How to Start Identifying Birds By Their Songs

Going bird watching can be a very fun experience for anyone. People of all ages really enjoy watching what birds land in their backyard or sing from the trees up above. While this is a fun way to get in touch with nature and the world around us, I often wonder how to identify birds by their songs. This idea really had me thinking and so I did some research to figure out a way to help my kids learn this concept of identifying birds by their songs. I wanted to share some of the information with you today so that you can start naming that bird by their song, a concept that’s called “birding by ear”.

How to Start Identifying Birds By Their Songs

How to Start Identifying Birds By Their Songs

Focus and Analyze

Since there may be many birds singing at once, it may be difficult to hone in on one bird song over the rest. That’s why it’s important to really open your ears when you’re “birding by ear”. Learning the various songs of the most common birds that frequent your backyard will take a lot of focus at first as you figured out which bird is singing which song.

Figured Out the Syllables

One of the more common birds to identify is the Barrel Owl as their song sounds much like “who cooks for you”. The syllables of the bird songs will help you to identify birds by their songs. Take a moment to listen to the number of notes, also referred to as syllables, and the tone of each note to help you identify your backyard birds by their songs.

Make a Memory Hook

Once you’ve figured out the syllables of each bird song you can easily make some sort of memory hook, such as the Barrel Owl’s “who cooks for you” as a means to remember which bird song is related to the specific bird breed. The Common Yellowthroat bird has a note that sounds like “witchity-witchity-witchity” but you may find another memory hook helps you remember this bird breed when identifying this bird by its song.

Download Song Sleuth

This app is available for both Apple and Android devices here. Song Sleuth will help you learn the bird songs so that you can better identify your backyard birds by their song. You simply use Song Sleuth to listen to the birds around you and the app will use your recording to help tell you what bird species you’re hearing so that you can save this identifier to help get used to what bird songs belong to which bird breed.

Being able to identify birds by their songs is a fun way to spend quality time with family outside. Not only does this “birding by ear” concept help you enjoy more of your backyard together, but it’s a fun way to help teach your kids about the bird species that frequent your local region. Using my tips to help you start identifying birds by their songs will surely help you and your kids appreciate the birds on a deeper level as you learn their songs and more about their singing habits.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

With the holiday season approaching many parents are wondering how to keep kids busy in the backseat. This is such a challenging concept for parents with kids of all ages. While you’d think preteens and teens can self-entertain, just take them on a long road trip to visit family and see how well that truly entertain themselves. Since kids of all ages may need some entertainment options during a long holiday travel road trip, I wanted to share some of the best ways you can keep these kids busy in the backseat.  This post is brought to you by Easterns.com.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

Printable Games

There are so many printable games that kids of all ages can enjoy in the backseat. Car bingo and i-Spy come to mind as two childhood favorites that kids can enjoy playing while they’re patiently waiting to arrive at your next family holiday gathering.

Portable DVD Player

Whether you love or hate electronics, the sad reality is that our kids are growing up with technology all around them. A two-hour movie or two will keep your kids busy in the backseat. Have the kids take a vote before leaving what DVDs will be played in the backseat to avoid sibling rivalry on the road.

MP3 Player

Grab an MP3 player or a smartphone with a music app downloaded for use in the car. Have your kids create their own holiday travel playlist that they can listen to during the long haul to visit family. If you don’t have a device for each kid, consider playing each list over the car radio during your travels.

Paper and Drawing Utensils

Get a little holiday travel tote bag that’s full of drawing utensils like crayons, markers, and pencils as well as pads of paper. This will give your kids plenty of supplies to draw on and enjoy playing games like Hangman or Tic Tac Toe together in the backseat during long road trips.

Bring Audiobooks

Take this time to give your kids a little homeschooling on the road. Download audiobooks that will help your kids learn about your current topics you’ve been studying. This allows you to do some homeschooling on the road during the heavy holiday travel season.  Check out our Family Audiobooks.

There you have it, my top 5 ways to keep kids busy in the backseat. As you can see my ideas will work for most any age group and will help your kids remain calm so that you can arrive at your destination in one piece.

How Do You Teach Kids Manners and Respect?

