I thought I would take a break from my usual sharing of budget friendly kids crafts, to highlight who I feel are are the 10 most influential kid bloggers out there today. Before I get to my list, I thought I should define what an influential kid blogger is, and why you should be reading them.
What: An influential kid blogger is, firstly, a blogger who writes about kid related topics and issues. They provide new and exciting ideas for activities, crafts and play. They offer parenting advice and inspire readers to take action. They have a large following they have acquired over the years (both their blogs and social media sites) and a devoted readership who comment and interact frequently on their posts.
Why you should be reading them: Simply put, ideas and inspiration. I feel like I have become a more engaged, intentional mom thanks in large part to these women here and those who write the numerous kid blogs I read each day. Also, these ladies are real. They are moms. And they get it.
There are tons of great kid bloggers out there. I like to think that I do okay. But when I looked at the above criteria, these 10 bloggers jumped into my head. Not every kid blogger aspires to be an influential blogger, but it's hard not to be inspired or impressed by what these ladies have done.
So without further ado, here is my list, in alphabetical order, just to be fair:
Hands On: As We Grow
One of my favorite thing about Jamie's blog is the way it is organized. Activities and ideas are easy to find with collections organized by objective, theme and materials. She also has activities organized by age level so whether are looking for an activity for an infant or a 3 years old, you will know where to look. Also, Jamie uses a lot of items you already have around the house (coffee filters, pillowcases, straws..) which makes this thrifty mama very happy!
Melissa blogs over at Imagination Soup and in addition to kids activities, she blogs about writing, books and tech for kids. She even throws in some parenting wisdom -- and who can't use that? This blog is designed to make parents lives easier and it certainly does. Imagination Soup is easy to read, partly due to Melissa's vast experiences as a writer. She has over 800,000 Pinterest followers. That was not a typo!
Inner Child Fun
Before I started Mess For Less, I would read Valerie's blog each day looking for fun ideas to do with my kids. I was a stressed out mama who realized that my kids were a happier and easier to be around when engaged in an activity.
Inner Child Fun is a feast for the eyes. Valerie's beautiful photos and original activities make you want to live at her house. I don't know how she keeps coming up with the great ideas. She does TV appearances and even has her own YouTube Channel. She is a rock star in the world of kid blogging.
Kids Activities Blog
Rachel and Holly are the driving forces behind this blog. Over the years, they have added a few other mom contributors which has only served to increase the number of great ideas you will find there. I visit Kids Activities Blog at least 3 times a week because they are constantly updating and adding to their content. The blog contains what the name promises - Kids Activities. They also have fun activities for families and school age children. Their readers are engaged and there is a really nice sense of community here. Rachel and Holly have a large following both on the blog and on their social media sites.
Kids Stuff World
Stacy's blog has something for every mom. Looking for a creative activity? She's got that. A dinner recipe for the entire family? She's got that too. Tips for de-cluttering your house? You guessed it, she has it. Stacy also really shines in the World part of her blog. She has causes and messages that are close to her heart and she works to get her readers involved in making a difference. Oh and this mama rocks it on social media too.
Let's Lasso the Moon
I'm not going to lie, I feel smarter when I read this blog. The layout is so understated that it really allows the rich content to take a front seat. Zina is the founder of Let's Lasso the Moon and I love her philosophy of looking for the memorable in everyday moments. She is a modern mom and gets what that means. Her kids crafts are not overly complicated and but always developmentally appropriate. I am also a big fan of the Modern Parenting page where Zina shares ideas for the struggles modern moms face. To top it all off, Zina rocks Pinterest with over 800,000 followers.
Living Montessori Now
Deb's blog is one of the authorities for all things Montessori. It's quite a testament to Living Montessori Now that while I do not specifically use the Montessori method in teaching and working with my kids, I still read it all the time. Why? So many of the activities are ones you are going to want to do with kids even if you have no idea what Montessori is. Deb has a huge sphere of influence online between her blog and her huge following on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
Modern Parents Messy Kids
First, I just love the design and look of Modern Parents Messy Kids. It's got bright colors, eye catching photos and just generally makes me feel good. Steph is the founder and editor, and along with a team of contributors they cover a multitude of topics important to moms such as creative activities for kids, DIY tutorials, home organization and even style tips. You would be hard pressed to find something that you weren't interested in. Modern Parents Messy Kids has been featured on a number of popular websites like Rachel Ray and the Huffington Post. They even won an award from Parents Magazine. I'd say that is pretty influential.
No Time For Flashcards
This is another blog that was one of the first I discovered when I started doing activities with my kids. Allison, who is the founder and editor, started No Time For Flashcards in 2008. One of the things I really enjoy about her craft ideas is that many times there is a tie-in to a book. This is great for teachers and parents who are looking to extend the learning. Allison also has a good number of posts designed to get your child active. So whether you are looking for something crafty, educational or play based, this blog has it all.
I have a special place in my heart for this blog. Maybe it's because I used to teach preschool and now I live vicariously through Deborah and her classes. Every time I read it, I am left wishing my kids could be in her class. Having taught for a number of years, I know lots about what makes a great classroom. Let me just tell you, Deborah's is one of the best I've seen. Lucky for us she doesn't keep her knowledge and ideas to herself. She shares them all on Teach Preschool. I have used countless activities from her and they are always simple to prepare and magical for children. You don't have to be a teacher to get something from this blog. I have used it with my kids at home and we've loved it!
There you have it. The 10 most influential kids bloggers... according to me. This was a really hard list to compile. There are so many great kid bloggers out there doing amazing work. There are many who I bet will be on this list in a year. If you didn't make this list, it's not because I don't find you fabulous and inspirational. But honestly, looking at the criteria, I would not be on this list, and I don't see myself being on it in a year either. But that's cool, I love what I do and I love being inspired each day by all types of kid bloggers.
If you are looking for a bunch of great kid bloggers in one place, check out my favorite Pinterest board where you can find lots of ideas and inspiration.
Have a favorite kid blogger that is not on this list? Please share their blog in the comments below so we can all pay them a visit.
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