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Valentine’s Day Games

Celebrate this special day with a few fast-paced, heart themed Valentine's Day games! Classroom Parties: 4 Different Minute to Win it Style Valentine's Day Games are included: Heart Pong Stacking Hearts Heart Bounce Heart Stick Just print out out the game cards,...

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Valentine’s Day Conversation Starters

Let’s talk about love!  Are you looking for conversation Starters for your family dinners? We created 36 fun Valentine’s Day Conversation starters for the whole family. The Valentine’s Day Conversation Starters are engaging, fun and lead to some insightful...

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You Make My Heart Pop Valentine’s Day Cards

What kid doesn't love Bubble Wrap? We created these fun Valentine's Day Cards for your child to pass out at school. Quick and easy to put together and kids love to pop the bubbles. Download our free You Make My Heart Pop Valentine's Day Cards. Directions: Print the...

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Exit Slips

Exit slips are great tools for students to reflect on their learning experience. We created a large variety of engaging versions to assess students’ understanding of a subject or lesson as well as a communication resource between students and teachers.   These...

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Thanksgiving Think Book

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we created a Thanksgiving Think Book to add to the popular Think Book Series.   The Thanksgiving Think Book contains a Gratitude page with activities and prompts to help you focus on everything and everyone you are thankful for in your...

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Behavior Reflection and Apology Letter

Your child isn't perfect! I know it sounds crazy, right? The fact is all kids make mistakes and bad choices sometimes. But we want them to because that's part of growing up and how they learn right from wrong. The critical part of learning from these events is the...

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Creating A Life List

Do you ever feel like you let good opportunities pass by or that you should have pursued a long forgotten childhood dream? No matter your age it is never too late to follow your passions! Create a Life List / Bucket List with our Free Guide!   Creating a life or...

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Scary Story Dice

Who Doesn't love scary Halloween stories? Scary Story Dice are a great addition to your Halloween celebration. How can I use Scary Story Dice?   They can be used in the classroom as writing prompts for group activities. Families can use them as a fun conversation...

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Weekly Exit Slips

Journal your way to success! There's no better way to understanding your achievements and to help you set new goals than to take some time to reflect and record your observations. Articulating successes, challenges, and learnings helps you celebrate your achievements,...

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Halloween Think Book

To celebrate Halloween, we created a Halloween Think Book to add to the popular Think Book Series. The Halloween Think Book contains a variety of questions and prompts to give kids a fun place to express their ideas. It is not an ordinary diary or journal. The...

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School Year Reflection & Memories Think Book

Kids are always excited for the end of the school year and start of summer break. Giving them a chance to reflect on their experiences, accomplishments and growth helps them develop pride and  positive feelings about the school year.     Spending some time...

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Lucky Slam St. Patrick’s Day Dice Game

One of our favorite family games is Yamslam. When we are playing we always say, "wow that was lucky."   This year in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day I was inspired to create a themed version called Lucky Slam. This post contains affiliate links.    How to Make...

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Blogging Guide for Kids & Students

Blogs are a great outlet for kids to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas but the notion of starting a blog can be overwhelming: How do I set it up?  What do I write about?  How do I write different types of articles?  How do I engage my audience? Inspired by our...

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Pinterest Can Benefit Kids Too!

Sometimes I feel guilty about how much time I spend on Pinterest but then I quickly think of all the great benefits personally, professionally and for my kids. Here are a few ways my kids have benefited from my time on Pinterest.   Art Ideas-   Pinterest...

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Valentine’s Day with Tweens

I know tweens are at the age where they become uncomfortable discussing love! So Valentine’s Day can be a tricky holiday to celebrate.  However, with the ideas below you can make it fun while building family memories and traditions. Gift of Time The best way to show...

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Valentine’s Day Think Book

To celebrate Valentine's Day, we created a Valentine's Think Book to add to the popular Think Book Series. What is the Valentine's Day Think Book? The Valentine's Day Think Book contains a variety of questions and prompts to give kids a fun place to express their...

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Winter Fun with Tweens

  We live in Colorado so we have the wonderful mountains to enjoy during the winter months.  My kids snowboard and we always have a wonderful time as a family hitting the slopes.  It is a great family sport that we can all do together.  Our weekends in the...

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Winter Think Book

The Winter Think Book contains a variety of questions and prompts to give kids a fun place to express their ideas. It is not an ordinary diary or journal.  The creative prompts engage kids in active thinking and imagination. Who is the Think Book for?   It’s for...

