If you're looking for a handy-dandy place to find a bunch of great kids activities you came to the right place. Here you'll find all of the resources of the week. I'll also add a few more great resources, too! And at the end you'll find some friends of the show who are also dedicated to helping families thrive! Some of these are free things to do and others cost a few bucks. But they're all great resources to have fun and connect with your kids. Note that some of these are affiliate links which means that if you buy the item it doesn't cost you anything more, but Pavlos gets a small % referral fee for sending you over there, getting him a few pennies, or a few dollars closer to his dream of buying a flying car!
Resources of the Week!
Episode 1: Ivy Kids – Ivy Kids is a monthly educational subscription box service, started by a friend of mine, for children ages 3-8. Our goal is to make every moment with your child “quality time.” Have the tools at your fingertips to ensure your child has a solid foundation in math, literacy, and science. Help your child build confidence and be well-rounded in all disciplines to ensure future academic success. The activities in the Ivy Kits have been created by certified early childhood teachers with children of their own.
Episode 2: Generation Grit – Generation Grit is bringing to life a collection of characters, inspiring boys to live their best adventure. Each character has an action figure, books, and accessories – all created to spark hours of reading and imaginative play.
Episode 3: Google ChromeCast – I screwed this up on the episode, saying it’s a litle plug you put in the back of your computer. You actually plug it into the back of your TV. It’s about $35 on Amazon and there are no monthly fees. Once you connect it to the internet (simple to do) you can stream shows or music from your phone or computer right on your TV.
We use this with the free Pandora app (or website) and play kids dance music right on our TV when it’s raining on a Saturday or when we want to just have a fun dance party with the kids. It’s a great way for them (and you!) to move around and get some energy out! So check it out!
Episode 4: Smart Kids Launch Pad – a website of free fun and learning activities from the team at Dave Ramsey's organization where your kids can earn badges they can print and color for free or get stickers sent to them for only a small shipping fee.
Episode 5: National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs – a fun book of dinosaurs that your kids will love! It's got tons of pictures and information about them.
Episode 6: Parenting the QBQ Way by John Miller – a book about how to be an outstanding parent and raise great kids using the power of personal accountability. It's the #1 way any of us can take control of our lives and be better at what we do.
Episode 8: Dr. Seuss What's in the Cat's Hat? Game – a really cool and simple game that Pavlos and Angela LOVE! It's a hat. You hide things in the cat's hat. Everyone else pulls cards that give them a question to ask or task to try and then try and guess what's in the hat. Super fun!
Episode 9: Tickle Monster Hide and Go Seek – No link for this one. This is just a simple game of hide and go seek, but the “searcher” is the Tickle Monster, who counts to ten, growls Fe Fi Fo Fum, Ready or Not, Here I Come! When the Tickle Monster finds the kids, he tickles them. Then they turn into the Tickle Monster and search for you! Pavlos and Angela to play this game almost every day!
Episode 11: The Inspired Treehouse – a website run by a pediatric physical therapist and two pediatric occupational therapists who talk about kids activities and development. They give TONS of fun and developmental activities for kids. Check them out!
Episode 12: Money Scholar Classic Sports Bank: The Piggy Bank that Teaches Kids to Save, Invest, Give & Spend Wisely – These are the banks that Pavlos and Angela use to learn that money has multiple purposes and that it can and should do good for others as well. Check them out! Pavlos LOVES them!
Episode 13: Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) – a fun Dr. Seuss-style book about Dinosaurs that Pavlos absolutely LOVES at bedtime!
Episode 14: Big Kindergarten Workbook – This is over 300 pages of activities and games to help your kid with Kindergarten. They have it for pre-k through at least the second grade, so check them out. Pavlos LOVES the activities.
Episode 15: Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days – A no-nonsense parenting book by Dr. Kevin Leman that I've really been enjoying. Lots of great tips and stories.
Episode 16: I Love You All Day Long Book – A great bedtime story book that Pavlos loves! It's about a little pig who doesn't want to leave his mom. His mom reassures him that no matter where he goes or what happens she loves him. All. Day. Long.
