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ALEX’s Doodle Cake Crayons are Doodles of Fun!

ALEX’s Doodle Cake Crayons are Doodles of Fun!

As an occupational therapist and parent, I love checking out new crafts. My favorites are the ones that keep the kids happily occupied, while working on their motor skills without them even knowing it. ALEX’s Doodle Cake Crayons delivered all that and more! The kids...
A Little Science Project: Growing Crystals

A Little Science Project: Growing Crystals

My kids recently grew salt crystals using colored salt water on a sponge, and the ALEX Kid Concoctions Grow a Crystal Dino set was a great way to expand their understanding of crystals and how they form! The set comes with a small pouch of crystal liquid and two trays...
Printable: Paper Chains

Printable: Paper Chains

Paper chains are a fun craft for kids to make and the results are beautiful! We’ve designed ours specifically for little kiddos, so they’re super easy, yet allow for tons of creativity. Let them go wild with the crayons, creating different looks for our chain robots...
5 Easy Ways to Go Green

5 Easy Ways to Go Green

Any day is the perfect day to set green goals and make some changes for your family; becoming more eco-conscious is a goal we should all make, not just on Earth Day! “Going green” doesn’t have to be an entire lifestyle change, though. There are many easy and simple...
Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

Crafts are a fun and creative way to teach your children about a variety of topics. Children are hands-on learners, and always learn best when having fun! In our homeschooling classroom, I keep plenty of craft supplies at the ready to create a variety of projects....
DIY Spin Art Bunting in Five Easy Steps

DIY Spin Art Bunting in Five Easy Steps

I fondly remember making spin art with a little machine when I was a kid. So it’s been on my list of toys to get the kids for some time. I knew they’d have just as much fun as I did watching the paper spin and the colorful paint splatter. And ALEX’s Fantastic Spinner...
Shrinky Dinks Magic

Shrinky Dinks Magic

My kids had a fantastic time making these “Cool Stuff” Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks are made out of a special plastic that shrinks down in the oven, so it’s like making your very own toys! This particular kit has fun robots, vehicles, and other pre-cut shapes to...
The Magic of Floor Puzzles

The Magic of Floor Puzzles

Today we played with ALEX’s 3D Cityscape jumbo puzzle.  It’s a 41 piece floor puzzle geared toward kids ages 3 and up.  Aside from the fun colors and designs depicting a cute little city, this puzzle also has a 3D component consisting of 3 vertically standing...
Get Dressed with Success!

Get Dressed with Success!

Lately my 4 year old, Lori, has insisted on picking out and putting on her outfits all by herself. Sometimes she actually puts together an outfit that matches and looks half-decent, and sometimes… not so much! As she has gotten older she has become more and more...
5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

5 Tips for Dining Out with Kids

Sometimes parents just want to dine out for a change of pace and a break from cooking, but with young kids it can be a daunting thought. Fear of the dreaded melt down, thrown food, and top of the lungs “talking” are all reasons why some parents avoid taking the...
Fun Ideas for Bad Weather and Sick Kids

Fun Ideas for Bad Weather and Sick Kids

There are two times when I find parenting particularly challenging: dark, gloomy days that my kids and I are tempted to reflect in our moods and that period of illness where a child is too sick to go to school but not quite sick enough to simply rest. Here are my...
Printable: Build A Monkey

Printable: Build A Monkey

Inspired by our popular and cuddly Learn to Dress Monkey, this week’s printable craft is Build a Monkey! He’s lots of fun, way cool (check out his shades) and a great way to practice zipping, snapping, buttoning and lacing with your little one at the same...
6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

If your kids are like mine, their birthday is their favorite day of the year. In fact, my kids make elaborate plans for crafts, parties, and gifts months and months before the actual birthday date. All of which are subject to change at any moment. Birthdays are the...
Busy Bodies in Busy Town

Busy Bodies in Busy Town

As soon as I saw the ALEX Jr. My Busy Town activity center, I fell in love! The bright colors, the insanely cute artwork, the endless activities… I knew the kids would love playing with it and discovering all its hidden treasures! We invited Julie’s super-cute friend,...
Printable: Raining Cats & Dogs

Printable: Raining Cats & Dogs

It’s not fun to be stuck inside the house on those cold and rainy days that come with the beginning of Spring. So what do you do to keep the kiddies occupied, when it’s raining cats and dogs out there? Turn it into a craft activity, of course! Put a fun spin on those...
Imaginative Play with Mix N Blast Volcano

Imaginative Play with Mix N Blast Volcano

Over spring break, my family and I visited the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. The trip had been one that we had been planning for a long time and we were all very excited.  For my son who is 7 years old and extremely curious about science nature, the buzz about our...
Five Games to Teach Telling Time

Five Games to Teach Telling Time

When I went to my first grader’s orientation at school, I was surprised to hear that their new district-wide math curriculum did not include life skills like telling time.  So I knew I had to bump time telling up on my list of things to teach my kids. I was really...