The Ultimate Summer Fun List (and Giveaway!)

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If you’re a Modern Homeschool Family newsletter subscriber, you know how excited I am that summer is almost here! I love being outside with the family (and, admittedly, by myself too) and soaking in the sun.

Summer is a time of some of my most favorite things; sunny days, warm breezes, longer daylight hours, more relaxing, more playing and more smiling.

Recently, I’ve found a few more favorite things for summer, thanks to some friendly PR folks who let me know about them.

The Ultimate Summer Fun List

Here are a few things that caught my attention this summer. I think you’ll like them too:

For road trips or sitting at the beach:


The Cube – Next Generation of Rubik’s Cube

These aren’t the same cubes you used to buy as gifts 30 years ago. This hot new speed cube incorporates a generation’s worth of ideas to help solve the cubes you may have tried in the past. With this new, magic 3-D puzzle and the included online solution guide you can solve it twice as fast. It is a fun, inexpensive and unique gift for everyone… perfect for kids, teens and adults especially on long car trips or plane rides. $12; and available on




Because summer is a great time for sleepovers!


Sleepover Party

SLEEPOVER PARTY where having fun is the name of the game, so be prepared to sing, laugh, perform and make a general fool of yourself! Spin the spinner and attempt to complete one of more than 200 ACT IT, WORK IT or PARTY Challenges. Don’t fall asleep early, or you’ll miss out on earning the most cards and staying up all night!






For the budding engineers …



Your kids will love Max Traxxx Tracer Racer! Racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on Skullduggery patented Glow-in-the-Dark track. Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto track specially engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed. Choose your track, racers and loops, take into a dimly lit room and your kids will be ready to set the darkness ablaze. These racing sets are perfect for both beginning and advanced race fans as variable speed remote control cars and adjustable track heights allow racers to control course difficulty. Four Tracer Racers RC Cars available. Includes one Tracer Racers, RC Car and one Controller. Now available at Toys R Us and More information:


Because these are just too darn cute …


Two Brothers and Olivia Petite Pretend Food

Adorable Petite Pretend Food from Two Brothers and Olivia for your little one’s pretend kitchen! Available in a variety of cheerful, fun designs, including ice cream cones, donuts, cookies and the newest design, pineapples, Two Brothers and Olivia Teethers make a sweet treat for hours of fun! Easily packed into a diaper bag, backpack, or your child’s pack – they are perfect for taking along for fun on-the-go, too! The toys are made from 100% food grade silicone, and can be easily cleaned with soap and water. All products are free of BPA, PVC, or lead. Two Brothers and Olivia products are compliant with safety standards set out by both Canadian and US governments, and have been tested to be compliant with CPSC, CPSIA and ASTM toy standards. They are tested for toxic contents, strength and flammability to ensure that they surpass all the safety standards. NEW Pineapple shapes were just released this month. 


Because, seriously, I want to play with this ….


Taco Truck Fun Kit from Kidstir

A cure for rainy days in the summer! Your little one can now make chef-inspired recipes at home with ease – all while learning Español, practicing math skills, and more! Available without a subscription from this innovative subscription service for children, the Taco Truck Fun Kit from Kidstir will turn your kitchen into a lunch truck — and your child can invite friends and family to step right up and place their orders! In this kit, children will find out how to make three Mexican recipes, including Guac & Roll, Food Truck Tacos, and Arroz con Leche – which will be served in a Food-Truck-in-a-Box tray! They will also discover fun facts about avocados and peppers, learn some Español, and practice menu math. The subscription service can be joined or given as a gift, or you can send one of the single kits, as well. With a focus on fresh, nutritious food and hands-on fun, Kidstir was created by moms who know that through cooking, children will gain important life skills in the kitchen — and cook up some fun family memories!


Because you can never be too organized ….



Headed to the beach with kids in tow? The Beachmate is an all-in-one stackable storage system that consolidates multiple beach products in one easy-to-pack bag. The Beachmate solves the age old problem of needing to pack multiple bags and gear to the beach….because we know that with little ones, there are a lot of must-haves besides just a towel & sunscreen! This ultimate carry-all companion has a storage compartment for all the items needed for a day at the beach. The Beachmate is complete with durable buckets, shovels and a soft cooler all packaged in a single tote bag with plenty of storage pockets.

