Car Play Mat T-Shirt Gift + BKY Kid Giveaway

3..2..1 Blast off car play mat T-shirt gift

I always love the idea of making homemade gifts for parents and grandparents every year. Yes, I love the idea. However, I rarely actually follow through with that idea... This is something I could follow through with though. I am so stoked to share these car play mat t-shirts from our sponsor, BKY Kid! These would make a perfect gift for Mom or Dad, or even Grandma or ...

Doing an Activity with Both a Toddler & Preschooler? These 3 Questions Help Me

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I have three questions I ask myself when I'm about to embark on an activity that involves both my preschooler and my toddler. I often get asked by readers - What are some activities that I can do with both my toddler and my preschooler? I think the answer is limitless. It usually just takes a little tweaking of an activity to make it work. Its learning how to tweak the ...

Thankful Thanksgiving Conversation Starters for Kids

10 Thanksgiving conversation starters for young kids to express their gratitude

These Thanksgiving conversation starters are for kids that are young and just grasping onto the concept of being thankful for what they have and of others. Expressing gratitude and being thankful is something we definitely need to work on in this house. My kids know when to use "please" and "thank you," don't get me wrong. Do they go out of their way to show their gratitude for ...

Technology Complaints Solved Plus The Best Learning Apps for Preschoolers

Take control of kids technology with Kurio - plus the best learning apps for preschoolers to use

Tablets. Kids. Do they belong together? I am a huge advocate for being hands on and playing with your kids. But - and maybe it's contradicting - I am also a huge advocate for the use of technology. I love exposing my kids to technology, in all forms. Most often it's on the tablet. I do second-guess myself and wonder if their time spent using technology is just a waste. And ...

10 Homemade Christmas Decorations for Kids to Make

Homemade Christmas decorations made by the kids

Make this holiday season less stressful with homemade Christmas decorations for kids to make, the key is to make as many or as few as you would like. We always start putting up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. Instead of shopping on Black Friday, that's what we do instead. And since having kids, the Christmas decorations have become less and less. For a ...

Triple the Name Tracing Fun

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This is a name tracing activity that has preschoolers tracing their name three times for a fun way to learn their name. We just had parent/teacher conferences for both the older boys. I am very happy to report that both are doing very well in preschool and first grade. I have no complaints! One thing that George is surprising me with is the ability to write his name. He has ...

The ‘For Boys’ Label and What I Mean By It

The stereotypical boy label ---should it be used?

I would like to talk about boys and girls for a bit. I would like you to know what I mean when I say something is a 'boy activity'. I have a few 'boy' posts on hands on : as we grow that say they're directed towards boys or that they are boy activities. For reference: Everything for Boys on 25 Pinterest Boards Every. Single. Time. I share them somewhere, on Facebook or on ...

Number Line Activity with Place Values

A number line activity for kids to make a number using its place values

We decided to try a number line activity. Have you ever done one? They are great for learning about numbers [in almost any way you can think of] plus getting the kids moving. I first did a number line with George, which is geared better for preschoolers and recognizing numbers [I shared how we did it on PBS Parents]. This version is for Kindergarten on up, kids working on ...

Keeping Kids Busy with Easy Activities

20 easy activities that help with keeping the kids busy (and happy!)

These materials and activity ideas definitely come in handy for keeping the kids busy when I just gotta get something done! I used many of these easy activities as a way to keep the older kids busy when I was pregnant with Louis. I had been thinking about how in the world am I going to preoccupy the kids when the baby needs to be fed, or changed, or just needs all the attention ...

Counting Kernels One to One Correspondence Activity

Counting corn kernels to practice one to one correspondence

George is just getting the hang of counting and one to one correspondence. An important skill to learn before kindergarten. I am extremely excited to share with you this new product, that I'm also excited to be partnering with: Pre-K Achievement Rings. They're visual 'skill' cards on a ring. The set includes a parent guidebook and a wall poster as well. They showcase 37 skills ...

Do the Kernels Take up More Volume than the Ear of Corn Itself?

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There's a myth that we recently heard about here in Iowa during harvest season. The theory, or myth, is about the volume of an ear of corn. The shucked kernels of an ear of corn take up more volume than when the same kernels were still on the cob. We decided to put this to the test and see if its actually true. What do you think? Do the kernels of corn take up more ...

10 Ways to Go on a Halloween Scavenger Hunt

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As you probably already know, I absolutely love doing scavenger hunts for kids. Why not do a Halloween scavenger hunt as well? I shared a spider web scavenger hunt we did for Halloween. But I realized when I was searching for ideas that there's not a lot of variations for Halloween scavenger hunts. They're all very similar and mostly doing a scavenger hunt for Halloween ...