About KidActivities and the Creator

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Barbara Shelby

This website was born from a passion of former work. It was a wonderful adventure working in the field of human services and school-age care for almost three decades. Experiences bridged that of Crisis Intervention Counseling, School Age Program Director, Summer Day-Camp Manager, and instructor at Macomb Community College, teaching School-Age Care. Formerly, work was that of staff trainer at Rochester Community Schools developing curriculum and resource materials for its innovative before-and-after school programs. Rochester’s programs served more than 1500 children a year!

Though I have retired and no longer consult in the field of school-age care…strong feelings remain where I believe that as parents and teachers we should do all we can to meet the needs and interests of children!

As the late American actor, Danny Kaye said, “Life is a great big canvas, and we should throw all the paint on it we can.” By sharing ourselves, talents, skills, and hobbies in our classrooms, programs, and homes, we can give children a gift they will carry into the rest of their lives!

BESIDES a passion for “KidActivities.net”, …Life is shared with my wonderful and supportive husband, three children, three step-children, thirteen grandchildren and a very large, fat cat who rules the house. Pup pictured on this page is a fur-friend to whom we often offer care!

It’s my thirteen grandchildren, who over the years have tested many of the activities featured on KA! If they didn’t like the activity–or if for some reason it didn’t work–notes are included in directions…

Family, traveling, dreaming, sunny days, learning, and just ‘being’…is what makes life complete! Going back to what Danny Kaye said, “Life is a great big canvas, and we should throw all the paint on it we can”…. and we do!

About Tony

Tony is the father of three young boys.

Our kids are little sponges. They love learning new things. Their favorite types of books are the ones with pictures of 100 different animals or cars. Before you know it, they have memorized what they are. One of the most fulfilling things is watching kids learn.

Playing games, reading, and new activities is a must for us.

Our house is all things boys: cars, trucks, wheels, and wrestling. Their favorite thing to do is to play in the indoor bounce house.

Our intention is to homeschool our children. With that comes a need for a lot of learning resources. KidActivities.net is an outlet to share what we learn.

My favorite hobbies are reading books, traveling, and spending time with family.

About our team 

As the site evolved over the years a few writers and team members switched hands, but our goal remains the same – to help parents and educators discover great activities and learning themes for kids and students.

The site is regularly updated by a few very experienced writers who have years in the field of teaching or child development.

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