Get Your Kids Talking With A New Board Game: Q’s Race to the Top

I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to be emotionally intelligent. Being great at math is wonderful. Being able to throw a perfect spiral football is great. But what about all the day to day life situations … I want my kids to have the social skills to be able to handle them.

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Sometimes I find it difficult to get my kids talking. You know, about how they “think about” and how they “should” react to social situations. It’s hard to sit down and have those talks so we as parents end up teaching as we go… hopefully by example… but also usually when something goes wrong. {wink}

Emotional Intelligence | Qs Race To The Top Game

Well, there is a new board game, Q’s Race to the Top. It’s fun… but more than that, it helps kids to talk about things that they might not normally open up to you about… or even think about: how to react in social situations.

Qs Race To The Top Board Game | Teaching Emotional Intelligence

I played this game with my boys. I actually found it more beneficial to play with them separately so that I got their true opinion. Not what the other brother thought. It was interesting. 

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is one of those critically important aspects that we pray our children leave the house with each day. We can’t be there to shield them, but we can help guide them to know how to respond in positive and negative social situations. The problem is, many things happen to them throughout the day that we didn’t even think to prepare them for.

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This is where Q’s Race to the Top comes in. Through a series of strategic questions you can get your kids (unaware) talking, sharing and giggling their way to the top of the board, all while you’re learning and teaching.

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And now hop over and find out more about Q’s Race to the Top and all the amazing things a product like this can do to help children grow emotionally. I know I personally want my children to be able to handle what life throws at them!

And please consider participating in the kickstarter campaign too. It’s a great cause. The creator, a mom, not only wants us to be able to purchase this game for our children, but to be able to give it to less fortunate children in low income families.

You can also find more on their social media channels:

  • Facebook: @EQtainment
  • Twitter: @EQtainment
  • Instagram: @EQtainment
  • Pinterest: @EQtainment

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Pinecone Toss Christmas Party Game {FREE Download}

Hi there! It’s Aimée and Bettijo from Paging Supermom. With school holiday parties and family get-togethers sneaking up fast, we want to arm you with a simple yet fun game — a Pinecone Toss — you can throw it together with just a few supplies.

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To prepare for a friendly competition of Pinecone Tossing, you’ll need some pinecones, our free printable point value signs taped onto long barbecue skewers and a few buckets. We also spray painted one pinecone gold, and let players know that the golden pinecone is worth double the points!

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This game can be adapted for indoor or outdoor play. Keep it tame for the classroom or living room by lining buckets up and having kids take turns tossing. Head outside and lengthen the distance pinecones need to be tossed — then even the adults will enjoy getting involved. (Just how strong is Superdad’s arm?) If you’re enjoying a white Christmas then play this same game with snow balls instead!

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Ta-da! You’ve just created a Supermom Moment! Want more? We have loads of other fun Christmas ideas and free printables on our blog at PagingSupermom.com.

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As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Thanksgiving Game: Turkey Toss

Who else needs ways to keep the kids entertained on Thanksgiving Day while you cook that turkey?!

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Hop over to Kiwi Crate and order your Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box now. No membership required for these special kits, but after you see how wonderful they are you’re going to want to sign up! They’re also going to have kits for Christmas!!

It comes with this Thanksgiving game, Turkey Toss, where the kids knock over the feathers with a ball. It kept my boys busy creating and playing for over an hour. The Kiwi Crate box also has the materials for six Thanksgiving Kids Table Turkey Placecards. They’re darling. Have a peek at ours! {grin}

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art party {with social artworking}

Social Artworking

Ever heard of Social Artworking? It’s the coolest and easiest way to host an art party. {This post is sponsored, but as always, all opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!}

You worry about the food, and let Social Artworking do the rest!

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Just visit the shop, select a design, and tell them how many guests you will have. They will send you the most amazing, and I do mean A-MAZING, supplies!

