Nature Craft: Collage

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My children love to collect leaves, twigs, and flowers petals anytime we are outside.  We have quite a collection! But what can we do with all of these “treasures”? Make a collage! On our most recent walk to the park, my daughter brought her Elmo bucket along to help her collect items she wanted to […]

Word Families Flip Chart

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W is for Words.  We have an early reader in our house, a gal who just can’t get enough of words to say, words to read.  Our phonics flip chart is our friend! We made it last fall and with the help of that book, my daughter can sound out and read short words like […]

12 Playful Parenting Strategies for Raising Preschoolers

12 Ideas to Keep Parenting a Preschooler Playful

Being the parent of preschooler is an adventure.  There are the moments of pure fun.  There are moments of extreme parenting challenge! Earlier today we featured Janine from True Aim and this afternoon we are sharing some of her strategies to keep the parenting of preschoolers playful.  What is so delightful about Janine’s approach is […]

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 […]

Aluminum Foil Craft {Colorful & Shiny Tin Foil Collage}

aluminum foil craft

This aluminum foil craft is awesome.  Using tin foil is an adventure – is just so shiny and crinkly!  Making a Tin foil collage is a craft with aluminum foil that is so simple that even the youngest artist can get involved with colorful results. Kids Activities Blog loves when things found in the kitchen become art. Tin Foil […]

Make a Puzzle: Reuse Holiday Cards

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Puzzles are super easy to make. Do you still have any valentines or old Christmas cards left at your house? We have a bunch leftover from our holiday season. My son loves his valentines and won’t let me dump them into the recycling bin yet, so we’ve decided to reuse them in a variety of […]

Preschool Fall Crafts – A It’s Playtime Roundup

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We love doing fall crafts with our preschoolers.   Thank you!!!  In our weekly Wednesday afternoon Kid’s Meme, It’s Playtime, there have been dozens of autumn activities linked up over the years!! There are tons of great activities for kids linked up each week. With the deepening days and the crisper temps – it’s the perfect […]

Wax Crayon Art: 20+ Ideas

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Crayon art goes beyond just coloring!  Wax crayons are fun to color with – a staple of preschooler craft times everywhere.  In addition to coloring and crafting with crayons, we have collected the best art projects from around the web for you to enjoy with your kids! Kids Activities Blog hopes that you will be […]

Homemade Games

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It is another week of, It’s Playtime.  Each Wednesday afternoon you join us in featuring sweet and simple things that inspire us to enjoy our kids.  Wowsers!  There were over 200 great ideas of activities and games that you can make and play with the kids in your life linked up last week.  We love […]

Cool Math Games

Cool math games

This week’s It’s Playtime is all about math. We home-school and as we have added new kiddos to our family we ended our “school time” earlier than normal and I am looking for ways to ease back into a form of “catch-up” school time with some fun games. These activities were linked up to our […]

Early Literacy Tool: Phonetic Flip Chart

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Our oldest has learned her letters, the sounds that they make, and is starting to blend sounds. We have even begun learning sight words, but have yet to venture into the realm of phonics, till today! This is a really nifty phonics “tool” that we created to help her mix the sounds of letters. . […]

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 […]

Cooking with Preschoolers – 5 Cool Things!

cooking with preschoolers

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 […]

No-Mess Monster Craft

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It’s always great when kids can get a fun sensory experience with paint without actually touching the paint.  If I plan an activity where my kids come into contact with paint I know I’m bargaining for about 30 minutes to an hour of clean-up around our house (of course, sometimes it’s fun to just embrace […]

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” […]

Math Play: Egg Carton Number Toss

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We are excited to be participating in Tinkerlab’s Egg Carton Challenge this week! The goal of the Creative Challenge was to create something using an egg carton that is child-centered/child-directed. My son loves games, especially ones that involve throwing or bowling. For the last creative challenge (with paper bags), we created our own Paper Bag […]

Things to do with a Toddler: Clothespin Play

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Are you looking for things to do with a toddler?  I was wandering through the dollar store the other day looking for more items to play with and explore at home. I came across a bag of clothespins. I put them in my cart, and waited for my inspiration. One of my fondest memories from […]

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 […]

The Kitchen Classroom

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There is so much for children to learn by spending time in the kitchen. It’s tempting to send my kids off to play while I’m fixing dinner.  However, I often encourage them to stay and help me – even though it make take twice as long by doing so! Cooking is fun and educational for […]

Lego Math Activities

Legos are great for developing spatial reasoning skills, great for building grand castles, boats, even Rapunzel’s hair (yes, my daughter has demonstrated multiple times, you can make “hair” out of legos).  Legos are also great items to use for developing addition and subtraction skills.  Here are some of the ways we used our legos this […]

Its playtime a kids meme

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It’s Playtime and all the fun kids activities posts that are linked up each week are the highlight of my Thursdays!  I love browsing all the fun things you and your kids have done and/or created!  Here were a few of my favorites from the last Playtime link-up. Make Valentine Ornaments.  Mommy Labs made a […]

Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

Christmas Tree Crafts

It’s another week of Playtime! Last week we had 170 different kids activities linked up in our weekly kids meme. Wowsers! Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you can find lots of fun activities to do with your kids. . Renee of Adventures at Home had a great time with her kiddos.  They made […]

Free things to do with kids

Free things to do with kids

Kids don’t need toys, they don’t need “programs”. I love a few of the activities linked up in It’s PLaytime last week! These are things you can do with your kids almost anywhere with no preparation – and they won’t cost you a dime. Looking for more ideas? Check out our weekly link-up below. Lots […]

Make a T-Shirt Dress

This T-shirt dress does not require any sewing,  I have small kids, really small kids for their ages.  I’m small.  They are doomed.  One of the problems with being unusually petite is when we get a “group shirt” – you know the ones they wear on field trips, or to VBS, or as part of […]

Activities for 4 Year Olds

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Four year olds love life and enjoy creating, tinkering, and exploring. Here are some of my favorite activities that I have used to help engage and interact with my four year olds. Build your own blocks from a tree.  These Tree Blocks are great for re-creating “natural” scenes. If you have pencils (or pens) toilet […]

Color Experiments – An It’s Playtime Round Up

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Kids love to color, love mixing the colors, love exploring with color – the brighter the better. Here are a few of my favorite color experiments that were linked up during last week’s It’s Playtime. Many thanks to my co-hosts for making this a great kid’s meme! Be sure to check out their blogs to […]

Gymnastic Games

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Often what is fun is really simple. So simple that all it requires is two willing participants. My 5 y/o, Rhett, is ALWAYS willing to play our little gymnastic games. His favorite is flying.  I lay on my back {preferably on a soft grass surface, but often in our living room} and put my feet […]

Crafts for kids… in the car (#KOAcampfire)

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This Monday night, October 3rd, 9pm CST, I am joining Toni of Happy Housewife on the KOA Campfire Community to talk about kids, traveling, and ways to keep youngsters entertained for long hours in a car. In anticipation of that live chat (Oh, make my day and join us!!), we are featuring our favorite crafts […]

Activities for 2 Year Olds

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Two year olds are so curious. Their brains just love to soak in the world around them. I try to have as wide of a variety of things for my kids to enjoy. My favorite activities for 2 year olds can be grouped as: Exploring, Fine Motor Skill Development and Messy.  Looking for other age […]

Kids Meme: It’s Playtime

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Every week on Wednesday afternoons we host a kids meme called “It’s Play Time”.  Hundreds of fun ideas of ways you can play with and enjoy your kids are featured each week from bloggers around the world.  Below are some of my favorite posts that were recently linked up. . Make time to play. At […]