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Dragon’s Quest – A Virtue Building Chapter Book

In the tradition of Aesop’s Fables, Dragon Quest is a fictional story featuring mythical creatures with human qualities. The tale while packed with adventure illustrates a moral lesson in the virtues of courage, cooperation and kindness. Suitable for 8-10 year olds and those who have yet to lose their fascination with dragons. Born with a ...

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Confidence

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is a classic book by Dr. Seuss that encourages kids to believe in themselves and have confidence in their abilities to do anything – even literally move mountains.  This is a great book to give as a graduation present too.

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Orderliness and Cleanliness

“Super-completely and totally the messiest!” is a book about sisters with very different cleaning styles. Olivia is very neat, but her little sister, Sophie, is The Messiest! Sophie is messy at home, and messy at school. After she cleans up a room, it’s messier than before! It’s a reminder that even if it doesn’t come natural to ...

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DIY Lego Bracelet

We love this simple 1×1 Lego bracelet so much that we sell it as a DIY bracelet kit on Etsy.com.  Right now we only sell black/pink/trans-glitter pink bracelet kits (but ask us what other 1×1 colors we have in stock if you’re interested).  You can either order 1 bracelet or a set of 3 to ...

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A Story for Moms

This small picture book is actually a clever story intended for moms.  If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff is entertaining for the kids, but it’s mom who will really relate.  If you give a pig a party, she’s bound to want balloons to accompany said party. And, once she’s got balloons, ...

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Truthfulness – A Tall Tale

“Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big” is a hilarious little book about a brother and a sister caught in a big fib that involves kissing alien pigs.  The story is told by the little sister, Fannie, who feels like she is last on Edwurd’s list.  By the end of the lie, she does discover how much her ...

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Cleanliness: Treat Boogers with Respect

“I am a Booger Treat Me with Respect” is a funny little book that teaches kids what’s appropriate and what’s not.  This is important to teach this time of year in particular because of flu and cold season.  This book is perfect for kids ages 4 and up.

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The Values Selling Girl Scout Cookies Instills

We’re so excited about selling girl scout cookies (well I am as mom).  Tonight my girl scout and I finished writing her name and our website on all of her handmade business cards.  In addition to the list of skills developed by selling cookies listed below, I can also make the argument for these virtues: determination, diligence, responsibility, ...

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Valentine’s Candyland

With only a little over a month left before Valentine’s Day I figured it was time to put together a post on this fabulous candyland styled board game. You can download the game board here, and the cards here.

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Lego Fourth of July Necklace

We love this patriotic 4th of July Lego necklace.  You can buy it by clicking on the picture from Amazon Prime for about $10. To make this necklace yourself you’ll need: 3 – Modified 1 x 1 Plates with Clip Light – Thin Ring.  You can get these from BrickLink.com for just a few cents.  They also ...

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Assertiveness the Balance Between Being Submissive and Agressive

   Deficiency  Balance  Excess Submissiveness Unsure, Indefinite, Unconfident Assertiveness Being assertive means being positive and confident. You are aware that you are a worthy person with your own special gifts. You think for yourself and express your own ideas. You know what you stand for and what you won’t stand for. You expect respect. Aggressiveness ...

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Christmas Ornaments and Ribbons (a Chutes and Ladders type game)

Enjoy this free printable board game template.  There are a lot of different versions too.

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Lego Barrett

This Lego Barrett ships from Amazon.com.  So simple to make too.  Keep scrolling for supplies to make your own Lego Barretts.

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Virtueopoly

I’ve been planning to make Virtue-opoly for several years now, but am only just now getting around to it. It’s free to use and print. I only ask that you share it with your friends on social media sites so that I can make a little more money on ad revenue. Please enjoy!  Here are ...

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St. Patty’s Day Game

  This game can be played a bit like Trivial Pursuit.  There are a maximum of four players.  You roll the die and go around the shamrocks on the outer edges of the board.  At each turn the player selects another player.  The selected player will then ask the player whose turn it is a ...

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Winter Wonderland Board Game

It’s snowing here today, so I got out this old board game and finished it.  I’ve been working on it for over a year, but lost interest last spring. Enjoy this freebie!

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The Story of Easter Game Board

  This is a very simple “candyland” style game that you can play with a die.  Optional, make your own question cards about the story of Easter.  A player has to answer the question correct before rolling the die.  Enjoy this freebie.

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Programming a Robotic Alarm System with Dash and Dot

Dot and Dash Don’t know who Dot is?  Let me introduce you to the world of MakeWonder and Dash and Dot.  They are easy-to-program robots.  My preschooler even programs them in the capacity that she can. I saw this activity on MakeWonder’s website and wanted to try it for myself. It looked like a great real ...

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Stylish 1×1 Stacked Choker in Blue

This is a relatively simple build.  I couldn’t find any 1x1x2 bricks in an assortment of colors, so I designed this necklace with all 1x1x1s (just gluing them together to get the effect of 1x1x2s).  However, for a longer necklace this can be done in an assortment of colors with 1x1x3s. In addition to the ...

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Chunky Pink Technic Lego Bracelet

Lego – Bracelet Technic – Large – Pink In addition to the Lego bricks listed below you will need 4 45mm x 2mm tube beads, string, Goop or Krazy Glue and a dremel. 13 x 4206970 BRICK 1X2 - Tr.Medium Reddish Violet 1 x 301026 BRICK 1X4 - Black 1 x 300926 BRICK 1X6 - Black 2 ...