The Beachmate also includes one large, two medium and two small buckets plus two shovels! It holds up to tough play meaning the buckets and shovels will not break with just one use. Truly a parent’s dream come true, the stylish, over-the-shoulder strap design allows for hands-free convenience! Consumers can easily personalize this new beach companion with monogramming options available. 


These have all become my new favorite things and I love them so much that I’m giving one of you lucky duck readers a chance to win EVERYTHING on my list!


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Don’t forget! The Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle is only available until May 22!


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Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle Now Available!

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In my last email update, I told you that there was another amazing bundle coming up and here it is! I’m so excited to let you know about it.

Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle

You knew you wanted to take charge of your family’s health when you first began learning about natural remedies. You probably even knew it wouldn’t be easy.

But you had no idea you’d be so overwhelmed and confused by how much there is to learn and all the conflicting opinions.

A lot of people have had the same frustrations. The time invested in researching, the money invested in building up your family’s health arsenal and then you are still left with questions.

Most of us don’t don’t really have the extra time or dollars to devote to this goal (though it is very worthy).

So, you do your best with what you have, but it’s hard work!

And that’s why I want to make it easier for you.

What if I told you someone had already put together a complete package to get you up to speed on using natural remedies – one that’s already carefully vetted for you (saving you time) – at a price that’s way too low to miss (saving you money)?

Well, look no further, because it’s here!

Introducing The Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle!

For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever. (Seriously, just wait until I tell you the price.)

This year’s edition of the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle includes 16 ebooks and printables and 10 full eCourses!

These top-quality resources cover everything you need to give you the skills and confidence to start using natural remedies in your home.

You’ll get a complete library to help you:

  • Rebuild your medicine cabinet with natural remedies
  • Create beauty and skincare products without harmful ingredients
  • Treat your digestive complaints, pain, colds, and flus with everything in your medicine cabinet
  • Preserve, harvest, and cook with healing herbsDiscover the cancer-sugar connection and take back control of your health
  • Boost your mood, heat up the romance, and increase mental clarity with essential oil blends
  • Liven up your meals and get major health benefits by using the right herbs
  • and so much more!

Plus, it comes with over $100 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (even essential oil products!)


  • Exclusive package including the Soft Essential Oils Carrying Case for 9 Bottles and a 10 ml bottle of Meditation Blend from Plant Therapy, $22 value (international shipping available)
  • FREE Leather Wrap Diffuser Bracelet from The Oil Collection, $22 value (shipping to US, FPO, APO)
  • Lavender Roll-On Bottle (10 mL) from MadeOn Skin Care, $15 value (shipping available to the U.S. and Canada)
  • 1 year digital magazine subscription from Natural Herbal Living, $48 value (digital)

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 26 digital products and it’s worth over $770!

Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, the team at Ultimate Bundles is able to give you access to over $770 worth of amazing products for a whopping 93% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start using natural remedies!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 22nd, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

You want to protect your family’s health. You shouldn’t have to feel overwhelmed because it costs too much or takes too much time to find the right resources.

Learn more or get your bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 22nd, so don’t wait!)

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Easy Kids Crafts: Sew a Gift Bag

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If you are looking for an out of the ordinary way of wrapping your gift this season, then this one is for you! This heart pouch can be used again right after serving its purpose. Sounds economical, right? This can be sewn by non-crafters and you don’t need to be a craft expert to do this. You also have the freedom to personalize this since you are the ones making it compared to the one being sold in the market. So if you are up for an adorable gift for mom, then let us begin sewing this heart pouch now!

Easy Kids Craft: Sew a Gift Bag

Gather all the materials needed:

  • 2 pcs. crafting felt (pink and red)
  • yarn of any color
  • crochet thread
  • a big sewing needle
  • a pair of scissors
  • wooden skewer or any thin stick (optional)






Step 1: Cut a piece of rectangle from the pink crafting felt. The dimensions should be at least 30-centimeter in length and 10-centimeter in width. The dimensions are flexible since you can cut this based on your needed size. This will be the body of the pouch.



Step 2: Cut a medium-sized heart from the red crafting felt.

Step 3: Place the heart in the middle part of the pink body. This should be placed on the one-third portion from the top of the body. Sew this heart using a running stitch near the side of it.

Step 4: Fold the top and the bottom ends of the pink body towards the back portion of it. The back portion is the portion where the red heart is not visible. The folds would be at least 1 to 1.5-centimeter in width. Sew this using a running stitch.