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New Year’s Think Book

  The New Year's Think Book contains a variety of questions and prompts to help kids reflect and record memories from the year in addition to questions and activities to help identify goals, wishes and resolutions to make this year the best ever! The New Year's Think...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

Make this the Year of the Family. Build relationships. Bring purpose, balance and well-being into your lives. Play.   Through playing with our kids we build relationships while learning what excites and motivates them. Play develops the senses of imagination,...

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Keeping the Magic During the Holidays with Tweens

I remember the day I found my baby teeth in a box. If there was no Tooth Fairy, then there was no Easter Bunny, and oh no….NO SANTA!  In one quick moment all the magic of the holidays was over. I was about 9 years old.  From that moment the holidays changed a little...

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Winter/Holiday Classroom Parties

After several years of being a room parent and helping with classroom parties, I have tried lots of games and activities for Winter theme classroom parties. I have complied the list of what works and each year when I am asked to help, I just pull out the list and pick...

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Elf Adventures

Our family loves the tradition of Magic Elves. Even if my kids know it's not real they continue to play along because they have so much fun.  Our family elf tradition has some differences to the traditional Elf on the Shelf that is sold commercially. Our Party Elves  ...

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Who or What Am I? Christmas & Winter Theme

Another family fun advent calendar activity in our house is Who Am I or What Am I? Headbandz style game with a Christmas and Winter theme. The whole family has a blast while using their thinking skills such as deductive reasoning, recall, perseverance, critical...

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Christmas & Winter Imagination Dice

This year start a new tradition by creating your own Christmas and Winter theme Imagination Dice. One of our advent calendar activities is to use the dice to create silly holiday stories, which is great for imagination, creativity, storytelling and general family fun....

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Snowball Games

One of our newest family Christmas traditions is an evening of Snowball Games as one of our advent calendar activities. What are Snowball Games?   These games are minute to win it style games which are easy to set up with only a few supplies needed and fun for...

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Talking About School With Your Kids

Do you find it hard to get your kiddos to talk about school? I do! I have 2 boys  and I find I have to be very creative with my questions to get them to discuss school.  During dinner we rotate between asking questions from these About School Conversation Starters and...

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End of the School Year Reflection

Spending some time reflecting on the school year is important.  Kids learn how to bring closure while reflecting on their experiences and accomplishments.  When a student has a chance to discuss and pull together all their successes and growth they develop a sense of...

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Who Am I?, What Am I?, Who Was I? & What Am I Doing? Game

Do you remember the 20 questions game of What am I? At a party recently we had a blast playing the Headbandz game.  A few days later, I was excited to go purchase the game however I could not stop brainstorming other ways the game could be used. I decided my family...

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How to Eat Fried Worms Book Reflection

My son just finished reading How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell so we celebrated with gummy worms. Connections Being a School Counselor, I could not resist the chance to discuss the social and emotional themes. Making connections with this story was a great...

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Teacher Appreciation Class Gift Ideas

As a room parent, I loved coming up with fun ideas for class teacher appreciation gifts. Here are a few ideas of gifts that can be created by the class: 1) All About the Teacher Book From the Students Perspective     How to Make it:   I complied a list of...

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Celebrate Reading with a Candy Party

Getting my two sons to read consistently can be hard at times.  They have gone through phases were they find a book series or topic they enjoy reading then fall back into the “I don’t want to read” slump again. This year Mason, (3rd grade) has book reports with each...

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Reading Challenge

    Do your kids have a daily reading routine where they read the same time, same place and even similar type of books every day?   Help your kids get out of a “Reading Rut” with reading challenges.    If so, help spark their interest and passion for...

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Upside Down Snowman

Yes, winter can be fun...with an upside down snowman!   To spark creativity sometimes you just need to look at something from a different perspective.  My kids have built dozens of snowmen over the last several winters and each one was different, creative and fun...

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Think Stones

Inspirational stones have the ability to inspire, brighten your day and enact change. Think Stones combine positive messages with the therapeutic benefits of river rocks. To make my own I made a list of all the positive sayings and inspirational words that make me...

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Think Green St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

  My childhood memories of St. Patrick’s Day are mostly wearing green to make sure I did not get pinched. With my kids, each year I try to expand on our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The kids have always worn green shirts, had treats such as Shamrock cookies,...

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Imagination Dice

Do your child’s stories tend to revisit the same topics and themes such as a best friend or favorite sport, hobby or place? Sometimes kids (and adults too) just need a little spark for the mind. Imagination Dice are wood dice with images on each side to generate ideas...

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Personality Stairs

  One day when I walked into the house from the garage I noticed how ugly and boring the grey garage stairs were. Easy Fix   I had recently seen a photo on Pinterest of stairs decorated with written messages. I started thinking of what I could write on each...

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