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A Busy Play Activity: Styrofoam Destruction

  Who knew Styrofoam packaging from a ceiling fan could provide such entertainment to two little boys? Add some tools [real tools!] to some good old Styrofoam and let the boys have a blast destructing it. Or is that all they’re doing? At one point Henry was scooping soup Styrofoam pieces and at another time […]

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Fine Motor Activity with Drawer Knobs & Screws

Another toddler busy play activity! I’ve been after my husband for some nuts and bolts. I know he has a bunch somewhere [he saves absolutely everything, I'm sure he has a stash!]. I decided to take a look for some myself and while doing so, George happened to find these drawer knobs with their screws! […]

Dominoes Activity

Entertained with Dominoes!

Dominoes! I think there’s a lot of potential that could be done for activities with Dominoes, but for now, I just let the boys explore them and see what they thought of them. Henry immediately began to make a road with them, and George followed suit. I just happily watched to see what they’d use […]

Toddler Activity: Measuring Cups & Pots

Toddler Busy Play: Measuring Cups & Pots

  I was trying to get some bars in the oven to bake, and the boys were not getting along for the life of them the other day and I needed to separate them. To keep George in the kitchen with me, but also to allow me to accomplish something, I simply handed him my […]

Preschooler Drawing with Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing & Mark Making

Sidewalk chalk has never really been a hit here before. We don’t have the smoothest sidewalks or a very smooth driveway. So I’ve just never pushed it. I don’t even enjoy drawing with it on it, so why should they? [I'd prefer sidewalk paint - regular or fizzy - over the chalk.] But, we always have […]

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Water Play Experiment: Does it Float or Sink?

Seriously, the most asked for activity from Henry is a water activity. After doing his own water experiment, painting with water on the driveway, a what dissolves in water experiment, the stages of water experiment, along with many other countless ones, I am struggling to come up with new ideas for water! But, of course, there’s […]

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Who’s Fastest? Blowing Fabric Race Activity

Thanks to Kitchen Counter Chronicles for passing on the Olympic torch to me in the Kid Bloggers Go Olympics. I now have a chance to race to the finish line and WIN! Or not, as part of a group effort, we’ll all win in celebrating the Olympics with our kids, together. I mentioned winning because […]

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Canvas Art: Oil Pastel Resist Watercolors

There’s something so prestigious about art on a piece of canvas. I think it really makes the kids think they’re making something really special. Last year they made a piece of art on canvas with the frozen paints outside on a very hot day, which hangs in George’s room. Since I bought a twin-pack of […]

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Easy Activity: Pop Bottle Bowling

Bowling is fun for all ages! Even the littlest kids can get a kick out of it just by watching you knock down the pins! Indoor bowling can be done on a whim so easily! Just take a look around your house for something to stand up as the pins. Do you have paper towels? or […]

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Toddler Sensory Activity: Treasure Box

A quick treasure box made for George with recycled material and real coins. I received a package and absolutely love this crinkle paper stuff so I had to use it and knew George would love feeling it. I threw in some real coins and mixed it up a little bit [most of the coins just […]