On this page I will try to have postings that offer hints, deals, activities, and pretty much anything I feel is “child” relevant. I will include things that have worked for me in the classroom and at home with our 15 year old, 2 year old, and 6 month old. Also included will be any tips I learn from family, friends, etc. I welcome any tips and ideas you may have so please comment freely! Also, please note that you can also visit for deals and coupons directly related to children or for frugal and educational crafts.
Adding and Subtracting Money
Clyde went out to eat at Applebee’s. He picked the grilled cheese off of the kids menu for $2.99. After dinner he ordered dessert for $1.99. When the server gave him his bill, it had tax of $1.19. Clyde paid with a $10.00 bill. What was his change?
Now that problem is advanced as it requires several steps. You can make it easier by only “ordering” one thing and not calculating tax. I had the kids always play this in groups of 3, with 2 being customers and 1 being the server/cashier. They LOVED this game. They thought that using a real take out menu from a restuarant they visited was the coolest thing ever. You can visit any restaurant and ask for a copy (or 2) of their take out menu with no problem, so be sure to pick the restuarant your child will be most excited about “eating out” at for dinner!
Where Do Kids Eat Free in Va. Beach?
One of momondealz’s followers said she would love to have a list of restaurants that have kids eat free (or pretty close) and since I aim to please, here is a list of some restaurants in Virginia Beach that have “kids nights”. All places that I called said that all of the kid deals (free or reduced) are after an adult meal has been purchased. It seems that Tuesday is the day to be a kid in Va. Beach!
Mondays: Could not find any deals for kids
Chick Fil A: meals are $0.99
Fazoli’s: meals are $0.99; They also have games, crafts, and other activities; call for details
Taco Loco: Kids eat for $1 and have free face painting
Ninja Hibachi (Landstown Commons) kids eat for $1
Buffalo Wild Wings: kid meals are 1/2 off
Thursdays: Capt. D’s
Fridays: Could not find any deals for kids
Denny’s- all day
Moe’s SW Grill: Kids eat for $1
Take the Pledge!
Red Plum has been advertising a Spring Break Survival guide for a couple of weeks now and has finally put the information up on the site. They did come up with some pretty cute ideas and I wanted to share them with you in case you missed the ad on the top of the coupon insert. Visit to get 5 activities to help you and your kids survive spring break!
Easter Egg Science Experiment
Seems like I am on a science kick uh? I thought that since it’s about the time for science fair projects in school and almost Easter time I would share a really cute idea that a fellow teacher did with her class one year. She had all the kids color Easter eggs and then they used them for an experiment to test toothpaste. They “brushed” all of the colored eggs with different brands of toothpaste to determine which brand worked best at removing the dye. The result was actually pretty surprising. Bottom line, the class had a GREAT time learning the scientific process with a really cute experiment. In case you need the steps to the scientific method, I have included a link below:
Making Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
What?!? Oh yeah, not only does it taste good but the best part is that your child will be doing a science project where they will learn and have fun at the same time! Check this site out for the instructions!
Educational Activity “On the Go”
As a teacher, it’s kind of embedded in me to try to find the smallest task educational. I also want to try to squeeze in educational activities into the shortest time frames (that may have something to do with the fact that teachers have so much to teach in so little time during the school day..LOL). At any rate, I wanted to focus on phonemic awareness in this post. That is just a fancy way to say our ability to hear, think about, and manipulate sounds in words we speak. This is an extremely important skill for children to learn as it helps them to read and to spell by laying the foundation to learning letter-sound relationships. One of the activities/games you can do “on the go” to help with the skill of phonemic awareness is the “Question Game”. This is a very simple game that can go on forever. All you have to do is ask questions relating to words you use everyday. Examples are:
*”What is the first sound in two?” (t)
*”What is the last sound in foot?” (t)
*”What sound is the same in the beginning of dime, down, diaper?” (d)
*”Which word doesn’t belong in this group…door, plate, desk?” (plate)
*”What is the word smile without the ‘s’?” (mile)
*What word do you hav eif you add d to rip? (drip) w to in?” (win)
This game could go on for hours, or at least until you get through the line at the post office.
Easy and affordable phonic/reading game
Free Eco-Friendly Materials for Your Child
More Pampers Village Coupon Codes.
I tried all of these today and they all worked; worth 10 points each!
Potty Training Party
Free Bible Reading Bookmarks
Free Birthday Message
Save the Date
Homemade diaper rash treatment
Ok, we’ve all been there…a nasty diaper rash on our baby. We wonder how it got there and how to make it go away. My son never got one until we started solid foods; specifically apples and tomato sauce (to the horror of my italian husband). I tried everything from Desitin to breast milk (suggested by the doctor; it actually worked a little) but nothing would make the rash go completely away. So I did what many of us do, I hit the internet. While searching I came upon a home remedy chat room and found my cure to diaper rash.
Mix equal parts of vaseline and corn starch to make a paste.
It’s that simple and inexpensive! My son’s diaper rash was gone in 24 hours and now anytime he looks like he may even be getting a slight one, I use the mixture and it’s gone after that diaper change! Not only do I love love love this solution because it works and makes little Will’s bottom all better, it costs next to nothing when compared to popluar products such as Desitin (although I still use Desitin as a preventive). For those of you wondering, this mixture is doctor approved. It is a little messy to make but the benefits far outweigh the mess.
When and What to Buy?
So the Carter’s store by my house is having a huge sale right now until the 15th of this month. I needed to buy something to send as a shower gift to my brother in law, plus I had a 15% off coupon so I decided to check it out. There was soooo much on sale! I ended up getting 12 items for $34.00 after sales and coupons (not all for my niece). They had shorts and T-shirts on sale for $5.00 a piece and just about everything fall/winter was $4.99 or less! I was so excited and could have bought more but decided not to. There were a couple of reasons for this; One, I didn’t want to spend that much money. Two, I was unsure about what sizes to buy for Will. The items I was tempted to buy were $1.99 each (crazy good deal) but there were all winter. So the question is, do I assume he will be 2T, 3T, or??? by next winter? What do other moms do.. skip the awesome prices or make a guess? Is there some formula that I don’t know about? Am I over thinking the whole process?
Helping New Readers
When our 14 year old son was around 5, we wanted to help him to be able to recognize printed words for items around the house. I made index cards labeling everything from the front door to the television to the fridge. It only took about a month and he was recognizing these words in books also. This is a trick I learned in college while getting my education degree and it worked great! We intend on doing it again with Will.