Finger Paint: Homemade Fun

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Finger painting fun! Rory and I had nothing planned today so we decided to make our own finger paint! I chose to make our own paints because I know Rory is getting her molars now and so everything is in her mouth.  I did just a basic flour, salt and water mixture so that if […]




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Matching Game: Ribbons

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My son was bored. He had exhausted all of his toys. It was time for a new sensory bin or some kind of different and unique activity. I sent him out for a walk with his grandparents who happened to be visiting and promised him something new when he came home.  I scrambled around picking […]




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Recycled Art: Cup Holder Sculpture

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Sometimes you hold onto an object to use a craft for a long time waiting for the perfect idea for a recycled craft to come to you. This cup holder has been in my craft bin for several months waiting for inspiration to come. I would look at it almost every time I opened the […]




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Making Butter With Kids

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Making butter used to be a hard, time-consuming job.  But of course, for centuries, almost everyone did it.  When my kids and I read a story book about life in old Appalachia recently and saw the pictures of a butter churn and children pumping away at it, we decided that we wanted to give making […]




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Mothers Day Craft: A Handmade Bouquet

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Mothers day is this Sunday, and I wanted to make myself a present! Many of you may know that my husband is a veterinarian and we both have a love for animals.  This means we have a few pets; 3 dogs and 2 cats to be exact.  I love my pets dearly, however, they destroy […]




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Mothers Day Craft: Simple Pillow

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Sometimes a mom or grandma needs a little pillow to prop up her feet or place her head on after a busy day playing with a little boy or girl in their life. It may just look to others like a small pillow, but the love that went into making it helps them relax after […]




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Recycled Art: Biodegradable Packing Peanut Sculptures

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A friend approached me the other day with a box full of biodegradable packing peanuts left over from a package she received.  I was so excited when she started showing me some different things she discovered about them and grabbed a handful to bring home to my son. The first thing she told me was […]




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Nature Walk: Grab the Nature Bag!

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Great spring & summer weather takes us all outdoors. We love to explore on trails, parks, and even walks in the neighborhood.  Though it is totally against my personality, I am intentionally slowing down my pace and allowing my kids to take in nature at it’s best.  We ohh & awe over the various colored […]




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Science Experiments for Kids – Exploring Ramps

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Ramps are fun for kids to explore. Rolling objects down or pushing objects up them seems to fascinate them. While they are really conducting simple science experiments with the concepts of force and gravity, kids may just think they are having fun. Recently my son and I build a simple ramp using cookbooks found in […]




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Memory Game with Shells

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Our kids love the memory game, and I love playing it with them because it  helps them practice taking turns, good sportsmanship, and of course, it strengthens their memorizing skills! I really liked the fun seashells and stickers version of the game that Chasing Cheerios came up with a while ago, and thought that I […]




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Preschool Activities: Cheerios Bracelet

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We love Cheerios in our house. We eat them for breakfast all the time but we also play with them too. Do you remember those fun candy bracelets where candy beads are strung on a piece of elastic and you get to eat slowly eat the bracelet by biting off the candy pieces?  I loved […]




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Felt Board: How To Create Your Own

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One thing Rory loves to play with at our local library is a felt board.  For weeks, I’ve been eyeing it up and have wanted to make one! For those that are not familiar what a felt board is, it’s just a board wrapped in felt.  But what makes it so special is that other pieces […]




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Dramatic Play: Inspired by Piaget

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“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” – Piaget. Dramatic play is one of the things that instills a sense of belonging and identity.  Our children experience who they are and how to relate to others as pretend in various roles.  Pretend play helps our children develop empathy as they practice putting […]




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Kids Art: DIY placemats

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The latest craze in our house is DIY placemats, using the children’s art to create unique place settings for our table. When the children have a friend coming to tea they like to make a special placemat just for the guest, to welcome them to the meal and for them to take home with them […]




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Recycled Art: Creating a K-Cup Mobile

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A few months ago, my husband and I debated over whether or not to purchase a Keurig.  We liked the idea and convenience of having this coffee machine, but our biggest concern was the environmental impact caused by the K-Cups.  You can check out the Keurig website to see what their company is doing to […]




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Cooking with Preschoolers – 5 Cool Things!

