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Amber Passey, owner of Because Babies Grow Up.Thanks for joining me today on our quest to bring out the creativity in our little ones. You can find arts & crafts, music and activities, or books and literacy activities.
Piano player in the winter in Central Park, NYC

Adventure Outside the Checklist by Alisha Gaddis

We're planning a family trip to NYC for Spring Break. As I'm pouring over travel guides, maps, and museum reviews, I remembered this gem first published in Growing Up Magazine last year. Thanks to the lovely Alisha Gaddis of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, I'm excited to bring you her epic adventure taking their daughter to NYC for the first time. Also, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band has a campaign on Indiegogo right now where you can help fund their next album, Adelante! They are the … [Continue reading...]

Four new board books from Jim Benton

Four New Board Books by Jim Benton

Move over Sandra Boynton, Jim Benton is bringing his own take on adorable board books for the 1-3 crowd. You may know Jim Benton as the author and illustrator of the Dear Dumb Diary series. Or maybe you know Franny K Stein and her antics. After these successful books for elementary age children, Jim Benton released four new board books through Scholastic in January. As Scott and I read these books through together for the first time we were both in a fit of giggles. At the end of almost … [Continue reading...]

Christmas poems for kids

Christmas Poems for Kids

We are now in full Christmas festivities around here. Our bedtime songs are all Christmas ones and most of the books we're reading are Christmas or winter themed. I love this time of year because despite the crafts we do all year long, we seem extra crafty in December. Over the top of all these activities, are the rhymes and fingerplays about Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees and snowmen that make us giggle and collapse in snuggles on the couch. Seriously, it's the best! Christmas Poems for … [Continue reading...]

Two turtle doves craft and ornament

Two Turtle Doves Craft and Ornament

I'm joining up with a few other bloggers to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Yesterday we kicked off with a fun Partridge in a Pear Tree ornament and snack from Silly Sparkles. Today I'm sharing a cute Two Turtle Doves craft and ornament. Tomorrow you can head to Learning and Exploring Through Play for a fun project with 3 French Hens. Two Turtle Doves Craft Inspired by these sweet birds that popped up in my Pinterest feed, we set out to make two turtle doves out of simple shapes. After … [Continue reading...]

Snowman Crafts and Activities

Today I'm over at ALLterNATIVE Learning sharing some snowman crafts and activities. There's even a free printable for snowman finger puppets to use with a cute snowman poem. Read about all the snowman fun here. Welcome ALLterNATIVE Learning readers! I'm so excited to have you stop by today and check out Because Babies Grow Up. My babies have been growing up on this blog for about 5 years so the archives are a treasure of fun activities, crafts, play ideas that have been a big hit with our … [Continue reading...]