I chose this beautiful sunflower design. It’s looks complicated, right? Well, Social Artworking is geared toward adults, but clearly kiddos (I recommend 7 and up) can do it too. You know why?

This is the best part… they send you transfer paper and the design so you can outline it on the canvas before you get started. It’s perfect and keeps everyone on the same 1-2-3 instruction as you paint.

Art Party

My boys helped me set up. We brought a long table out onto the deck, laid plastic down (my hubby insisted…), covered the table in paper and set up all the supplies.

Social Artworking will send you:

  • 16×20 canvases
  • Wooden easels
  • Wooden handle paint brushes
  • Palette buckets (loved these)
  • Paint (all the colors needed to complete your project)
  • Palette paper (gloss finish so that it doesn’t soak through)
  • Transfer paper
  • Design
  • Paint aprons

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My guests included moms and kids and they both had a blast!  Plus, honestly, my kiddos felt really proud of what they created. One of my friends and her daughter even went straight home and hung their sunflowers up on the wall!

Art Party

If your into art, or just into hosting a really creative gathering with your girlfriends (or your girlfriends and their kiddos like I did), you won’t be disappointed with Social Artworking. From the quality of the supplies to the lovely designs, you’ll be impressed and so will your guests!

Need help selecting the products you need to host your own Social Artworking party? Use Social Artworking’s Personal Shopper tool  to help you fill your cart. Just choose your design and enter the number of guests to get started. It’s simple!

Art Party

You can also follow Social Artworking on Facebook and Twitter!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Father’s Day everyone!

{This post is sponsored by Social Artworking, but as always, all opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!}

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crafts for kids {10 outdoor craft ideas}

Crafts For Kids

Looking for crafts for kids? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertaining and learning this summer? The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids and this is our first installment to help kick off the summer! 

Since my kiddos like to spend their summer days outside, I decided to start by gathering 10 outdoor crafts for kids to share this week:

I’m working on posts for science crafts for kids, water crafts for kids, math crafts for kids and more! We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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earth day activites for kids

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Hi everyone! It’s Bridget! Kim is busy with lots of exciting things, including packing to speak at Bloggy Boot Camp in Phoenix this weekend, so I’m sharing a bit today!

Earth Day 2013 is April 22, so I’ve been on a kick to find Earth Day activities for kids to celebrate our great planet! Here are a few of my Earth Day 2012 favorites!

  • Reusable snack bags via For the Love of Skinny are a great simple sewing project
  • This Sensory Garden for Kids from Little Wonders’ Days is a fabulous way to indulge your senses and do a little something for the Earth (I will definitely be making one!)
  • Very Hairy Caterpillar via Spoonful is a lovely way to make indoor gardening fun!
  • Globe Luminary from Twig and Toadstool is an great way to light up your world {wink}
  • Plantable Paper via Alphamom is not only adorable, but super Earth-friendly, too

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Of course, I couldn’t stop with just a few Earth Day activities, so let’s keep going.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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art activities for kids

Looking for art activities for the kids?! When we photographed my art birthday party supplies collection for the store we came up with these kid crafts ~ have the kids make cupcake art with supplies including:

  • cupcake liners (cut in half),
  • tissue paper,
  • pom poms,
  • felt,
  • ribbon and more!

Included in the art party supplies we designed four whimsy frames for the kids to create on: red/blue, orange/yellow, purple/chartreuse and black/white.

We also created “award badges” that you can give to each guest. They say things like most creative, best in show, most artistic, best design, most colorful and best color palette. A great way for every child to feel special. The awards are rectangle tags and then we created the crepe ribbon backer. (You can see how to create a similar idea with our graduation collection.)

And last but not least, here’s a look at the Art Gallery entry sign that is also part of the printable collection. We printed it at Costco for $5.99 and embellished it with yellow crepe paper. Can you tell I’m loving crepe paper lately?! It’s inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors and so simple to manipulate. LOVE.

