Category Archives: Summer

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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9 Roadtrip Games The Whole Family Can Play

Do you have a vacation coming up? If can be tough as a kid to sit for extended periods of time in the same spot next to the same people without getting bored and antsy. Instead of relying solely on technology to keep them distracted why not include some family interaction and check out these tried…
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How To Have The Perfect Bonfire Night

The air is getting crisp and the leaves are falling. What a perfect time for a bonfire! Sometimes it's so nice to have your friends and family huddled around a toasty fire on a cool evening, roasting marshmallows and singing songs together.   Songs: If you need some suggestions for younger kids who haven't been…
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Hours Of Summer Fun With The Water Blob

Looking to get the kids outside on these hot summer days? Here's a fun try with the water blob. These have been getting more and more popular these days because they are don't cost much to make and can keep your kids entertained for hours in the sun. All you need is plastic sheeting and either…
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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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Fun Outdoor Aiming Game with Tin Cans

Here comes a fun, outdoor, aiming game that you and your kids can build yourselves. Start with coating different sizes of tin cans with white paper. Then you and your kids can get creative and draw on the tin cans whatever you like. After that, I added numbers to show how many points the different cans will…
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Beach Tips and Essentials with Kids

For me, as a Jersey girl, summer and beach trip for always been synonymous. Every year since, for as long as I can remember we would spend a week at the shore playing in the sand and ocean. I didn't realize when I was little, how much energy it took on my mom's part to…
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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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We <3 Watermelon

This little guy knows what's good for him. Watermelon is a great and healthy summer snack. And not just that - it's great sensory fun to have a juicy bite and feel a sweet trickle of melon juice running down both arms. We think - nothing says SUMMER more than that. But they're not only…
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Presidential Expert At 5 Years Old

The Fourth of July, beyond the barbecues and parades, is obviously a holiday that reminds us of where we've come from as a nation. So I was thinking, how much do I really know about the people that have helped get us where we are today? How much do you know about our presidents? This five…
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Yummy! 4th of July on Your Plate!

Bring the 4th of July to your children's plates with these delicious and easy to make sandwiches. We made two versions - one with strawberry jam and the other one with cream cheese. Here is how you make your own stars-and-stripes-super-yummy-4th-of-July sandwich. Add sliced banana halves to the jam sandwich .... ... and sliced strawberries…
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Happy Tin Can Tossing

With 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share a DIY, new edition of the all time favorite outdoor game, tin can tossing. This game will be the perfect pastime for young and old and shouldn't be missing on any July 4th barbecue or picnic. Most of the…
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The Most Adorable First Date Ever

With Father's Day approaching, it seemed appropriate to show this video that honors what being a father really means. This video called 'Best First Date' has gone viral for good reason. The opening shows a man dressing up and preparing for a first date. He tells his friend how he's planned everything and 'she won't expect…
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Creative Uses For Sidewalk Chalk

With the weather outside getting warmer, I've been more inspired to find fun ways for kids to stay outside. Sidewalk chalk is a go-to for summer fun. All you need is some blacktop and color for your kids to create a masterpiece. And when it rains you have a fresh canvas to start over.  I…
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