Playful Learning

My very favorite place to find inspiration for beautiful activities to do with my kids is Playful Learning. Mariah (the founder) writes very thoughtful content that has been so helpful to me. Her book, blog, e-courses, and mini-courses, offer parents ideas and resources for creating learning spaces and experiences in their homes. Whether you send your kids to school— or homeschool like we do, you will find inspiration for nurturing in your children a love for leaning as well as great tips for organizing materials— from chore charts to books, school papers to art supplies, and more.

Here are a few of our favorite Playful Learning inspired projects:

Twig Books:

Phases of the Moon Journals (from the Playful Learning book):

Adalie’s DIY ABC Photography Book (inspired by this post):

Andy Goldsworthy Inspired Artwork (see this post):

And the design and materials included in our writing center and atelier

(thanks to the Playful Learning Spaces E-course):

Mariah has been so generous to offer one of our readers her book, Playful Learning, as well as a spot in the Playful Learning Spaces e-Course! I know you will find them both to be very inspiring and helpful. From the Playful Learning Spaces course description:

“Throughout the six classes we will explore and share ideas for creating areas that invite children to engage in reading, writing, science, art, and more. We will also discuss organization, storage, and selecting materials for different ages and stages of child development. Each class consists of  a video that contains basic educational principles, simple guidelines, and helpful photos.”

We’ll keep this giveaway open until the end of the week since it is such a big one.

I hope you win!




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Linking up here today:

Giveaway #7: A Book of Your Choice

It’s no secret that we love books around here! For this giveaway, a reader will win a book of their choice from:

our list of books we love  
our Pinterest board of favorite children’s books .
There are some really fabulous books listed, so I hope you win!

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Giveaway #6: Silpada Necklace

Here is another fun giveaway for you! We have a Silpada necklace to give away to a reader.  It is 30’’ long and is made of sterling silver, pearl, coral, wood and shell. We love Silpada’s jewelry because it is uniquely designed and well made.

This is the necklace (or see it on the Silpada website here):

We hope you win!


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Give Away #5: $40 Gift Certificate to Kiwi Crate

Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It was recommended to me by a good friend who is mama to two and a third grade teacher. It is a subscription service for parents (or grandparents!) of children ages 3-7. When you sign up your kids get a themed box of activities delivered to your door once a month. The themes vary from art to science projects, imaginative play and more. Everything you need to complete the projects comes in the box, so hunting around the house or trips to the craft store are not necessary. You can see some sample crates by clicking on their button:

Kiwi Crate Craft Kits

My kids got their first crate earlier this month. Opening a Kiwi Crate is like opening a present— they are packaged so beautifully and you don’t know what kind of surprise is waiting for you inside. Our first crate was “busy with bugs”. We had a lot of fun reading about bugs, making a cute little firefly (that actually glows and flies!), and painting on leaf and flower canvases with the bug shaped sponges.

At first I was hesitant to subscribe because of the price tag ($20 a month). I finally decided we could surely give up a night of eating out to make this work (plus we don’t pay for preschool since we school at home so I figured this would be a perfect addition to our pre-k and kindergarten curriculums). And… I’m so glad I signed up. These are perfect to bust the boredom of a rainy day—  or they are equally perfect for a busy day when you want to do something fun with your kids but do not have the ability to plan or prepare. Just open and go! The $40 gift card will get you a 2 month subscription (or 2 Crates). Kiwi Crate only ships throughout the US, so non-US residents can’t win this one. (There are still many remaining remaining give aways that are open to everyone.)

Here are my girls working on their crate. First, the firefly:

Then the bug paintings:

We are linking up here today:

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Day 4 Give Away: Botanical Journal from Rifle Paper Co.

I have a weakness for books, coffee, and journals. If I come across a beautiful journal my self-control begins to wane and I find it hard to resist the urge to make that little lovely my own. Some of you may be familiar with my sentiment …. and it is for you  that I happily announce this give away. One lucky reader will win a Botanical Journal from Rifle Paper Co. Aren’t they lovely? I don’t know how you will pick…

they come in blue,

or yellow

or pink.

Pondering what you might do with this journal if you win? You may enjoy reading this beautiful post on Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline. 

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Day 3 Give Away: Hide-ees {for the girlies}

This is one of my favorite products for girls. If you have daughters, granddaughters or nieces, you’ll love Hide-ees.  They are way cuter than spandex and a lot more comfortable too. My girls each own a few pairs… they are a must for those who love to wear dresses or skirts EVERY day, like mine do! They are coming out with women’s sizes soon too— convenient for those of us who like to take a leisurely bike ride while wearing a dress (okay, yes, I may at times like to pretend that I’m in Italy or Paris). And talk about perfect for us mamas who are constantly doing squats as we chase around our babes. Thank you to Hide-ess for offering a free (girl’s size) pair to one of our readers.

Hide-ees come in different colors and sizes. This “pink frosted cupcake” is one of my favorites:

Since Hide-ees was generous enough to give away a pair and will be covering the shipping, only our US readers can win. There will be more give aways to come for our international readers.

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Blog Launch Day 1 Give Away

I am excited to announce our first give away: two homegrown monogram mugs from Anthropologie (you pick the letters, of course).
I just love these mugs. These make a fun hostess gift, a birthday or Christmas gift for a friend, or tuck a little gift card inside as a thank you to your children’s teachers. Aren’t they lovely? You can win two of them! Keep one and give one away, keep or give them both.
I hope you win!

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