STEAM Kids Halloween Crystals

My son has developed a love my spiders. I love that I do not share at all. I am not terrified of them but I cringe every time I spot one. Even spiders in books give me the creeps. Just writing this has given me goosebumps. I hate spiders….

I want to be the Mum that follows my kids interests but I honestly didn’t know how I was going to follow Bee this time.

That was until I found my answer in the Halloween STEAM Edition  Ebook.

STEAM Kids Halloween EBook

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10+ Fun Alternatives to Trick or Treat Candy

Trick or treat,

Smell my feet.

Give me something

Good to eat!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I genuinely love the parties, the costumes and the goofy fun.

As a Mom I don’t love all the candy.

Here are some of my favorite alternatives to candy.

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Treat Without the Sweet Halloween Bag

Mini Halloween Coloring Books

Halloween Trick Or Treat Bags with Mini Toy Figurine

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Thanksgiving Thankful Leaves

For some people Thanksgiving is all about the food! Now I love food (stuffing and pie especially) as much as the next person however I am doing my best to raise grateful kids. One of the ways that we decided to bring gratitude into our family celebration was to make Thankful Leaves.

In Canada, where I am from, Thanksgiving is in October. Right in the middle of fall, well usually. This year we had the pleasure of diving right into winter with a huge snowfall. It practically looked this Christmas on Thanksgiving morning.


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General Conference Week Resources

General Conference is one of my favorite times of the year. I absolutely love gathering my notebook, snacks along with my favorite blanket. Armed with my essentials I was all set to sit down and listen to all of the council that has been prepared. That was before I had kids, it was that easy.

Now my tots want to participate but they also want to run and play. In April I had a great game plan for the hours of conference. Check it out here because it worked wonders with my little’s.

I enjoyed the variety of activities that we did but I felt that we could get to know these incredible men a bit more. If you are a regular reader you know that we love our theme based weeks. When I was planning for September the obvious answer was to include a more religious week. Not a week similar to religious holidays but more like a study based on our families religious leaders. I wrote a list of facts based on each of the members of the First Presidency and the twelve Apostles. You can check out that list to make you own plan or you can join our study.


Here is what you will need to follow along with our week:

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50+ Activities Inspired by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Its that time of year again.

General Conference.

As many of you know I am a member of the LDS faith. Every October and April we have a special meeting where we get to listen and learn from the leaders in our Church. Men and women both speak and we listen to beautiful choirs. I absolutely love this time of the year and every 6 months it seems to surprise me again.

Not this year, my friends. This year I have a plan. A plan to prepare my self and my kids to receive the messages prepared for us but also to get to know some of our leaders. I know my kids would rather listen to someone that they know a little bit about verses a “stranger” on TV. I absolutely love these men and I know that I will love and understand them even more after our activities.

I am so excited!!


Let’s get started!

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STEM Learning, How About STEAM Instead?

Have you ever sat back and watched a child play? What did you see? How did they process the information that they were absorbing? Did they try something then try again?

If you haven’t taken the time I highly suggest you do. Kids are amazing! I am always impressed with how many complex concepts that they manage to teach themselves. Kids have a determination that I wish I possessed. More often than not they will try and try again until they master something. Once mastered they often come up with a different way to do something and occasionally end up creating an alternate result.

Now let’s talk about what kids learn. Specifically subjects that our society places a higher value on.

STEM, is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This philosophy has been growing for years. These four subjects are vital to our current world however they were missing an important piece of the puzzle.


Have you ever purchased an app that was not visually appealing? Did you keep it or was it hard for you to utilize? Personally, if I don’t like the look of it I won’t waste my time using it. Completely unconsciously too, it just happens. Have you ever walked into a house where the layout wasn’t right? All the correct things were present but the flow was stifled.

Both of those situations are because the Art aspect was either forgotten or not prioritized.

It has been said that “Occupations in STEM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth.”1

How amazing is that?!?

As a mom of little’s I want to prepare my kids the best I can for the world that they will grow up in and potentially the world where they become leaders. I firmly believe that by moving from STEM to STEAM they will be better equipped for their lives. They will know how to think outside of the box while accomplishing a plethora of tasks. I want my kids to know how to think creatively, critically and how to be inventive. While also understanding the value that those skills bring to a variety of situations.

Do you have similar goals to me? Do you want your kids to stand out from the crowd?

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite resources. This post contains affiliate links.

Steam Kids 50+ STEAM Activities

Steam Kids is a book that will inspire children to:

question like a scientist

design like a technologist

build like an engineer

create like an artist

deduce like a mathematician

and, most importantly

play like a kid.”

What does this all actually look like? Check out this fun video.

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Letter Book List

Every house, with kids, needs Alphabet books. We have quite a few on our shelves year round but we ventured to the library for some new reads. Some were awesome and others were not impressive. I decided to include my thoughts on all of the books we read.

Alphabet Week Book List

What are your must haves when it comes to ABC books?

I love rhyming, great illustrations, with a mix of uncommon and common words. Most books don’t have all of my favorite qualifiers in them but that’s why I read lots and lots of books. We love the variety.

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Desert Book List

There is something to be said about books. Words really can transport you anywhere that you wish to go. Its amazing how powerful ink can be. I love it!

This week we journeyed to the heat of the desert while cuddling on the couch with a fan. That’s my favorite way to travel to the desert.

Desert Habitat Week Book List

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Desert Habitat Unit Workboxes for your Two Year Old

Desert Workboxes 2 year old

This year we are off to a hot start. Our study of habitats, from around the world, begins with the desert. Our preschooler loves animals so we are following along with his studies for Tot School. Lucky for me I have found some excellent printables that have pages appropriate for both age groups. I can’t wait to get started!

Check out Sweets bins below!!

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Desert Workbox 3 yr old

Desert Habitat Unit Workboxes for your Three Year Old

Desert Workbox 3 yr old

The world is kind of a funny place. An amazing place that I am blessed by everyday but its still kinda funny. Some places around the world are crazy hot, some freezing cold and other places bounce around in temperature.  In all of the various locations you will find different habitats and within those their own animals and separate ecosystems.

We love animals so while I was planning our home school preschool edition I thought it would be perfect to learn about different animals and their habitats. Every other month I have chosen a new habitat to learn about, starting with the desert.

I already know that Bee will love this unit.

Check out our bins for this week!

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