Color Snow: A Winter Activity

Color snow in the yard as a fun, art activity in the winter!   We were graced with a warm day [32 degrees] with a light dusting of snow [a couple inches] just before Christmas. My Christmas wish came true! We barely had a white Christmas, but we did! The morning the snow fell, Henry and […]

Snowman Fridge Activity

Activity: Snowman Fridge

A very large snowman for your kitchen! This is so easy to do! I made ours an interactive snowman. I cut out the following pieces from craft foam sheets. 2 large black circles [eyes] 3 medium black circles [buttons] 5 small black circles [mouth] 1 orange triangle [nose] If you don’t have the craft foam sheets, […]

Learning Activity: Cutting Snowflakes

Henry’s been on a cutting kick lately. Since its winter, I decided to take advantage of this and cut snowflakes! I tried my best to make this as preschooler-friendly as possible. We used coffee filters for our snowflakes. Coffee filters are easy to cut, plus they’re already round! And they were really easy for Henry to cut. […]

Science Experiment : Ice, Water, Vapor

Henry woke up asking to do an experiment! When I asked what kind of experiment he’d like to do, he replied, Ice! Probably thinking of our sand and salt experiment on ice that we did for the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge [for Day 22, Investigate]. I didn’t have anything prepared yet, but ice […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Special Craft

DAY 28 CHALLENGE: CREATE SOMETHING  FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL DAY 28 CHALLENGE: Take a moment to discuss ideas with your child about what you’d like to create and for who. How can you make it special? How can you make it personal? Take the time today to create it for that special someone! [Remember to keep […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Investigate

DAY 22 CHALLENGE: INVESTIGATE DAY 22 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes investigating something of interest to your child. Whether its how something works, why we use certain materials or tools for things, or a simple science investigation. Take a minutes to research it yourself, then find a why to explore it further with your […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Paint

DAY 20 CHALLENGE: PAINT! DAY 20 CHALLENGE: Paint! In anyway you like! Get creative [and maybe a little messy], and spend 15 minutes of uninterrupted time, with the kids today! Challenge yourself to use a new tool to paint with. Or even better, paint on something out of the ordinary! Or maybe use a new method of painting! Get […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Act Out a Story

DAY 14 CHALLENGE: ACT OUT A STORY Today we’re digging into your imaginations [as well as memory!] and bringing a story to real life! Read a story, or have your child tell it from memory and play the parts. Bring the story to life! I recently read about this Comprehension Story Walk at Fairy Dust Teaching that could […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Water Play

DAY 8 CHALLENGE: WATER PLAY This is bound to be a little messy, so prep your area a little bit if you mind. Playing with water is an all-time favorite in this house. Henry and George both could stand on a stool for hours [literally] at the kitchen sink, splashing, scooping, cleaning, or anything else […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Build a Fort!

DAY 2 CHALLENGE: BUILD A FORT! Today is a simple, easy task that every one can do with whatever they have on hand. And every child I know loves building forts! Building it is almost more fun than playing in it, so let the kids take part in that as well! Let them lead you […]