It’s Playtime Linkup Party Round-up

We team up to run the kids play activities link-up, It’s Playtime, each week with Hands on : as we grow, Let the Children Play, The Imagination Tree and Messy Kids.  Each week you, our beloved readers submit your favorite play posts to show up on all of our blogs.  This week I have the […]


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Cars: a DIY Car Mat & Redbox Sweeps

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Cars, the movie and the toys are beloved friends of my four year old. . We love movies we can interact with.  We all watch movies.  They are great for those moments when we need a break, or when we have a sick kiddo, or for when we want a “special family tradition”.  Our family’s […]


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Car Marionette Puppet (a video)

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.The kids and I made our first video (well, that I can remember) using car marionettes.   Chevy DFW inspired this post, they dared me to make a video with my kids and cars.  My minivan isn’t quite movie worthy, let’s just say its got more than it’s fair share of dings and is it’s typical […]


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Preschoolers Painting Masterpieces with Painters Tape

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Do you remember our post with painters tape and stripes?  We went through a painting kick for several weeks… We put some canvases to good use, and the kids were thrilled to have “more stuff to paint on.”   This is super easy and the finished product is wall-worthy.  Use painters tape to create an image.  […]


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10 Ways to Make Flowers with Preschoolers

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Flowers, nothing says spring, more than a bunch of flowers! Here are ten different ways you can make flowers with your preschoolers this week – or maybe you can convince Grandma to make them with your kids – as your mother’s day gift!  Don’t want to make your own flowers?  Check out our sponsor for […]


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Paper Plates: Ideas to play and learn with plates!

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The combination of packing to move (we move into our new home in 2 weeks!!!) and preparation for a busy holiday season means that we have moved to being a disposable, paper plate loving family.  Dishwashing with our preschoolers is not as feasible as it has been in the past.  Hefty must have known the […]


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Rainbow Cookies – Fun Painting our Food

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Eating cookies is yummy and painting is fun – last week we combined two of our favorite things with two of our favorite people!   I like simple easy recipes!  We adapted this recipe from the back of a Duncan Hines Cake box (one we found when making our rainbow cupcakes a few weeks ago).   These […]


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Making a Mess: Preschoolers Painting with Balls

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Do your kids enjoy making a mess?  I know that mine do!  And one of our favorite ways is Painting With Balls. We got a really fun book in the mail from Penguin books, Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, by Keri Smith.  This is such a fun book filled with activities and ideas […]


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Dreaming of Winter? Let’s Make Snowflakes

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Want a craft project that reminds you of cooler days?  We are pretty warm right now in Texas, and I was thrilled to discover a fun “wintery” science experiment.  Pam of Troop Petrie created some fun and whimsical snowflakes with her kids using borax (which is a staple in homemade cleaners) and pipe cleaners.  As […]


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Story + Art = stART, check it out!

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We are looking forward to the fall and beginning to homeschool our oldest. I love the sounds of this meme, stART. Michelle is a former elementary school teacher who created weekly activities for her kids mixing literature (stories) and art projects. They look like a ton of fun! Here was one of the projects that […]


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Edible Paint: Fun Snack Activity with Honey Mustard, Ketchup & Ranch

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Painting with toddlers can be a challenge.  Our youngest wants desperately to participate with her older siblings during craft times, and yet, she still has a tendency to put things in her mouth. Time for edible paints! French’s sent us some honey mustard (yummy!) and Quirky kid A has had fun playing with “paint” while […]


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Make Your Own Building Block Town

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I loved discovering these homemade wooden houses and building blocks!  They are so colorful and inspirational!  My hubby is going to have to replace a portion of our fence soon and I am already daydreaming about the scraps we’ll have and the fun blocks we’ll get to make!  This is even more fun as this […]


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DIY Shaking Bottles for Toddler Learning and Entertainment

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I first found out about these DIY Shaking Bottles from a stay-at-home Dad/friend, who made them for his son to enjoy.  He also makes them and gives them out as gifts.   I love a toddler activity that’s easy, looks great and provides opportunities for learning too! I’ve had my eyes peeled for a number of […]


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Gospel Fuzzies: Preschool Sunday School Activity

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My daughter came home after Easter Sunday thrilled with the lesson she had learned!  She made a Gospel Fuzzies glove.  I need to preface this post by saying it is not original!  Her Sunday School teachers didn’t remember where they first found out about this activity, so if you are the creator, let me know […]


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Make Your Own Moon Sand – Aka Moldable Mess!

