Perfect for fine motor practice - make an egg carton train!

What Can We Use Egg Cartons For? Make a Train

I’m not crunchy. I’m not green. At least I don’t go completely out of my way to be. But I do every day basic things like recycling, shutting off the lights, and so on… [I've listed out my 9 ways to be Earth Friendly with the Kids.] But my best green living tip? And also […]

Busy Toddler Play: Ribbons in a Bottle

Busy Play: Ribbons in a Bottle

This is another super simple activity that can keep the kids busy while you put dinner on the table. Rubber bands have been a great way for me to keep kids busy before dinner too. Plus check out all our busy play ideas! What you’ll need: A bottle [something with a smallish neck]. And a […]

I’m Proud: Writing his Name

Trying to get Henry focused on writing, or really anything fine-motor related, has been a struggle. He was always about movement, full of energy. Too much energy to sit still and take time to learn such a thing as writing. Yes, it worried me. He didn’t seem to be ‘up to par’ in this area. […]

Preschool Activity : Building Structures

Guest Post by    This post is written and shared by Emma at Science Sparks.  A simple, fun activity to do with a variety of ages and skill levels.  And you probably have everything you need right in your pantry!   When I brought out the spaghetti and marshmallows I think my children thought we were having […]

Toddler Activity : Fine Motor Skills with Pom Poms

Toddler play with pom poms! Grabbing, pinching and poking at these little items are great for fine motor development! Henry never got into the little things, he was always too busy and on the move. George gets into it a little bit more and loves to put objects in things. [Believe me, I find stuff in […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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It’s Playtime! : Fine Motor Skills

Gross motor skills, Henry has down. He was an early walker, and always ahead of the curve for all the big milestones. Those tedious fine motor skills though, Henry has a little trouble with. Henry’s not the most patient little boy, so sneaking in some practice can sometimes be tricky. We have found a few […]

Fine motor threading using dandelions picked

Fine Motor Threading with Dandelions

Fine motor activity with dandelions! On Mother’s Day, we headed outside to pick dandelions at my mom’s house and collected them in a basket. Not doing anything in particular with them. Later that week, we went outside and did the same thing again at home. Henry thoroughly enjoys picking dandelions.  He gets excited when he finds […]