How to Make Homemade Clay for Kids

Yesterday we decided to get the kitchen messy and create something fun.

Did you know it is so super easy to make homemade molding clay? Allowing kids to create something out of clay or play dough or other materials while they are learning really allows things to stick in their mind. We ended up using this clay to go along with a story we read which made for an excellent comprehension activity!

Wondering how to make homemade clay? I am going to show you. Super easy and fun. It only uses two ingredients- unless you want to dye it which just adds one more ingredient.

How to Make Homemade ClaySupplies:

homemade clay recipe

Put the cornstarch in a mixing bowl.

I did one cup cornstarch.

Then, had half of that amount in glue. So, since I did one cup of cornstarch I did half a cup of glue.

homemade hardening clay


If you want to dye or tint the clay, you need to add the coloring to the glue.

Add a few drops of dye into the glue and stir.

use food coloring or gel tint to color the clay

Pour the glue into the bowl with the cornstarch and stir.

Once it is well mix and clumpy, use your hands to form it all together.

recipe for homemade clay


We made four different batches. We did turquoise blue, a bright yellow, some black and then one batch that was no coloring at all, just white.

Any idea what we’re going to use these colors to create? It is a fun activity for kids that involves a classic story book.

clay made from corn starch and glue

I like to give the kids cutting boards to create on.

You can leave it out a room temperature and it will dry.

For best results pop it in a 250 degree oven on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper for 30 minutes.

If the clay starts to dry to fast while you’re creating, just wet your hands a little and don’t dry them off well. The clay will become pliable again!

This white and yellow clay of abstract art that Matthew created is not baked. We just let it sit out to dry.

molding clay that dries easily

Luke made this blue school bus. We baked it and it is very, very hard. Can you guess what

how to make things out of homemade clay

Can you guess what storybook this goes with?

Watch for a fun interactive idea later this week!

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I was inspired by this recipe over at Creative Playhouse.


Over 20 Leaf Activities for Kids

Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy some fun leaf activities for kids!?

We are so excited for crisp weather, changing colors of the leaves and walks outside. We’ve already started reading books about Fall.

I have made this list of activities that I can do with my boys over the next few weeks while we homeschool, but I thought you would love them too! We can’t wait to do the leaf rubbing (I just found some flat crayon blocks for this) and the leaf identification cards. You will find us at the walking trails here in our town going on a leaf hunt!

We are going to have such a great time learning and exploring together.

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more than 20 leaf activities for kids


Over 20 Leaf Activities for Kids

  1. Leaf Threading  from Picklebums
  2. Leaf Rubbing from RedTedArt 
  3. Leaf Maze by Happy Hooligans 
  4. Leaf Identification Cards from Wild Flower Ramblings 
  5. Leaf Window Garland by Hands on as We Grow 
  6. Play Dough Leaf Prints from Learning 4 Kids 
  7. Leaf Printable Learning Pack from 3 Dinosaurs 
  8. Fall Leaf Baby Tunnel by Kids Activities Blog
  9. Leaf Tree by I Can Teach My Child  
  10. Create a Leaf Man (and enjoy the book) by Inspiration Laboratories 
  11. Build Speech and Language About Leaves from Playing with Words 
  12. Leaf Sensory Bin  (goes perfect with Red Leaf Yellow Leaf) from Stir the Wonder 
  13. Graphing Leaves in Preschool by Teach Preschool 
  14. Leaf Lantern by Teaching Mama 
  15. Negative Leaf Impressions from TinkerLab 
  16. Leaf Sun Catchers from Fun at Home with Kids 
  17. Where is the Leaf Printable from Pre K Pages 
  18. Color Blending with Leaves from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom 
  19. Leaf Match from 3 Boys and a Dog 
  20. Leaf Number Movement Game by Toddler Approved 
  21. Leaf Unit Study from Living Montessori Now 

How are you celebrating Fall? I would love to hear about any fun crafts or activities you have planned.

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Kid Color Pages: Pirates

Are you on the hunt for pirate activities for kids? If so you will enjoy these free coloring pages!

Both boys and girls will love these for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

It is a fun eight page packet. Let me show you all of the pages!

Kid Color Pages PiratesYou can print the pirate coloring pages here. <<——- click the link

The first page is a fun pirate boy with a patch over his eye. Do you know why pirate wore patches on one eye?

It is said that because pirates would move from one deck that had light to another deck that was darkness, they kept a patch on one eye to make it easier for their eyes to adapt.

