Human Body System – learn about it!

Human Body System

We are learning about the human body, what organs we have, what systems work together to form our bodies.  We are learning what the purposes of the various organs are and where they are located.  This is a great fall activity to do together as a family especially as there are so many skeletons and […]

{Early Learning} Working with Numbers

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Early Learning Young children learn well when they use hands-on projects.  This is a great activity that promotes early learning, specifically working with numbers, but it is also very easy to make and use. Two simple everyday objects can be combined to make an early learning tool. In this case I took an empty frosting […]

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 […]

Pre-Reading: Letter Match Game

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Pre-Reading Activities Here is a simple pre-reading activity for toddlers and preschoolers to draw their attention to the letters and match attributes even before they are ready to begin learning the letter names and sounds! This is the perfect independent pre-reading activity for kids to play on the refrigerator, so you can keep an on […]

Printmaking: String Art

Printmaking with String Art

Printmaking Printmaking is a fun activity that can be done a lot of different ways. You can make prints from woodcuttings, carved rubber, styrofoam, and even a painting on plastic. Basically, any raised surface that can be painted or inked may be suitable for printmaking. This printmaking idea is a twist on traditional string art. […]

Practical Life: Flower Arranging

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Flower arranging with children is a great kids activity for a lot of reasons. The activity is simple, inexpensive and uses real objects. Benefits include fine motor development, concentration and self regulation. Plus the materials are easy to gather: a vase and flowers. If you can, gather the flowers together outside or at a farmer’s […]

Felt: Apple Activity

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  Felt Apple Activity Your kids will enjoy this felt apple activity over and over throughout the year. My little guy loves the texture of felt and really enjoys playing with it so we have been working on lots of felt projects that you can check out over here.  If you are familiar with the […]

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 […]

Games 4 Kids: Memory Game

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Can you tell what object was placed under the green cup? Look at the picture above and see what object is there, but is not in the picture below. Memory Game We had fun taking turns hiding objects from each other. My son decided I was too good at the game and needed to have […]

Paper Activity: Shape Monsters

Shape Monsters

My son, like many kids I know, loves monsters. He likes to pretend monsters are coming over for parties. He likes to paint monsters. He was thrilled when I made him these 3D paper monsters from an origami paper cup. He had me drawing silly faces the other day. (He likes telling me what to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Science for Kids: Make a Balance

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Figuring out how to balance objects is something that fascinates children. Whether it is trying to balancing the same type of objects on either side of a balance or trying to find two objects that have the same weight or a number of objects that will equal a heavier object. It is just plain fun. […]

Back to School Activities

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It is hard to believe that we are talking about Back to School already!  The summer always seems to fly by, filled with fun activities, play dates, and staying up late. So to commemorate one last week of summer fun, we try to make the most of it with a “Back to School Week of […]

How Do Muscles Work?

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Nicholas has been learning about the muscles in his body.  He’s learned about the tree types of muscles – smooth, skeletal, and cardiac.  He is working on learning the names and locations of some of the major skeletal muscles in his body. How Do Muscles Work? We have read about how a muscle works through […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Early Learning: Mystery Box

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Early Learning for Toddlers and Preschoolers Toddlers and Preschoolers have so much to learn about the world around them.  Seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling – their five senses are in overdrive all the time as they take it all in. One fun way to get a little child to focus on their sense of […]

Early Learning: Animal Alphabet Cards

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Early Learning: Rory is currently learning ABCs.  She is not even 2 and can already point and name every letter. One of the reasons why I think she has caught on so quickly to the abc’s is because of the Animal Alphabet Cards we made. The Animal Alphabet Cards take little to no time to […]

Chalk Drawings – Creating a Face

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Your driveway can become the perfect canvas for creating a portrait.  All you need is some chalk and a few treasures from around your yard. Chalk Drawings A simple chalk drawn oval in the color of your child’s choice is all that is needed to start the portrait making process. After drawing an oval for […]

The Olympics for Children: Edible Olympic Torches

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Are you planning on watching the Olympics with the family? Do you have a favorite Olympic sport you like to watch?  I am always amazed at all the sports that make it into the Olympics, so fun. Here is a fun snack to get your kids in the Olympic spirit. We had our own backyard […]

Learning How to Measure

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Learning how to measure is an important science skill. Measuring is used in science data collection. Measuring is also a necessary life skill. Think about how often you measure something. You employ measuring cups in the kitchen for recipes. You use tape measures and rulers to build something or when decorating a room. Measuring may […]

Olympics for Kids: Build a Lego Mascot

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The Olympics start today and we are getting excited! We’ve been learning about the Olympics Mascots- Wenlock and Mandeville and thought it would be fun to create our own Lego mascots! This activity was very simple and open ended and my son and I had a great time building together. Materials Needed to Make an […]

Craft Things To Make: Bird Nests

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We were walking outside in our backyard and Rory noticed all of the pinecones and sticks that had accumulated on the ground.  She immediately begin picking them up, throwing them, and kicking them. I tried to think of craft things to make with these great items from nature.  I decided to combine Rory’s two favorite […]

Ocean Play Dough

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Play dough can be an amazing doorway into imaginary lands. Take a batch of home-made dough – we always use this no-cook play dough recipe  - and add in some food coloring to set the scene. Today we went with blue for the ocean. Provide some props. I like to offer open-ended items – materials […]

Olympics for Kids: Laurel Wreath

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A kotinos or laurel wreath is given as a prize to a winner in the ancient Olympic Games and it was a horse shoe shape. It was placed on the winner’s head to celebrate their victory. A simple laurel wreath can be constructed and displayed on your champion’s head using three simple materials. Supplies for […]

Art for Kids: Food Coloring Tie Dye

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On Father’s Day Weekend, my preschooler and I were busy filling up ice cube trays with food coloring and water and made a few spills.  After mopping up our mess with some paper towels, we realized that we accidentally had come upon a beautiful Paper Towel Tie Dye art activity. Materials paper towels water food […]

Math for Kids

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The foundation for math learning begins much earlier than we adults realize. Our children and their developing minds are capable of understanding and taking in abstract thinking early in their lives. We (and they) may not know it fully until they hit a point in life when they just “get it”. This idea hit home […]