When it comes to raising kids you’ll have to learn ways to teach your kids how to use their manners and what respect means. Being a parent is full of many responsibilities, and those responsibilities don’t seem to lessen as the kids get older. Teaching kids manners and respect in a purposeful way comes down to creating a lifestyle that encourages your kids to comprehend manners and respect naturally. If you’re looking for ways to purposefully teach kids manners and respect then you’ll enjoy these tips I’m sharing today.  This post contains affiliate links.

How to teach kids manners and respect

How Do You Teach Kids Manners and Respect?

 

Model Manners and Respect

Let’s face it, being married is no piece of cake. There will be times that your spouse upsets you or you don’t use proper manners and respect when handling various stressors in married life. While this is completely normal, the key is to remember that your kids are watching you. When it comes to being more aware of how to purposefully teach your kids manners and respect, it’s all about being a good role model. Whenever you’re feeling angry or make a mistake or treat someone in the house with disrespect or don’t use your manners out of frustration, be certain to correct your behavior so that your kids are able to see that no one is perfect but they can work to correct mistakes when manners or respect isn’t properly modeled.

Family Rules

Set Some Rules

At the end of the day kids truly thrive best on routine and rules. When it comes to trying to find ways to purposefully teach kids manners and respect you’ll want to start by setting some household rules. You may want to create a beautiful canvas sign in the home that features these house rules that set forth the expectations of manners. Having a beautiful decor canvas hung up in a family room that cites how each family member is expected to treat each other will help inspire your kids to visualize the rules each day without feeling the pressure to be perfect. Whenever your kids don’t follow these simple rules about manners and respect, you can have a consequence or discussion surrounding how they can try harder next time.  (The sign above can be found here on Amazon)

365 Manners Kids Should Know

Be The Coach

Your kids may learn some manners and respect through watching your example, there are times where kids will need a little coaching to truly get the concept of manners and respect down. Whenever you’re out in public or sitting down to dinner at home, try to be the coach to your kids. Being a coach for your kids means having more open discussions about when to use what manners and how to properly behave at a dinner table. While you will continue to lead by example, talking about the expectations of manners and when to properly use them will help you more purposefully teach kids about manners and respect in a way that will stay with them longer.  I’ve personally found that using books to teach manners is helpful. One that I’m wanting to buy is a popular book I found on Amazon called 365 Manners Kids Should Know.  It has 4.5 stars.

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to purposefully teaching kids manners and respect. The idea is to figure out how each your kids learn best. Manners and respect are something that must be taught at a young age and reinforced throughout the entirety of childhood. Using these tips to teach kids manners and respect will help inspire a more positive family lifestyle where your kids utilize manners regularly without a reminder as they get older.

Silver Glue and Gold Foil Slime

Making slime is a favorite pastime for my kids. While this type of craft can be messy at times, it’s such a fun way to experiment with new ingredients and have some fun with your kids. I recently created a silver glue and gold foil slime that looks spectacular. As a means to help inspire you to start making beautiful slime with your family, I’m sharing some information about this slime along with a recipe to help guide you forward in making your own silver glue and gold foil slime with your kids today. This post contains affiliate links.

Silver Slime

A Fun Science and Chemistry Experiment

There are so many unique ways to educate children these days and making silver glue and gold foil slime is just one of the best ways to teach some science and chemistry in a home school environment. Whether you homeschool or not, using this fun craft idea as a means to educate your kids about chemistry and science is a fun time for everyone.

You’ll be teaching a concept called cross-linking when you mix the borate ions, known as slime activators, with the silver glue. These two ingredients mixed collide into a chemical reaction that creates the stretchy slime substance that kids enjoy playing with.

Elmers Silver Glitter Slime

The silver glue is a liquid substance that is made of molecules that help keep it in a liquid state until you mix the borate ions into the silver glue. The borate has ingredients that mix with the silver glue molecules repeated until the silver glue is no longer in a liquid state, rather when the mixture turns to slime it’s called a polymer.

Bet you didn’t realize there’s so much to learn from making this simple silver glue and gold foil slime with your kids? Use this fun craft time as a means to teach your kids about how molecules work and what active ingredients in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) do with the silver glue to transition the glue from a liquid to a polymer.

Is slime a liquid or a solid?

This is a tricky question to answer because at the end of the day this silver glue and gold foil slime is neither a liquid nor a solid. Slime is a creation that seems to be both a liquid and a solid. You can play around with the ingredients to make this silver glue and gold foil slime appear to be more of a solid than a liquid, but in all reality, this substance that’s called polymer is more of a mixture between the liquid and solid-state.