Episode 17: Bop it! Smash! Game – A fun little game with fast-flashing lights that bolt from side to side challenging you to time it right and squeeze the game so that the light stops in one the middle. Pavlos and I love playing it when we visit his grandmother in Cape Cod. It helps with reflexes and hand-eye coordination… but mostly it's just fun!
Episode 18: Minnie Pop Up Game: This is a fun little game where you press down on the glob in the middle of the board. A die is in there and tells you how many spaces to move. You have four pieces and the challenge is to be the first to get your four pieces all around the board. Pavlos and Angela had fun playing this with me at his Grandmother’s house. Angela’s a little young for it, but Pavlos and I had a blast!
Episode 19: The Learning Journey Match It! Spelling Puzzle – This is a box full of mini-puzzles that help teach your kids how to spell. Each puzzle has a picture and then spells out the word for the image. The kids love it! And I love that they're learning. 🙂
Episode 20: Melissa & Doug Band in a Box – This is a cool wooden box of six simple musical instruments. Pavlos has played with them at least once per weeks since he got it a couple years ago. And Angela loves dancing to the music!
Episode 22: Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School: A cool “learn to read” book about Pete the Cat who spends the first part of the book taking other people's suggestions for clothing to feel cool until he realizes that the real way to be cool is to be yourself.
Episode 23: I Wanna Be Children's Book series. This is a great set of 4 children's books by Joanne Miller. Pavlos loves reading these books with me. And the best part is that each of the 4 books is based on one of Joanne Miller's grandkids! That takes the “based on a true story” principle to a whole new level!
Episode 24: Disney's Snap Game card game: This is a set of cards with character pictures on them. You deal all of the cards out and each person flips open a card. When there's a duplicate card flipped over the first person to yell “snap” collects the cards. The person with all the cards at the end wins. Pavlos loves with game! It's a little old for Angela, I think, but she still had fun.
Episode 25: American Innovative Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight – This is the alarm clock we got Pavlos (and Angela) that teaches them how to tell time. It's also a night light and changes color to tell them whether they need to stay in bed if they wake up in the middle of the night. Green means it's OK to get up. It's a very cool clock. Check it out!
Episode 26: Fun Pack Foods Carnival Soft Pretzel Kit – This is a really fun project that Angela and Pavlos just did with their grandmother. It's just as it sounds – a kit to make carnival pretzels from scratch! Check it out!
Episode 28: DIY Memory Game – This is pretty easy. Just take some post-it-notes or index cards and let your kids draw duplicate letters, shapes, images, or anything else really. Then flip them over and play memory. It is a lot of fun and the kids will LOVE it!
Episode 29: Melissa & Doug See and Spell Wooden Word Puzzle Game – A really fun puzzle game that both of the kids enjoy. There are about 50 letters and a bunch of pictures of animals with puzzle slots to learn how to spell and read. Definitely check it out.
Episode 31: Wipe-Clean™ Dot-to-Dot: Christmas – This is one of a series of books that the kids love. Each book has connect the dots pictures or mazes and comes with a dry erase marker so the kids can do the activities, erase, and do them again. They absolutely love them.
Episode 32: Chutes and Ladders Super Hero Squad – This is the classic Chutes and Ladders game with a Super hero Squad theme. Pavlos and Angela LOVE this game and can play it for hours. Just watch out for the long sides.
Episode 34: Jumbo Blocks: These are really cool HUGE blocks that the kids can use to make life-sized forts! Pavlos and Angela love these. This link brings you to the 24-piece beginner's set, but they come in larger quantities, too.
Episode 37: Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men, by Meg Meeker M.D. – This is a parenting book by one of my favorite authors. Check it out!
Episode 38: Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money – A great parenting book by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze.
Episode 39: Parenting Mastermind Groups. These are small group meetings for people to focus on improving as parents. If you’re interested in joining one that I lead e-mail me at nick (at) fiveminuteswithdad (dot) com and I’ll send you more info.
