home learning ideas for kids

Kids love to play games, and parents love for their children to learn. So what’s better than games that help children learn? Many children catch on to spelling and math concepts a lot easier if they think they are NOT learning (when in fact you know they are)! There are several ways to make learning more fun too – not just boring paper and pencils. Learning can be interactive, fun and imaginative and does not always have to have that “classroom” atmosphere.

We’ve looked high and low to bring you some terrific DIY learning games suitable for a variety of ages. Scroll through the images below and you’ll be sure to find something your children will love! We really like #12 for those kiddies working on their spelling (go Scrabble!)… and check out #17 to help your young ones know what time it is.

1. Letter matching ice cream cones:


2. Use foldables to teach 3D shapes:


3. Alphabet hunt with your child’s toys:


4. Sight words parking bingo:


5. Ping pong balls sight words game:


6. Use pipe cleaners to make letters and words:


7. Kids learn some science with this experiment:


8. Alphabet lacing cards:


9. Paint sticks for ordering events:


10. Practice spelling with Legos:


11. Cereal and glue to help spell:


12. Learning with Scrabble:


13. Practice spelling with clothes pins and index cards:


14. Teach kids about crystallization:


15. Science experiments with nature:


16. Teach kids problem solving:


17. Time matching game:


18. Connect 4 but with words!


19. Use hula hoops to group rhyming words:


20. Strengthen math skills with Legos:


21. DIY fry boxes and fries make a great counting game:


22. Practice word skills with a puzzle:


23. Practice word families with paint swatches:


24. Match and mail letters game:


25. Practice shapes at home with this DIY geoboard:


26. Legos can also help to teach comparison:


27. Use playdoh for practicing sight words:


28. Play a letter search game with some rice:


29. Shape game on cardboard:



Do you remember the movie ‘Flubber’ with Robin WIlliams? 1997 Mad scientist. It’s a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor from 1961. I loved those movies. Know what I love even more? This DIY from Live Craft Eat. It’s not animated like the stuff in the movies but it is awesome and the kids will love it. You need cold water, glue (Elmer’s), hot water, food coloring, and Borax. How simple are those ingredients?

I’m pretty sure I’ve made something like this before but a long, long, long time ago. I could use a refresh course. Three easy steps and you and your kids will have DIY flubber. Plus, you will have fun making it! Check out Flubber being ‘discovered’ in the movie here. Funnny! And if you haven’t seen the movie (either of them) please do yourself a favor and watch them. I think I’ll re-watch them while I’m at it.

Here’s the link to the recipe…

LiveCraftEat: Homemade Flubber For Kids (recipe)


As I have said before, I love our backyard. It is a great place to spend some time on a warm sunny day. I love the patio, the trees, the fountain and pond. I wouldn’t give any of it up. But, I do want a swimming pool. Ya know, for the kids. Well, not just for the kids. I would love to have a pool that I can lounge around in and soak up the sun. It sounds so relaxing to have my own private pool where I can while away the day without worrying about noisy pool mates and splashing children. This idea may be the answer to my needs/wants.

This is a great way to put a new pool into your yard without giving up your patio. I love this pool. The depth is even adjustable. Whether the kids or the adults are using it the water depth of this pool will always be like Mama Bear’s, just right. Learn more about hidden pools here. But be careful, the more you read about them the more you will want one!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Candy! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…The number one candy holiday is fast approaching. Halloween has long since blown Valentine’s Day out of the water with sweets sales. 90 million pounds of chocolate are sold during this haunting week alone. $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year! I think it’s safe to say that there are other out there that love candy as much as I do. How about some DIY candy this year? Not for the Trick or Treaters but for you and yours. Learn how to make rock candy with this fun tutorial from Jumble Joy.

Rock candy is delicious and a fun science experiments you can do with your kiddos. You need wooden skewers, water, sugar, clothespins, and mason jars. Food coloring makes it look especially tasty too. I have everything I need to make these except the clothes pins. Boo. So close! Looking for some fun statistics on Halloween? Did you know that there will be 41.1 million trick or treaters this year? Or that Halloween is the 6th most popular Hallmark holiday? Lean more about this ghoulish holiday here.

Here’s the sweet tutorial…

JumbleJoy: Make Rock Candy For The Kids At Home (Tutorial)


I love sleeping! We have the most amazing mattress! We sleep so much that our mattress, with a 10 year warrantee, actually had to be replaced at year 5! Impressive I know. This roundup from Diply will give you real insight on what your sleeping positions mean and what they say about you as a person. Interesting!

I tend to sleep on my side. Right. I think that would make me a Yearner or position number 3. I do have an open personality but I don’t think I’m suspicious or cynical. My husband is a part time Freefall-er and part time Back Snorer. Not so true about him. Lol. Number 12, the lovers’ knot, looks so uncomfortable. This whole post makes me sleepy!

