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Playful learning activities for young children

31 Last-Minute Ideas for the Best-Ever Halloween Party

31 Last-Minute Ideas for the Best-Ever Halloween Party

Halloween is coming up quickly! Wouldn’t it be fun to plan a last-minute kids Halloween party? If you keep your preparations simple, you can do it! I’ve got you covered with simple kids’ activities, easy Halloween food ideas, last-minute decorations, and no-fuss invitations. (Books and Giggles is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an…

Easy DIY Letter Sound Rings

Easy DIY Letter Sound Rings

I remember picking my girls up from preschool once, and seeing that the teacher had written a letter on Isabella’s hand. I was taken aback at first. Writing on a little kid’s skin didn’t seem like a good idea to me.  Yet, my sweet girl was so proud and excited to show me she had learned a letter and…

Solar Oven Pizza

Solar Oven Pizza

    My son has wanted to make a solar oven ever since he saw one on a Curious George episode a few years ago.   This year, as we started planning our summer, the kids and I brainstormed a list of what we wanted to do.   High on my son’s list: make a…

Sight Word Safari

Sight Word Safari

Memorizing sight words doesn’t have to be boring. If you have a fun selection of sight word games, your kids will relish the time spent playing them with you. The game I’m sharing today is perfect for kids who like dramatic play. I have used the little plastic animals that my 5 year old twins enjoy, but you could…

Sandbox Geography

Sandbox Geography

I love eavesdropping on my 5-year-old twins while I drive them to school. Behind my driver’s seat I hear,  “Ask Mommy — she’s been around the whole world.” Then the reply: “Yeah, but she didn’t go to Texas.” It’s true. Before kids, before husband even, I took a budget backpacker trip around the world. I visited twenty countries…