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I love cooking with my kids! My son has been cooking a lot at preschool lately, so we’ve been practicing many of the recipes at home! I love all the skills that can be practiced while we cook together, including reading, following directions, measuring, strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and learning early math […]




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Matching Game with Textures

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When you’ve lived in your home for a few years, cleaned it hundreds of times, and played hide-and-go-seek more times than you can count, you feel like you know every nook and cranny.  There’s nothing like an indoor photo treasure hunt or an indoor safari though to make you realize that there is more to the interior of […]




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Earth Day Activities

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5 Earth Day Activities to Do with Children of All Ages Earth Day is a worldwide celebration of our beautiful planet.  It is also a reminder that we need to promote awareness of Earth’s need for protection through conservation and recycling.  It is important to teach our children at an early age to take care […]




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Earth Day Activity: Lorax Collage

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Earth Day is always are wonderful reminder to recycle or upcycle items that we have in our homes and try to find new uses for some of them. If you are like me, you have piles of old magazines waiting to be given a reason to stay rather than end up I in the recycling […]




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Memory Games

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Having a good memory is a great skill to have in life. Every time we count, read, spell or use our times tables we’re calling on knowledge we’ve memorized. There are so many practical applications of using your memory in life too – as you recall your shopping list or cook a meal without a […]




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Clutter Busters for Kids

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Do you find yourself constantly “tidying –up”?  Do you feel like all your hard work cleaning is undone as soon as the kids walk in the door?  Do you ever ask yourself if you live with a bunch of ‘whirl-winds’? As a mom of 3 busy kids, I felt like I was constantly picking stuff […]




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Building with Lego Candy

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Did you grow up eating candy buttons? I used to love them and recently bought some giant ones for my son’s Lego birthday party. I cut the candy buttons into a variety of shapes and passed them out in goodie bags. I tend to overbuy for parties… so I still have a lot lying around. […]




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Building Nests with your Preschooler

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We’ve had fun welcoming spring, learning and exploring with birds, eggs and nests. Our neighbor had a wasp nest – Woot! The kids and I had fun watching the wasps enter and leave the nest… and then watching me spray it and knock the nest off the side of her house (I hope she didn’t […]




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Faces and Emotion: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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Once you become an adult, so many things in life become automatic.  We eat, we bathe, we get dressed, and we rarely take the time to examine how we do those things.  For our little ones, some of these tasks are still relatively new and can also be challenging.  We used a mirror to “follow” […]




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Things that Glow: Balloons with Glow Sticks

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I recently went to Wal Mart to shop for party supplies.  One of the items I wanted was a bag of balloons.  I found the balloons but also discovered a fun new kind of balloon – LED balloons!  They have a little light in them that is activated when you pull out the tab.  Then […]




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DIY for Kids: Bath Toys

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There is a lot of do-it-yourself, creating at our house.  It’s fun to see how taking a child’s lead can turn into a great play idea. My daughter has been attending swimming lessons and commented that the floats the children use are cool, because they stick to the side of the pool walls. A suggestion […]




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Easter Tradition: Make Egg Art

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We love Easter Traditions and Activities – one of our family’s favorite thing to do together is to use art to decorate a “spring tree”.   I saw this activity, in an extremely old Better Homes and Garden’s Family Activity book, and jumped on it we were so excited!  I had to tweak this Easter craft a […]




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Thumbprint Art

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Kids love playing with ink stamp pads.   They use rubber stamps with them but they also like to stamp their hand or even their thumbprints. Why not turn those simple thumbprints into a cute piece of art – Thumbprint Art! All you need is some paper, ink stamps and a thin black marker. Let you […]




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Learn Map Reading Skills with a Snack Map

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We had fun this past week learning map skills together thanks to a recent conversation in the Horizon Healthy Families community.  Caroline of Food and Art had the idea of hiding food all around a room for kids to find – sounds like fun!  We decided to mix it up a bit and added a […]




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Cool Math Activity: With Eggs and Buttons

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This week we’ve been having a lot of fun creating learning activities that also relate to some of our favorite spring topics- eggs, bunnies, and flowers. Today I want to share a cool counting game we created using buttons and some large foam eggs. Materials Needed for Egg Math: Large foam eggs (or some eggs […]




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