Step 5: Fold the pink body into two equal parts and sew the sides of it using running stitch. Leave the topmost part open. Do not stitch the folded parts on top.

Step 6:  Insert the yarn on the pipe opening on the topmost part of the pouch.

Step 8: Cut the end of the yarn once you decided how long you want your yarn is.


Step 9: Create a loop at the ends of both yarn on the left and right.

Step 10: You can now place your precious gift to this lovely heart pouch.


This adorable heart pouch can be made by simple non-crafters since this only involves the simple running stitch. You can also use this pouch for other purposes, such as watch, bracelet or earrings pouch whenever you travel. Practice your creativity and who knows? Maybe you have the eye and the artistic hand for it! Have fun and spread the love!

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Stomp Rocket Science: Free Lesson Plan and a Giveaway

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After being cooped up all winter with textbooks and indoor activities, even moms get spring fever! With the sun starting to make its debut and the weather turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get out from behind those text books and get some hands-on science lessons outdoors.

Give Spring a Science Boost with Stomp Rockets

Maybe you remember Stomp Rockets as a kid, or you’ve seen them in the store? After all, they have been around for almost 25 years. If you have’t played with them yourself, you can tell it’s going to be fun, just from the name. Stomp Rockets!

Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 150 feet in the air! Click to turn on the powerful LED light inside, and these Stomp Rockets will really shine in the night sky, so it’s fun to play outdoors after dusk and on gloomy days too. Light up the night with vibrant color. The LED lights inside these rockets make them bright enough to double as a flashlight! Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. Includes a Stomp Launcher and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with bright LED lights inside. Refill rockets also available (item #20502). For kids ages 6 and up.

As if running, jumping, stomping and launching rockets into the air wasn’t just great all by itself, there are a TON of science experiments and concepts to learn from all of this fun.  Concepts include force, gravity, trajectory and so much more.

You can do a quick Google search to find some activities but did you know there is a corresponding curriculum you can use with your Stomp Rockets???

Use the “Stompin’ Science” book with Stomp Rocket Launch Sets to make science a blast! Kids can learn about things like gravity (what goes up must come down), trajectory, force and more by running, jumping and STOMPING to launch rockets — so learning is fun, interactive and active! Plus, the “Stompin’ Science” book makes teaching easy. It contains lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents who’d like to have some educational fun with their kids.

Here’s a peek at the lessons included in this book:

  1. Top Secret Toy Testing (grade K-8)
  2. Exploring Force and Motion (grades 3-12)
  3. Exploring Force and Mass (grades 3-12)
  4. Angling for a Stompin’ Good Time (grades 3-12)
  5. Speed Rockets (grades 3-8)
  6. What Goes Up ….. (grades 3-8)
  7. What Goes Up … May Not Come Down (grades 8-12)
  8. Up, Up and Away (grades 8-12)
  9. Get a Blast of Energy (grades 10-12)
  10. Analyzing Projectile Motion (grades 10-12)

Those are just the lesson plans. There’s another 16 pages dedicated to science fair projects!

Aren’t you super excited to get outside and use your stomp rockets to teach science now?!?!

To give you even MORE motivation, I’ve got a two special treats for you!

First, I’m give you lessons plans to teach Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion using your Stomp Rockets. This lesson plan has 3 adaptable experiments you can do in your own back yard and note booking pages to use too. This lesson plan is free, but for a very limited time only, so be sure to grab yours while you can (link at the end of this post).

Here’s the other special treat (I’m giddy with excitement!) …. one lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader is going to win his or her own Stomp Rocket set and science project guide!

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If you just can’t wait to get started using Stomp Rockets and the lesson plans, you can find them on Amazon Prime:

Stomp Rocket Science Lesson Plan with Printable Worksheets and Notebooking Pages

As promised, here’s the lesson plan. Don’t forget, it’s only free through May 3rd, so download yours now!

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Sensory Play DIY Recipe – Water Bead Sensory Play

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Kids LOVE playing with water beads. It’s a great sensory activity.

Follow this simple recipe for creating your own water beads!

Sensory Play DIY Recipe – Water Bead Sensory Play


  • Colorful water beads
  • Warm water
  • Airtight container with lid (shallow rectangular containers work better than bowls or small deep containers)
  • Old measuring cups, plastic spoons, plastic eggs, seashells, or toy creepy crawly bugs.

Optional: a few drops of eucalyptus, tea tree, or lemon essential oil.


