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 […]

Playing in the mud making prints

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 […]

Tie Dyed Pillow Case Gift Wrap

Tie Dyed Pillowcase Gift Wrap

The boys [okay mainly Henry] and I received this rad [had to break that out] Tulip Tie Dye Kit in the mail and got to do some tie dying! Totally! We came up with a plan to dye pillow cases before we even got the kit. So we tie dyed right away when we got the […]

Cutting pieces of straws for shoestring necklace

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 pasta […]

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Counting Flower Petals

  We took a look around our house for flowers that were in bloom. I asked Henry if he could count the petals on the flowers. Then I realized that he doesn’t know what a petal is! So we had a little learning lesson about flowers and what part the petal was. I didn’t go […]

Cracker or Cereal Box and Counting Number Puzzles (1)

Two for One: Cracker Box & Number Puzzles

I’ve been on the hunt for some really simple activities that I can throw together on a whim. This ‘cereal box’ puzzle is one of them. I actually didn’t happen to have a cereal boxes in the recycling bin, so I opted for a cracker box. [That’s what’s awesome about this, you can use whatever […]

Pretend Play turning off the tractor

Pretend Play: Tractor Driving

  Henry’s imagination has been in full gear lately. His stories at bedtime are unbelievable. Along with unending… He often sets up the couch as a tractor for some pretend play and drives along and does his work for the day. [Seriously, this kid works all day in his mind.] This would be a great […]

Painting the driveway with water

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. […]