About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

Daybook 10.27.14

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Outside my window … the skies are still dark as I type this, but the weatherman tells me that today and tomorrow are supposed to be really lovely and sunny. (And we’ll just pretend that the dire predictions for the rest of the week after that didn’t happen, okay?)

I am thinking … that there are now just 9 weekends left in 2014 and we have plans for 8 of them. They are good plans, fun plans, but that thought still leaves me a little bit shocked (and committed to enjoy the down time and quiet moments whenever I can).

I am thankful … for my sweet kids. When I told them that our local arts center had been vandalized (mums pulled up, pumpkins smashed) they were eager to help and to spend some time cleaning up and painting new pumpkins. Max even volunteered to go on a stake out to catch the bad guys, ha ha! I’m so thankful for their big hearts.

And, I’m also thankful for friends who see a need in our community and rise up to meet it and to Piney Acres Farm for donating the pumpkins.

There are some good people in this small town and I’m really glad we call it home.

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Fizz Pop Bang! Playful Science and Math activities

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I‘m so excited to announce a project that some friends and I wrote together. I think you and your kids are really going to enjoy it. Introducing Fizz! Pop! Bang! Playful Science and Math activities – 40 Projects for Ages 3 to 8.

It was a wonderful experience getting to work on this book alongside some of my favorite kid and parenting bloggers. The ebook is chock full of fun and I think if you’re looking for an ebook packed with learning opportunities in math and science, shared through art, play, sensory learning and discovery, for a whole-brain approach, well, then this is the ebook for you (if I do say so myself.)

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities | a brand new ebook from some of your favorite kid bloggers!

We are homeschoolers, but I truly think this book would be great for homeschool, after school, school, weekends, summer, fall break, winter break, at-home days – any time you’re looking to bring some fun projects to your kids
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One Day

My #OneDayHH for 2014 | SimpleKids.net

One day. One day to photograph and share the simple, the mundane, the little events in our lives that don’t often (or ever) find themselves documented. One day to follow other folks all over and learn what we have in common and what we do differently.

This fantastic idea is the brain child of Laura of Hollywood Housewife, who created the #OneDayHH hashtag.

I loved following along on instagram last year and knew that this year I wanted to be a part of it.

Curious about what an ordinary Wednesday in my life looks like? Well, here’s a recap of what I shared on instagram for this year’s One Day:

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Painting with Apples

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Today’s unplugged play idea involves playing with our food:  we’re going to paint with apples.

Supplies and materials

  • apples
  • clothes your child can get messy in and/or aprons
  • paint brushes
  • fabric paint and tees
  • OR use craft paint and heavy paper (recycled paper grocery bags would work) to make some apple designs
  • some newspapers to protect your works surface might be a good idea, too
  • corn on the cob stickers (we’ve discovered these help little hands when apple stamping)

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Wanted: A Plethora of Apple Ideas for Autumn Days

Autumn Apple Ideas | SimpleKids.net
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” as the saying goes.  Of course, at our house we eat apples more for their delicious taste than for health reasons.  Baked in a pie, sliced and dipped in peanut butter, or devoured fresh from the tree, apples are a kid (and grown up) favorite at the Fleck house.

There’s also apple fun to be had beyond eating them. We look forward to our annual trips to the local apple orchard each year.  Pulling the little red wagon around, gathering our favorite varieties, and enjoying some time at the orchard store are a part of the year’s rhythm we never miss.

We do a fair bit of crafting with apples, too – from apple stamped tee shirts using the actual fruit, to arts and crafts inspired by the apple.  It is a versatile, wonderful material to work with.

The Apple Star

Take an apple round and red
Don’t slice down
Slice through instead
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

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