Q-Kids: Unique Bouquet

My kids love to pick dandelions and about any other flower they come across on our nature adventures. The problem is that rarely do the kids pick the flower stems long enough to actually make a real bouquet with. So when I saw this fun craft I knew we had to try it out. Before…

Q-Kids: Nature Prints

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to renew my stash of play dough for the kids. So each of the little tubs are getting dry and difficult to work with. There has to be a last use for play dough about to go bad. Here’s what I came up with. Nature Prints! Gather lots…

Q-Kids: Gourd Bowls

My kids are obsessed with Native American history and all things artifacts right now. I want to take advantage of their desire to learn in a positive way. We’ve done a dig site already and found a few things. We’ve searched a few local farm fields for arrowheads. We’ve visited a nature preserve focused on…

Q-Kids: Chicken Coop Club #5

Here is the final story in the Chicken Coop Club series. It’s a fun version on checkers with free printouts to play at home. I hope you enjoy it! Happy Questing!

Q-Kids: Flower Fun

I’m a huge fan of wildflowers. They are good for the bees and for the heart. So when I saw a field full of wildflowers at my father-in-laws I took the opportunity. With kids in tow we explored the field. We found daisies, purple clover ,and yellow flower I didn’t know. Here are a few…

Q-Kids: Flower Press

My kids pick a lot of flowers. Flowers destined to die before we can finish our walk and get them into water. It’s not that bad until the kids realize their handful of wonderful beauty is wilted and faded. Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to…

Q-Kids: Chicken Coop Club #3 & #4

Sorry about the delay in posting these stories. I’ve fallen a week behind with good reason. I welcomed my new little one into the world this past week. I feel so blessed to have her here amidst all the world’s craziness these past weeks. Story #3 is all about the game of charades and you…

Q-Kids: String Hair Wraps

I grew up in the 90’s and hair styles were different. Top of the trends were hair wraps. I know you remember, don’t deny it. All you do is start with one of those little plastic hair ties that are super hard to get out and bundle up a small section of hair usually next…

Q-Kids: Chicken Coop Club Story #2

Week two of the Chicken Coop Club is now live! New feature this week is an audio reading of the full story. So print off the FREE activity page and listen to my story while you play with your kids. This week’s story is about the game of BINGO! I hope you enjoy it. Happy…

Q-Kids: Archaeology At Home

My kids are really into (read obsessed) with finding “ancient artifacts” ever since they saw the Let’s Go Luna episode about Egypt. We’ve been looking at the photos in a few of my adult books about archaeology. I thought that would satisfy them. Dear readers, they want more. So we went onto YouTube and looked…

Q-Kids: Chicken Coop Club Story #1

I’ve been working with the amazing Townline Hatchery to create a fun children’s tale series focused around raising your own poultry. This new series is called The Chicken Coop Club. These mini stories focus on living out the backyard farm while under these strange circumstances we are all subject to right now. Bonus being that…

The Perfect Page Turn

With picture book writing their is a real art to handling a page turn. You have to think through not only the words but the accompanying art on the pages. There are many amazing tools out there to help you envision what your story will look like with each turn. You can find a wonderful…

Q-Kids: Hot Rock Art

The broken crayon is the bane of my craft box. If you’re int he same boat as me it’s time to collect all those broken bits and get to crafting. My kids have wanted to do the “painted rocks” art and leave them on our local trails for awhile now. The issue is all the…

Q-Kids Activity: Cookie Cutter Fun

It’s Monday. Just in case you needed a reminder. Staying in quarantine is getting longer and longer and even those of us with that extra serving of creativity are losing steam. We are also running low on all the snacks and comfort foods. So for snack time this week things got a bit crazy. I…

Bibliographies for Writers

You know those pesky end notes after research papers in high school and college? Well they’re back. In fact they never really left and are super important for writers who want to write in certain areas. If you’re writing nonfiction I’ll assume this is all old news to you but other types of writing that…

Q-Kids: Nature Weaving

My kids love to be outside. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been cooperating much here. But for those that do have fair weather this activity will have kids exploring and gathering all over your yard. There are many nature weaving photos available on Pinterest. My version is handy because I utilize something I already had on…

Making the Most of Time

Today I didn’t know what to write. I’m feeling far less than inspired in these current times. So I looked up some quotes from others wiser than myself instead. Here’s what I found. Hopefully you find them as inspiring as I do. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is…

Quarantine Check-In

How are you holding up? Take a moment this morning and take a mental inventory. Did you get some fresh air this weekend? Did you connect with someone you love? Did you accomplish something that needed to be done? Have you read something exquisite? Just like a boss would do, I’ve found it essential to…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. BOX VEHICLE I know we are all getting stuff through delivery right now and that cardboard…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. PINE CONE FLOWERS We have a lot of pine trees in our yard and I know…