6+ Years

Your baby's growing up! As the school years get underway, your kids enter a new phase of independence and learning.

Here, you'll find hacks relevant to your older child, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

Don't forget to check the All Ages archive for more great hacks.

12 June 2013

Summer project: homemade merit badges

You know you want one. I do. I'm gonna suggest this Etsy tutorial to my almost 10 year-old daughter as a summertime project.

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07 June 2013

Separate eggs with an empty plastic water bottle

Photo credit: Ippinka.com That's right, you can separate eggs by slurping the yolk into a clean, empty water bottle. It may not be easier than separating eggs the old fashioned way, but it will certainly keep the kids entertained in the kitchen. → Read the full post (and watch a...

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03 June 2013

This awkward conversation might save your son's life

Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer in young men, but is highly survivable when detected early.

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29 May 2013

Add water flavoring to medicine to make it more palatable for kids

Meagan's found a way to make the medicine go down a little easier for her kids.

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13 May 2013

Managing kids' computer use using built-in parental controls

I appreciate this hack from Melissa -- simply, how her family uses the parental controls built into her computer's operating system to manage her kids' computer use. It's easy to overlook the tools we already have right at our fingertips.

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15 April 2013

Wrap homemade burritos in foil to make them easier for little kids to eat

Carrie's solution for little kids + burritos has been in use at taquerias forever, but at home it changed everything.

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10 April 2013

Motivate struggling readers with joke books, comics and other "junky" reads

Dana's simple hack of using humor to dial down reading anxiety for her son Wenxin could apply to any struggling reader.

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01 April 2013

A simple hack for forgetful Tooth Fairies

Does the Tooth Fairy sometimes forget about your kids' lost teeth? Yeah, same here. Well, Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom and The Kitchen Hour podcast has come up with a solution.

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21 March 2013

20 March 2013

Tissue box as stomp rocket storage system

A stomp rocket is my favorite birthday present choice for a 3- to 7 year-old with a warm weather birthday. This hack from Whitney Moss of Rookie Moms and 510 Families puts a tissue box to work storing the rockets.

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04 March 2013

Ice cream cones as seedling starter cups

This hack, which I came across on Design Mom, will practically guarantee your kids will be excited about the garden.

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27 February 2013

Clothing-shaped drawer labels show kids where to put away their clothes

Susan's brilliant labeling brainstorm helps her kids get their laundry put away.

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13 February 2013

Easy chocolate cake kids can bake by themselves

A super-simple chocolate cake recipe kids can bake (and clean up after) themselves.

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12 February 2013

State of the Union printable worksheet

Calamity Jennie put together this printable worksheet so she and her daughter can track the issues President Obama discusses in tonight's State of the Union address.

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11 February 2013

Glow stick magic wand Valentines

Another adorable idea for homemade Valentines where the treat isn't candy: it's a mini glow stick.

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