Posted: Sep 25, 2013 9:00 AM
 
The big kids might be back in school, but the little ones are still home and need entertaining. Instead of playing Candy Land over and over and over, let these top kids' activities blogs give you new ideas for filling the days with fun.

Kids Activities Blog

Kids Activities Blog

If you haven't heard of the site Kids Activities Blog yet, you're missing out. It's filled with ideas for keeping kids entertained from birth through elementary school. Not only is the site easy to navigate, it's also categorized by ages, indoor/outdoor play, holidays and learning subjects so you can always find what you are looking for. Kids' activities range from easy-to-make soft play dough (with only two ingredients!) to instructions on how to make a LEGO table. There is even a whole section just for moms with food ideas, organizational tips and more.

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Mess For Less

Mess For LessIf you want to get down and dirty with kids' crafts while sticking to your budget, Mess For Less is the place for you. Vicky is the mastermind behind the blog and has a Master of Early Education and three kids so she knows a thing or two about keeping kids busy and teaching them at the same time. We love her tutorials for kids' window art and sensory sight word games. While you're there, check out some of her other categories which include family-friendly recipes and parenting advice.

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Learn with Play at Home

Learn with Play at Home

Deborah started her blog, Learn with Play at Home, because she wanted to show how important play-based learning is for kids (along with a few other reasons). Using her two kids as testers, she shares a variety of fun activities for kids. Not only does she give out instructions on how to create the kids' activities, she also includes handy tips for parents who want to simplify, extend or change the activity. Let your little ones try out the Playdough flower mat for a playful math activity or follow the cutting practice and learning shapes activity to help them develop their fine motor skills.

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B-Inspired Mama

B-Inspired MamaA former art teacher with three kids and a Master in Art Education, Krissy has grown her site, B-Inspired Mama, into something special. The focus of the site is helping parents be creative with their kids and the categories of kids' crafts, learning fun and creative parenting will do just that. Some of our favorite kids' activities from Krissy and her contributors include directions for creating a kids' mud pie messy playdate and DIY number rocks for making math fun.

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Buggy and Buddy

Buggy and Buddy

While we want our small children to have fun when they are playing, we also want them to be learning and gaining confidence at the same time. To help you achieve this with your kids, Chelsey at Buggy and Buddy shares activities for kids ranging from art projects like this homemade weaving loom to outdoor play activities such as making salt art. As a book lover, Chelsey also has a whole section on reading activities and tips for helping children learn to read that you don't want to miss.

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Picklebums

Picklebums

An early childhood educator and mum of four, Kate lives on a small property called ‘The Pickle Farm' in rural Victoria, Australia. Kate's blog, Picklebums, has articles about gentle parenting, gardening, family food, activities for kids, free printables and anything else that pops up in her crazy life. While she doesn't actually grow pickles, she will give you ideas for keeping the kids entertained with activities like mesh dabber painting and printable puppets.

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Fun at Home with Kids

Fun at Home with Kids

Mom of two and former teacher with a Master of Education, Asia is giving parents a little bit of everything on her blog, Fun at Home with Kids. You'll find ideas for sensory play, imaginative play, science, arts and crafts for babies, toddlers and preschoolers along with cute pictures of her kids doing the activities. We think your kids will have a blast playing with rainbow foam dough and scented edible fingerpaint (they might also get a bit messy).

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