Have you ever noticed how your eye sight takes a minute to adjust when you go from bright lights to darkness?

kid color pages pirate boyDid you know there were girl pirates too?

Anne Bonny is a famous female pirate who lived in the 1700’s.

free pirate coloring pages

A pirates sword was called a cutless. They curved up (cupped) at the end, like the one below.

coloring pages

Parrots were often used as pets on the ships with pirates. They were easier to care for than wild animals.

And, when the pirate returned to shore he could sell the bird for money.

pirate treasure chest


Do you know what the name of the pirate flag is called? A Jolly Roger.

pirate ship color page

While it is believed that pirates really did not bury treasure. Maps have become part of the fictional stories we hear about pirates.

Have you ever heard anyone say “x marks the spot”?

pirate map color page

Skulls like this were used as a warning of sorts on pirate flags.

free coloring pages pirate skeleton


Have fun coloring these pages as you talk like a pirate!

More Pirate Activities for Kids



Preschool: Ocean Crafts and Activities

Over at 3 Boys and a Dog, we have spent all Summer creating content for an Ocean Animals Unit Study.  As we are teaching our kids all about the ocean, we find quickly that the littlest ones do best with some hands on fun.  So, I have compiled a list of preschool ocean crafts and activities  for those littlies to really grasp the ocean animal learning!  The following crafts and activities are great for prewriting skills and fine motor skills.  Plus, they are in a fun ocean theme.  What kids don’t like the ocean and all the animals in it?

ocean animals crafts and activities

Preschool: Ocean Animals Theme Unit Activities

These ocean cutting practice worksheets are great for increasing fine motor skills and scissor skills in our kids.

Help your preschoolers master handwriting with these free printable handwriting worksheets in a fun ocean theme!

These pre-writing worksheets are great for fine motor with their straight lines, wavy lines, and more to help your children get comfortable with writing!

Get your kids up and active with this fun ocean animals movement game from Toddler Approved!

If your kids like to color (mine doesn’t right now!), these ocean animal color pages are sure to be a hit!  Tank used to like to color, but he is going through a phase.  ANyway, when he did like to color, I would give him coloring sheets while reading to him.  It kept his hands busy and allowed his ears to listen. :-)

Don’t forget to grow the love of reading in your children!  These ocean themed picture books are perfect for our preschool kids to help them learn book skills and have fun with books!

How about 28 pages of ocean animals do-a-dot printables?

When learning the alphabet, it really helps kids to learn to recognize certain letters among many other ones.  These find a letter worksheets will help your kids do just that!

Preschool: Ocean Crafts

preschool ocean animals unit study

Kids love crafts – period!  This sandy ocean and cool breezes craft is the perfect messy play craft to help kids recognize ocean animals!

Gather your supplies to make these ocean animals playdough imprints!

What animals can you and your children find swimming in the deep blue sea?

Create your own beach sand cloud dough with this homemade cloud dough recipe!

Let’s take a swim craft can be super fun (and educational) for kids.  This craft uses homemade potato stampers!

This kids ocean craft is awesome to display!  DO it early in your ocean animals theme unit so you can look at it for weeks to come!

You can find all of the Ocean Animals Theme Unit printables, book lists, and activities over on my site, 3 boys and a dog!

More Than 50 Pirate Activities for Kids

Do you have some fun pirate ideas planned for Talk Like a Pirate Day (which is September 19th)? We do!

Here is a collection of over 50 pirate activities for kids that you will certainly enjoy!

