How to Make Paper Plate Masks

How to Make a Paper Plate Mask

Paper plate crafts are so much fun! We’ve made paper plate roses and other paper plate crafts with kids.  But this time, we were inspired by imagination.  Since my three-year-old pretends to be a fairy or a superhero almost every day, we crafted these quick and easy paper plate masks to help look the part! I love paper plate […]

Monster Apple Faces

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Have candy?  Peanut butter?  Some apples?  Random candy?? Have we got the snack activity for you! Super silly, absolutely tasty, Monster Apple Faces. During the kids birthday party we had a candy buffet for the kids to decorate their own cupcakes – it was a huge hit!   But really, we should have just skipped the […]

30+ Thanksgiving Activities for 4 Year Olds

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The week of Thanksgiving usually sees our family with extra time to do fun things together.  Yes, we may need to prepare for the holiday, but in between the baking and the decorating there are lazy hours open for fun. If you have a 4 year old, you know how every “lazy” hour needs to […]

Make a Gratitude Tree for Kids – Learning to Be Thankful

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Thanksgiving is one of the most significant celebrations as it doesn’t only involve a scrumptious meal, but is more about expressing your gratitude towards someone or some things you are really thankful to in your life. It teaches kids the small things in life and to be grateful for everything that we have. A few […]

Preschool Math: Learning With Dominoes

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Preschool math activities are exploring the world paying attention to numbers. Kids Activities Blog is completely head-over-heels when these things can be done with stuff you already have at home. We just feel like life is too short to have to make another trip to the store. Digging around in a forgotten cupboard drawer, I […]

Fun Activity Box: Entertain your Preschoolers for Hours!

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I love our fun activity box, well, actually we have two of them, one for when we travel with the kids and one for when I need to occupy them say at Church or another event where they have to sit quietly for a few hours.  Depending on how you use the box and how […]

Summer Time Bucket List: 50 Activities for the Kids

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I love our weekly It’s Playtime Link-up! Each week you have hundreds of activity ideas and suggestions for us! Thank you for being an inspiration to us each and every week. Below are just a few of the activities that have been linked up this past year. These activities are on our Summer Bucket List […]

Create Your Summer Time Bucket List!

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Summer Time WOO-HOO!!  Three whole months of summer ahead of you!  Whose excited to try some new & cool stuff this season?? Well, if you are anything like me, I have TONS of fun ideas pinned to my Pinterest boards, a huge lists of local things we want to check out, and only a few […]

Starting to Read: It’s Playtime Fun with Phonics

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One of our kids learned to read fairly easily, and our other child has struggled.  I was so thankful to find these activities linked up in our weekly It’s Playtime, our Kids Meme that runs every Wednesday afternoon.  They have been a huge help with making Phonics fun for kids! How to Read: Word family […]

How to Draw Cartoons

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How to draw cartoons is something that artsy kids often want to learn.  How to draw cartoon faces can be challenging even when broken down into a grid or segments.  Kids Activities Blog loves when a simple solution to answer kids’ questions is available {even if mom and dad aren’t great artists}! Drawing cartoons looks […]

Preschool Halloween Activities

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There are lots of preschool Halloween activities that are fun and not so scary.  Here are just a few Halloween activities that your little one will enjoy.  Kids Activities Blog is bursting with great Halloween fun. Preschool Halloween Activities I stumbled upon this great book, “It’s Pumpkin Time” by Zoe Hall. It is a beautifully […]

12 {Active} Things for Kids to Do

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Every parent has those moments when they need some things for kids to do because they are acting crazy.  We all have wondered at some point, what to do with kids!  Kids Activities Blog is pro-play.  It often is good to get kids out of a crazy mood…by encouraging positive crazy activities! Do you have […]

Homemade Baby Toy for Older Siblings to Make

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When I was pregnant for my third baby I was always looking around for things that would help my other two children share in the excitement of a new baby in the house.  Having activities for our kids lined up seems to help ease the transition and forestall feelings of jealousy a bit when older […]

What happens to a rotting pumpkin?

