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Canvas Art: Oil Pastel Resist Watercolors

There’s something so prestigious about art on a piece of canvas. I think it really makes the kids think they’re making something really special. Last year they made a piece of art on canvas with the frozen paints outside on a very hot day, which hangs in George’s room. Since I bought a twin-pack of […]

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Easy Activity: Pop Bottle Bowling

  Bowling is fun for all ages! Even the littlest kids can get a kick out of it just by watching you knock down the pins! Indoor bowling can be done on a whim so easily! Just take a look around your house for something to stand up as the pins. Do you have paper towels? […]

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Toddler Sensory Activity: Treasure Box

A quick treasure box made for George with recycled material and real coins. I received a package and absolutely love this crinkle paper stuff so I had to use it and knew George would love feeling it. I threw in some real coins and mixed it up a little bit [most of the coins just […]

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Toddler Fine Motor Exploration with Clothespins

Clothespins! Perfect for those little fingers! I was thinking about pinching the spring-type clothespins and how great that would be for hand strengthening. But, I found that I had a bunch of these old-fashioned ones too [we had both types out]. A bucket and some clothespins.  That’s all it takes for some toddler exploration, and […]

Pouring water activity for toddlers, a life skill to learn

Pouring Water for Toddlers [Life Skill to Learn]

Pouring water for drinks! A simple life skill to learn, but how do they learn it? With practice! Take it outside while they learn it. Once they become more precise, bring it inside to the dinner table. Its been super hot here, so playing outside has been minimal. But I thought with some water we […]

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Starched Coffee Filter Flowers Craft

Have you used starch in your crafts with the kids? After this flower craft, I’m so excited to find new ways to use it. I got inspired to make these starched coffee filter flowers from Ms. Motta’s Mixed Media’s Chulily-inspired artwork.   The boys and I started by coloring our coffee filters. This actually took […]

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Mud Prints: Animals, Feet and Handprints

The boys have been loving their dirt patch. Henry keeps talking about making mud and turning it to dirt and the other way around, not fully understanding it I don’t think. So I thought, what better way to show him what mud is exactly than making it! We turned the dirt patch into a mud […]

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Play Dough with Tees, Straws & Pipe Cleaners

  A simple play prompt. Play dough. Tees. Straws. And pipe cleaners added later. The boys and I made play dough and I simply added these items to it. It was a great sensory activity because the play dough was still even warm from making it. Play dough normally is a wonderful sensory activity in […]

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Simple Straw-Threaded Shoestring Necklace

  I don’t think is can get much more basic than threading with straws, can it? That’s what I’m all about lately. Getting back to the basics. The simple activities. That are easy to whip up and stuff I have [and you probably do too]. What’s awesome about this is that you can use dry […]

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Water Activity: Painting the Driveway

So, can I credit my mom for an activity? My husband picked up the kids at my parents’ house last week [I was still decorating cakes at suppertime...], and he found them painting her sidewalk with water. Henry told me that night during our nightly bedtime conversation that was his favorite part of the day. […]