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Bedtime Stories with Dash

I read something about integrating Dash and Dot into story-time in order to keep the imagination active and involved in reading.  I decided to add Dash to our bedtime routine.  My four year old helped me program Dash to shake his head “yes” and “no” so that he could help us read “Are you my ...

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Who are Dash and Dot?

Dash and Dot were added to our family for Christmas, 2014.  We spent a long time trying to get a phone to work with them (which ended up being silly since all the cool aps including Blockly and Xylo only work with tablets).  Eventually, for Valentine’s Day we caved and ordered a family Dash and ...

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Nativity Board Game

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How to Print Your Board Game on 6 Sheets

Under page scaling on your printer settings make sure to choose “Tile All Pages.” This will make it so that the game board template will print out on 6 sheets of 8 1/2 by 11inch paper. Since most people do not have access to a printer at home that will print 19×19 inch sheets, you ...

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3D Printing for Kids

We recently bought and setup our first 3D printer. It was a huge hit, the kids loved it. We excitedly went to thingiverse.com to download our first project. We chose a cat (because my girls love cats). It was very exciting to the girls for the first 15 minutes but then they lost interest in ...

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Book About Diligence

“Very Like a Star” is one of my favorite Children’s books ever.  It’s the story of a little honeybee named Rigel that works very hard, minds her own business (opposed to gossiping) and keeps doing the right thing every day, over and over again. Rigel is not a popular honeybee and doubts herself because she’s ...

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Custom Alphabet Board Books

We’ve been very hard at work creating alphabet board books that can be fully customized with your own pictures and text. You might ask yourself, why a board book? That’s because most children that are learning their ABCs also are very good at tearing up normal photo memory books. These board books are very durable ...

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Free Trivia Game Board Templates

We now have free 20×20 inch Trivial Pursuit printable templates.  We have one in color and the other in black and white. Should you need to print at a size other than 20 inches you can simply scale the size as follows: 19×19 inches 95% 18×18 inches 90% 10×10 inches 50% 8×8 inches 40% To ...

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Summer Board Game

This is a fun little candy land type summer board game that you can play based on left and right feet. You could either use pictures of the feet on a dice, or write left and right on them for the older kids. You can also play with a normal dice and just have the ...

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Math Board Game Ideas

I’ve been working on an “easy to edit” Candyland template and wanted to share math board game ideas that you could easily create with it.  The game would be played with pawns and a dice.  When each user rolls they would go to the next space that’s answer matched the number on the dice.  You ...

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Frozen Board Game

I’ve been working on a pet project for my family – Disney’s “Frozen” as a board game. So far we love the Frozen board game. Take a look at the screenshots. You can download these templates by clicking here

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Gold Miners Game – Printable Board Game

I’m really excited about this new gold miners game. This gold miners game is a knockoff from Ravensburger’s “Eureka Gold” that was made back in the 1980s. It’s a game about miners and bandits. You have to collect gold as a miner and make sure not to get caught by a bandit. This is a ...

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Trivia Classroom Games

I’ve created a simple to use PDF that has 6 trivial pursuit cards per page that can be printed front and back. All you have to do to use the template is tab and type through each card. You can even save them to use again next year. You can this custom template for making ...

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Homemade Family Trivia Games

How much fun to make a family orientated (or girl scout troop oriented) Trivial Pursuit memories game. You could have a a category for family vacation memories, a category for household (or troop) rules, etc. You could even make a category for each member of your family or girl scout troop. This simple type and ...

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Easy Editable Monopoly

I now have an easy to modify editable Monopoly template. You can change the names of the properties, railroads, etc in minutes by clicking, typing and tabbing (and then typing and tabbing again).  You start at the start space, and end up traveling around the board typing, just like you would play the game. The ...

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Stories About Moderation

Moderation is creating a healthy balance in you life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don’t overdo anything or get swept away by the things you like. You use self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time. Yes I’m typing this for myself today.

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Noah’s Ark – Dependable Dora Dove

I love this sweet story about Mr. Noah having to choose a bird to go and find dry land after the floods. All the birds want to go. “Choose me! Choose me!” they cry boastfully giving reasons why they should go. Who does Mr. Noah choose–and why?

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A Lesson in Humility in “Once A Mouse…”

Love this book at my house. It’s a simple story about a mouse that gets turned, over and over again into mightier and mightier animals. It looks like at some point it won the “The Caldecott Medal” as well. It’s a great story for your home collection. What does the mouse do when he’s the ...

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Wake Up Today with the ABC’s of You

This song was written from a father’s love for his son (who just happens to be the pop start Andy Grammer). Imagine instilling these values of self worth in your own children.  Wouldn’t you hope the results would be something like this?  That’s what this site is about.

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A Book on Absolute Honesty

In my house it’s “Truthfulness is the foundation of all virtues.”  We teach that your words stick.  If you tell lies, even about small things those lies “stick” to you.  If someone finds out you lied (even about a small thing) they will be apprehensive about trusting you with bigger things. I love the story ...

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Family Play

Playing Together as a Family Instill values, grow habits and preserve stories and memories by playing as a family.

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Forming Habits

Forming Good Life-long Habits Children are sponges. There is no better time to help children form good habits that will stay with them throughout their lives.

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Preserving Memories

Preserving Family Memories Memories and family stories create a sense of belonging. As time goes on, its easy to forget the things that make your family unique. There are ways to preserve these memories for your children, grandchildren and beyond.

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3D Printing from Home

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Music Loving Kids

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