50+ pirate activities for kids

 50+ Pirate Activities for Kids

  1. Pirate Books for Kids (Crystal & Co.)
  2. Pirate Science Fun: Exploding Treasure Chests (Fun-a-Day)
  3. How to Make a Cardboard Pirate Boat (Red Ted Art)
  4. Sponge Pirate Ship (One Time Through)
  5. Handprint Pirate Craft for Kids (Crafty Morning)
  6. Let’s Learn About Pirates (Fireflies and Mudpies)
  7. Pirate Printables: Cutting Practice (3 Boys and a Dog)
  8. Pirate Cupcakes (Crystal & Co.)
  9. Let’s Play Pirates (Nuture Store)
  10. Small World Play: Pirate Treasure Island (The Imagination Tree)
  11. Poppins Book Nook: Ye Old Pirates (3 Dinosaurs)
  12. Pirates Love Books (The Educator’s Spin On It)
  13. Pirate Crafts and a Treasure Hunt (Artsy Mom)
  14. Pirate Treasure Hunt (Life with Moore Babies)
  15. Pirate Printables Pack (3 Dinosaurs)
  16. DIY Pirate Mast (Mom Endeavors)
  17. Pirate Slime Sensory Play for Kids (Where Imagination Grows)
  18. Preschool Pirates Say Argh! (Toddler Approved)
  19. Treasure Box and Pirate Boat Crafts (Red Ted Art)
  20. DIY Pirate Map and Treasure Hunt Games (The Imagination Tree)
  21. Pirates and Treasure Chests (Peakle Pie)
  22. Interactive Pirate Felt Storyboard (One Time Through)
  23. Easey Peasy Pirate Ship for Imaginary Play (Learn with Play at Home)
  24. Learning Shapes with Princess & the Pirate (Teaching Mama)
  25. Be  a Pirate: DIY Wood Sword (Kids Activities Blog)
  26. Pirate Printables: Preschool Counting Math (3 Boys and a Dog)
  27. Sunken Treasure Discovery Bottles for Little Pirates (Fun-a-Day)
  28. DIY Pirate Swords – Disney Inspired Kids Craft (Mom Endeavors)
  29. Pirate Galleon Craft (Craftulate)
  30. Mickey Pirate Shirts (Lovely Commotion)
  31. Pirate Sensory Bin (3 Dinosaurs)
  32. Impromptu Pirate Boat (Red Ted Art)
  33. Pirate Treasure Playdough (One Time Through)
  34. DIY Neverland Craft Activities (Inspired by a Pirate Fairy) (3 Boys and a Dog)
  35. Rolled Treasure Map Party Invitation (The Outlaw Mom)
  36. Paper Plate Pirate Craft (I Heart Crafty Things)
  37. Engineer This: Build a Pirate Ship (Planet Smarty Pants)
  38. Handprint Pirate (Fun Handprint Art)
  39. Pirate Map Activities (Nuture Store)
  40. Alphabet Pirate Sensory Bin (Little Bins for Little Hands)
  41. Clothes Pin Pirates (Red Ted Art)
  42. Mini Pirate Treature Chest (The Imagination Tree)
  43. DIY Pirate Ship (Powerful Mothering)
  44. How to Make a Pirate Treasure Chest (Here Come the Girls)
  45. Pirate Preschool Pack (Preschool Powol Packets)
  46. Pirate Pretend Play (The Pleasantest Thing)
  47. The Pirate of Kindergarten (JDaniel4’s Mom)
  48. Pirate Printables: Same of Different (3 Boys and a Dog)
  49. Pirate Tot School (Every Star is Different)
  50. Pirate Island Playdough (The Imagination Tree)
  51. Pirate Party Telescopes (Sugar Aunts)
  52. Pirate Party Invitations (Crystal & Co.) 
  53. A Pirate Party (Spaceships and Laser Beams)

Are you ready to talk like a pirate, make some fun crafts, read some awesome books and walk the plank?

Ok, don’t walk the plank, but do have lots of fun!!

Which activities are your favorite?

Pirate Activities for Kids: 25 Books to Read

Ahoy! Are you looking for pirate activities for kids? Aye!

National Pirate Day (also known as Talk Like a Pirate Day) is September 19th!

Let’s pull together some fun pirate activities, like a collection of fun books you can check out at the library (or, order online and get them in 2 days!). Shiver me timbers!

And, on Talk Like a Pirate Day, Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts!!

  • Talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch to a participating Krispy Kreme shop for one FREE Original Glazed doughnut.
  • Come to a participating Krispy Kreme location in full pirate costume for one FREE dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. NO WEAPONS!

Get ready for this treasure of books we’ve pulled together, matey!

pirate activities for kids 25 books

 Pirate Activities for Kids: 25 Books to Read

  1. The Six Pirates: A Rollicking & Rhyming Picture Book. (Fun Rhyming Children’s Books)
  2. Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC
  3. Pirates and Buccaneers: A Pirates Book For Kids -Learn About Buccaneers, Pirate Treasure,Pirate History & Lore, the Pirate Flag, Pirate Ships and much more!
  4. Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate
  5. Children’s Book: A Pirate Story For Kids! A Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Books For Ages 4 – 8
  6. How I Became a Pirate
  7. The Pirate Cruncher
  8. Pirate Boy
  9. Children’s Book: The Littlest Pirate (A Gorgeous Illustrated Children’s Picture Book)
  10. Children’s Picture Book – The Pirate and the Star ( A Gorgeous Illustrated Bedtime Children’s Picture Book )
  11. A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas
  12. Pirates Go to School
  13. Disney Fairies: The Pirate Fairy: Adventure at Skull Rock
  14. Pirates Don’t Change Diapers
  15. Pirates of the Carolinas for Kids
  16. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
  17. Blackbeard
  18. A Year on a Pirate Ship (Time Goes By)
  19. How to Be a Pirate: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking
  20. The Pirate and the Firefly: A Boy, a Bug, and a Lesson in Wisdom (Firefly Chronicles)
  21. Pirate Girl
  22. That’s Not My Pirate (Usborne Touchy Feely)
  23. Pirates… And Worse! (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  24. On a Pirate Ship. (Usborne Picture Books)
  25. Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings

