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.

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 ideas 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

Painting with Apple | Simplekids.net

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)

Push a corn-sticker into an apple sliced in half and you’ve got your very own apple stamp, perfect for making prints. Slice it in half, there’s a pretty star.  Slice the apple length-wise, you’ve got an apple shaped stamp.

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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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Kiddin’ Around 10.18.14

Kiddin' Around | SimpleKids.net
It has been a few weeks (months!) since I shared with all of you a Kiddin’ Around post. We’ve been having an awesome autumn so far, but I want to make sure that I take the time to write some things down so that we remember.

So, without any further delay, welcome to Kiddin’ Around, where I share different activities, games, crafts, and links the kids and I have loved each week as a way of sharing the fun but also to help me add these moments to our family memory bank.

Right now my kids are ages 3, 6, 8, and 12 or preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and seventh grade.

Here’s how we’ve been kiddin’ around:

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Come, follow us to … Piney Acres Indy With Kids VIP Family Night

Piney Acres Kids Play Area
One of my favorite resources for finding neat family things to do in our area is the blog Indy With Kids. One of my family’s favorite places in Fortville is Piney Acres. Put these two elements together? Fantastic family fun awaits!

Last night we loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela and we headed to the farm to experience an evening of activities and friendship.

Feeding goats at Piney Acres Farm in Fortville, IndianaIt was a perfect autumn evening and our family enjoyed our visit to Piney Acres (as we always do). This night farmer Rex and the crew had some fun planned that included a hayride, a corn maze, some singing around the campfire, and more as the farm welcomed families to enjoy the 73 acres of wide open space.

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