The Kitchen Classroom

the kitchen classroom

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 […]




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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 […]




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Its playtime a kids meme

kids meme

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 […]




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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 […]




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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 […]




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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 […]




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Activities for 4 Year Olds

DIY Building Toys

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 […]




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Color Experiments – An It’s Playtime Round Up

color experiments

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 […]




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Gymnastic Games

gymnastic game - flying

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 […]




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Crafts for kids… in the car (#KOAcampfire)

crafts for little people.

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 […]




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Activities for 2 Year Olds

2 year olds Exploring

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 […]




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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 […]




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Craft Kits: A Creative Gift Idea for Kids (& a giveaway!!)

kits from Green Kids Crafts

Are you looking for gift ideas for creative kids – these kits are perfect!  Green Kid Crafts is a company that is mom-made and mom-run, and you can tell!  They understand kids and are spot-on with instructions.  Our kids love the variety and textures of the supplies included in the kits.  Congrats to April who […]




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Kids Activities for Outdoor Play

Outdoor play activities for kids

It is not quite cool enough yet to play outside for long periods of time. It is still 100+ degrees here in Texas, but we are dreaming of the 90s and bookmarking some fun outdoor play ideas as inspired through last week’s It’s Playtime Link-up. Each week over a hundred bloggers link up their favorite […]




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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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Chore Charts & Allowance: Teaching Kids Financial Responsibility

preschool kids chore chart

It is important to start teaching kids at a young age how to earn money, save money and spend it wisely. One of this month’s sponsors, Manilla, wants to hear about our financial struggles and successes – sign up for Manilla, tell them about your money mountains in the comments for a chance to win […]




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It’s Playtime with Play Dough

Preschoolers Play with Playdough

We have tubs of playdough around here and love making our own batches. Just last week we had fun creating coffee playdough. Here are four creative posts that inspired me to play with playdough. Thanks for submitting them to It’s Playtime! Kate of Picklebums, had fun with her kids, some jungle toys and props, and […]




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Mud-Like Coffee PlayDough

coffee playdough recipe

This post is in honor of International Mud Day… whoever made the last Wednesday of June “mud-day” does not live in Texas.  The heat index was 107 yesterday and it’s dry, very dry… while we LOVE mud and LOVE playing outside, this is just not the time of year for outdoor play (well, after 8:30 […]




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It’s Playtime Link-up: Interacting with the Environment

Environment Play for preschoolers

What ways have you encouraged (or allowed) your kids to interact and play in the outdoor world around them? Preschoolers are so curious! I love how these sites, from last week’s link-up “It’s Playtime” party, had fun outside or inside, with “outside” things. 1 -Gina of Play-Based Preschool brought a number of outdoor “treasures” into […]




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Car Marionette Puppet (a video)

car marionette puppet

.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

Painters Tape Works of Art

Do you remember our post with painters tape and stripes?  We went through a painting kick for several weeks… my hubby had a large strip (about a foot wide and 8 feet long) of painted plywood 1/4th an inch thick.  He saw trash, I saw fun!  We chopped it into 5 different pieces and the […]




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Pendulum Painting: Fun Ideas with Cardboard Boxes

Pendulem Paint a cardboard box

Cardboard Boxes – There are so many fun things that my preschoolers and I can do with them!  They among my kids favorite “toys”.  Rachele from Tinkerlab, in honor of her 1-year blogging birthday, is having a round-up of activities you can do with cardboard boxes.  Fun!  We had fun “throwing paint” onto our box […]




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Preschool Play Based on Literature

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Preschoolers love to be read to and to play pretend; combine the two and you are sure to have a great afternoon activity. Here are some of my favorite link-ups from our Kids Meme, It’s Playtime,  that featured families reading and playing with their kids: Preschool lesson plans: If I got to award a “prize” […]




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Touchy-Feely Sensory Tub Ideas

Sensory tub Rice activities

Looking for ideas of ways to help your preschoolers explore their world? Sensory tubs are a great! Most preschoolers love touching and feeling things. Tubs (or in our case, a kiddie pool) full of sensory objects are sure to keep your kids engaged and exploring! . Some of the things you can put into your […]




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Toddlers and Textures

texture activities

Textures are so much fun for preschoolers to explore with and about! We have found that modeling clay is the best medium to “test” textures.DIY Silly Putty is the easiest to clean up after, and playdough is a great standby, but modeling clay is perfect as it holds it shape really well, being stiffer than […]




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Fantastic Finds: All things “B”

bubbles

Have you noticed a theme this past week?  We have been learning about things that begin with the letter B in this months Activity-a-Day Calendar.  These are just a few of the “B” things I’ve come across this past week: . If it weren’t for the fact that my youngest preschooler has recently decided bath […]




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B is for Bedtime… I love books for preschoolers!

interrupting chicken

This week we are having fun playing and doing things that begin with the letter B during our playtime, lots of blocks, lots of banging and bouncing, and lots of quiet-down bedtime stories! Candlewick Press must have known that this week was the letter B in our Activity-a-Day calendar as they sent us several bedtime […]




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Making a Mess: Preschoolers Painting with Balls

marble painting

Do your kids enjoy making a mess?  I know that mine do!  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 of ways to make art from messes, or rather to […]




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Scientific Method with Preschoolers and Sunscreen

sunscreentest4

This post idea, to test our sunscreen by painting on our paper with sunscreen and leaving them out in the sun, was inspired by the comment by Lady in a Small Town in my earlier post, Sun-bleached Alphabet Puzzle. She said that she’d heard of an experiment where they painted with sunscreen and watched the […]




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Color Race: Preschool Game

Color hunt activity for preschoolers

My toddler is learning her colors! This was a fun activity that we did together. The older two kids rushed around the house independently, while Quirky Kid A and I looked for all the red items. Unfortunately, this is not an original idea, only I can’t remember where online I read about another family having […]




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