Episode 40: A fun hide-and-seek, hot-potato type game Pavlos learned in school. In this game, someone hides a small object somewhere in the house.
The other people look for the object. When they're far away the person who hid the object sings “I have lost my closet key in my lady's garden,” softly.
As the searcher gets closer, the singing gets louder and louder until they are practically screaming when the person is about to find it. It's a ton of fun.
Episode 41: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – This book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish is full of insights and suggestions to improve your relationship with your kids. Check it out on Amazon through this link or get it for free if you’re new to Audible.
Episode 44: The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. A great parenting book to check out. Remember you can score it for free if you're new to audible by clicking through right here.
Episode 47: Doc McStuffins’ Doctor Bag – Because there’s always time for a checkup. It’s been such a great, fun toy to use with Angela. Also check out a great parenting book, The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection. You can also score this audiobook free if you’re new to Audible right here.
Episode 50: Funny Animal Faces Sticker Activity Book – A really cheap sticker book where your kids and make and remake funny animal faces with a big book of reusable animal face part stickers. Really fun book!
Episode 51: Flip and Match Maze Craze Write and Wipe Book– A fun book with hundreds of combinations of mazes your kid can traverse with a dry erase board marker. Each page is cut in half so your kids can create their own custom mazes nice and easy.
Episode 52: This week’s resources is the long-awaited Mastermind Program to help you improve as a spouse and parent. Are you ready to improve your relationship? If so, check out The Marriage Mastermind™ at TheMarriageMastermind.com.
Episode 53: Gramma Laura's headbands. Angela scored a Doc McStuffins headband and loved it. Support a local biz and check out Gramma Laura's Facebook Page here. You can also e-mail Gramma Laura at email@example.com
Episode 55: Confessions of a Terrible Husband: Lessons Learned from a Lumpy Couch. It talks about how Nick improved his relationship and the steps he took to do so!
Episode 58: Susie Miller’s book: Listen, Learn, Love: How to Dramatically Improve Your Relationships in 30 Days or Less! This is a great book that can help you improve your relationship fast.
Episode 60: Slingerbands, as you might have guessed are made by Diego! They are little bracelets made out of rubber bands that can also be used as key chains. For more information, email Diego at diego (at) fiveminuteswithdad (dot) com.
Episode 61: Brian makes illustrated portraits of your loved ones. He did the ones of Angela and Pavlos at the end of the post from pictures I sent him. Pretty awesome.
Episode 62: Count Your Chickens award-winning cooperative game for kids! It’s a cool game for kid where everyone is playing together.
Episode 63: Jake and The Neverland Pirates Who Shook Hook Board Game! It is a really fun game with strategic thinking.
Episode 64: Mindset : The New Psychology of Success! It is an incredible book full of strategic thinking about parenting. This book will help you improve and create kids who are successful when they grow up.
Episode 69: This week’s resource is a great activity to do with your kids to help them learn and help you connect with them and learn together, the Grade 1 Reading (Kumon Reading Workbooks)! They have all different subjects and all different age levels.
Episode 70: Confessions of a Terrible Husband: Lessons Learned from a Lumpy Couch. It focuses on what I was doing with my relationship and how to apply the things I’ve learned about business, about relationship and about parenting. It gives you some things to think about in your perspective and help you think about the ways that you can do in your own relationship.
Episode 71: The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly. Although it is written about a business, it is an inspiring and helpful book that can help you discover and achieve dreams as a family. I read it on Audible, so if you are not yet a member you can get it for free by going right here and searching for The Dream Manager.
Episode 72: This week’s resource is a book that I read last year. It’s a very popular book that many of you have probably already read, called Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. If you have read it already, I encourage you to read it again. If you haven’t, pick it up today.
Episode 73: This week’s resource is a book that I read last year called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Essentialism is a book that helps you focus on doing less, better. It helps you get the right things done.
Episode 74: This week’s resource is the perfect book with which to end February Valentines Day and Self and Spouse Improvement month! And it is a perfect book to recommend on the extra day we get this Leap Year! You may have guessed it. This weeks’ resource is a book called The Big Leap. This is really a great book that I read twice. If you haven’t, pick it up today.
