Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry and I made a real forest with upcycled tin cans, tree branches and a few plants. Henry loves picking up sticks at Grandma’s house. So that’s just what he did. While he added the biggest branches he could find to Grandma’s twig pile, I gathered some small sticks for our project. I snapped the branches to […]

Outdoor Play : Firewood Sculpture

Henry got to camp overnight with Grandma and Grandpa last weekend. We joined them for the night for fire-cooked pizzas and s’mores. Before building the fire, a giant stack of firewood was begging to be played with. Henry and I began to build a sculpture. [Mostly assembled by myself, with Henry's assistance.] Balancing the firewood […]

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 […]

Outdoor Play : Gardening

A garden has been on my to do list for many summers. Finally this summer, we got one planted. Thanks to my mom. The weather we’ve had this last week has been perfect! It’s been so great to be outdoors! Henry didn’t get into it as much as I had hoped he would with the […]

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Baby Play : Block Towers

Any baby [or even preschooler] has a tendency to knock over any tower you build. George jumped right at the opportunity! Stacking up blocks at various heights, George crawled right over to plow them down. Teaching him, amidst his play, all about cause and effect. George first discovered the block towers, attempted to touch them which knocked them down and then […]

Art : Window Paint Creations

Paint on a large window, outside?  It doesn’t get much better than that! We’ve finally had some nice weather lately, and getting outside has been much needed! I quickly made up some window paint. I googled the recipe for window paint and ran across a recipe that included dish soap. I looked under my sink, […]

Free Play : Carpet Doodles

Carpet doodling was an unexpected activity that came out of some free play. Henry and I scored a bunch of old utensils and cookie cutters from my great-grandmother’s house. They’ve been in a bucket around the house and played with nearly every day. As we were playing one day, we discovered that they could make […]

Traveling Activities

This past weekend the boys and I went traveling with Grandma and [someday] Aunt Kim to visit my other brother’s family. How to entertain the boys during our travels? I packed bags of activities to do! Imaginets – a magnetic white board case with magnet shapes to create. [Included some of Henry’s Crayola washable markers […]

Baby Play : Mirror Reflections

Mirrors are fascinating to a baby! George is no exception. I sat George in front of a full length mirror. [the closet doors at the hotel we were at this past weekend] He had a blast exploring his reflection! Can I touch the reflection? What will it do? Turns out the reflection can do everything […]

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 […]