Easy 4th of July Crafts

4th of July Crafts for Kids

  If you are planning  a 4th of July camp or children's party, or if you are wanting to add some kid-made Independence Day decor to your house, check out these easy crafts! You'll find red, white, and blue to hang, light, squeeze, shake, and even eat. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Even older children can join in the fun! So, celebrate America's birthday with your children with … [Read More...]

Simple Shape Activities

Shape Activities for Preschoolers

There are so many fun, hands-on ways to introduce children to different shapes at home and in the classroom. No worksheets. No flashcards. Simple shape activities that involve hands-on learning. Young children can learn to identify and name circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, and ovals. I am excited to share this collection with you! I've also put together a collection of activities … [Read More...]

Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Summer! Oh, how we love summer! I've been collecting fun summer activities for toddlers just for you. And I love this collection! Our toddlers love to be busy : creating pouring dumping moving and moving did I mention moving? I decided to round up some of our favorite toddler activities that can be done during the summer, indoors and out, any time of the day. These fun … [Read More...]

Healthy Snacks for Toddlers

Healthy Snacks for Toddlers

Toddlers can picky eaters, right? You are wondering how to get all those good foods into their little (very busy) bodies. I know with my own toddler children, they did love their snacks. I wish I had this collection of healthy snacks for toddlers back when they were little, but am happy to pass it along to you parents now. Do you have a picky eater? What has worked for you? I'd love to know. … [Read More...]

Toddler Ocean Art

Toddler Ocean Art

This toddler ocean art might look like a craft, but it's really process art. And you know I am all about process art, right? Recently our preschoolers made colorful jellyfish. While those also involved process art (spraying the tentacles with watercolors), I knew we needed something simpler for our toddlers. Toddlers love to stamp with paper tubes. Why? It's the motion. It allows them to … [Read More...]

Ocean Theme Sensory Bin

Ocean Theme Sensory Bin

You know those sensory bins that are so easy to put together, and end up being a favorite? That's what this ocean theme sensory bin was all about. Fishing nets. If you have not tried these with your children, go and do. Really! We picked up a few nets at the pet store along with plastic sea animals. What our preschoolers loved most was seeing just how much they could fit in their nets. They'd … [Read More...]

Learn How to Count with Toys

Learn how to Count

  You know all those toys you have in your classroom or home? They make easy learning activities! Recently I wrote a guest post over at the Melissa & Doug blog showing how toddlers and preschoolers can learn how to count with toys. You can take all of a toy, or just pieces from a toy, even mixing several toys together. While writing on the Melissa & Doug blog, I realized it … [Read More...]

Watercolor Jellyfish Craft

watercolor jellyfish craft

One of our last themes for our school year is the ocean. Most of our preschoolers have visited the beach, so this theme is very meaningful to them. This year we added the most beautiful watercolor jellyfish craft to our art table. BUT, if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know I am not really keen on crafts. I really want as much process art as possible. So, I found a way to do that … [Read More...]

Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

gifts for dad

Homemade Father's Day gifts made by kids are the best. Well, ALL gifts made by kids are the best. There is something about those handprints, those scribbles, those photos that capture your sweet little one at the age they are right now. Trust me on this. Many years from now you will look back on this gifts and smile. I'm so glad my husband and I saved all those parent gifts our children made … [Read More...]

Outdoor Games for Preschoolers

outdoor games for preschoolers

As the weather is getting nicer, we are planning more outdoor games for preschoolers. Why be indoors when you can be moving your body in the fresh outdoor air? Young children love to move, so we made sure to find games that can build large motor development while also focusing on other cognitive skills. You can set these games up in your backyard or a nearby park and they are perfect for play … [Read More...]

Bubble Fun for Kids

Bubble fun for kids! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Kids love bubbles. In our toddler and preschool classrooms, bubbles are almost magical. Really! Add bubbly water to a sensory table and it makes the activity that much better. Blow bubbles outside and you will hear squeals of laughter. Right? Bubble fun activities are always a hit, so we use them often. Are bubbles a hit in your home or classroom, too? If so, you will love this collection of … [Read More...]

Mother’s Day Ideas for Kids

mother's day ideas

  There are so many fun Mother's Day ideas for kids to make! All 3 of my children are now grown, but the bottom drawer of my nightstand holds many Mother's Day treasures from them. When I am planning Mother's Day ideas with our toddlers and preschoolers, I know that their mamas will appreciate them for years and years!     This post contains affiliate links for your … [Read More...]