Let’s hear it for the big kids!

Let's Hear it for the Big Kids! | SimpleKids.net

When people ask me how I survived the years when we had two children under the age of two, and later three children under the age of five, my answer is always that it was (and is) in part because of my wonderful oldest daughter Jillian.

We did not choose or set out to have an almost five year age gap in between our first born and our second oldest child, it is just the way things worked out for us.  We also didn’t necessarily plan to have our last three children in such quick succession either (don’t you just love when you have one set of plans and then God has another, always better, idea?)

Jillian’s cheerful, helpful, happy nature makes her such an awesome big sister. And while, like her mother, she’s a bit on the introverted side and doesn’t brag about herself, I don’t mind bragging about her at all – she’s a terrific kid!

For this week’s Friday Five I want to talk about and celebrate my big kid!  There’s so many wonderful things about having older children.

Here are just a few of my favorite things about big kids:

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Three to Five: Playful Preschool – launch price won’t last!

Playful Preschool ebook for your 3 to 5 year old

Parents and caregivers of preschoolers, have you heard the news about the Three to Five: the Playful Preschool ebook?

Full of creative, hands-on learning – including math, language, science, art, and play ideas, this new ebook collaboration from some other parenting and kid bloggers (including myself) is available during launch week for a special low price.

Full of clear, great photos with step-by-step guides for things you can easily try at home, this ebook has:

  • 25+ ideas for preschoolers
  • ten printable resources (a city scape play scene, My First Journal pages, recipe card, numbers game, weather chart printables, alphabet play mats, unique hand-drawn art pages, conversation cards, block building challenge cards, bookmarks)

You can read more about the ebook (and see a sweet video) here in my original post from Monday.

I wanted to pop in quickly to remind you that the special launch price of $6.99 for is one week only. (After that it will be $8.99)


Hope you and your kids are having a great week!  I’ll be back tomorrow with The Friday Five.

Come follow, follow us to … Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

I‘m so happy to introduce another new series here on the blog, all about our family field trips and adventures:  Come Follow, FollowDo you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500 Community day.

My husband and I are both big Indy Car fans and we also both grew up with fond memories of the speedway and the Indy 500. In my case, a family love affair with auto racing goes back to my children’s great grandparents.

It means a lot to Christopher and I that the our kids enjoy racing, too. It is nice to be able to share with them something we love and to have a sport that we all follow as a family together – from Great-Grandma to our toddler, we all have a love of IndyCar in common.

Community Day at the Speedway is an annual event that we all look forward to. It really is a unique place with a history unlike any other. In fact, I was a bit snap happy with the camera and I had a hard time narrowing down which pictures to show you, so this is more image heavy than my usual blog post (but if you have a race car fan at your house, I think it will be worth it).

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to …. Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Did you know? The Luna moth


Welcome to a new series here on Simple Kids: Did You Know? In this series the kids and I will be exploring all kinds of topics that interest us and sharing with all of you a few of the fun facts and ideas that we are learning. Ready to jump in?

This week’s Did You Know? is all about the Luna moth.  Last week was my daughter Lucy’s sixth birthday and we were very excited to discover a Luna moth on our patio that day.


Since then the kids and I have been learning about these special moths. We’ve been drawing them, reading about them, and keeping our eyes peeled when we are in the backyard in case we are lucky enough to spot another one.

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Unplugged Play: Solar Oven S’mores

SKsmoresTOPThis was one of our favorite activities last summer and since the kids and I are preparing to kick off Fleck Family Backyard Summer Nature Camp 2014, I thought I’d rerun this post and share this great Summer resource with all of you in case you’d like to have a backyard camp with your kids this year, too.
Yesterday the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and it was the perfect day to kick off the Fleck Family Backyard Summer Nature Camp!

We’re using the ecurriculum I’m a contributor to and an affiliate for, the At-Home Summer Nature Camp ecurriculum from A Natural Nester .

There are 8 weeks of activities:

  • kid-friendly lessons
  • outdoor activities
  • indoor projects
  • arts & crafts
  • recipes
  • field trip ideas
  • book & media suggestions
  • and more!

The nature camp ebook comes in a full-color PDF you can read on your computer screen or tablet, or print out. I have emailed the pdf to my Kindle account, so we’ve got a paper print out in a binder and I’ve got a copy on my Kindle.  We’re all set and ready to go!

Yesterday, to kick off the week on a sweet note, we chose the Pizza Box Solar Oven S’mores activity. Here’s the Fleck family take on this fun and tasty outdoor science activity:

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