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Quick & Easy Breakfast

I love this breakfast idea from +Kids Activities Blog!

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Denise Fleming Books and Activities

Denise Fleming is this month's Virtual Book Club for Kids author! Drop by our blog for our three favorites of her many excellent children's books, and some activities to go with them!

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Have you always wanted to try pattern drafting? Nicole Smith's "Skirt a Day" book is a great place to start! Click through for my experience uing the book to make a wrap skirt, and my review of the book.

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Make a skirt a day! Reviewing Nicole Smith's skirt pattern drafting book, "Skirt a Day", and one reader's resulting ruffle wrap skirt.
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Poetry can feel intimidating, but +Erica MomandKiddo makes it very approachable in this post full of simple ways to get kids writing poetry in honor of National Poetry Month!

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Poetry Prompts for Kids
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Are you sharing poetry with your kids? It's also a great time to do a little writing. Don't be daunted by the prospect of writing a poem, though. Here are 14 very simple prompts that will get you and your kids started.

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great tips. I need try some. 
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Teaching Kids Money Management

When I was a kid, I learned about money by selling corn for my grandpa on the highway and watching my mom take the earnings to the bank, as well as spending them in the grocery store. My kids live in a world of online banking, online billing, and plastic credit cards in the grocery store. Here's what I'm doing to teach them the value of money and how to manage it wisely. What tips would you add?

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Tips for teaching kids money management at mama smiles - simple ways parents can teach their kids about money and balancing needs and wants.
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+MaryAnne Mamasmilesblog  I think this is so important to teach our children.
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Have her in circles
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Looking for a quick and fun activity for kids? Check out this I Spy Game for Spring from +Carolyn Elbert  - so cute!

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I Spy Game for Spring

These free printable I Spy Games come in handy for us! I use them for uninterrupted meal prep - or print one out and bring along to relieve boredom during a sibling's activity!

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Plastic Easter Egg Bunnies

Have plastic Easter eggs? Add a couple mini lollipops and make some bunnies! My sister came up with this brilliant idea, then sent me photos so I could blog it. Sisters are awesome!

I think these would also be fun as aliens - something to do with those plastic eggs once Easter is over!

What is your favorite Easter craft?

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These plastic easter egg bunnies are great for Easter egg hunts, and a fun craft you can make year-round! Turn them into aliens for an after-Easter craft!
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This picture book of the day pick from +Natalie PlanetSmartyPants  is a great way to introduce your kids to some lesser-known Mexican traditions!

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Today I am sharing a book about Mexican culture for Picture Book of the Day #pbotd . It's a perfect book for preschool and kindergarten with bilingual English/Spanish text. You can check out more recommendations on books for kids about #mexico here:
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Easy Fleece Blanket Tutorial

All you need to make this blanket is a length of fleece (we used 1.5 yards) and a pair of scissors. It's simple enough for a child to make with a little help, and it's a fun baby present or as a throw for pretty much anyone!

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An easy fleece blanket tutorial - a very quick craft that requires only a single length of fleece and a pair of scissors. Simple enough for kids to make!
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They are such a fun gift, and easy to make +The Preschool Toolbox !
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Enjoying ice cream = this always brings back so many childhood memories! 

Have your kids had their first ice cream cone of 2014 yet?

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cute kidz..
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