Pour ½ of mixed color water beads in large shallow container.

Add 4-6 cups of water. Let sit overnight.

If beads have not expanded all the way add another 2 cups of water.

Add fun objects for sensory play: measuring cups, seashells, plastic spoons, toy snakes and bugs, abc letters or beads, dinosaurs, ramekins, old jars, etc.

When done playing put the lid on so the water beads don’t dry out.

As needed, add water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil to kill pathogens.

Picture-8-300x168This Sensory Play recipe was provided by Katie Vega.

Katie Vega is a mom of 5 in Columbus, Ohio. She is an internet marketer, marketing/branding consultant, and e-book author. She began her career in the Network Marketing industry in 1999, and over the years has totally transformed  her business to use her passions and talents. In early 2013 she left her job to build her business at home part time so she could homeschool her children.


One of her passions and goals  is to show moms with ADHD or behaviorally challenged kids how they can manage the chaos at home and run a profitable business without losing their mind!


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Sensory Play DIY Recipe: Silly Putty

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Every kid loves silly putty because it’s squishy and messy. If you have carpeting, keep this as a kitchen or outdoor only activity.

Silly putty is fun to play with, they have a unique texture and their chemistry is definitely therapeutic.

Who knew you could make it out of simple ingredients you probably already have lying around the house?

Sensory Play DIY Recipe: Silly Putty


• Pitcher
• 4 oz water + 2 cups of water
• ¼ cup Borax Powder
• 4 oz Elmer’s Glue (school or glitter glue, NOT washable.)
• Food Coloring
• Bowl
• Fork or spoon


In the pitcher pour 2 cups of water. Add 1/4 cup of Borax powder and stir for 30 seconds. There will be borax that doesn’t dissolve, that’s ok.

In a large bowl pour 4 oz of clean water. Add 4 oz of Elmer’s Glue (store brand is ok).

Add desired amount of food coloring and stir until it’s well blended.

Add 4 tablespoons of the borax water to the bowl of diluted glue and stir continuously. It will begin to get thick and stick to the fork or spoon.

Add 1 tablespoon of borax water at a time to the bowl and stir until there is no watery glue left.

Then Scrape the bowl with the fork and remove all of the putty from the spoon. The silly putty will be a little watery at first.

Flatten, fold and knead putty until the consistency is how you want it.

Store in an airtight container or plastic egg to preserve.

Tip: For transparent glitter putty, use glitter glue instead of traditional white glue.


Picture-8-300x168This Sensory Play recipe was provided by Katie Vega.

Katie Vega is a mom of 5 in Columbus, Ohio. She is an internet marketer, marketing/branding consultant, and e-book author. She began her career in the Network Marketing industry in 1999, and over the years has totally transformed her business to use her passions and talents. In early 2013 she left her job to build her business at home part time so she could homeschool her children.

One of her passions and goals is to show moms with ADHD or behaviorally challenged kids how they can manage the chaos at home and run a profitable business without losing their mind!

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Free Thanksgiving Kindergarten Skills Printables

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The holidays are upon us and you know what that means…..more fun, free printables for homeschooling!

This fun and FREE Thanksgiving-themed printable worksheet package includes 5 pages to help your little one develop hand-eye coordination, find motor and counting skills.

Just click any of the images below to download this free Thanksgiving Kindergarten skills printables pack!

Free Thanksgiving Kindergarten Skills Printables








More Fun Thanksgiving Resources and Ideas

Look for more? Here you go!

Free Thanksgiving Activity Sheet for Homeschoolers

The Ultimate List of Thanksgiving Books to Read for Homeschoolers

Free Thanksgiving Memory Match for Preschoolers

10 Easy Thanksgiving Treats Kids Can Make

Free Thanksgiving Themed Printable Worksheets for Preschoolers

How Kids Can Keep with Thanksgiving

10 Fun Turkey and Thanksgiving Themed Desserts

Easy Kids Craft: Monogrammed Thankful List


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Activities to Encourage Creativeness in Children

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It is true that all children have the potential to be creative in his or her own aspect. However, this particular potential that they come with may get stifled if their creativity is not properly nurtured and stimulated. It is the creativity inside us that defines the uniqueness that one possess. And as the saying goes that there is no such thing that we cannot, it is also our responsibility to make the upcoming generation able to bloom out their potentials. These creativities may not be their career option from the very beginning; rather it is the duty of the parents to ensure that their children get so much exposure in that particular creative field that it becomes one of the options for the children to develop a career.


