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Outdoor Activity: Rolling Down the Hill

L-O-V-I-N-G this gorgeous March weather. We’re outside playing in it everyday. And we had a first the other day. Henry rolled down our backyard hill! I’ve tried to do this with him a few other times and had no luck in getting him to do it. But this time, he suggested it! [I tried just […]

It’s Playtime! Get Moving Indoors!

  This time of year… Even though its been a mild winter in Iowa. We’re still itching to get outside more and run! We’re finding creative ways to burn off energy in the house. And so our some of our It’s Playtime playdates! I love the ideas that you guys have been coming up with to […]

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Learn Language through Play

Guest Post by Kristina’s is one of the moms behind the amazing blog, Toddler Approved. Kristina is the mom to a preschooler and a baby. I’ve featured Toddler Approved many times on It’s Playtime, so a guest post swap on our blogs was a must! She’s very fun at sneaking in learning. Especially name recognition. […]

Outdoor Activities : Yet to do this Fall

With the weather getting cooler each day, I’ve found that we’re not getting outside nearly as much as we were this summer. The weather is still plenty nice to play all day outside, just with a jacket on instead. [Though that jacket seems to have bugs crawling in it or something, Henry just doesn’t want […]

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It’s Playtime! : Energy Busters

I have lately felt the itch to get moving.To get Henry and George moving, more specifically. I noticed that we haven’t been doing as many energetic activities as we were prior to the summer. Being outdoors all day does get the kids moving. I looked through last week’s It’s Playtime for inspiration to get the […]

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 […]

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Free Play : Fabric

Yesterday’s basket of fabric scraps that George explored, turned into some exploring from Henry, as well. The entire basket, of course, was dumped onto the floor immediately. Henry began sorting the fabric scraps by color. At least that’s what he told me. He was collecting the blue fabrics. He hoarded his collection behind him. Telling me […]

Letter Learning Activity with the ABC Mat!

Using an ABC Mat and ABC Blocks, a letter learning activity is formed! Letting Henry lead the way, we put the ABC mat together in order of the ABC’s and 123’s. He used his hammer to pound in each of the letters to their corresponding blocks. Once the mat was together, we gathered our Melissa and Doug […]

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Easter Egg Hunt

A few of the family kids [all boys!] got together on Easter  and did a quick egg hunt in the back yards. It was great to get outside. I have to ‘fess up and say I didn’t make the Outdoors in April challenges. This last week has been hectic with Easter at the bakery and the […]

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Activity Course with Balloons

Every child I know has a fascination with balloons. At every birthday party, every kid wants to take one home. They are usually the highlight of the party… [unless you have one of these at your party.] So this week I thought: Why do the balloons only come out at birthday parties? They bring lots of […]