Batten down the hatches and let’s have some fun. What do you say? Which book are you most exited to read with your kiddos?

How to Have a Reading Party

We are so ready for Fall here at our house we can hardly contain ourselves. We have officially started a countdown.

We’ve stocked our bookshelves with books all about the seasons changing, pumpkins and apples and all things Fall.

What better than to have a pajama reading party? You can too!

Let me show you what we did.

pajama reading party

Everyone put on their pajamas. Even the 13 year old. (He was actually pretty excited to do this!)

We popped a camo tent in the living room and thew some comfy blankets in there.

We gathered up our favorite books like Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Pumpkin Circle, Going on a Leaf Hunt and more!

We made some easy and mess-free snacks like this Chex Mix. We mixed Chocolate Chex, Rice Chex and pretzel sticks in a large bowl.

reading snack

We also filled a bowl with gummy worms. Sour ones of course.

It would not be a book party without some book worms, right?

books to read to kids that celebrate fall

And we grabbed our EVEREADY® flashlight and hopped into the tent.

They had so much fun and never left the living room.

Anthony read to his brothers. They love wearing pajamas in the middle of the day (ok, we are homeschoolers…. pajamas in the middle of the day happens!).

The snacks were yummy and everyone laughed and had a blast.

kids reading in the dark with a flashlight

Any opportunity to play with flashlights is always a great time at our house.

My husband is a gadget man and literally owns no less than 20-25 flashlights. He uses them for work and our kids use them for play. All the time!

bookworm candy

Want to host your own reading pajama party? Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help us shine a light on reading, even in the dark! Hop over and check out their reading party tool kit! They have fun printables (I love the bookmark), party theme ideas, music and food ideas and more for hosting your own reading party in your living room! This is perfect for a family sleepover.

And, you can also earn free Scholastic books when you purchase EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights which can be purchased at Dollar General or Target.

How do you celebrate reading at your home?

Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark! EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights are reliable and affordable and can be purchased at Dollar General or Target. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of EVEREADY®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Kid Color Pages: Johnny Appleseed

We are enjoying learning about all things apples right now at our house. We’re reading apple books, doing apple activities for kids and now we’re enjoying these kid color pages that are all about Johnny Appleseed!

These color pages also include handwriting practice for kids, which helps to build even more grip and motor skills. Are you aware of the many development benefits of kid color pages? I think you’ll be surprise.

kid color pages johnny appleseed free printables

This collection of color pages goes perfectly with the children’s book Johnny Appleseed. I have a link below if you want to grab it the next time you’re at the library, or order it online.

kid color pages johnny appleseed


As you read the book to your kids, these color pages are perfect for them to enjoy.

Color pages like this will also help them to retain the story you are reading to them.

The first color sheet is about Johnny Appleseed when he was a baby.

There is also handwriting practice for kids, they can trace the word baby.

johnny appleseed as a baby


Next the story of Johnny Appleseed talks about how how he enjoyed quiet time and walks and reading under trees.

After they color they can trace the word reading.

kid color pages johnny appleseed reading

Johnny Appleseed was such a caring soul.

He loved to watch the animals and take care of any injured creatures.

After coloring, trace the word caring.

johnny appleseed animals


When Johnny was older he went to work in the apple orchards.

He traveled the countryside and the rain washed him clean.

johnny appleseed in the rain

Along the way he would stop and plant apple seeds.

Color the growing apple tree and trace the words plant seeds.

johnny appleseed plant seeds

Johnny loves to pitch in and help with chores.

He helped everyone he could.

johnny appleseed choresEvery year Johnny gathered seeds from ripe apples and planted more and more apple trees.

He planted so many apples that eventually he took on the name Johnny Appleseed.

Trace the word apples.

apple orchard

And the sun shone,

And the rain fell,

And the trees filled the land,

And all was well.

