Learning Toys and Games

I know I have been absent a lot.  Hey it’s hard homeschooling, moving, and working.  This time of year I’m looking for good deals on holiday gifts for the kids.  This year we are doing only educational toys that well are toys but good for young learners as well.  After all children learn through play. Watch out for good deals I find for you over the next two months mixed in with our other posts.

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5 Tips for Road Trips With Kids: Keep Your Mind and Your Budget

Oh how you learn as you exsperiance new things.  When you make the decision to go on a road trip to your vacation destination, visiting the in-laws, or a cross country move you start to feel stressed.  If your like the rest of us you are doing this on a budget.  Add kids to the mix and you wonder how to make it work.  Here’s some tips for making your budget stick and keeping the kids calm.

1. Pack food and drinks.  When traveling with kids this is a big one. Keep them cold while taking up less space by purchesing a dollar freezer grocery bag at the supper market.  Freeze the drinks over night.  Even Horizon single serve milk boxes can be frozen.  The frozen drinks will be the ice for your trip.  Add your cold smacks into this bag.  We pack one bag for every 12 projected hours driving for 4 people.  Fill another reusable grocery bag with foods that do not need refrigeration.  As the bags become empty fold them up and store them out of the way. 

2.  Keep things clean.  A clean car means less hassle for parents and kids while on the road. Have a bag or small box within reach with plastic grocery bags, hand sanitiser, baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, tissues, and meds that need to be taken during the trip.  If you have young children the diaper bag is a good spot for this and other odds and ends you may need.  Clean out the vehicle at each and every stop.

3.  Active play at rest stops.  When traveling with kids give them time to run. Every few hours get everyone out of the car.  Throw around a ball or frisbie (beach balls can be blown up and unaired quickly to take up little space), chalk, jumpropes, and classic games like red light green light and Simon says work well. 


4.  Activities while driving.  The road can be boring to kids dealing with long travels. Trap the cookie sheets from under the cabnent one for each child.  These make great lap desks that cost you nothing.   Fill gallon and quart size bags with different activities from arround your home.  Paper and Crayons, different size lids, fridge magnents, pipe cleaners, homemade playdough, ext.  These activities should be stored in an easy to reach place and switched as needed.  More of these that can be tossed at the end of each use at the next stop the better.  The rest can be stored back in the origanal bag for the return trip.  If driving through the night time glow sticks make for great entertainment untill they fall asleep. 

5.  Be prepared.  Being ready for the worst makes things a little easier on the road with or without kids. Nothing sucks more then something going wrong and not being ready for it.  Call your insurgence agency and add road side assistance to your policy.  Have numbers and warenty info on hand.   If you still have a warenty on your tires, battery, or other parts many larger chains have locations around the country you never know when it will come in handy.  Pack a first aid kit and sun screen, and alergy medicine.  In the winter pack extra blankets.

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About Us

We are a young family with plenty of stories and ideas to share.  Dig down deep and see what this homeschooling, collage student, a soldier family is up to.  Free printables, field trips, reviews, and lots of kid craft ideas.  Here Is a little about the family.


Dad is a soldier was active duty but is now reserves while he attends UTI for motorcycle mechanics.

Mom is studying to be a fitness trainer as she works to finish losing that mommy weight.  65 pounds and counting.

Angel is the gifted child cursed with ADHD which can make it hard to see how fast she picks things up with a controlled diet.  NO red dye #40.  You know what that means?  healthy home made food most of the time as all the “fun” stuff contains artificial dies. Angel is now in Kindergarten if you counted but thanks to her age and our current location we do not have to deal with any of the legal stuff this year.

Gabe is the baby.  He is fast with physical things but a bit slow to talk with about 50 words he can properly form with his 2nd birthday being just last week.  But he can cut a glue and point out letters and climb things that make mom cringe.  He is in what we call scribble school.  (As in he sits at the table and scribbles during lessons, dose the art projects and attends the field trips.  After all he would feel left out but is not ready for preschool stuff yet)

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