If you live in the southeastern region of the United States, then more than likely you’ve heard of Ruby Falls, Tennessee. This unique underground waterfall and limestone cavern is a favorite destination for many families. We’ve passed by it for years, but we finally made the stop and visited on our last trip back from Atlanta. Wow, what an amazing experience! We learned tons about the different speleothems or cave formations such as stalactites, and stalagmites, plus so much about cave and cavern formations.
Every year I set aside time for the children and I to do some Christmas baking. Sometimes that means that another activity must fall to the wayside. We all enjoy our Christmas cookies far too much to skip this family tradition. It has brought us joy for many years. Not to mention all of the lovely memories we’ve made. So, when I announced that today was the day for Christmas baking, the children were beyond thrilled. Our daughter even donned her best dress just for the occasion!
Swirl Paint Ornaments, also known as pour paint ornaments, are a fun and easy activity for children during the holidays. We have been wanting to make these awesome ornaments for years, but never seemed to make the time during this chaotic and hectic season. This year, was to be different. This year we created beautiful swirl paint Christmas ornaments, and had a fabulous time in the process.
The holidays are upon us and I find myself surrounded by the chaos that is holiday travel with children. Our bags are packed for our adventure and excitement is in the air. You know the excitement? The kind that prevents you and your children from sleeping all night long. It is akin to the excitement of Christmas Eve.
What if your child isn’t ready for Harry Potter? What books are similar but for a younger audience? I’ve scoured the internet looking for great fantasy adventure books, alike to the famous Harry Potter series, yet geared toward children who are NOT yet ready for the intensity that comes along with the Hogwarts life. So, here are 20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter!
We are a family of bibliophiles. We love books. We collect books. We never seem to have enough books! Curling up together and reading aloud is one of our favorite activities. Give us quality books that teach life lessons while keeping us engaged and entertained and we’re a fan for life. The Harry Potter series will likely go down in history as a quality children’s book series that teaches life lessons. Here are 5 of those life lessons we learned from the Harry Potter books.
Our son led the way over streams, across logs and over bridges. He was as happy as a lark showing his friends the way up the mountain. The children discovered snail shells, river rocks, mountain trout, mushrooms, and lovely golden leaves every where they turned.
Your reluctant reader has finished the Harry Potter series…um…now what? Here they are all glassy eyed and full of wonder from their journey into Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. They are simply unwilling to come back to the muggle world, but instead wish to stay in the realm of fantasy and adventure. Well, I too have found myself in this exact position, and I’m positive I’m not alone. Here are 25 books your child should love reading after Harry Potter!
When a little boy has a love of Harry Potter, you find that he wants everything to have a Harry Potter theme. This spills over into Christmas as well! Last year we created a Harry Potter Christmas Tree and a Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle. His Papa and I helped him with some of the harder to make towers and rolling out of the gingerbread, but the majority of the work was done by our 9 year old son. He was so pleased with the results of his hard work. His Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle was quite epic.
The Winter Solstice is upon us! Also known as the shortest day and longest night of the year, the winter solstice usually takes place on December 21st or 22nd every year in the Northern Hemisphere. Many cultures around the world celebrate the solstice by holding festivals, and holidays. These celebrations were created to celebrate the return of light, and the joy of each day growing longer and longer.