You can see more details from my Art birthday party supplies collection in the shoppe: Invitation, Thank you notes, Art birthday party supplies (available as sets or you can buy individual items).

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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loving the LEGO YouTube Channel

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Anyone else have a LEGO® obsessed kiddo… or two… living with them?! You’re going to love the new LEGO® video channel on youtube. It is amazing and kid-safe! (And if you may want to checkout my son’s eighth birthday LEGO® party too.)

So our school is 30 minutes away… I know what you’re thinking and I think it almost every morning. BUT, it’s a fabulous school and I’m committed to my kiddos getting a great education. Anyhoo, we have a long drive back and forth each day. Many mornings we’re reviewing spelling words or taking a few timed math quizzes (some great apps out there), but the afternoons are different. My boys want to unwind and be entertained.

Those are the times when our new LEGO® playlist on YouTube is going to come in! When the boys were making their playlists they laughed so hard and so loud they made me giggle.

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My oldest is really into LEGO® City right now so he’s all about the LEGO® City videos. I have to admit, the robbers are hilarious.

And a very cool side-effect of the videos, my sons were inspired to build a few of the things they saw.

Create a Lego Video Playlist

Just follow these steps and you can create your own LEGO® video playlist from over 500 videos that your kids… or you {grin}… can watch from anywhere: in the car, at an airport, waiting in line at the craft store (they hate that), around the house, etc.

And do you see that last building block point in the picture, “Build Playlists using only LEGO® videos, to keep non-LEGO content from being recommended during playback.” As a mom of two LEGO® loving boys, this part is critical. My guys are 8 and 6 and some of the things that others create and place on YouTube are just not appropriate. But with the real LEGO® team, your kids are safe and giggling.

Here’s a link to our LEGO® video playlist to help get you started!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Sunday everyone!

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fall fun: hue hunt with paint chips

I had the best afternoon yesterday with my youngest (big brother was still in class, so we’re absolutely doing this again!). We went for a fall hue hunt around the neighborhood!


A fabulous fall activity, a hue hunt gets you outdoors enjoying the weather, the colors of the season, and it gives you the opportunity to talk about plant life and the cycle of the seasons. Here it was a little brisk yesterday, which made this excursion even more exciting as we look forward to a beautiful fall season!

All you need are some paint chips in fall hues and God’s creations. Our colors are just starting to turn, but soon the trees will be burning bright with oranges, reds and purples and we’ll likely go on a hike with even more paint chips in hand. I can’t wait! {giddy}

My little guy even said, “Mommy, this is just the best afternoon!” {happy momma smile}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and in this case, celebrate the seasons!

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end-of-summer bucket list


My boys have two short weeks… just two short weeks before school starts back up and we’re making a plan! We want to squeeze a few more fun days and memories into this summer so we’re making a end-of-summer bucket list!

And since this is their summer and not mine, I’m letting them create the list… with a few parameters. I mean, I too would love to buzz off to Walt Disney World and come back and inspire you to hop a plane with tons of fun and exciting pictures, but it just isn’t in the cards this year. {smile}

Sidenote - We did go to Walt Disney World at Halloween a few years ago for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and if you’re considering it I strongly recommend it. It was so much fun and they even catered to my little guy with food allergies. And not just at Halloween, we’ve been a few times and they are so attentive to his dietary needs. It truly is the most magical place on earth!

So on to the bucket list! These are in no order, and this is only a partial list, but let’s just say I’m going to be exhausted when school starts and gladly so. There is no greater gift than time with my boys!

DOWNLOAD YOUR 2012 END-OF-SUMMER BUCKET LIST now!

Oh, and you can even add your own family name right in the file before printing. No special program needed!

And if you’re not sure what you’d put on your bucket list… just think about fun things, not necessarily expensive things, just things that you can do with your kids to make this the best summer ever! Let’s be honest, they want your time and attention more than any other gift you could give!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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