Fun Adult Coloring Books
Adult coloring books can be so much fun. I really think are great for all ages! Grab kids and color together. Give a book to your best friend or mom. We should never outgrow coloring. It is fun, relaxing and a great way to just chat with your family. All of these are designed and made Suzy Toronto.
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Summer Reading List For Kids
Summer is almost here. A great way to keep kids reading is getting them new books! My kids love going to the bookstore. I’m more of a fan of the library but new book releases are great to find on Amazon too. I get books to review and most are children’s books. I love sharing them with family and friends. I could seriously read all day and be happy. So, here are some super brand new ones- fresh off the print! Get a hammock, climb into a fort and dive into a good book with your kids.
Toddlers and Preschool Age Books
Board books, you read to them. They read with you. Lots of pictures and pages to explore.
Stack The Cats by Susie Ghahremani. Cute book for kitten lovers. Help kids learn number sequence and measurements.
Later Elementary & Middle School
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book For Bold Engineers. 40+ Things to invent, draw and make. By Andrea Beaty. Illustrated by David Roberts.
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Creatures. Magical Film Projections. Grab a flashlight and a dark room and shine the light through the pages to have the H.P. creatures appear on the wall.
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World- The Dark Arts: A Movie Scrapbook. Maps, newspapers and facts about the dark creatures and people in the H.P. movies.
7 Ways To Avoid The Summer Slip
Fun & Educational Ideas For Kids
Summer is almost here. That means lots of free time and no school. homework, labs, workshops, etc. I know my kids will still have music and sports plus volunteering at the library. But besides that, I don’t want them to slip in the summer and have to relearn some of their subjects. Depending on the age you can do a lot to keep them interested in learning this summer and their brains active. Don’t let them sit on their computer, tablet, X-Box or iPhone wasting the day away. Here are a few toys, games and ideas to help your kids avoid the summer slip.
Get Hands-On-Fun with Little Passports Science Expeditions. You can get a monthly box with a new science kit in each one. Depending on the age, most need adult supervision but kids can do the projects. Most are geared ages 9+, or good for younger with adult help. Kits include topics like Hydrology and Forensic Science. Kids can do experiments like extracting the DNA out of a strawberry, understanding fingerprints or learning how scientists user splatter to determine events that occurred at a crime scene. Kids from Little Passports can be purchased as gifts as well. Science Expeditions: Berry DNA Video They also make kits for preschoolers. Teachers love the Little Passports Classroom Subscription! Every month, packages arrive for the classroom that reinforce geography, reading, and problem-solving skills with our award-winning materials.
Sunk! Is a fun social skill and action game by Winning Moves Games. Each round takes 15-25 minutes and is for kids ages 10+. It is a 2 player game. Players try to ad only 1 drop of water at a time to a cup floating in water, trying to not sink it. The game is fun and instructions are easy.
Math can be learned, relearned, studied and practiced in many ways. Have kids play Sudoku, Monopoly (taking turns being the banker), do chore charts and have them figure out their own earnings for the week. There are also apps with math problems-of-the-day.
Younger kids need to learn skills like telling them, counting to 100, skip counting. You can do these with outside games, have them help with recipes in the kitchen, reading the recipe outloud (reading skill) and doing the measurements themself. I love this clock for learning to tell time, called Telly the Teaching Time Clock. It has a analog display as well as hour and minute hands that tell time.
Kids can also learn math with make believe. You can create a grocery store with pretend foods using empty boxes and cans. Buy fake money and a cash register. Kids can shop in their own store, have prices on all the food items and then figure out the total for their purchases. My kids loved pushing around toy grocery carts when they were little, making plates of food to eat too.
Kids of all ages can get library cards and join summer reading programs. Get kids into books, audio books, podcasts, etc. Anything to encourage reading. Some bookstores, like Barnes & Noble, have reading programs where kids can earn a free book. Other programs are prizes. Join one or a few. Make it a part of your routine. Set aside a certain time each day for reading.
Explore and Travel!
Find local museums, community events and shows that offer fun and education for kids. I love our history museum’s Butterfly Pavilion, the animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the rotating exhibits at the California Science Center, etc. In California we have a TON of museums to choose from plus events like the Cajun Festival, Strawberry Festival, Civil War Reenactment, etc.
Look for a map of all the parks in your city and visit all of them. Have your kids help map them out and check them off. You can even grade each one and discover new favorites.
Older kids can look into higher education classes. Summer school at the school district, local Parks & Rec or community college. If their high school requires volunteer hours for graduation than summer is the perfect time to get some of these hours checked off.
What are fun ideas you have to help kids avoid the summer slide?
Get Your Yard Summer-Ready With Groupon
I love gardening. I would spend all day, every day, in my yard if I could. I like growing and harvesting vegetables, weeding and planting new plants in my yard. Last year we ripped up all my grass and put in wood chips and drought-tolerant plants. This year I’m adding more plants to the yard plus getting more vegetables planted and working on making my front yard pretty (bright flowers, repainting the front of the house) and my backyard more relaxing and a fun place for the kids to play on the trampoline as I work in the yard or relax in my hammock. I’m buying new plants, seeds, paint and other supplies a few times a month, plus regular household parts (broken cabinet hinge, broken toilet flapper, etc).
Save While I Shop
I discovered Groupon has discounts available for Home Depot. Some are 20%! Some codes are for specific items (lighting dept, flooring, etc) and some are available online while others are for in-store purchases. Right now Groupon has 78 Home Depot coupons available! I never knew about these before. Definitely the place to check before shopping!
FYI- Groupon has coupons for other stores too! Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Toys ‘R Us and other places, like hotels and online printing. Check out Groupon’s coupons before making your store purchases to see how much you can save.
Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Festival Giveaway
Don’t miss this wonderful family event at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For those that have never been or those that go all the time, the Aquarium of the Pacific can be a fun, educational and magical place!
The Urban Ocean Festival runs April 29-30, 2017 and right now you can enter to win a family 4-pack.
Tickets will be valid these two days only and winner must be able to pick up tickets at the Aquarium of the Pacific box office during normal operating hours. Winner must also be of the age of 18-years-old, or older.
For those that don’t win, adults can print a coupon online at the Aquarium of the Pacific festival website. Saving $10 per ticket with coupon.
The Aquarium of the Pacific will have regular animal shows, touch tanks and lots of animals to see. Plus for the festival they will have seafood tasting with local fish, a fashion show and arts and crafts for kids.