There are several activities for kids which will help to develop a sense of creativity in your children. Some of them are listed below:

How to Encourage Creativeness in Children

Creative Painting

One of the favorite pastime for all children is painting. It is one of the arena where the child ushers all his or her creativity in one canvas. Introduce your child to a whole new aspect of painting where they get access to fabric painting, glass painting, molding craft and 3D painting to name a few. Another such art is clay modelling which will be an instant hit amongst the children. These are some of the fun art activities for preschoolers which will help them grow interest in this particular field and will be a great help in expanding their thinking abilities. It is also the duty of the parents to make sure that they do not help them much. It is better to allow them to give vent to their world of imagination. It is actually better to appreciate their work instead of criticizing them. This will give them more enthusiasm to prepare better pieces of art.


Drama and Play Acting

Another important way to encourage creativity amongst children is play acting and drama. There are numerous ways in which you can make it possible. You can ask your child to pretend to be anything- from a cat, a giant, a lion, a tree to non-living objects like a lawn mower, a pencil sharpener or might be the entire world. Make them think about what it is likely to be a pencil sharpener or a dog. You can even ask them to make the sound of the topic that they are trying to imitate. Ask them to give a spontaneous response. This will help to sharpen up their analytical minds and act according to the things that they encounter in their day-to-day life.



This is one of the skills that will provide a huge boost on your child’s imagination. Give them a scenario to ponder upon. Ask them to be spontaneous. Let them develop a story on that particular scenario and ask them to present it to other people. Ask them to make those story as interesting as it gets. If they can grow the confidence of presentation in them, that will be a wonderful characteristic in them to be used later in life.


Junk Modelling

This is one of the most recent activities that can be included in the to-do list for teaching your child. Ask them to collect whatever junk items they can find in the house. Provide them with some glue, different-colored pens, scissors and all other required materials and ask them to make something that they can imagine of. It can be a house, a cave, any animal, dolls or anything else that can come to their mind. For example, they can use toilet rolls to make snake or a telescope. Encourage them to go for such creativity without interventions in the form of strictness or critical analysis of their art.


Funny Outside Games

This is an activity that your child will love to do. Ask them to go out and play innovative games which they can design on their own. Your child may be a bit confused at first; you can start the process by introducing games like peek-a-boo or stone skipping. This will help your child to develop fresh ideas about innovative activities. It is better that you take participation in such games as well; this will give them the confidence and self-satisfaction. Such outside activities for children will help them develop their thinking abilities.


In conclusion, it is noteworthy to mention that creativity is a sure boost for the young minds. It is very crucial for the development of their analytical and observatory skills. So it becomes an essential responsibility for the parents to nourish such thinking minds. Some of the aforementioned activities will help the parents in their endeavor to develop creativeness in their children.


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Nicole Lewis is a freelance writer at from Boston. Working remotely allows homeschooling her gorgeous boys. She believes that mother is the best teacher for her children

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Art Books for Homeschooling: Review & Giveaway

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I was very excited to get the book ‘Art Parts’ by Kim Bogren Owen. It is a very simple overview of art and what it is. For parents like me who don’t necessarily know much about art (I’m more of a math and science kind of girl) and not sure where to begin, this book is a great introduction.

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ART PARTS: A Child’s Introduction to the Elements of Art

by Kim Bogren Owen

Illustrated by: Kay, TJ, Maddie, Stephanie, Darin, Abi, Timothy, Kaila, and Zac

 A Book that Introduces the Elements of Art to Children

 Using simple text and children’s art, Art Parts: A Child’s Introduction to the Elements of Art introduces children to 6 elements of art.  Designed for children between the ages of 2 and 8, it includes blank pages after each element where children can experiment with the concepts of line, color, shape, texture, space, and emotion.

 These blank pages allow children to personalize the book making it a keepsake to treasure, and a wonderful gift for a special child in your life.  It would, also, be a great asset to any classroom to add to the art center with materials that allow children to investigate the elements of art.

 In addition, Art Parts includes an activities page to expand on concepts in the book for parents and teachers to use.  These activities include suggestions for special projects, as well as things parents and teachers can do during everyday routines.

 Five percent of the profits from Art Parts is donated to Reach Out and Read.

Get free lesson plan ideas for using “Art Parts” here.