Now that you’ve read a little bit about how this silver glue and gold foil slime can be a fun science and chemistry learning experiment, it’s time to follow the instructions below to make your own batch of silver glue and gold foil slime today.

How to make silver and gold glitter slime:

Basically, start slow, mix in the starch, add a little more, mix again, and keep doing that till it’s no longer sticky.  Toward the end of mixing you may have to knead it with your hands instead of a spoon.  There we go, now that my disclaimer is out of the way, let’s begin!

This silver and gold glitter slime needs a few specific ingredients, so let’s talk about that first. 

  • – Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue.  I bought mine from a local craft store but found the Elmer’s Silver Glitter Glue cheaper on Amazon right now.  Keep in mind Amazon prices often fluctuate but it’s at a steal of a price right now.

In fact, there’s also a bundle pack of Elmer’s Glitter Glue to save you money and allow you to make a rainbow of slime options.

I’m a liquid starch slime fan but usually more glitter will show through when you use a contact lens solution plus baking soda instead.  This is because contact lens solution is clear and liquid starch has a kind of white-ish blue tinge.  Both of these options will make a great activator.
This one is a glitter glue so be prepared for it takes way more starch than a white glue would.  We used around 3/4ths of a cup but always add 1/4 a cup at a time and mix it in well.  When you get a consistency that no longer sticks to you and feels like you want it too you’re done.  Again, it’s not an exact science.

Silver Glitter Slime

Now onto the fun pictures of playing with the gold foil sheets.  These are incredible and I want to try them in all my future slimes.  They are just so neat!  They can also be found on Amazon here – Gold Foil Sheets.  Prices often change but right now you can get 100 sheets of this for less than $6 shipped.  I still can’t believe how affordable this fun crafting material is!

Silver Gold Foil Glitter Slime

Silver Gold Leaf Slime

Silver Gold Foil Slime

 

Gold Foil Slime

Gold Foil Silver Slime

Gold Foil Stretchy Silver Slime

Stretchy Silver Slime

Super Stretchy Silver Slime

Stretchy Silver Gold Leaf Slime

Stretchy Slime

Isn’t it beautiful?  I just adore it!

Gold Rolled Slime

I hope you and your kids can give our silver and gold glitter slime a try for yourself.  It truly is the prettiest slime I’ve ever made to date.  It rivals any of the expensive store bought putties and with slime you can create it to be the exact texture you want.  I love it!

Carpool Safety Tips

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Carpool Safety Tips

With moms and dads shuttling kids to event after event it’s no wonder folks have turned to carpooling to help cut down on their time spent on the road.  It’s a great way to make sure the kids get where they need to be without constantly being on the go…or maybe you have another kid’s event to be at and can’t be at two places at once.  Letting kids carpool with friends and family just makes sense for a lot of families but it’s important to make sure it’s done safely.  Here are some tips to help to help you navigate the carpool waters.  See what I did there?  Pool. Water. Ha.  Okay, on to the carpool safety tips…

1.) Know Who Will Be Driving

Statistically the number one cause of death of children ages 1-12 in the US is car crashes.  It’s imperative that you know and trust the people you’re entrusting your children with.  You want someone who practices safe driving habits on a regular basis.  Not only that but you need to make it clear that you don’t want any other individuals driving your children around that you haven’t given express permission to.  There my be circumstances when they need a backup person and it’s a good idea to find out who that is before the occasion arises.

2.) Make Sure Your Child Will Be Properly Secured

Car seat safety is something that I am passionate about!  I would make sure that all individuals who would be driving in the carpool be fully educated about my child’s type of car seat, how to install it, and how to properly restrain them each time they’re in the car.  Whether it’s a car seat or a booster seat all drivers need to know the ins and outs of car seat safety.

3.) Keep Your Kids Informed

Because you won’t be in the car when other adults are driving, it’s essential for your kids to know about what’s going on.  They need to know who is dropping them off, picking them up, and where they’re going.  They need to be responsible to keep up with their belongings.  It’s important that they also know how to behave in a car seat or booster seat.  It’s important that they stay buckled up and sit up when in a booster.  Plus, it’s a good idea to have ongoing conversations with your kids about the people they’re riding with and make sure they don’t feel uncomfortable in any way.

I hope these carpool safety tips will help keep your sweet little ones safe on the roads.

