Discover + Play + Engage + Learn {Summer Bundle Special}

Discover Play Engage Learn | Hands On As We Grow ebooks | SimpleKids.net

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing a special deal with you as an affiliate (which means I do receive a portion of the sales from these ebooks – thank you) and as a mama who appreciates engaging, fun, enriching learning activity plans for the toddler and preschool age set.

Jamie, of the popular website Hands On as We Grow (I bet your know her wonderful website for parents, right?) has developed 5 weekly plans of activities for each one year olds, two year olds, and preschoolers (plus a learning one too!) There are four eBooks of 5 weekly plans of activities each that are perfect for ages one through preschoolers. Fun ways to get the kids moving, work on fine motor, do arts and craft projects and have fun as a family! Each weekly plan includes a handy supply list and activities broken down to know exactly what to do in a simple sentence or two.

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Creating Simple Elements for Backyard Fun: Our Wist List

a blank slate and our backyard 2015 wish list | SimpleKids.net

Once upon a time, Christopher, Jillian, and I moved here to our home and planted a little garden and a few trees. Not knowing exactly what we were doing, and perhaps too excited about our finally having our OWN place, instead of taking the time to slow down and research things, we just plunked things wherever we felt like it. A tree here, a garden there, a play area for our toddler over here.

Flash forward to 2015: our household of three is now a household of seven, including four kids ages 3 to 13 and a special needs adult, and we own a dog. Between the parents who would really love a thriving garden and a backyard oasis and the kiddos and doggie who would love a wonderful place to play, our backyard should be the place to be.

However, it hasn’t exactly worked out that way.  All these years later, and we still have a pretty blank canvas out there. And those plunked down trees grew just tall enough so that now our small garden is in the shade most of the day. The little play area that was perfect for one child long ago doesn’t really work as well for us now.

So, what is a family to do? Well, we’re getting back to our roots and I’m reminding myself of an older post from the archives about the simple elements of backyard fun and how to how them even when you don’t have a backyard.

We do have a backyard today, but do we have all of those elements at our home? No, we don’t. But they are certainly on our wish list.

So, how are we doing to make a 2011 blog post turn into a Summer 2015 reality?

One step at a time …

Note: this blog post is going to be a little different than the ones I usually write. I’m listing our goals here, the BEFORE, as of May 15, 2015 and then, in real time, I’ll be updating with our projects and the AFTER. I’ll be sure to let you know about each update as we work our way through completing our Backyard 2015 wish list with some simple elements for fun.

(Totally crossing my fingers that this is going to turn out as neat as I think it will, ha ha!)

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Worthwhile Reads, Lovely Things

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Welcome to my new readers and to those of you returning to this space! This is my weekly-ish Worthwhile Reads and Lovely Things post. These are some of my favorite posts to write and I think you guys will love them, too.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff!

Worthwhile reads and lovely things

This week my oldest two kids wrapped up the last semester of art club for the year. That’s Jillian’s clay breakfast from the art show. Isn’t it cute? Their art show was definitly one of the most lovely things about the week!

Blogs: here are some worthwhile reads I came across in my browsing this week …

YouTube: The kids and I shared a Day in the Life (DITL) vlog on YouTube this week. You can check it out here if you’re interested.

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