I love things like this and seeing if the predictions are correct. What does your car say about you, what does your pet say about you, what does your birthday say about you? Any of the predictions correct?

Here’s the link to all 15 positions and meanings…

Diply: 15 Ways To Sleep And What They Actually Mean (photos)


I’m laughing so hard right now. Kids are brilliant. Especially the ones featured in this roundup from Diply. Soooo Funny. These kids are some brave souls. They decided to mess around with their teachers and get creative on their homework answers. (Maybe they weren’t being challenged enough. Lol.) Hopefully their teachers found their answer as funny as I did!

Number 8 was the best. ‘ Did you practice the multiplication tables?’ ‘I do not care.’ Number 13 had me in stitches. Mariah Carey can really belt it out. Hehe. Are your kids this funny? Please share your stories with us here! I love them! I’m going to have to pay better attention to my kid’s homework and the thing they are saying and try to get some funny ones captured. Lol. Kids say the darnedest things. Don’t you think? Have you ever seen those videos from the old show? Prepare to laugh sooo hard! Here are some other home videos that are just as hilarious!

Here’s the link to all the hilarious photos…

Diply: Kids Expertly Trolled Their Teachers With These Answers


It’s amazing that with just a little ingenuity a normal object can be transformed into something spectacular. This roundup from Diply has proof of human creativity at it’s finest. Wow these 15 inventions/creations/products are going to blow your mind. I love the plug in night light. Never waste outlet space again! It would free up a lot of room at my house!

Number 6 is actually a pretty amazing design. And it helps to save to save the planet, space, and distribution space. Who knew that you could be so practical with toothpaste. I really like the glass door knobs. Perfect for the kids rooms. Don’t you love these? Which is your favorite? Which do you have to have right now?! Have you ever created something amazing? Are you an inventor? These kids are and they are pretty spectacular. As are these ones. And these ones.

Here’s the link to all 15 ideas…

Diply: 15 Ordinary Objects You’ll Never Look At The Same Way Again


Sometimes you just have THOSE kind of days. Last week I awoke to the dogs wanting out at 2 am. I let them out and back in. At 3 am they were whining again. We thought it was because of a raccoon that has been wandering around the house. We told them to be quiet and go back to bed. They settled down. At 4 am we awoke to one of the kids crying. I went to go attend to him. That’s when I smelled it. One of the dogs had pooped on the floor in the middle of the closet. Complete with urine puddle. Yeah it was that kind of day. These 28 parents were having days just as bad as mine! Worse in fact.

We have all had them. The days when one of, or worse yet several, of the kids are having a meltdown. You have about 30 seconds for a shower. The baby is sick and screaming for attention. Breakfast burns because you are trying to finish putting clothes on. Those kind of days. These are going to help you feel better about your meltdown days. Lol. So funny! All parents have hard days, all parents fail sometimes. Some just fail harder than others. These fails will make you feel better about your parenting mistakes. Lol.

Here’s the link to all 28 horrible days…

Diply: 28 Parents Who Are Having A Worse Day Than You

nap time

Sleep. It is the opportunity for our body to recharge. Like replacing life’s batteries every morning. But isn’t it so much more than that. We all know the biological reason for sleep. We all feel better when we have had a good night’s sleep, yet sleep is so elusive for many. I feel bad for those who have a hard time sleeping, getting to sleep, or staying asleep. I may feel for them, but they make ambien for that. As for me, I will sleep and sleep well whenever I get the chance.

Follow the link to publicly proclaim your love for that best of activities (well lack of activity). So sleep sleep and sleep some more. Be proud of your most satisfying of slumbers. These guys have the accessories to show the world your favorite past time. They have T-shirts, pillows and wall decor for you and me both. Here are some tips on getting a better night’s sleep. Just in case you aren’t naturally skilled at it. Lol.

Here’s the link to all 19 accessories…

Buzzfeed: 19 Accessories For Anyone Who Loves Sleep More Than People


This video from Elman511 is just funny. It’s all about a big egg. ‘Size difference – the big egg is a lot bigger.’ Truer words my friend. Truer words. I love this guy! His commentary is so funny. I like his wife and kid in the background too ‘Weirrrrd!’ Lol. This definitely fits the definition of a twofur (or two for the price of one). Eggs for breakfast anyone? It’s cool to look at and nature/science is amazing but it doesn’t really make me all that hungry. Lol. Are you in the mood for eggs?

I can’t help thinking about that poor chicken! It mustn’t have been fun laying that beast. I don’t imagine laying eggs is altogether pleasant as it is but this must have been especially unpleasant. It must have been like these babies being born. They were a bit larger than average. Yikes! 17.1 pounds? No thank you!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!