Cotton Candy Slime Recipe

This Cotton Candy Slime Recipe is an easy peasy slime that uses liquid starch and not a bit of borax. These lovely pastel colors will have you dreaming of cotton candy, unicorns, fairies, and all things princess.  Find out how to make cotton candy slime by scrolling down.  This post contains affiliate links.

Cotton Candy Slime DIY

To make this cotton candy slime you’ll need:

  • White school glue – I buy glue by the gallon on Amazon.  Tiny bottles make small batches and slime is so addicting.  Go ahead and get the gallon size.  Trust me, you’ll thank me later.  You can find gallons of glue in stores but with the popularity slime has seen recently it’s getting harder and harder to find.
  • Liquid starch – This is another thing that has been increasingly hard to find so I order it with the glue online.
  • Paint – I uses Deco Art Americana Acrylic Paint in Lavender and Flamingo.
  • – 2 separate bowls (or red solo cups but I prefer bowls)
  • – 2 spoons (or wooden craft sticks but I prefer regular kitchen spoons)

COTTON CANDY SLIME EASY RECIPE WITH LIQUID STARCH

Cotton Candy Slime

A FEW QUICK SLIME REMINDERS BEFORE WE GET STARTED MAKING SLIME: Slime is a science project.  It can be absolutely fun to do with kids and teach them about the bonding process that’s happening.  …but because it’s a science it is a little messy and requires patience.  Take your time, experiment with different amounts and you’ll have wonderful cotton candy slime.  Also, don’t let the name fool you, this slime is NOT edible.  Do not eat it.  Please make sure children are supervised and don’t allow children to play with it that may put it in their mouths.

You’ll want to mix each color in it’s separate bowl.

Pour approx 2 cups of white glue into each bowl.  You don’t have to measure it, just guesstimate.  Use as much glue as you want to have slime.

Purple Slime

Add your paint.  Mix.

Making Purple Slime

I know you don’t need a visual of mixing the paint but I just love how pretty this step is!  Once mixed if the color isn’t what you desire, add more.

Slime Process

Once you have your colors just like you want them to be you can move onto the starch.  Please note that spray starch is not the same thing as the liquid version.  Use liquid starch.  Pour in approximately 2-3 Tablespoons and stir.

Personal Tip: I find that big jug of starch hard to control so to avoid pouring too much I pour a small amount into a small bowl and spoon out tablespoons full as needed.  It makes life easier for this clumsy person so I’m sharing in case any of you can relate. 🙂

Stir your mixture for a few minutes to get it all mixed up then take it out and begin kneading it with your hands.

Pink Slime

If it’s still incredibly sticky and is sticking to your fingers add a little more starch.  This is another reason I like to pour the starch into a bowl!  The bowl makes it easy to dip my slime into, knead a little, dip, knead, dip, knead, etc.  Once you get the consistency you like you are golden!

Purple Slime Play

Slime is such a great sensory activity for kids!

Mixing Slime Colors

Mixing Slime Tip: Don’t mix all of your pink and purple up at once.  Mix the slime in smaller batches to enjoy the activity longer.  I’ve found that it’s fun for kids to get to experience the colors mixing and melding over and over…or maybe you just want to have a set of colors to mix for yourself along with your kids!

Mixing Pink and Purple Slime

Look how fun!

Cotton Candy Slime Recipe

I hope you and yours enjoy making slime together as much as my family does.

Cotton Candy Slime

Cotton Candy DIY

Pink and Purple Slime DIY

Do you love this homemade slime recipe and want to see more?

Ocean Waves Slime

Try this Ocean Slime Recipe!

 


Holiday Packing List for Babies

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Holiday Packing List for Babies

Holiday travel is intense, is it not?  Packing to see the in-laws, packing presents, and packing the other 101 things to keep your baby dry, fed, and content on a several hour trip is a lot to plan for.  I’m here to help!  You won’t need everything on this list so pick and choose what will work for you but hopefully I won’t have left anything off the list that you’ll find yourself needing.  So here goes, my holiday packing list for babies!

Entertainment

I’m mostly thinking toys for the car because once you arrive at your destination family will take over and you’ll only see your baby again when it’s time to be changed or fed. Ha. I’m only kind of kidding.

