking at a wordless book with your kids can…
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Snail Mail Fun For Kids!

Everyone likes to get mail; as in an actual letter in the mail box. It feels so much more personal than those quick shot messages through the internet or by text. Here's a few ideas to include your kids in on this time honored tradition. Start them young, even before writing age by having them…
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Cabin Fever Crushers!

Cabin fever is a real deal on those cold and snowy days. We all know that little kids are full of energy and need space to exert it in a productive way. Why not encourage your kids movement by joining in on the fun with a few simple interactive games. 1. Turn into an Airplane: Lay…
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Great Outdoor and Indoor Hopscotch

I remember loving hopscotch as a little girl. My friends and I would jump around happily every sunny afternoon until it was time to go home. Here are two versions of this classic game and some ideas on how to play it according to the children's ages. Outdoor Hopscotch with chalk Combine this active jumping…
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All the World is a Canvas …

Some kids are little artists that feel misunderstood. Normal people with their narrow minds simply don't see the beauty in a room full of paint ... ... or a colorfully decorated bed. Just like they cannot appreciate creative wall paper designs ... ... or creative visionaries that are not afraid to get in touch with…
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Must Read Summer Booklist For 8-12

For me growing up, summer was the best because you had more time to read all those books that weren't in the school curriculum. More opportunities to go to the library and read in the sun. Coming up with the top books I'd recommend was really difficult because there were just so many but it…
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Very Funny International Animal Sounds For Kids

It's so funny when your baby is learning how to make animal sounds. Sometimes our house sounds like a barnyard with all the 'Moo's,' 'Woof's,' 'Baa's,' etc. But living somewhere other than the US has given me a new perspective and I realized that animal noises are represented different ways in different languages. I thought it'd…
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Disappearing Toothpick

Need a little magic to brighten your kids' day? How about a little slight of hand? This trick is great for adults to show children but also then for the kids to try it themselves. It's very simple once you know what's happening behind the scenes. Tape a toothpick to the back of you thumb…
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Bubbling Lava Experiment

When I was little, my sister and I shared a room and she had the coolest lava lamp. I would fall asleep every night watching it bubble to the top and float to the bottom. So when I saw this experiment that replicates that lava effect, we had to try it out right away. All…
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Shish-Ke-Balloon!

Looking for a way to liven up a party with kids? This trick will have them cringing in anticipations and then gasping in awe at your sweet skills. You only need a skewer, a balloon and a little dish detergent. Make sure you don't blow up the balloon any bigger than the length of your…
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Balancing Act For Kids

Balance is one of those life lessons that everyone needs to learn both figuratively and literally. But for kids, literal balance is where it's at. Here's an interesting way for kids to learn about balance. All you need for this experience is a hanger, some string and two equal buckets. Hang your hanger on a…
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Teabag Liftoff

Want to impress your kids? Show them this trick of a magical, flying teabag. All you need is: A glass A teabag Scissors And matches Cut the top off the teabag and empty it out. Stand it upright in your glass. Light the top with a match. The fun part comes at the end when…
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Learning Shapes 101

The toddler years are full of new discoveries and learning at this age can be so fun. Here's a way to help your little one learn their shapes. First we made some recognizable shapes. We used cut outs from the internet to make sure we wouldn't confuse the little ones. I could just picture it.…
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Balloon Popper Game

Need a quick and easy distraction for your kids that doesn't break the bank? This will keep them entertained for a bit with just a few household supplies. Take a balloon and cut off a small piece of the end so the neck fits over the paper towel tube. We used balls of duct tape…
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Strum Along On Your Homemade Guitar

Music is so important for growth in kids of all ages. So why not get them a head start toward their future in appreciation of music. You might not be prepared to shell out the money for a high quality instrument yet, but making your own musical instrument might be even cooler. Here's our step by…
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