All posts in 4) Grade 3-5

stocking stuffer, stocking stuffers, stocking stuffer ideas, stocking stuffer for me, stocking stuffer for dad, stocking stuffer for women, stocking stuffer for moms, kids stocking stuffers, stocking stuffers for kids

Gift Guide: Stuffing Stockings for Dad, Mom and Kids

Stocking Stuffers for Kids, Dads and Moms

Is the stocking the first thing your kids tear into? It is for us! We have a rule that everyone gets to open one present the night before Christmas. Then, on Christmas day, we open presents together which means waiting for the last person to wake up, usually me because I am not a morning person.  Read more…

Autumn leaf art project for kids, kids watercolor art project, color mixing on paper art project for kids

Autumn Leaf Art Project for Kids: STEAM Project!

Autumn Leaves Art Project for Kids

The gorgeous New England leaves inspired this easy and colorful art project for kids.

Because the actual leaves I found don’t have the same range of colors on the trees, I thought it would be fun to just outline a leaf.  I provide several shapes as suggestions but the actual leaf can be a simple oval.   Read more…

best gifts for arty kids, best gifts for artistic kids, best art presents

Gift Guide: Best Toys for Arty Kids

Best Toys for Artistic Kids (and Adults)

My oldest, nearly 13-years-old, is a creative, arty kid who wants to go to RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). She decided this when she turned ten after visiting the RISD museum. I think it was the gift store that did it for her; all the items are created by students, alumni or professors. It really blew her away and we ended up buying a small pile of gifts. Read more…

STEM toys, science toys for kids, math toys for kids, educational toys for kids, best toys for kids,

Gift Guide: Best Math and Science Toys (New Additions!)

Best Science and Math (STEM) Toys

Science oriented kids need two things: to ask questions and to find answers. These toys let kids do both in the guise of games or experiments. Science in school is often too memorization-oriented and I think letting kids get their hands dirty is crucial to making science interesting, particularly for girls. Read more…

How To Teach Kids About Money Management

Financial Literacy Training for Kids

I met the National Center for Family Literacy at BlogHer and enthusiastically support their agenda of teaching kids personal finance skills. If kid don’t learn how to Save/Spend/Donate as a child, I suspect that they will have to learn the hard way about managing money like I did, with credit card debt racked up after college. Read more…

chapter books, chapter books for 3rd grade, chapter books for 2nd grade, chapter books for 6th grade, chapter books for boys,

New Chapter Books for 2nd Grade through 7th Grade

Chapter Books Hot off the Presses for Ages 7 and Up

My seven-year-old (nearly 8!) and I have been enjoying the Tales of a 6th Grade Muppet series by Kirk Scroggs.  It’s a series that is similar to the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid but with less bullying. What’s strange is that he has never seen the Muppets but he still likes the books. Read more…

abstract koi fish art project for kids

Abstract Art Project for Kids: Koi Fish

Painting Koi Fish Art Project for Kids

The Koi fish at the Grant Hyatt Resort in Kauai were so beautiful that we surreptitiously fed them as you can see in the videos. I had never seen so many Koi fish swimming together with such gorgeous colors. I was inspired to turn this into an art project after seeing Deep Space Sparkle’s gorgeous 6th grade Koi fish paintings. Read more…

active toys for kids, best outdoor toys fo kids, gift guide of toys for kids

Gift Guide: Best Active Toys

Outdoor Toy Gift Guide

I try to make sure the kids get one hour of active play a day. It’s easier now that they are playing a lot of soccer but the winter is much harder. Not so much the kids, but my husband and I — ex-Californians — had to embrace cold weather, snow and snow sports. Sledding has become a family favorite. Read more…

fraction, fractions, fun with fractions, nerdmathmom, math nerd mom, math nerd mom fun, mathnerdmomfun

Fraction Fun with NerdMathMomFun

Fraction Games for Kids

Please welcome my guest author, Nerd Math Mom Fun! I met her on Twitter and I’m thrilled that she is writing on fractions. I have to confess that I made my son (2nd grade) play math apps yesterday while we were waiting at the soccer field because he had too much screen time playing games yet we had a hour to kill while his sister warmed up before her game. Read more…