  • -1 soft book (The Rainbow Fish bath book was a favorite in our house!)
  • -1 squishy/rattly toy of your choice
  • -1 big mounted mirror so they can look at themselves
  • -1 Justin Robert’s Lullaby Cd.  Seriously!  I’ve given a dozen of these away as gifts.  They’re delightful for adults to listen to and soothing for the baby at the same time.  Plus, each CD purchase helps to support an artist.  Win, win, win!


Baby on Board (baby specific items)

  • -Diapers (I like to bring a sleeve or two and buy more if needed)/swim diapers
  • -Diaper cream
  • -Toothbrush/toothpaste (Or save the packing space and opt to use a clean wash cloth if they’re small enough)
  • -Breast pump/nursing pads/cover up
  • -Formula/warmer/bottle/bottle brush
  • -Bibs
  • -Baby food/cereal/bowl/spoon
  • -Sippy cup
  • -Pacifier
  • -Changing pad
  • -Baby wipes (I would bring a pack and buy the rest)
  • -Travel crib/cot/sheets for it
  • -Humidifier (If you’re going to a place with really dry heat like we do when traveling in winter. Baby nosebleeds aren’t fun)
  • -Baby carrier/sling
  • -Burp cloths
  • -Sleep sack
  • -Baby blanket (a thin one or two that could double as a nursing cover, stroller cover, baby blanket, or swaddle if needed)
  • -Swimsuits/sunhat/sunscreen (see my full beach packing list for baby here)
  • -Sweater(s)
  • -Socks/shoes
  • -Shirts/shorts/pants/onesies
  • -Hair brush/hair bows
  • -Shampoo/lotion (if you use a particular brand)
  • -Night light/sound machine/any other transportable sleeping item babies are used to
  • -Insect repellent
  • -Stroller
  • -Car seat
  • -Portable high chair
  • -Place mat (We loved our rollable silicone ones and the plastic disposable ones)
  • -Baby thermometer/baby Tylenol (This might be helpful for some who suspect a cold coming on or for those who like to plan ahead…but I’m one that would just run out to Walgreens and buy them new)
  • -Gas drops (I would pack these just in case!)

Holiday Packing with Baby

Health Care

  • Band-aids
  • Antibiotic ointment (We prefer Polysporin over Neosporin in our house)
  • Rx meds anyone in the home takes (We bring just enough for the trip plus one day in case we’re delayed)
  • A few pills of pain medication (well labeled and away from kids) just in case
  • Allergy meds or any other OTC medicine the family takes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Vitamins

Miscellaneous

  • Phone/ipad/laptop
  • Chargers for all the above
  • Possible portable charger for on the go use especially if you’re one who takes pictures all day (I do too on vacations. Solidarity!)
  • Camera/charger/case
  • Books (for you)/notepad and pen for doodling your thoughts (I tend to have all of these thoughts on vacations, usually it involves how to pack better for next time but sometimes I have deep thoughts too) 🙂
  • Assorted sizes of plastic bags (I honestly can’t tell you why but I’ve found uses for them on many many occasions I just can’t think of a single example as I type this tonight)
  • Small amount of dish soap/laundry detergent/disinfecting wipes
  • Cash to tip with

I hope my Holiday Packing List for Babies was helpful to you.  If I left off something that you can’t travel without please let me know in the comments below.  Happy holidays and safe travels!

 

Ocean Slime Recipe

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Blue Glitter Slime DIY

This ocean slime is a perfect way to cute your kid’s boredom this summer.  I’ve made slime for years!  We love it in our household.  My son needs the sensory exposure and my daughter just thinks it’s fun to play with and to create new concoctions.

I shared a picture of this slime recently on my personal facebook page and I had so many moms message me how I did it that I decided to write a blog post about it.  I love slime and I love precise recipes but slime isn’t an exact science.  (Well, it is science and that’s a whole fun science lesson in and of itself!)  Because it’s not an exact formula I can share I’ve hesitated to share my slime creations.  I’m afraid someone’s won’t turn out and I’ll feel awful.  If it doesn’t turn out please message me and we’ll work through what went wrong and help you fix it.  Just don’t leave a nasty comment please. 🙂

How to make ocean slime:

Basically, start slow, mix in the starch, add a little more, mix again, and keep doing that till it’s no longer sticky.  Toward the end of mixing you may have to knead it with your hands instead of a spoon.  There we go, now that my disclaimer is out of the way, let’s begin!

This ocean slime needs a few specific ingredients, so let’s talk about that first. 

