Hug Bracelets

Monday, April 15, 2024

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Sometimes you just want to give someone a hug that lasts all day. I designed these fun bracelets for just such an occasion. You can find the printable PDF at the bottom of this post!

To make your hug bracelets you will need something to color with, scissors, and tape. I would suggest coloring the bracelet before you cut it out, or, if you need to divide it for multiple people, cutting it so there is a border while you color. This allows you to get all the way to the edge without making a mess! After you color you will need to cut put the bracelet on the dotted line, then hug it around someone's wrist and tape it together so it stays on!

I was thinking while we were coloring these; how cute would it be to get a envelope full of hugs in the mail? It sounds like the perfect way to brighten a grandparents day!

Click here to get the Hug Bracelets PDF!

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Cookie Counting Printable

Monday, April 8, 2024

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This week's printable is delicious! Or.... it looks delicious anyway. This is a simple cutting and counting activity meant for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Have your child cut out the cookies on the dotted lines, then put them onto the plates according to how many chocolate chips each cookie has. You can find the link to download this printable at the end of this post!

If you happen to glance at the photo above and think "hey, there's a chocolate chip missing," don't worry. My very efficient and thorough product tester (aka my son) found the mistake and it has been fixed. The pdf has enough (fake) chocolate chips, though maybe not enough real ones.

Click here to download the Cookie Counting PDF!

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Spring BINGO

Monday, April 1, 2024

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The weather is finally warming up, and we are getting our first spring blooms! I figured this was the perfect time for some Spring BINGO. All of the things I included in this BINGO are common in our region, so hopefully they will work for where you live as well. Take this sheet outside and see how many you can find!

I tried to keep the art for this printable simple and recognizable, so even your younger ones will be able to participate! We colored with markers to check off what we found, but often at the library, we will use candy or snacks as markers for an extra layer of fun.

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Eggs Book Basket

Saturday, March 30, 2024

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Happy Easter! We had some beautifully illustrated books on display at the library and I just had to check them out and share them here. I've also been seeing a bunch of unique egg-dying techniques that I've been wanting to try with my kid, so I decided to make a day of it!

First I'm going to show you the books. You can find a printable .pdf of this list, plus a few extra goodies, at the link at the bottom of this post! I wasn't lying when I said these books were gorgeous. I picked a couple the are about the tradition of Easter eggs, one that is a really cute counting book and also a bit of an eye spy book, and a few that are just great non-fiction about eggs in general.

Now on to the activities! Ro and I had a lot of fun dying these eggs. I was trying to collect some more science and process-based ideas, because I knew we were going to do traditional dying with my family the night before Easter. These links were all a hit!

Rice Shaker Eggs from The Crafty Morning - These were the most satisfying eggs for getting vivid colors. The details did fade a bit when I rinsed them, but they still retained some color. Ro loved this one for the nearly instant gratification. (In the picture below these eggs are the red and blue speckled ones.)

Shaving Cream Eggs from The Crafty Morning - I've done this process before with paper, and it's always turned out surprisingly vivid. However, these eggs weren't nearly as colorful as I would have liked. That could have been our technique though, we only did two eggs with this method instead of perfecting the process. You can see the result on the egg that is in the lower left corner in the photo below!

Baking Soda Dyed Eggs from Better Homes and Gardens - I'm going to be honest, I didn't really care how these were going to turn out, I just knew we had to do it for the chemical reaction. I really ended up liking the subtle color shifts of these eggs, though. You can see my favorite of the bunch in the lower right corner of the photo below.

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Easter Egg Coloring Sheet

Monday, March 25, 2024

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Happy Easter! I wanted to create something simple and timeless for this Easter printable, so I created this coloring sheet that is all about following directions! 

For this project, you will need the printed coloring sheet and things to color with. The colors needed are green, pink, blue, purple, and yellow.

Click here to get the Easter Egg Coloring Sheet PDF!

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Color Mixing Printable

Monday, March 18, 2024

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Did you know that to create most colors you only need red, yellow, and blue? Here is a simple printable created to help your young ones understand the basics of color creation.

Color in the ovals with the color labeled. Make sure they color in where the ovals overlap, because that's where the magic happens! I find that this works best with markers, but you can use crayons or colored pencils if that's what you have!

In the end you should end up with green in the top ovals, then orange, and purple in the bottom. Adding a but more of one color and a bit less of another will change the color, but it will still be in the same family.

Click here to download the Coloring Mixing PDF!

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Rainbow Slide Printable

Monday, March 11, 2024

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This is just a fun little project I dreamed up with the Leprechaun traps in mind, but it would look cute on a dresser just holding things too! Tape one side to a table and slide all of the things down into the clouds. My kid is always looking for a new way to test gravity, haha.

There are seven colors for this rainbow, just like a real rainbow. So to create this you're going to need scissors, tape, and red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet colors. Or go rogue and make an only blue rainbow! There's no one stopping you from making this creation your own. 

Click here to get the PDF for the Rainbow Slide Printable!

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10 Things

Saturday, March 9, 2024

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 Here are 10 things that I am loving right now!

