Monday, March 31, 2014

Help Your Children Nurture Their Talents: Five Pinterest Boards to Follow

This post is brought to you by Disney's The Pirate Fairy and BlogHer.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate the fact that my children insist upon getting older. As much as I love to celebrate their birthdays, there is always a part of me that is so sad to see the younger version of them go. I get a little wistful when I think of all the cute things my girls used to do and to love, like dress-ups and Tinkerbell.

I was pleasantly surprised when I mentioned to them that there was a new Tinkerbell movie coming out and all three of them (yes, even the teenager) perked up and were quite excited about it. They may not run around in Tinkerbell costumes anymore, and we may have gotten rid of the last of our Tinkerbell dollies, but they are still looking forward to a new movie. We're all a little nostalgic for childhood--and besides, Tinkerbell is pretty awesome.

The thing I love about the Tinkerbell movies most, is that each little fairy has a talent. Something that she is good at and uses to contribute to the rest of Pixie Hollow. Nurturing the talents and abilities of my children is something that is hugely important to me--but at the same time it's not always easy to know how to help them discover the things that they love to do and the things that they are really good at doing.

So, I've put together five Pinterest Boards that I really think help with this huge endeavor.

1. You all know how much I adore reading, and how much I want to encourage my children to read. We do summer reading lists, reading daily is part of their allowance, and I try to read to them out loud as much as possible. That said, I am not totally with it in the children's, middle grade, and YA literature circles, so I don't always have the greatest recommendations. I love the board Books to Read for Kids, curated by Sharon Mason. I have spent several hours on this board while looking for books to purchase for my children's reading lists. It's incredibly thorough, including books for all ages and themes.

Books to Read for Kids Pinterest Board

2. Chloe is obsessed with American Girl Dolls and with making things for them. She's also obsessed with My Froggy Stuff—a YouTuber who shows you how to make endless things for your dolls (and not just American Girl--she's got lots of stuff for Barbies and Monster High Dolls, too). I can find Chloe in my office making fried eggs, chocolate bunnies, or super intricate showers for her dolls almost every night. I love that she does this, even though she makes a giant mess in the process. My Froggy Stuff has a Pinterest Board for all of her doll crafting videos. If your daughter is creative and loves her dolls, she will love this board.

Doll Stuff Pinterest Board

3. Creative Kids, curated by Maybelle Imasa-Stukels, is one of the most beautiful boards on all of Pinterest. She finds wonderful crafts and activities to do with your child, but they are also so aesthetically pleasing to me that I could just look at the board all day. I haven't even actually done many of these crafts--partly because I don't have enough time, and partly because my kids are a little older now--but I'm hoping to do a bunch of them come summer time.

Creative Kids Pinterest Board

4. Spring is here. Or, at least, it should be. I'm hoping it chooses to make an appearance in my neck of the woods before May, but it will be fun to start doing some Springtime crafts and activities with the girls. Deb@Living Montessori Now has curated a really great Kids' Spring Activities board. There's no better way to help your children discover their talents, abilities, and passions than the Montessori method. I am a Montessori child and though my children have not attended Montessori schools, I have tried to use many of the principles in my parenting.

Kids Spring Activities Pinterest Board

5. Finally, since we love Tinkerbell so much, and because she is sponsoring this post, here is a board dedicated to our favorite pixie and her newest movie release. Disney's The Pirate Fairy Board, curated by BlogHer, is loaded with fun crafts and party ideas for your kids. Girls and boys alike will find fun stuff to do here--fairy parties, pirate costumes, pirate food, and much more.

Disney's the Pirate Fairy Pinterest Board

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. cariwritesforyouMon Mar 31, 05:51:00 PM

    Great selection of boards! My daughter is very much in to Princesses and Fairies, and I hope to keep her that way forever :)

  2. See? Peter Pan had it right when he didn't want to grow up! But I do think that my girls will always love princesses and fairies--it's just not as obvious as it once was!

  3. Aww, thank you so much Megan! You made my day. :)

  4. Great boards! I'm always on the lookout for kid friendly activities and books!

  5. Great boards! I am a nanny and am always looking for ideas for learning and play on Pinterest. I need to check out some of these boards.

  6. I don't have kids, so these specific boards aren't exactly what I'm looking for right now, but...I love this format of blog post! Great job =)

  7. Thanks, Mandy. It was required by the sponsor, but I enjoyed it so much I think I will do a regular Five to Follow type feature. I love finding new boards.