Elmers Glitter Glue

In fact, here’s a bundle pack of Elmer’s Glitter Glue to save you money and allow you to make a rainbow of slime options.

I’m a liquid starch slime fan but usually more glitter will show through when you use a contact lens solution plus baking soda instead.  This is because contact lens solution is clear and liquid starch has a kind of white-ish blue tinge.  However, because this glue was already blue I felt it was okay to use starch.  Both of these options will make a great activator.
This one is a glitter glue so be prepared for it takes way more starch than a white glue would.  We used around 3/4ths of a cup but always add 1/4 a cup at a time and mix it in well.  When you get a consistency that no longer sticks to you and feels like you want it too you’re done.  Again, it’s not an exact science.
Let’s begin!
Glitter Glue
Here’s the glue.
Glitter Glue Slime
Squeeze it all out into your bowl or cup.  I prefer bowls but I have friends that love red solo cups.
Blue Glitter Glue
Isn’t it pretty?
Mixing Glitter Slime
It looks almost good enough to eat, doesn’t it?  But don’t!  This isn’t an edible slime.
Liquid Starch Slime
Next add roughly 1/4 cup of liquid starch and stir.  Repeat a time or two based on the consistency.  If it’s still sticky, keep adding and mixing.
Making Glitter Slime
When it gets close to the consistency you want you have to knead it and play with it by hand.
Sticky Glue SlimeIf it’s still stick pour some liquid starch into the bowl and dip the slime into the starch and knead it some more until it’s not. (*insert it’s snot joke here*….or at least my husband would lol)
Blue Glitter SlimeWhen you get the consistency you want you’ll know it!  It will be fun, slimy, and not sticking to your hands and everything in an annoying way. 🙂  You like how technical I am?
Stretchy Slime
A good consistency will be smooth and stretchy.
Blue Glitter Slime DIYIsn’t it so pretty!?
Ocean Waves Slime
Ocean waves!
Ocean Wave Slime
A big ocean wave!
Stretchy Ocean Slime
There you have it folks!  Pretty easy, right?  Well, remember if you have any problems feel free to message me and together we can work through your slime troubles.  Have fun with your kiddos!

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Audiobooks for Road Trips with Kids

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Everyone loves a good story, right?  Also, everyone loves road trips with kids, right?  Yea, that last answer you gave sounded less enthusiastic that the first.  Audiobooks make road trips more than tolerable but even enjoyable!

Here are the audiobooks my kids would enjoy on a road trip and I hope yours will too!  If you’ve never tried Audible by Amazon you should look into it.  Their free trial gives you 2 free audiobooks that you get to keep even if you cancel your subscription right away.

Boxcar Children Audiobook

The first book I’d recommend is the beginning of The Boxcar Children Collection.  This series is a rich, easy read that my kids are hooked on.  My kids are 4 and 6 and they both enjoy these stories.  We haven’t enjoyed the audiobooks yet because we haven’t traveled since we’ve discovered this series but we’re already on book 38 of the series. 

This audiobook series includes 3 books for one price ($33.60) but you’ll get the whole set free plus another book if you sign up for the free trial.  I like how they’ve lumped the first three books together into one set.

Little House Audiobook

The Little House series is another great one that we’ve only had the pleasure of reading and not listening too.  It has great reviews on Amazon though so I’m sure the reader does a fabulous job.

Pippi Longstocking Audiobook

Pippi Longstocking has been a favorite of young girls for decades now and this audiobook will help introduce it to more children.

Mary Poppins Audiobook

What kids wouldn’t love a story about a nanny who could clean up their toys, dance with them on rooftops and hop into sidewalk drawings with them?  Mary Poppins is a classic and my kids adore her.

Peter Pan Audiobook

Peter Pan is another story that ignites a child’s imagination and takes them far away from home.  This is another one I think all young kids would enjoy.

A Bear Called Paddington

The bear from darkest Peru will surely warm heart young and old.  🙂  A Bear Called Paddington is another great classic book for young kids.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delightful tale of fantasy.  I can still remember feeling my heart race as I first read this book and eagerly anticipated Charlie opening his chocolate to find the golden ticket.

I love watching my kids read books that I did as a kid and see their excitement as the characters take shape and they see themselves in the character’s shoes.  Discovering new books together is great too so please, let me know any audiobooks that your children enjoy.