5 WATER PLAY IDEAS

Looking for some fun for the kiddos? Here are five simple, cheap, open-ended water play ideas that will keep them busy for days! Gather these household items or similar: Bucket Fishing Nets Toy fish, fruit or flowers Kid friendly plates and cups Sponges (ones that you...

How to Make Sponge Bombs

Whoop whoop the kids started summer camp this week. After a full day at camp we tend to just chill in the afternoons and water play is one of the best ways to do that! We’re making these sponge bombs to soak up water and throw around the yard. Here’s what...

DIY Nature Memory Game

Right now in our home we are savoring the last moments of fall so playing this nature memory game was such good timing. We first went on a hunt in the garden to find all the items we wanted to use in the game. We also included some shells we cherish from...

3 Questions I have been dying to ask a Parenting Coach

This week I was so lucky to ask friend and parenting coach Emily Trotman a few questions I’ve been mulling over about parenting. She talks about raising healthy children that thrive, finding our parenting voice, and modeling the behaviors we...

Ice Painting

This is a quick an easy craft to do on a hot summer’s day. I keep a tray in the freezer for the kids on back up. Here’s how you paint with ice: Items: Various colors in food coloring or liquid color Ice tray Paper Note: if you use food coloring you may...

Our Simple & Soothing Bed Time Routine Ideas

As summer comes to an end our family is preparing for the start of the school year. Since our oldest will be returning to preschool that means getting back into our routines, especially the boys’ bedtime routine. Here are a few of our favorite bedtime...

A Little Secret about Connecting with Kids

How do children learn to feel good about themselves, build healthy relationships with others, and how can I connect with them help to develop those things? Despite spending many years building my career, when I had my first son I couldn’t bear the thought...

DIY Play Kitchen Sink

Indy and I busted out our toolbox this weekend and made a DIY play kitchen out of cardboard boxes. Check out our DIY play kitchen sink, and keep an eye out for the DIY play kitchen stove and play kitchen fridge coming soon. Please like MamaRoo.TV!  Sink Items: Hot...

Why Reading Aloud Helps Kids Thrive

Since I can remember Indy’s loved anyone reading aloud to him. Even when he was just a few months old we would spend the early mornings snuggled up and reading together, his attention would last for as long as I had time to read to him. I read Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell...

FRESH SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE

One of our favorite weekend morning rituals is making fresh squeezed orange juice using oranges from our garden. Indy loves picking the oranges (or maybe they are giant mandarins?) and juicing is an easy enough way to involve him in the kitchen. If we’re lucky Matthew...

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