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The Ultimate List of Things for Tweens & Teens to Do When They’re Bored – 200+ Ideas & Printable

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on things for kids to do when they’re bored. It included a mammoth printable with over 200 ideas and suggestions for younger kids – maybe ages 4-10? – to do when they are bored. On it were lots of things including play hopscotch and experiment with seeds and make crayons in the sun.  A few readers emailed me after that post to ask for a similar one for older kids – 10 and up – because, as a group, they are not usually interested in playing with Barbies or doing simple … Read more

The Ultimate List of Things for Kids to Do When They’re Bored – 200+ Ideas & Printable

Simple and easy things for kids, teens, and adults to do when they're bored. Options for girls and boys, mostly at home but some traveling away from home. Would be good alone, with friends, or with a boyfriend or girlfriend or husband. Perfect for a summer night by yourself or a winter afternoon as a couple or anytime of the year! Some can be done on a rainy day and some with no money. Way more than 100 creative, fun, and cool ideas here.

My dear children are with me just about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Because we are homeschoolers, they don’t go off to school, and because I work full-time from home, I don’t leave for an office. We live and work and learn in the same space and, while I do shut myself in my home office from time to time (especially for important conference calls), I generally know what they’re doing throughout the day. So, when they get bored I often know about it. I personally think being bored is really good for kids. It … Read more

How to Grow Your Own Crystal Geodes – A Cool Science Experiment for Kids

How to Grow Your Own Crystal Geodes - Cool Science Experiment for Kids

  Growing crystals is a simple process, ripe with science concepts, but it is not a quick process. I questioned whether Grace was ready for a process requiring so much patience. Then I saw this pinned on Pinterest: Come on now. If you knew how to make those, would you be able to resist them? The same day I saw the picture, I ordered the necessary supplies and got to work with my girls. These are from Martha Stewart. Mine aren’t as pretty as Martha’s, but I think they’re cooler because our crystals are much nicer. Growing Crystal Geodes – … Read more

Pumpkin Science & Math – A Printable Lesson Plan for the Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary Classroom or Homeschool

Fun pumpkin lesson plans for kids - Awesome unit plans for teaching about the math and science of pumpkins in preschool, kindergarten, or even 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Includes a book list, experiment, investigation, and activities for math, science, literacy, and other connections. Perfect for fall unit study or theme.

    Last week, Strite’s Farm Store (the local orchard and farm market that we frequent, year round) had about twenty different kinds of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. I had to pace myself not to buy one of every single variety, just for fun. I was thinking that pumpkins would make great, seasonally appropriate science lessons and that Grace would enjoy investigating all different kinds of pumpkins to see how they’re alike and different. I purchased a Hubbard squash, a neck pumpkin, 2 big old jack-o-lantern pumpkins (because Grace wanted one for carving and I wanted one for investigating), a … Read more