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Who’s Fastest? Blowing Fabric Race Activity

Thanks to Kitchen Counter Chronicles for passing on the Olympic torch to me in the Kid Bloggers Go Olympics. I now have a chance to race to the finish line and WIN! Or not, as part of a group effort, we’ll all win in celebrating the Olympics with our kids, together. I mentioned winning because […]

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Drawing Activity: Chalkboard Connect the Dots

  I found a simple way to have Henry work on writing [fine motor skills] as well as refreshing his counting skills. I also wanted to give him confidence that he could create drawings with just simple lines. Using a chalk board and chalk [or you could use your sidewalk or driveway if you don’t have […]

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Learning Activity: Shape Sorting for Preschoolers

Shape sorting. A good review for Henry before school starts! This was one of those non-planned activities though. The boys had been playing with the ABC and square foam mats and I was sorting through some of my crafty items in my cupboard. I came across these poster shapes that I got from CraftProjectIdeas. I […]

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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? or […]

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Push Pin Geoboard: Made by Child!

A geoboard has been on my list of things to make for the kids for a long, long time. They’ve always seemed like such a great means to work on fine motor skills but yet letting the kids be creative. I’ve had the perfect board for it, and have been waiting [ever-so-patiently] for my husband […]

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Fly a [Homemade and Recycled] Kite!

Fly a kite today!  Run in the backyard or take it to the park. All you need it some string, a plastic grocery bag [one preferably without holes, which may or may not be hard to find], and a rubberband for extra assurance that it won’t fly away. I tied string to both handles of the […]

Make your own American Flag Activity for Kids

Make Your Own [Life-Size] American Flag

  The American Flag is awesome for learning! There’s patterning, there’s counting to be had, working on fine motor skills, and I even thought measuring could be mixed into this activity, but I didn’t push that one. I grabbed our American Flag as it got taken down off our porch last year because of the […]

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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 […]