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It’s Playtime! : Feet & Hand Prints

Last week on It’s Playtime, I noticed a lot of hand and foot action you guys have been having! But before we get into our playdate, I wanted to share that I found out earlier this week that hands on : as we grow has been nominated as the ‘Best Craft for Kids Blog’ on Parents.com![!!!!!] […]

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 […]

Free Play : DIY Road Map

Not sure why it took me so long to realize that I can draw on our play table. But now that I have, Henry and I have created many road maps! Roads are the biggest hit. And since Henry can’t reach across the table, the road always goes around the table. [Its a 4x8 piece […]

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Thank You Sponsors : Top Referrers

I want to give a huge thank you to Fudoo Boards for continuing our partnership again and a big welcome to a new sponsor this month, A Mom with a Lesson Plan.   Fudoo Boards is a fun, interactive way to learn about and  maintain healthy eating habits as well as a healthy lifestyle! A Mom […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]

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]. [Super easy to make, I just used Word, inserted some clip art of the items, and added […]

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Ice & Water Activities: 38 Ways to Beat the Heat

Have you gotten enough ideas to Beat the Heat?  Here are some [thirty-eight, by the way] icy cool activities and art that I gathered up to share with everyone. Whether you got a water bug in your family, or an artist at your hands. There’s lots of exciting ways to keep cool in this scorching […]

Sensory Play : Frozen Excavation

In order to Beat The Heat last week, we froze some berries and excavated them out! Using tools to find hidden treasures is thrilling for a preschooler! Henry was so excited to dig out his buried treasure. We got started by making the buried treasures together. We had some leftover fruit in the fridge: blueberries, […]

A Mom with a Lesson Plan : Spotlight

Are you organized and have a lesson plan? I don’t. But, thankfully, Jill from A Mom with a Lesson Plan does! Head on over and check out the new sponsor on the blog, A Mom with a Lesson Plan! There’s Lesson Plans for every theme imaginable and it keeps growing! Just last week, Jill added […]

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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 […]