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Sunny daffodils and lilac colored crocuses graze the hillsides here in Germany, spring is in full bloom! We are loving the extra hours of sunlight each day and finally being able to open the widows and let the breeze drift in! One such breezy day last week put us in a kite making mood. I wanted this craft to be something that would actually fly, and something the kids could help assemble. After racking my brain for awhile I had (in my opinion!) a stroke of genius and we set to work making our  kite out of contact paper and confetti! Here's the full tutorial!

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We are having the best weather this week, it's finally warm enough to actually feel like playing with ice! Grayson loves his castle toys, so I wanted to build a sensory bin geared towards his interests (namely building and destroying)! And, because I'm always trying to work in educational concepts to the activities we do, I decided to spend a little extra time dying the ice so he could practice his colors.

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Today's video will make you smile, and maybe tear up a little bit.

Emily decides she doesn't need all of her hair when there are kids who are sick without any hair.

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When we took our trip in January to Neuschwanstein Castle on the way down to Garmisch, we were amazed at the gorgeous 19th century art and architecture we encountered. Floor to ceiling paintings decorated the walls, impressive woodwork amazed us throughout, but it was the throne room floor that really took our breath away. The entire floor is paved in tiny mosaic tiles depicting all sorts of animals... Imagine how many tiles it took to fill that space! It was so beautiful that I knew we had to do a follow up activity and make our own mosaics, and why not make our own salt dough tiles while we're at it!

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Healthy Snacking on the Go

As a child I remember not being able to eat in my parents' cars. We lived in a small town so it only took a few minutes to get around. Plus, I don't think we were as fully scheduled as kids and families are today, so our time in the car was minimal. Well times have changed, and I'm sure my mom cringes when she gets in my car and sees all the food debris. The older my kids get the more time we spend in the car eating snacks and meals in between activities.

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I've been wanting to play with powdered paint for awhile, there are so many cool activities you can do with it! So, when I was browsing through Pinterest the other day and discovered you can make it out of crushed chalk, I knew I had found my next project! From Amazon, powdered tempera paint will run you almost $50 with shipping, this method costs $5!

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Energizing Kids with Exercise Games + Printables

Exercise.

It's something we all know is important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that "children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day." Oh boy, sometimes that's easy, especially when the weather outside is nice, but let's face it, when it's cold outside, sometimes it's pretty tough to hit that guideline.

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While things haven't gone quite as we had hoped when we moved in to a small village in Germany, we still love the area. And, before we move due to the lack of social opportunities for the kids and I, I wanted to capture the picturesque area around us with an art project that the kids could do. We made a map of the area around our house out of washi tape and liquid watercolors and it turned out pretty beautiful, just like our little village!

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My grandma had a rotary phone in her house growing up. I remember playing with it; I maybe have even used it to make a call once. That was 20 some odd years ago.

Watch as some kids today try to figure out what a rotary phone is, and how to text on it. I chuckled.

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I don't see the appeal, but for some reason, whenever I ask Aurora what her favorite animal is she tells me it's a pig. I remember when we visited Nebraska a few years ago and went to the county fair, we toured the livestock barns and when we got to the pigs she burst in to terrified tears! After such a traumatic first meet n' greet, I'm a little surprised that piggies were her pick, but she's been unwavering in her animal favoritism for the past several months! Because I knew she would be ecstatic about it, and because it's finally feeling like spring this week, I threw together a farm sensory bin for the kids to play with this morning.

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Protecting Your Kids Without Over Protecting Them

Encouraging kids to play outside is important year round. Free play has been shown to help with how children approach problems whether in school or on the playground. In order to keep your kids safe – without hovering over them, I recommend establishing some summer ground rules. These are good to follow:

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The ABC's of Baby's Zzzzs!

Did you know that sleep is the primary activity of the brain during early development? As a matter of fact, sleep is a critical part of a baby’s healthy growth and development; especially a baby’s mental and physical health.  So what are the healthy sleep patterns for infants? How long should your baby be sleeping?

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Tomorrow is national pancake day! Normally, I don't go all out for silly holidays, but we're talking about pancakes here. There is nothing silly about cake that is socially acceptable to eat for breakfast! I first found the recipe on the Kids Activity Blog, but have seen variations that include all sorts of different ingredients, so pretty much anything goes!

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Group Physical vs. Private Physical: What's Best for Your Child?

A physical is usually required for kids entering certain grades – or planning to participate in school sports. Physicals offered in a group setting may offer convenience and low-cost; however, a physical one-on-one with your child’s doctor will cover much more.

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With Dr. Seuss's birthday coming up this weekend, I was super excited to come up with a project to honor his creative brilliance. The kids both love his books, Gray is a huge supporter of Go Dogs Go and Aurora loves The Lorax (probably because the movie is on Netflix)! We've painted ourselves with colored pudding before, and that was fun, but the colors weren't very strong, so I wanted to find a recipe that produced vibrant colors and was non-toxic.

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