Normally I just give my kids paint or markers and paper and let them go crazy, but this book helped me to separate out the different elements of art and talk about lines, space, colors, shapes, textures and feelings so we could experiment with each one separately before combining them. We also learned a lot of new vocabulary that we can use when describing art or talking about art.  “Art Parts’ is a very nice book. I love the included art pictures by other kids.


It was less intimidating (I think) for my preschoolers to see those rather than perfect paintings by adults. My kids and I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it. I would definitely recommend it to others who would like to introduce simple art concepts to their preschoolers but are not sure how to start.


‘Orchids’ by Kim Bogren Owen is a wonderful book for preschoolers. It’s beautiful illustrations, engaging, short sentences and descriptive style even captured the attention of my wiggly three-year-old. It has easy to understand, simple language but it was very informative. I even learned a few new things!

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by Kim Bogren Owen

Photography by Amber Owen, Ron Hanko, and Mike Pearson

The perfect book for a young orchid or flower enthusiast, as well as for the parent who is a  lover of orchids, Orchids features beautiful photographs that bring the beauty and appeal of orchids to life. In addition to introducing children to the diversity of orchids, this book introduces simple science concepts.  Developed for children between the ages of 2 and 8, the concepts  in this books include opposites, diversity, pollination, and symmetry.

This book includes a page with ideas for activities that expand on the concepts introduced in Orchids.  These activities include simple art projects, as well as conversation starters to make the concepts meaningful to young children.

 Five percent of profits from Orchids are donated to Reach Out and Read.

Get FREE lesson plan idea for using “Orchids” here.


This book included a very good introduction to pollination, growing seeds, and other math and science concepts like symmetry, color, shape, size and function of different orchid flowers. And it did this without boring or overwhelming my two kids (4 and 3).


In fact, I was surprised that the kids were interested and stopped me often to asked questions and point things out to me. At the end it also made the different kinds of orchids relative to people. They are all different, just like us! Overall I was impressed with the quality, writing style and illustrations in this book.

In summary, it is obvious the author knows her audience and understands how to capture their attention. The books are beautiful and interesting and don’t shy away from using “big words” with little kids. I like how they introduce new vocabulary and ideas in a fun, engaging way and keeps the kids’ attention. I recommend this book for anyone who has or works with a child of preschool or elementary school age.

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Here’s a chance to win your very own set of Kim Borgen books! Leave a comment below, telling us how you incorporate art into your homeschool, fill out the Gleam form below (there are chances to win extra entries for sharing the sweepstakes with your friends!) and you’ll be entered to win one of five set of books we’re giving away!

Art Books for Homeschooling: Review & Giveaway

About Kim Bogren Owen 

Kim Bogren Owen has worked in Early Childhood Education since 1988 in a variety of programs and roles from teacher to coach to Quality Initiative Coordinator. As part of that work, she learned to tell and make up stories for the children in her care which started her passion for writing. She brings her expertise as an educator and love of working with children to her books.



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Sensory Play DIY Recipe – Herbal Play Dough

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Play dough is beneficial to help strengthen little hands and get them ready for the pencil and scissor skills they’ll need in your homeschool. Together with herbs,with their own distinct smell, they work well to give kids a great sensory experience.

Here’s a great recipe you can use to create your own herbal play dough.

Sensory Play DIY Recipe – Herbal Play Dough


• 4 herbal tea bags of your choice (can use dry herbs of your choice, ie: lavender, chamomile flower,
• rosemary, anise seeds, basil, rose petals, etc.)
• 2 cups of water
• 2 cups white flour
• ½ cup of salt
• 4 tbsp cream of tartar
• 1 tbsp oil (my favorite is Coconut Oil)


Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and steep 4 tea bags for 10 minutes. Remove teabags.

Add flour, salt oil and cream of tartar. Stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until it forms a ball in the center of the pan.

Remove ball from pan and knead on lightly floured surface. Tear open tea bags and knead leaves into dough.

Store in an airtight container.


Picture-8-300x168This Sensory Play recipe was provided by Katie Vega.

Katie Vega is a mom of 5 in Columbus, Ohio. She is an internet marketer, marketing/branding consultant, and e-book author. She began her career in the Network Marketing industry in 1999, and over the years has totally transformed her business to use her passions and talents. In early 2013 she left her job to build her business at home part time so she could homeschool her children.

One of her passions and goals is to show moms with ADHD or behaviorally challenged kids how they can manage the chaos at home and run a profitable business without losing their mind!


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