At the Craft Table with Rae Grant: Good Old-Fashioned Paste

With early spring fast approaching there is still time for plenty of indoor crafting projects before the shift to outdoor weather play begins. Getting your kids to sit down at the craft table can sometimes be a challenge. Time and organization is one hurdle and having useful basic materials in the house to get the process started spontaneously is another.

Be Resourceful

Having a few simple materials on hand can help make crafting a creative outlet rather than a dull chore. That is very good for everyone! One simple item to have on hand whenever you want to get started at the craft table is good old-fashioned paste. It’s easy to make, non-toxic, and easy to store for your children’s daily and weekly craft time.

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Storytelling Day: The True Story of Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one

The mouse ran down

Hickory dickory dock

Mouse families aren’t so different from people families.
Mouse families live together and love each other and play together and support each other. And just like you do, every mouse in the family has a job or two. Yours might be to set the dinner table or put away your clean socks. Most mice don’t wear socks, but they do still have responsibilities.

Field mice divide their responsibilities between managing the burrow and collecting food. Field mice are interesting, of course. But this is a story about house mice.

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More Than Words: Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

The Greeks have four words for love: eros, philia, agape, and storge – the name for the love and strong commitment between family members. I like the idea of having a special word for family love. As a parent, the affection I feel for my kids is limitless. I want them to grow up knowing that they are deeply loved. Each moment brings a new chance to say “I love you” - not just with words, but with deeds and actions.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For some, it can be a daunting holiday filled with the pressure of grand gestures and elaborate showing of affection. However, there are simple ways that you can show your kids you love them any day of the year.

Here are a few ideas to get you started …

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Simple Kids Giveaway

We’re celebrating the big changes going on at Simple Living Media this week with a Giveaway! Each blog in the SLM family has a fabulous prize package with ONE lucky winner per blog.  Each of you will have up to two chances to win per blog.  Updated: make that THREE chances to win!

This Giveaway is now closed.  Thank you for entering! 
Check back for a winner soon.

I’m so excited that a Simple Kids reader is going to win prizes from:

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Jumping In

Something new: Kara Fleck takes over as the editor of
My name is Kara Fleck and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new editor of Simple Kids! As a long time reader and fan of this blog, I feel honored to be given this opportunity and look forward to jumping right in and getting to work.

I greatly admire all that Megan has done here and I am sure that you join me in wishing her the best in her future endeavors.


Karabio2010I should tell you a bit about myself: I am a wife and mother to three. My family lives in rural Indiana where we balance creative pursuits with work and homeschool.

Like many of you, I often find myself pulled in more than one direction. I wear many hats: mother, teacher, writer, wife, homemaker.

I am not perfect and I don’t have all the answers, but I have learned how to ask questions and set priorities. My sincere wish is that I can share what I have learned here with all of you and that someone will find it helpful and reassuring.

I have the heart of an encourager and nothing makes me happier than being able to bring a little bit of light and ease into someone else’s life. I hope that you will find my voice here that of a helpful friend, someone who you can trust to turn to, laugh with, and learn with.

Life is the most peaceful for me and for my family when we keep things simple and focus on the basics, the essentials.

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