Mindful Labyrinths

    Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. The Mindful Labyrinths mindfulness activity is great for helping students...

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    Valentine’s Day Games

    Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a few fast-paced, heart-themed games! Classroom Parties & Family Game Nights: 4 Different Minute to Win it Style Valentine's Day Games are included along with a Tic Tac Toe printable: Heart Pong Stacking Hearts Heart...

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    Valentine’s Day Conversation Starters

    Let’s talk about love! Are you looking for Conversation Starters for your family dinners or to use as prompts in school? We created 36 fun Valentine’s Day Conversation starters for the whole family. The Valentine’s Day Conversation Starters are engaging, fun and lead...

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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:...

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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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    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 reflecting on...

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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 Lucky Slam...

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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?...

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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 provides...

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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 mountains...

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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...

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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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    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...

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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...

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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...

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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

    Teacher Appreciation Kindness Cards make a great gift from students. They are designed to remind teachers they are valued and appreciated. The collection of cards include positive messages, inspiration, gratitude, compliments, and quotes. Includes: • 120...

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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 reading by...

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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 but...

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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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    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 of the...

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