Monday, February 27, 2017

Dr. Seuss Day Games for Read Across America: Yertle the Turtle Stacking Game

Looking for a fun Dr. Seuss game to play for your Read Across America celebration? This one involves the book, Yertle the Turtle, one of our favorite Dr. Seuss stories. It's a fun stacking game for any age! If you're not too keen on making the game yourself, then scroll to the end of the post for a short cut!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

DIY Upcycled Starry Night Luminaries

Being a member of the Chick-fil-A Moms Panel has been quite an adventure! Last month they asked us to create a cell phone coop to encourage family dinner time. This month, they asked us to try their delicious chicken tortilla soup, then upcycle the container into something useful. I love these little containers and I usually save ones like it for Lego construction (you need a place to put those pieces as you build, after all). But I wanted to make something really unique with this one. Thanks to an unusually warm February evening full of stars here in New Jersey, this idea popped into my head.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dr. Seuss Party Games for Read Across America: Easy Ring Toss

Each year I search for fun games to play during our Dr. Seuss Read Across America party. You might have read about my Yertle the Turtle Stacking Game, remember? This year I threw together a character ring toss. Draw or print out your images and then stick them on colored cones (I used clear packing tape). A few rings and you're good to go!


Monday, February 20, 2017

15 Fun Finds from Toy Fair 2017

Toy Fair New York was everything I dreamed of and more. I walked through oceans of adorable stuffed animals and hugged life-sized versions of my favorite characters. I saw stickers, toys, electronics, educational games, collectibles and prototypes. I learned so much about the world of toys! So what should I do with all of this new and wonderful information? Share it with you, of course!!  Here are 15 of the coolest, most awesome finds from Toy Fair 2017.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Make Your Own Spin Art T-Shirts (Great for Field Day!)

You might have seen my post about creating your own Spin Art, and just how easy it really is. One of the other things I like about the whole project is that it's portable, so you can literally do your spin art anywhere! That came in super handy when I decided to make our own Spin Art t-shirts for an upcoming event at my son's school.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Minecraft Projects for Kids: DIY Minecraft Shrinky Dinks

The Jersey Momma's Boy could play Minecraft for hours if I let him. I'm a gamer, too, and I really like Minecraft, but I have my limits! I recently lured him away from the screen with a hands-on Minecraft activity. Do it Yourself Minecraft Shrinky Dinks! What's more enticing than that??


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Easy Oreo Penguin Cookies for Valentine's Day!

I didn't plan my Valentine's Day dessert menu very well this year. Valentine's Day is only a few days away and I don't have the energy to whip up a cool cake or cupcakes at the last minute. But these simple Oreo penguin cookies were easy enough, and they sure do look cute on a plate!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

DIY Valentine Milk Jug Card Carrier: Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

One of my favorite holidays to celebrate as a teacher was Valentine's Day. I used to have my students make adorable teddy bear card holders so that they had a place to put their cards and an easy way to bring them home. Plus, this was a project they could easily do in school (or even at home) without much mess or hassle. They look adorable all lined up and can hold a large number of valentines and trinkets. Here's an easy tutorial on how to make them. And scroll below for free pdf printables of the bear and heart patterns!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Easy Three Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

If you're looking for a quick and easy dip for Super Bowl or any time of year, check out this yummy three ingredient chili cheese dip! It is one of the best dip recipes around, and SO SIMPLE to make. You need three (yes, three!) key ingredients, and some Tostitos.  That's IT!! I try to always keep these ingredients on hand in case I need a dip for guests or parties. So here it is...behold! The Chili Cheese Dip Recipe! 


Monday, January 30, 2017

A Review of The Other Tales: Adventure Escape Rooms in New Jersey

Have you ever heard of Escape Rooms? Although it sounds like something to be frightened of, they've been all the rage in Europe for years, and are gaining popularity in our country at a rapid pace. So, what is  an Escape Room? Do you really get locked in? Is it scary? Is it difficult? What if you don't escape? Relax, people, I've got you covered!  Come with me as I visit The Other Tales Escape Rooms in Hawthorne, New Jersey, a family-friendly adventure room that is sure to leave you smiling. I'll do my best to explain the concept of escape rooms and The Other Tales without giving too much away (no spoilers, I swear!).

Friday, January 27, 2017

Free Home Depot Workshops for Kids!

A few weeks ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to the latest Home Depot Workshop for kids. Home Depot's workshops are completely free. I mean, really, I've said it before and I will say it again- ya can't beat free!!!  *Note, Lowe's Home Improvement Stores also offered these workshops for kids but ceased offering them in December of 2016. Boo, Lowe's!  Read on for links to Home Depot's fabulous workshops and what you'll experience there.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Minecraft Books for Kids : Inspiring Reluctant Readers

Minecraft has truly taken the world by storm, and there's no better way to inspire young readers than with subjects they love. But if you search any book site for Minecraft fiction, your choices are a bit overwhelming! So I've narrowed down some of the best Minecraft series we've read so far (and believe me, we've read many over here). I've also included Amazon affiliate links throughout, in case you'd like to purchase some of them yourself (you can read about my affiliate connection on my disclosure page). If you like this post, you can also read my other reviews,  More Minecraft Books for Kids: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie and Minecraft Comics for Kids.