A few years ago Justina Blakeney of Jungalow released a fall collection with Opalhouse and man am I upset that I missed it. I am very very in love with the plates, especially the sun-shaped ones!

I just kind of want this giant fluffy creature to live on my couch.

My current board game obsession is "CULTivate." Cults and puns and 60's inspired art? Yes. Give me all of those things. (The link for that game leads to our game store's website!)

Last year I read a book called "Amelia Abridged" by Ashley Schumacher and it has stayed with me. It's about a girl who loses her best friend and how she comes to terms with that. But it's also about being a fan of books, and the dream of meeting the author and having them actually be someone you can relate to, and spend time with. And it's also a love story to eclectic bookshops.

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Spring Reading Chart

Monday, March 4, 2024

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It's springtime! Or, almost at least. I've created this simple spring-themed reading chart to help you or your young ones keep track of what they read this spring! It's set up like a board game, so feel free to add little spaces for rewards along the way!

This format of reading chart always goes over well at the library. We usually include little stickers for every space, but you could use a stamper as well! The goal options are endless. Every 5 minutes, every chapter, every book, every day, whatever goal will keep you or your readers interested. Make sure to make the goals attainable!

Click here to download the Spring Reading Chart PDF!

Looking for a different format of tracker? Check out my Printable Dot-to-Dot Bookmark Trackers!

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Construction Dominoes

Friday, March 1, 2024

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We are back with one last (for now) dominoes DIY! I created this jumbo outdoor construction dominoes for my kid's 4th birthday a couple of years ago. They are made out of recycled cardboard, acrylic paint, and a lot of love. 

These are unfortunately not weatherproof, but they are quite durable and held up to being used as a walking path for my 6-year-old when we got them back out recently. The hardest part of creating this set was figuring out the patterns and how many I would need, and I've already done that for you!

For this project, you will need: cardboard boxes, a box cutter, a ruler, a pencil, acrylic paint (orange, yellow, black, and white), painter's tape, a brush, and a place to lay out the dominoes to dry.

1: Cut your boxes to size. 
I made my dominoes 16" x 8". You can do whatever size you want, as long as the length is double the width. Use your ruler and pencil to measure the size of the rectangle, then use your box cutter to cut them out. For this project, you will need 28 rectangles.
I used a lot of little boxes to make mine. Saving Amazon boxes really pays off sometimes!

2: Draw on your designs.
Use a ruler to make drawing straight lines easier! I've created a template you can copy to make your set. I will often write which color goes in which spot as I'm drawing to make it easier to paint.

3: Paint your designs.

Follow the color labels on your drawings to paint your designs. If you are worried about straight lines, use painter's tape to make the job easier. Let them dry at least 24 hours before using.

As I said earlier, these aren't durable enough to hold up to rain, but they are strong enough to withstand rough play. I created this set to be used at a construction birthday party, and then we kept them and have used them to play a few times since!

If you would like more domino projects, check out my Magnetic Dominoes, and my Printable DIY Dominoes!

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DIY Dominoes

Monday, February 26, 2024

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Dominoes was one of the first games Ronan really loved. We've made many DIY versions of it, including these magnetic ones. I love it when my kid gets to put their own personal spin on games, so I thought I would make a simple printable so you could do the same! You can download the PDF of this printable at the bottom of the page!

The most complicated part of creating your own dominoes is making sure you have a full set. That means you have doubles and one of each element for another element. So if you choose to use colors, you would have a red red, a red orange, a red yellow, a red green, and a red purple. Then you would repeat that process for all of the other colors. I made a little chart to hopefully help explain.

With this printable you should be able to make a set with 6 different elements. You can use dots, like normal dominoes, or get creative and use shapes, colors, patterns, etc. The options are limitless!

Click here to download the DIY Dominoes PDF!

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Printable Scavenger Hunt

Monday, February 19, 2024

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There is something about scavenger hunts that my kid just LOVES. He will hide and re-hide, then beg me to hide, and then hide everything all over again. The only problem is sometimes he forgets how many things he's hidden, or where their hiding spots are. So I decided to create a scavenger hunt that included a checklist, so we could make sure that every piece got found every time.

All you need to do to have your own scavenger hunt is print out the PDF (link at the bottom of the page) and cut on the dotted lines. If you would like your checklist to be reusable you can cover it with packing tape and use a dry-erase marker!
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Love Bug Sorting Acvitity

Monday, February 12, 2024

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Here is a quick and easy number recognition sorting activity for all of your love bugs, just in time for Valentine's Day! You can find the link to this PDF at the end of this post.

This printable is a simple sorting game. You will need scissors, and maybe something to color with, but that's it. Have your child cut out the bugs on the dotted lines, then count the number of spots on the bugs and put that bug on the appropriate petal. I love how cute these bugs turned out!

And if you like these love bugs, check out my "Love Bugs Valentine" post! Click here to see how to make an adorable "love bug" bouquet!
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Super Simple Valentine's Day Cards

Monday, February 5, 2024

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This week I want to share some very simple Valentine's Day cards that I've created! I added a little window element to make them a little more exciting, but there is plenty of room for customization so your little one can create exactly the Valentine they want. You can find the link to the PDF at the bottom of this post!

