Category Archives: Activities

Best Books: Trapped In a Video Game

Do you have a kid that loves video games but isn’t very interested at reading? We may have found the perfect book series for them! Trapped in a Video Game is an incredible series that follows the young Jesse Rigsby as he navigates his way through the harsh years of adolescence with one major complication — a video game character is trying to kill him.

Jesse and his best friend Eric have discovered a new game, Full Blast, and cannot wait to try it. However, they find themselves sucked directly in to the game and find they have to play to survive when a mysterious figure begins to follow them and kill them.

The series contains 5 books and each book contains an interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) section at the end that allows readers to learn and understand binary coding and algorithms. Now they can understand how their favorite games function and start learning how to create their own video games. One series is helping them to not only nurture a love for reading but also give them the opportunity to learn and practice STEM activities at home for fun!

Valentine’s Day Craft: Toddler Edition

I love getting down and dirty with toddler crafts. Honestly, the messier the better. It sparks creativity, it makes memories, and if I am being honest? My house is never cleaner than it is after my toddler does a craft. Some moms go nuts and clean before a guest arrives? I clean like a beast after my toddler does a craft. My inner Marie Kondo erupts and I just go nuts. I reorganize the art cupboard. Clean the dining room table. The house shines.

So of course that means I love to go nuts and let the kids get messy with it. This year I wanted to give the toddlers the chance to have a lot of fun. So I chose to do shaving cream hearts. It is fun, messy, and I have all of the materials already at home.

Hello Wonderful is a great blog that features some really great crafts and activities. They have a simple and straightforward Marbled Heart activity that uses shaving cream. My son loved this. It was messy, fun, and incredibly creative. Every heart turned out differently. We made one for each of his siblings and for Mom and Dad. Come Valentine’s day we love to exchange gifts as a family, and now he has something to give too.

Be sure to check out Hello Wonderful’s other great tutorials when you head over there to get the full Shaving Cream Heart Craft. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Boy Approved Valentine’s

Every year we like to highlight something fun and special for boys and Valentine’s Day. After all, appreciating the people in our lives is not only a girl thing. Boys frequently get left behind in the Valentine’s Day gift giving. Mostly because the holiday is very mushy and pretty. Well news-flash, BOYS HAVE FEELINGS TOO. So let’s forget this nonsense and get them in on the fun.

Be Minecraft: This Minecraft Printable allows you to wrap your candy or goodies in a fun minecraft skin. Thanks to Club Chica Circle for the amazing printable. Now your kid can give out treats tailored to their Minecraft obsession.

Hot Wheels: Little Bit Funky totally gets the car obsessed boy in my house. We literally have so many Hot Wheels cars I am not sure I could count them. My boy loves to share them with friends. So this is the perfect Valentine. Check out the simple printable, get your favorite sweet treats, and the coolest cars around and get ready for a wheely great Valentine’s Day.

Lego: EVERYONE is my house is obsessed with legos, even my girl. So this Valentine idea is the bees knees for me. Just a Girl and Her Blog gets me. I hate putting things together, and I crave the simple answer. This Valentine idea is exactly that. All it requires is my printer, a store, and ribbon.