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Painting with Eggs & Rolling Balls

Gets the kids moving and creative at the same time while painting with eggs. Just the plastic Easter egg kind, not real ones! [Though that brings an idea...] It’s sometimes hard to do a toddler art activity when all they do is just sit and create. Henry is particularly this way. That’s why big art is […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : A Hunt

DAY 16 CHALLENGE: GO ON A HUNT DAY 16 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes of uninterrupted* time going on a hunt! Plan one out with drawings, pictures or words. Or shout out an item to look for! Get creative with it! [*uninterrupted : being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, […]

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Sensory Activity: Hauling Corn

With harvest in full swing at Grandpa’s farm, Henry’s always begging to go along and ride in the combine. This weekend, the entire family got out there and rode along! I decided to bring home some corn straight from the field for a sensory activity! [Okay, it may have gone through the corn bins before I got […]

Zoo Animal Puzzles: Eric Carle Art Activity

Art Activity : Zoo Animal Puzzles

A counting book called 1, 2 ,3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle inspired this creative art and activity.  The book is a counting train of zoo animals!  Henry really enjoyed this book and loved counting each zoo animal. A great way to learn to count to ten. We decided to bring these zoo animals to life […]

Art: DIY Wrapping Paper from Tissue Paper

George is turning 1…tomorrow!   Henry and I got creative by making some of our own wrapping paper for George’s present. A simple art technique with tissue paper and water, that I learned about from The Little Red Hen. Henry started with ripping different colors of tissue paper into small pieces.     We then arranged […]

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Pipe Cleaner Activity to Keep Kids Busy

I know Henry’s fine motor skills have never been his strongest trait. So, I do sneak in some fun here and there that works his fingers, such as the Dandelion Hat and Colored Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment. But this activity was not intended for Henry at all. I set out this colander and some pipe […]

Fine Motor Activity: Cutting Straws

As a learning activity to help Henry learn to use a scissors better, I set out the above items on his play table during his nap. It includes straws, Magic Loops [plastic strings], and a pair of child scissors. I really didn’t expect Henry to be as excited as he was when he woke from […]

Free Play : DIY Road Map

Not sure why it took me so long to realize that I can draw on our play table. But now that I have, Henry and I have created many road maps! Roads are the biggest hit. And since Henry can’t reach across the table, the road always goes around the table. [Its a 4×8 piece […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]

Outdoor Play : Scavenger Hunt

It has been a while since I made a scavenger hunt for Henry. This time I wanted Henry to be more self-sufficient at it. So I made a scavenger hunt guide with pictures [as well as the word]. Another fun way to do a nature scavenger hunt is to go on a nature walk scavenger hunt […]