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What happens when you let a pumpkin rot?  That was the question proposed by my son last year…so we decided to find out. Rotting Pumpkin: We carved our pumpkin & put it on the porch to greet visitors. After a few weeks, our pumpkin, who Reese named Jack Rotty, began to get a little mushy.  […]

Crayon Melting

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It’s been really, really hot here. I’m talking about 110 degree highs every day!  Perfect weather for wax crayon art.  It’s hot enough to melt crayons in my van. Unfortunately, I know this from personal experience. We decided to see how well they would melt outside and experiment with an art project while we were […]

Painting with melted crayons: My Preschooler’s Self-Portrait

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Our kids love to draw and have literally hundreds and hundreds of crayons over here, many of them mere shards.  We’ve melted the crayons to create “new” crayons, but today I had a new “plan” for our leftovers.  Several months ago I saw a post by Suzy’s Sitcom where she melted crayons and then painted […]

Coloring Activities

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For my daughter and I, coloring is a calming activity to spend quality time together, but there are more ways to have fun with coloring books than just coloring. I will share five ways we get creative with coloring pages. Coloring Activities Outline picture with colored glue Add some tempera paint to a liquid glue […]

Alphabet Activity Using Noodles for ABC Formation

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An alphabet activity that is hands-on allowing young children to move and wiggle aids in early learning…and is a lot of fun.  Throwing away the pencil and using bendable household items for abc formation is a great alphabet activity for little ones! Alphabet Activity Noodle and pipe cleaner letters are so easy to put together […]

Handprint Art: Owls

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Another fun hand print project! The past few months, Rory has been very into birds.  She loves all kinds of birds; ducks, flamingos, roosters, eagles, and owls.    Owls are one of Rory’s new favorite animals, she has a book called; “Say Hello to the Snowy Animals,” that she loves.  One of the pages has […]

Paper Crafts: Make a Boat

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Our summer has been filled with trips to coastal locations- Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia, and Big Sur. My toddler and preschooler have spent a lot of time in the water and have been really excited by all of the boats they’ve seen. Today I wanted to share a simple paper boat craft we created based […]

Monster Trucks: Math and Art

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Monster trucks are all the rage at our house and have been for quite a while.  Recently, my son Bear {4 yrs} and I created a fun new game called Monster Truck Bowling.  It was a huge hit!  So I expanded on this success with math and messy art activities. Prior to beginning the main […]

Sense of Sound: Matching Game

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I love shopping the clearance section when major holidays pass – you never know what you’re going to find or when you might use it, but it’s nice to stock up on random inexpensive things.  For example, when all of the Easter items were 75% off, I grabbed a bag of plastic eggs, but had […]

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups I love to cook and bake as much as possible, and I love that Rory enjoys doing it with me!  The only problem… is that it’s hard to bake with a toddler. I have quickly learned that Rory is just like her mom and her aunts; she loves to pick at […]

Sensory Activities: Seaside Sensory Tub

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Last week I gave you my vacation essentials that I take with me when I’m packing for a playful holiday with the kids. Today I’ve got an idea that keeps that holiday spirit going long after you get back home: a seaside sensory tub. Make a seaside sensory tub We used some of our beach-combing […]

Outdoor Adventures: Animal Hunt

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  Outdoor Adventures: Animal Hunt Sometimes my children need some imaginative prompts to set them off in their outdoor adventures. This simple animal hunt outdoor adventure is sure to have your little ones happily running, jumping and searching through your garden.   You’ll need an assortment of toy animals for your animal hunt. Have your […]

No Sew, No Glue Homemade Tutu

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Whenever we go out to the mall or playground Rory and I see little girls wearing cute little tutu skirts.  They are completely adorable and, in my opinion, completely overpriced!  I have looked at buying some for Rory, and have seen them on sale for about $20- $30.  I have a hard time spending that […]

Vacation Essentials: Packing for a Playful Trip

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What are your vacation essentials when you’re packing for a trip with the kids? Space is always limited in our suitcases but I always like to make sure I have something to keep the children entertained wherever we are, and whatever the weather. Packing for a Playful Trip My number one item I always make […]

Learning Letters: Rope Letters

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What fun it is to practice shaping letters using some old rope from a clothes line. You can bend it and shape it in the all of the letters of the alphabet. Have Fun with Rope Letters After forming the letter, what would be more fun the slipping along the rope with a sideways walk […]

Sense of Touch: Discovery Bags

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Sense of Touch This summer, my son and I went to a nature center. Besides some live fish and turtles to look at, there were a few hands on activities for kids. One of our favorites was a group of boxes designed to reach your hand inside, feel around, and try to figure out what […]

Dinosaur Craft: Pasta Necklace

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Dinosaur Pasta Craft My boys adore dinosaurs. They love they way dinosaurs look. They love dinosaur names. They love playing with their dinosaur toys. They love pretending to be dinosaurs. As I do our weekly grocery shopping, I spot dinosaur pasta. How could I resist? With so many varieties of pasta, the pasta craft possibilities seem endless. Make […]