Painting Craft: Water Bottle Flowers

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Every Friday our friend Katy comes over to play and we always try to do some sort of fun activity with her.  So when Katy informed me of a painting craft she thought Rory would like, we immediately started gathering supplies to make water bottle flowers. This painting craft is a great way to help […]



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Playdough Learning: Prewriting for Toddlers

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Summer is the perfect time to find packages of colorful drinking straws on sale at your grocery store. I think they are a terrific crafting material.  Drinking straws are easy to cut, come in lots of colors, and are super cheap (you don’t feel badly throwing them away when you are done). We’ve combined drinking […]



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Handprint and Footprint Lobsters

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It has been a while since I have done a craft displaying Rory’s adorable hands and feet!  Normally, our projects use either Rory’s hands or her feet (not both); however, I am really excited because today’s craft, Handprint and Footprint Lobsters, will use both hands and feet! My family is fortunate enough to live by […]



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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 […]



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Bubbles: 10 Things to Do While Having Fun

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There are so many things you can do while blowing bubbles. You can simply chase them and that is a lot of fun to do, but you can add in learning and that can be fun too. Here are some way you can tie learning to bubble blowing fun: You can sing a song with […]



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Dino Trackers: A Baking Soda and Vinegar Activity Based on Dino Dan

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[BlogFrog_px tk="78-O-JT"]Do your kids obsess about some things? My son loves dinosaurs, he loves learning about science and history through them. And I love how extinct animals are inspiring him., broadening his imagination. This activity is part science, part art, part history, 100% fun and inspired by Dino Dan. RedBox has Dino Dan: Dino Trackers and […]



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Art for Kids: Block Printing

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Do you have a toddler in your residence? Only a year or months ago, they happily sat wherever you placed them. Now they roam your home freely. E is my current toddler-in-residence. His little feet have been taking him to the art & craft table. Set up the invitation to play with block printing: Toddlers […]



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Beach in a Box: Digging for Shells and Dinosaurs

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Let’s face it, some days we just don’t get out of the house. On these days, by the afternoon, we have exhausted all of our toys and are starting to go a bit stir crazy. My son has a sand table in the yard which he loves, but again, some days, even that loses its […]



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Keeping It Simple: Painting with Water

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I plan. Materials are sourced. The stage has been set. The invitation to play has been accepted. Game on. A few short minutes after play commences, the phrase “What was I thinking?!” rambles repeatedly in my head or through my mouth, I know not because I’m consumed by the disaster of my planned activity. Such […]



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Top 10 Super Simple Dress Up Ideas

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Do your kids like dressing up? Both my girls love to wear different outfits when they’re playing or even when we’re heading out and about on errands or to the park. Wearing the right clothes, whether it’s a crown, swirling ballet skirt or builders hard hat seems to complete their play and let them really […]



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Exploring Art and Artists With Kids

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I have been enjoying a series called Kids Get Arty which promotes exploration of great artists. The idea behind the series is simple: 1) choose an artist to explore with your child and 2) allow a piece of work by the particular artist to inspire your child (and you) to create an original piece of […]



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Kids Learning Games: Bathtub Alphabet Soup

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My son made up this game.  He calls it The Bathtub Alphabet Soup Game.  It is easy to play, fun, educational, and very clean! I recently purchased some foam letters – the ones I have are not specifically for the tub, but I see no reason why I couldn’t use them there.  So, one day, […]



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Paper Crafts for Kids: Paper Dolls with Spray Adhesive

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When my sister and I were growing up we had a steamer trunk full of paper dolls.  It was probably our favorite thing to play together. Now that I have two daughters who are old enough to play with dolls I thought it would be fun to introduce them to some of the many paper […]



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Easy Recipe for Kids: Dirt Cake

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Dirt Cake?  What’s that?! Dirt Cake can be made in various ways but typically involves a chocolate treat made to look like dirt but it is completely edible – and yummy! There are some great recipes for Dirt Cake out there.  Here’s a fun recipe for Edible Dirt Pudding by another great Quirky Momma! However, […]



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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 […]



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Matching Game: Ribbons

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My son was bored. He had exhausted all of his toys. It was time for a new sensory bin or some kind of different and unique activity. I sent him out for a walk with his grandparents who happened to be visiting and promised him something new when he came home.  I scrambled around picking […]



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Recycled Art: Cup Holder Sculpture

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Sometimes you hold onto an object to use a craft for a long time waiting for the perfect idea for a recycled craft to come to you. This cup holder has been in my craft bin for several months waiting for inspiration to come. I would look at it almost every time I opened the […]



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Recycled Art: Biodegradable Packing Peanut Sculptures

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A friend approached me the other day with a box full of biodegradable packing peanuts left over from a package she received.  I was so excited when she started showing me some different things she discovered about them and grabbed a handful to bring home to my son. The first thing she told me was […]



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Nature Walk: Grab the Nature Bag!

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Great spring & summer weather takes us all outdoors. We love to explore on trails, parks, and even walks in the neighborhood.  Though it is totally against my personality, I am intentionally slowing down my pace and allowing my kids to take in nature at it’s best.  We ohh & awe over the various colored […]



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Memory Game with Shells

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Our kids love the memory game, and I love playing it with them because it  helps them practice taking turns, good sportsmanship, and of course, it strengthens their memorizing skills! I really liked the fun seashells and stickers version of the game that Chasing Cheerios came up with a while ago, and thought that I […]



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Felt Board: How To Create Your Own

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One thing Rory loves to play with at our local library is a felt board.  For weeks, I’ve been eyeing it up and have wanted to make one! For those that are not familiar what a felt board is, it’s just a board wrapped in felt.  But what makes it so special is that other pieces […]



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Zoo Animal Hunting Game For Toddlers

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We recently took a day trip to our local zoo. My 16 month old daughter loved every part of the trip and was so excited about each animal. As we explored, I snapped pictures of her favorite animals so that we could talk about them more when we got home. Once we got home, I […]



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Cooking with Preschoolers – 5 Cool Things!

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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 […]



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Earth Day Activities

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5 Earth Day Activities to Do with Children of All Ages Earth Day is a worldwide celebration of our beautiful planet.  It is also a reminder that we need to promote awareness of Earth’s need for protection through conservation and recycling.  It is important to teach our children at an early age to take care […]



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Earth Day Activity: Lorax Collage

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Earth Day is always are wonderful reminder to recycle or upcycle items that we have in our homes and try to find new uses for some of them. If you are like me, you have piles of old magazines waiting to be given a reason to stay rather than end up I in the recycling […]



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Memory Games

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Having a good memory is a great skill to have in life. Every time we count, read, spell or use our times tables we’re calling on knowledge we’ve memorized. There are so many practical applications of using your memory in life too – as you recall your shopping list or cook a meal without a […]



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Building with Lego Candy

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Did you grow up eating candy buttons? I used to love them and recently bought some giant ones for my son’s Lego birthday party. I cut the candy buttons into a variety of shapes and passed them out in goodie bags. I tend to overbuy for parties… so I still have a lot lying around. […]



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Earth Day Craft: Butterfly Collage

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Earth Day is coming up and Rory and I have decided to make a few “earthy” crafts for the next few weeks!  One thing we do, almost on a daily basis, is go on a nature walk.  Our nature walks range anywhere from our own back yard, picking out colors of flowers and watching squirrels, […]



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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” […]



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How to Garden with Kids: 18 Tips from It’s Playtime!!!

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I love the sense of awe that gardening with my kids gives them.  They just love watching new life spring from a seed (and let’s be honest, they also LOVE to get muddy).  This is our favorite time of year.  It must be many of yours too as we had a bunch of gardening activities […]



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