Learning to Read Word Families: “…at” words

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As my oldest has recently begun sounding out letters to form words, we are beginning to review a bunch of different early literacy programs and curriculums. To find what works and what are the most interesting reading programs out there!  This is the first in what I hope to be a long (although occasionally sporadic) […]

Sanity Saving Tips for Moving with Kids

We are postponing a move, for the exact reason that Amanda, of Extra (Hour)dinary Parenting, has mentioned, we are terrified of having to keep a clean show-able house with preschoolers underfoot and am completely overwhelmed when I begin to think about packing/unpacking. Amanda has moved several times with her kiddos and offers some great tips: […]

Fantasitc Friday: Crowns, Gummi Legos, Letter Puzzles & Smells

Make Your Own Foam Letter Puzzle

Every Friday we offer awards to what we think are a few of the most fantastic posts or interesting news we have found online or have been submitted to us.  Feel free to join in on the fun and find your own fantastic posts and blogs to feature!  We have a linky and a button […]

Sticky Sticks Preschool Resource: How to Make your Own!

A DIY for wikki sticks - that you can make!

My sister-in-law is a kindergarten and early elementary teacher.  She has raved about how marvelous these “yarn wax sticks” were, how she uses them in numerous way in her classroom, how easy these sticks are to manipulate and how they are a no-mess craft/activity.   They sound terrific – so I set out to make my […]

Using M&Ms to Graph with your Preschooler

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I love discovering totally new things. Graphing is not “new” but the idea that my preschooler can graph say M&M’s amazes me! Beth from Keesler Chaos was wonderful and opened my eyes! Snack time will never be the same!  She graciously offered to show us her graphing activity, and included free printables.  Just click on […]

Cleaning Money: Sensory Science Activity

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This activity kept my kids happy and playing for well over half an hour! It was so easy to set-up. All we needed was some white vinegar, a couple tablespoons of salt and some coins. For my sanity, we used a few bowls and towels as well to contain the mess. . . . . […]

5 Ideas to Entertain your Preschoolers Inside

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Got rambunctious kids?  I do, three of them!  When it is cold and wet outside we get to hangout indoors and often cabin fever can drive us bonkers.  Here are a few ways we enjoy moving around and being silly when cooped up indoors.  Do you have any indoor activities your kids love to do?  […]

Kid-Friendly Homemade Granola Bars

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My kids love granola bars and I love having them eat healthy breakfasts and snacks! These are great for those “on-the-run” mornings!  The oatmeal makes them feel full, the dried fruit makes my fruit-loving little man happy and the flaxseed adds brain-friendly fats.  These granola bars will keep for a week or so, but for […]

Fruit Loops – Edible Color Activities for your Preschooler!

Creating Patterns with Fruit Loops

We rarely eat sugary cereal, which made this activity even more fun for our kids!  It was great, better than a babysitter!  Kept my preschoolers entertained for over an hour!  Maybe these Fruit Loops activities will help you wash your dishes in peace. Supplies Used: Fruit Loops Cereal Muffin Tin Ribbon Learning Activities: First the […]

Rainy Day Fun, Make Rock Creatures

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These were originally going to be bugs, but then my daughter began naming them after her pretend friends.  At least her pretend friends now have “faces”.  Maybe you can have fun creating pet rocks, pretend rock friends, or paperweight bugs. … Needed: Rocks Old Toothbrush (to clean the rocks) Paint (acrylic is best) Embellishments (pom-poms, […]

Painting with Bugs, literally!

Use Bugs to Paint

I think this was one of my kids favorite activities so far.   We went outside to one of our flower pots by the pool where we can easily find bugs, frogs, geckos, etc.  gathered a couple worms, grubs, a beetle and an earwig.  Going on a bug hunt was fun!  Then we dipped them in […]

Mini-Whiteboard becomes Animal “I Spy”

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We are going to be filling this week with “animal” activities.  I love Charles Harper’s masterpieces!  They are perfect for a game of “I Spy.”  You can get the print for your wall or use our instructions to make a mini-whiteboard, one side white and the other with the print. Learning activities with a mini-whiteboard: […]

Art with Water: Learning while Making a Mess

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My kids love art projects (maybe even more than I do) and this week we are exploring with water.  This is our experiment where we interacted with water, dye, oil and shaving cream to learn about emulsion, flotation, absorption and make a lovely mess. … Materials we used: an old baking dish liquid food coloring […]

Learning with Sorting Snack Time Fun

Sorting and Matching with Snack Foods

We created this morning’s snack into a matching game and a brief activity about patterns.  We had a variety of snacks and my kids loved getting to eat their “school” activity! What you need: egg carton mini-muffin liners a variety of snacks (at least 5-6) … We filled the various sections with grapes, cheese, cheerios, […]

Stuffed Lunch Rolls: Kid-Approved & Freezer-Friendly

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These are incredibly yummy and freeze well.  I make a massive batch and put them in the freezer for us to grab for lunches as needed.  My favorite variations are Ham and Cheddar (pictured), Bacon, Mushroom and Swiss, Spinach and Feta, we’ve even made it with leftover pizza toppings!  Be creative – it’ll taste great! […]

Fun Bathtime Idea: Play with Bathtub Paint

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My preschool kids love to paint and I don’t love to clean up the mess.  What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub?  Wouldn’t that be awesome?  This is bathtub paint.  You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.  This […]

Clean your House Quickly: 15 Minuet Chore Buster

Make Chores Fun

This tip comes from Esther and it has helped revolutionize my not-so-clean, but hygenic and fun house.  She said to set aside 15 minuets each morning and afternoon to do a chore.  Put all your unusal chores into a jar and pull one out.  That is the one you get to work on for 15 […]

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 […]

Caffeine

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I am a sleep deprived momma today! And with three kiddos and no-drive through getting a cup of my favorite brew would be more trouble that it is worth, if it weren’t f or my favorite compilation of Starbucks Copycat Recipes! Here is my adaptation of their Carmel Macchiatto: 1/2 cup coffee with a rounded […]

Kid’s Favorite Snack Food: Soft Pretzels

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Helping in the kitchen is something my kids love to do!  I love how easy these soft pretzels are to make!  They take less than 30 minuets!  Let the kiddos help!  Mix it up and create different shapes.  Maybe make the pretzels in the shapes of the letters of their name! Soft Pretzels~ What you […]

Breakfast Fun Foods

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Who says you can’t have fun eating breakfast!  These are some great ideas to make breakfast time more interesting, or to enjoy breakfast food anytime of the day! Breakfast snacks~ What you need: leftover pancakes and microwavable sausage links What you do: Next time you make a batch of pancakes double the recipe, and refrigerate […]