To make these Valentine's cards you will need scissors and something to color with. If you want to do the scribble method, first you'll turn the paper blank side up and scribble all over it. Then cut out the two rectangles. Now you want to fold your paper long ways, so the heart is folded in half, with both sides looking the same. Now cut out your heart. Fold the card in half on the dotted line. Finish by filling in the "To" and "From."

Click here to download the Valentine's Day Cards PDF!

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Shadows Book Basket

Friday, February 2, 2024

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Happy Groundhog's Day! Let's be honest here, we talk about the groundhog, but the real star of the show is the shadow. So I put together a book basket all about shadows, just to celebrate! These books get into the myths, science, and fun of shadows. And I've included two books that directly tie into Groundhog's Day! Plus links to a bunch of fun shadow-related activities. If you'd like a PDF of the book list, plus a few extra goodies, scroll to the end of this post.



Once we figured out the best method, Ro had a lot of fun drawing shadows. You can find out more about this on the Emma Owl blog!

This Shadow Matching Activity from Hands On As We Grow is genius, and uses supplies you're sure to have around the house.

We made some very simple shadow puppets when we did our Flashlight Book Basket, and we had fun guessing what the shapes were when they were on our garage!

The great thing about having shadows as a theme is the activities are endless. Use your hands to make animal shadows. Play a shadow game where you are the shadow and have to copy what the other is doing. Set up a lamp and just have fun with shadows on the wall. And, best of all, if you get your books from the library this can be a free day full of fun!

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Printable Groundhog Day Activity

Monday, January 29, 2024

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 It's Groundhog Day soon! We, unfortunately, do not have access to a groundhog this year. What we do have, though, is access to a printer and a mom who has a hobby of making ridiculous activities for her kid. So I made our own groundhog for us to predict the weather with! You can download this PDF at the bottom of the post.

To create your own groundhog, and test whether they see their shadow, you are going to need something to color with, scissors, and maybe some tape. First,  color in your groundhog. Then, cut on the dotted line (Pay attention! It is very important that you ONLY cut on the dotted line.) Last, you will fold on the double line, allowing your groundhog to stand up, while the flat parts work as a base. If your groundhog has trouble staying up, try adding a little tape to the cut part on the right. Now you can set up your groundhog outside to see its shadow (or not!)

Click here to download the Groundhog PDF!

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Sleepy Sloth Game Printable

Monday, January 22, 2024

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 This game is all about sloths getting to bed, so it is a little sloooow. It works like a basic roll-and-move game, but the chances of your sloth taking a little rest on your next turn are very high! Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a link to the PDF.

To assemble the game you will need scissors and (optionally) tape. To play the game you will need a single die. After you have the game printed, cut the sloth figures out on the dotted lines, then fold them on the double lines to create a figure that stands. If your sloths won't stand on their own, you can always add a little tape.

Beginning where it says "start" both players will take turns rolling the die until someone gets to the finish. Be careful though! If you hit a "ZZZ" space your sloth will have to take a little nap before they can continue!

Click here to download the Sleepy Sloth Game PDF!

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Dot-to-Dot Reading Tracker Bookmark

Monday, January 15, 2024

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I am a huge fan of reading trackers. I just love being able to check off a box, and when I get to do it for something I already enjoy it's a real treat! I'm always looking for a new format of tracker to keep things fun for our readers, so for our printable this week I've created three bookmarks that are a dot-to-dot reading tracker. You can find the link to this PDF at the bottom of the post!


To fill this reading tracker out you will be paying attention to how much time you've read, rather than how many books. This type of tracking tends to be more rewarding for our readers who are working their way through one big book, rather than many small ones. Of course, the time spent reading doesn't have to be in one big chunk. Just track each 5 minutes as you go, or time yourself, and then fill it out after you've read for a while!

Click here to download the Dot-to-Dot Reading Tracker Bookmark PDF!

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Abstract Chore Chart Printable

Monday, January 8, 2024

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This week's printable was something I created because I wanted to take something boring and add a fun spin to it. I attempted to create a chore chart that I wouldn't mind hanging on my wall, and this cute little printable fits the bill! The link to the PDF can be found at the bottom of this post!

Have your kid color in a shape every time they finish a chore. Can they fill the chart in a week? 

Click here to download a PDF of the Abstract Shapes Chore Chart!

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Goal Tickets Printable

Monday, January 1, 2024

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The start of the year is a great time to talk about setting goals. It could be as simple as "take a walk this week" or as complicated as "clean my room once a week this year." Goals are an important life skill, and are so much fun if you implement them correctly! This week's printable is what I am calling "Goal Tickets." You can download this printable PDF at the link at the bottom of this post.

With this printable you will be able to create a booklet full of goals! Sit down with your child and have them tell you what they would like to accomplish, then think of a reward that fits the difficulty of the goal! Your kid can color their booklet, then cut it out and staple it together. When they accomplish their goal they can tear out the page and use it as a coupon to receive their reward!

Click here to download the Goal Tickets PDF!

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