Trace the poem. This is perfect handwriting practice!

johnny appleseed poem handwriting practice for kids


Enjoy some apples together as a family.

More Apple Activities for Kids:

Over 30 Apple Preschool Activities

The seasons are about to change and I could not be more excited about Fall arriving! This is the perfect time to have an apple unit study with your kiddos!

Here is a collection of more than 30 apple preschool activities you can do together if you homeschool, or if you’re doing preschool at home or if you just want to do some extra supplementing at home.

These are ideas that are from bloggers all over the internet and activities they are actually doing with their children. Kids love these!

more than 30 apple preschool activities

 Over 30 Apple Preschool Activities

  1. Cutting Practice Apple Craft by No Time for Flash Cards
  2. Apple Lollipop by Crystal & Co. 
  3. Tissue Paper, Button Apple Tree Craft by Happy Hooligans
  4. Handprint, Footprint and Fingerprint Apple Tree by Motherhood on a Dime
  5. Johnny Appleseed Color Pages with Handwriting Practice by Crystal & Co. 
  6. Coffee Filter Apple Art by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
  7. Apple Sun Catcher Craft by My Joy Filled Life
  8. Easy Apple Tree Painting Craft by The Chaos and the Clutter
  9. Apple Stamping by Life with Moore Babies
  10. Pom Pom Apple Tree Craft by Two Daloo
  11. Scissor Skills Apple Craft by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
  12. Apple Picking Craft by No Time for Flash Cards
  13. Easy Apple Craft using a Wine Cork by Sassy Dealz
  14. Apple Stamping by Happy Hooligans
  15. Apple Garland by I Can Teach My Child
  16. Paper Plate Apple by Arty Momma
  17. Apple Pie Tree by Motherhood on a Dime
  18. Apple Tree Paper Plate Craft by Reading Confetti
  19. Tissue Paper Art Apple Tree Craft by Fantastic Fun and Learning
  20. Build an Apple Tree by Preschool Powol Packets
  21. Stuffed Paper Apples by Buggy and Buddy
  22. Apple Tree Craft by Blog Me Mom
  23. Apple Printing by What Do We Do All Day
  24. Apple Paper Plate Craft by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
  25. A is for Apple Cut-Punch-Paste Craft by Laly Mom
  26. Apple Tree Craft for Toddlers by Hands on As We Grow
  27. Apple Print Wreath by No Time for Flash Cards
  28. Paper Plate Apple by Kids Activities Blog
  29. Apple Tree Craft for Preschoolers by Reading Confetti
  30. Apple Tree Craft by I Heart Crafty Things
  31. A is for Apple Torn Paper Craft by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
  32. Apple Collage Craft by 3 Boys and a Dog
  33. Apple Tree by Hands on As We Grow

What are your favorite activities to do with your kids when you’re learning together at home?

More Letter A Activities for Kids

If you are using these apple preschool activities while you’re teaching your little one about the letter A, here is a collection of more ideas you might enjoy.

Kid Color Pages: Back to School

Is it back to school season where you live?

Our local public school starts tomorrow.

We are starting our next year of homeschooling the Tuesday after Labor Day.

I thought these fun kid color pages would be perfect as we celebrate back to school. I also worked in some handwriting practice for kids on each page too!

kid color pages back to school

You Will Need:

Click on the link above and print out the ten page packet.

handwriting practice for kids

These are perfect for coloring with crayons, markers, map pencils or even watercolors!

We just used crayons.

kid color pages with handwriting practice for kids

The first page is a schoolhouse.

Under the picture is handwriting practice for writing the words back to school.

back to school color pages


It would not be back to school without an apple, would it?

Next  trace the word apple and color the apple green or red.

kid color pages apple

Everyone needs a backpack, right?

What color is your  backpack?

kid color pages backpack

Back to school means there is a classroom.

We homeschool, so our classroom is the dining area.

This is what a classroom might look like in a schoolhouse.

kid color pages classroom


With back to school comes reading.

What are your favorite books to read right now?

kid color pages books

Some kids ride a school bus to school.

Do you think it would be fun to ride a school bus?

kid color pages school bus

Every classroom has a globe in it.

Let’s take a look at the world around us!

Practice your handwriting and trace the word globe.

kid color pages globe

The school year means lots of writing.

What would you write on the paper below?

kid color pages writing

Do you love to color with crayons?

Which colors are in your crayon box?

kid color pages crayons

One of our favorite things about homeschooling is creating stuff.

What are your favorite things to create?

kid color pages create


And there you have it. A fun kid color pages packet that is perfect for back to school!

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