Disney World

We took a quick trip to Disney World last weekend for spring break. My boys are all about cars and trains so the majority of the rides were a hit. My youngest loved riding the Disney Railroad around Magic Kingdom and my oldest surprised me with his love of Star Tours. Both boys loved the Speedway too, which was no surprise to me because when I try to load them in their car seats one or both try to climb in the front seat and “drive.”

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend!5dw (2)6dw (2)8dw9dwDSC_0024 (2)

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Favorite Kids Activity Books

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I want to encourage my kids to be curious and explore. Ideally we could just be outside all the time, but since that doesn’t happen I love finding books about activities to encourage creativity in kids. I know some kids can sit and color and draw for hours but mine can’t, so if you’re in the same boat, here’s a roundup of some of my favorite resources:

The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids: 500 Activities to Encourage Creativity in Kids Ages 2 to 12–Play, Pretend, Draw, Dance, Sing, Write, Build, Tinker

I love this book so much! It splits activities up into ages, ranging from babies and toddlers up to 12-year-olds! It is packed with information and fun ideas that are easy (my favorite word) to carry out.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors

This book has fun activities and experiments that just encourage kids to explore and be creative–there’s not really a “right” way to do each activity. It also is filled with sidebars by educators, physicians and other professionals so as the parent I felt like I was learning a lot too.

 

Project Kid: Crafts That Go!: 60 Imaginative Projects That Fly, Sail, Race, and Dive

This is another one that I just absolutely love. My son loved looking through the pictures with me and together we’d decide something fun to make.

 

Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.

This is by the same author of The Giant Book of Creativity (above)The ideas are often using things you just have around your house or that you can easily find outside. Also, it has great ideas for birthday parties at different ages.

 

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com!

This book has a lot of great ideas for really little kids. I found a lot of sensory play ideas and recipes for slimes, doughs, and paints. I love that so many of the suggestions are homemade!

 

 

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National Puzzle Month ft. Melissa and Doug

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It is National Puzzle Month! I love puzzles, and one of these days I’ll post about my favorites, but today it’s all about kids puzzles. Melissa and Doug is an all-time favorite in our house and they are having a sale now through January 17th. Click the link below to shop at their site:

Celebrate National Puzzle Month with 15% Off Puzzles at Melissa & Doug. Use Code Puzzle15

I recently learned that Melissa and Doug began as a puzzle company, with the goal of bringing a new creative twist to puzzles, and they’ve certainly succeeded. Here are some of my boys’ favorites (they are all about cars and trucks so that will be heavily represented):

We like the chunky puzzles for our little ones.

These are nice transition puzzles for something a little more difficult.

My two-year-old learned his numbers from this puzzle. We love the hide-and-seek style!


They have multiple storage rack options and in my opinion, they are a must.

There are several cute alphabet puzzles; we like the one’s that have a surprise behind the letter.
These are my three-year-old’s favorite. They have shapes on the back of the pieces so you can keep track of which puzzle pieces go together.



A lot of the puzzles we own are pretty traditional, but there are latch puzzles, sound puzzles, even touch-and-feel puzzles!




There are so many great options, from puzzles for really young kids to older kids. See them all here! Let me know your favorites in the comments below.