Worksheet Wednesday: Summer Handwriting

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This week’s worksheet will bring some warm weather excitement to handwriting practice. With our summer words printable your little ones can practice writing, reading and coloring the best of summer.

Books Alive: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

We are super excited that Laura is here from Make Life Lovely to share a fun idea that goes along with one of Bettijo’s favorite children’s books.

I am so happy to be part of this summer reading series! I taught elementary school for seven years, and have a great love for children’s books. One of my favorites as a child was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I used to wish that it would rain and storm food in my city just like it did in the story town of Chewandswallow!

Have your kdis make clay food after reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

This book is a classic, and I wanted to make sure that my kids were exposed to the real story, and not just the movie version of the story. I thought it would be fun to sit down with my kids and let them create some clay food straight from the book. It was fun to reread the story and act out the scenes with their clay food. After the story, they plan on using the clay food as food for their dolls, which is a great way to reuse them!

Spaghetti Ties up the Town from #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs via @PagingSupermom

We read the book first, and then the kids brainstormed which food they wanted to create. I gave them a big box of clay from my craft stash and let them go for it. I was amazed at how creative they were when given the chance! Of course they wanted to start with spaghetti and meatballs, just like the title of the story. It was easy for my 5-year old to make “snakes” with yellow clay, and then bend them slightly to make them look like curly pasta noodles. Rolling brown meatballs was also pretty easy for her, too. This activity is great because kids of all ages can participate and create at their own level.

Fun Kids Craft to go with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs via @PagingSupermom

Free Printable Back to School Banner

The transition from lazy summer days back to a strict school schedule can be tough on kids. I like to decorate the house a bit to help the kids get excited for the change.

Love this free and cute Back to School Banner from @PagingSupermom #freeprintables

Before I tell you about our back to school banner, though, I wanted to let you know about a easy opportunity to help out the Adopt a Classroom foundation through Great Clips #GREATLIST program — all you have to do is download a free app!

Great Clips recently launched a super-convenient Online Check-In App that lets you add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon (with more than 3,300 salons throughout the United States and Canada, there is bound to be one near you). It’s not an appointment — what it does is let you add your name to the list before arriving at the salon to help save you time, and more time definitely comes in handy during the back to school rush.

The best part is when you download the FREE Online Check-In app, Great Clips will donate to the Adopt a Classroom cause. According to AdoptAC, on average teachers spend $1,000 of their own money to make sure their students have the resources they need to learn. Great Clips has pledged up to $20,000 to AdoptAC and every download of the free Online Check-In app helps.

Books Alive: Beautiful Oops!

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Today we are joined by the talented illustrator and blogger Kiki from Kiki and Company. Hi everyone! I am thrilled to be a part of this Books Alive series — I have a special love of children’s books. I have five little munchkins of my own and from the time they were babies, I loved…

8 Freebies for Back to School

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It’s time to start thinking about the start of another school year. Whether you are excited to load the kids on the school bus or dreading the end of your flexible summer schedule, we wanted to add a little fun to your back to school preparations with eight free printables from our #FabFreebies pals. We…

Books Alive: Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Homemade Ice Cream Recipe to go along with #MoWillems Should I Share My Ice Cream Book -- fun playdate ideavia @PagingSupermom

So happy our friend Emily from is this REALLY my life? stopped by today for our Summer Reading Series. She’s got a funny book and delicious recipe to share… If you haven’t heard of the Elephant & Piggie books from Mo Willems, you simply must get your hands on one! From the same author who…

DIY Glowing Dive Sticks

Kids would love this - make glowing dive sticks for the pool via @PagingSupermom

The weather here in Phoenix lately has been downright miserable, so these days we are practically living in the pool. For this month’s issue of Raising Arizona Kids magazine we wanted to make our own pool toy with the kids.