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Combine play sand with cornstarch and you get lots of sand fun!  What is great about this mixture is that unlike regular sand, it cakes together when slightly damp.  Almost becoming hard, but smashes back into sand.  All of my kids enjoyed playing with there new “outdoor only” tub!  I will warn you though, they […]


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How to Make Coffee Filter Bugs and Flowers

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This is a great activity to teach our kids color, what bugs need to eat (nectar) as well as the important roll of bugs as pollinators.  All while having fun with a craft project! Materials Needed: -coffee filters or paper towel cut into circles – watery tempera paint or food coloring and water – Pipe […]


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Make Your Own Felt Shape Board

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My kids love tactile learning!  I saw an example of this (much classier) somewhere – I can’t remember where the inspiration came from, it’s not entirely original, but it stuck in my head.  The craft store had a sale on felt this past weekend, it was time to make our own!  Hopefully, your kids will […]


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Preschoolers Painting with Feathers Activity

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Paint is our favorite medium.  It is the good ole’ standby at our house.  As we are learning about birds this week, we decided to paint with feathers. … Materials Needed: Paint, we used our shaving cream paint recipe Feathers Glue Paper Originally we were going to use the feathers as one would use a […]


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Learning Fun with Birdseed

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This week we are studying birds.  We used birdseed in a tactile or blind, “I Spy” as well as practiced gross motor skills by pouring bird seed from cup to cup. … Materials needed: Bucket Birdseed items and small trinkets What we did: The kids love feeling birdseed sifting through their fingers!  They picked three […]


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Bird Hats and Nest Building

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We had so much fun with our bird theme today!  We made adorable bird hats and then collected bits of string and other materials to lace into a nest.  This activity was suitable and enjoyable for my (almost) 3 year old, can easily be enriched for use with older children. … … … Materials Needed: […]


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Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft

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If your kids are like mine they are obsessed with birds.  The cooling winds of fall bring lots of birds, mostly crows, through our yard.  Z loves watching the birds congregate on our fence.  Today we created pine cone bird feeders to feed the birds on their southern trip. … … … … Materials needed: […]


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Counting Garden: Preschool Learning Activity

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This is a great way for kids to work on their listening skills while practicing counting as well as learning cause and effect: plant a seed, grow a flower. … Materials needed: Colored Paper Popsicle Sticks “Garden” container (or two plastic cups) Glue and/or tape Rice/Sand/Lentils, etc. Big Seeds or beans for “planting” Using the […]


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DIY Flower Hair Clips

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As part of our plant themed activities for the week my daughter and I “dissected” silk flowers. There is no better way to reassemble them than on a barrette. These are my daughter’s favorite accessories (well, after dangly necklaces). … … … . What you will need: Hot glue and gun Ribbon Beads Silk flowers […]


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Preschooler Plant Parts Craft Project

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Have fun discussing the names and basic functions of parts of a plant while decorating this fun picture using various materials. … Materials Needed (Improvise when necessary): Straws Colored paper Pipe cleaner Tissue paper Scissors White glue Colored pencils/crayons/markers Draw a basic picture of a plant including petals, stem, leaves and roots.  Using the various […]


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Decoupage: Ways to Showcase Your Kid’s Art Work

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Decoupage is a great way to showcase your kids artwork.  We have used decoupage to make a planter out of an old oatmeal tub, to decorate the cover of a journal, to make a boredom-buster die, as well as picture frames, cards and hand magnets.  Here are some simple decoupage instructions… You’ll need: Clear glue […]


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Preschool Craft: Shaving Cream Painting

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We love shaving cream over here!  You can spray it on a table and let the kids get messy without any stains!  We also use shaving cream to make our paint last longer.  By mixing tempera paint into a cup of shaving cream, your paint will go farther, the colors will be more brilliant as […]


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Preschool Project: Make Your Own Paintable Chalk

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My kids have had a blast making and finger painting our fence with paintable chalk.   Note: It washes right off concrete, but we have to scrub a bit on our fence to get it out of the grooves of the wood. Ingredients: Cornstarch Water Food Colors (liquid is okay, but the gels are more […]


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