Episode 75: This week’s resource is about creativity! It’s a very affordable and creative exercise that you and your kids can play together called Creativity for Kids Origami set. You don’t need to be crafty and it is very easy! If you want to check it out just visit fiveminuteswithdad.com/origami!
Episode 77: The resource of the week is a coloring book that a friend of ours put together called Color the Cats. Its about forty real cats from around the world and their stories. This is a great book for kids and adults!
Episode 79: The resource of the week is a game called Balancing Pizza Pile up Game. My kids love actual, physical games and this one was perfect for them. They had a lot of fun laughing as they tried to get the pizza topings to balance. This is a great game for kids and adults!
Episode 80: The resource of the week is simple: taking walks with your kids. Pavlos, Angela, and Nick have been taking walks every day for a couple of weeks and it’s been pretty amazing! Send pics of you and your kids on your walks and we’ll share them all over the internet! Bonus points if you’re wearing your Five Minutes With Dad shirts, hats, or other gear!
Episode 82: The resource of the week is the L.E.D. Flyer. These are cool little flying slingshot-type toys that the kids have loved since I brought some of them home. It gets the kids outside and gets their legs moving chasing them around, too. You can see a video of Pavlos demonstrating his on our YouTube Channel!
Episode 84: Check out this week’s resource of the week, Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) at www.FiveMinutesWithDad.com/GoodForYou.
Episode 85: Check out this week’s resource of the week, a great book called Superheroes Are For Real, by Ethan Bryan, at www.FiveMinutesWithDad.com/hero or an awesome mom and pop shop,www.heartsandmindsbooks.com.
Episode 86: This week’s resource is the Original Butterfly Garden with Live Cup of Caterpillars! It is the coolest way to teach your kids about the amazing process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly and then releasing the butterfly into the wild. Check it out at www.fiveminuteswithdad.com/butterfly!
Episode 87: This week’s resource is What if It Were Possible? a great kids book by Joanne Fairchild Miller and Clara Isabel Logsdon, a grandmother and her 8-year-old granddaughter. The book is even illustrated by Clara, who has been in adult art classes since she was 4 years old!
Episode 88: This week’s resource is the Artist’s Choice Colored Pencils with Watercolor Paint Brush and Case, 7 Inch, 72 Pack, a great way to paint at home without a big mess!
Episode 90: Check out this week’s resource of the week, another parenting website, www.GetConnectDad.com where Julian Caldwell talks about 52 traits he is working on with his kids. It’s so similar to what we are doing here and I just love finding and sharing other sites like Julian’s. The more people we have working together to make families stronger, the better the world will be for the people who matter most! If you want to see all 52 traits, head directly to www.FiveMinutesWithDad.com/GetConnectDad.
Episode 91: The Klutz Window Art Craft Kit. Your kids will love how easy it is to use nice thick puffy paint to trace and fill in predesigned pictures or create their own. Let them dry and they stick on windows without damaging them. My kids love it!
Episode 92: Check out this week’s resource of the week, If a Chicken Stayed for Supper, a cute kids book. Your kids will love this story about foxes going hunting for chicken to eat and then forming a bond with a chicken who helped them when one of the foxes got lost. My kids love it!
Shout Outs and Friends of the Show
Winning Youth Coaching – A podcast by my friend Craig that's dedicated to helping youth coachest get more organized, effective, and win. Really great concept. And yours truly does the voiceover for his intro music!
Mom at 41 – A great podcast by my friend Karen about her journey from infertility to becoming a mom at 41. You'll find a ton of great and encouraging information about how to embrace the imperfection that is all of us!
Working Motherhood – Another great podcast by a friend of mine, Dr. Portia Jackson, who interviews today’s most successful and inspiring working moms every day!
Shout out to a children's book, Emma's Wish, which was written by mother, Anne Peterson, and illustrated by daughter Jessica Peterson! So great to see a mom and daughter working together.
The Parentalist – A podcast highlighting parents who are successful at home and work.