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 […]

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It’s Playtime! : Sensory Activities

We don’t set out to find ways to play with textures and do sensory activities. Usually, they find us in our own everyday play – whether you know it or not, your child is exposed to sensory type play every time he touches, eats, smells, or makes a mess with something! This week alone, Henry […]

Flour piping sensory activity for kids

Flour Piping Sensory Activity for Kids

After seeing the sand piping bags at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, I knew it was a sensory activity that Henry would love to get messy doing. Minus the sand, we made our own flour piping bags. After our Free Play : Stirring and Mixing activity, I couldn’t let Henry miss out on mixing together the flour and water. […]

Play Dough Noodle Threading Activity

Playdough is still Henry’s favorite go-to activity. In need of new ideas for activities, I posted a discussion on the we teach : bodies to move board to link up your favorite fine motor skills activity. Nicole [The Activity Mom] linked up her Spaghetti Noodle Lacing activity that caught my eye. To start, I made a few playdough […]

Cardboard Box Ramps: Trial & Error

Henry [along with most preschool boys] loves things that move. These cardboard box ramps were no exception.   The ramps are leftover cardboard box flaps [from the Box Flap Bridges] that I hot glued inside another cardboard box. I cut a square hole in the lower end of each box flap for the ball to fall through, […]

Craft an Airplane : from Green Kid Crafts

Here’s a simple, quick airplane craft from Green Kid Crafts. I was pretty excited when Penny from Green Kid Crafts contacted me about reviewing her products – the only subscription-based, earth-friendly craft kits in the states. I was even more excited when I got the crafts! They were sent to me packaged in completely recyclable materials: […]

Free Play Activity : Stirring and Mixing

Henry is sometimes all business and no play. He thinks a lot of things are ‘his job’. As he often says, ‘It’s my job’ in his bestman’s voice. This day was no exception. [His facial expressions in all of the photos show exactly his seriousness of the day. No smiles.] Time for some free play.  I set […]

It’s Playtime! : Move That Body!

Science@Home had a great post linked up to last week’s It’s Playtime: Body Games! These games are played with just your body! They all really encourage play in children of all ages! We are very active in this house and do many of these games on a regular basis: Running! Wrestling! Tickling! Some games that I’m most excited to try: Rolling […]

Exploring Baby Food

Last week on It’s Playtime! I featured some baby things to do. The pudding fingerpaint [from Girl in Air] stuck in my mind. A friend of mine commented on Facebook about using baby food, too! That’s just what I did. George was fussy one afternoon while Henry was napping. After failing all attempts to make him happy […]

Stacking : Trial & Error

As we were playing the other day,  I looked over,  and saw Henry building this: I was quite impressed! Those are skinny blocks and they stood as tall as him! I’m not quite sure what they are exactly, or where we even got them. But this could easily be done with any kind of box.  […]