What to Make with Craft Sticks: Kid Art to Hang on the Wall

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This is my preschooler's idea of what to make with craft sticks. Completely child-led and made and I couldn't be more proud. After playing with colored crafts sticks with Louis, George took on a craft stick project all by himself. He asked if we could glue the craft sticks together. Sure! Why not? I set up the table with some newspaper while George got the glue ...

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt for Non-Readers

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Hunting around the grocery store for some good snacks for the kids! A simple grocery store scavenger hunt that we made, that you can make too, with whatever foods or snacks it is that you'd like to find.Of course, this was a hit with the kids! We always love a good scavenger hunt.But this was also such a fun way to do an activity away from the house. It's rare when we ...

A Sticky Spider Web Activity for Kids!

A sticky spider web activity - a perfect gross motor activity for Halloween!

This sticky spider web activity can be done in any doorway, hallway or other somewhat narrow place that you have. I have pocket doors that are about six feet wide and it worked perfectly. I used painter's tape [affiliate link] and made a spider web to span the width of the door. I absolutely love using painter's tape in many activities, especially as a way to get the kids ...

Follow the Lines to the Apple

Which string will take you to the apple? Follow the lines to find it!

You know those place mats you get at restaurants that have activities for the kids to do while you wait for your food? Many of them have these follow the lines activities that the kids always love to do. [I included a link to an example at the end of this post.] Being 2D, my kids often get confused and treat it more like a maze and turn at any corner they want to get to where ...

16 Counting Activities for Preschoolers

16 counting activities for preschooler to practice their 1-2-3s

George is counting like crazy lately! I don't know when, but it just clicked for him one day. Now, to put it into context, these are some fun counting activities for preschoolers to practice their 1-2-3s! There are some many hands on counting activities to do with the kids! Finding what's in nature, counting leaves, counting petals, counting rocks. Or look in their toy bin and ...

Painting with Trucks and Other Things That Go

Paint with trucks

When Henry was a toddler, or maybe a young preschooler, painting with trucks was a sure-fire way to get him to be creative! Its fun, he gets to use what he's already interested in [what little boy, or girl, doesn't love trucks!?] and make a mess in the process! While I was getting supper on the table, I handed him a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper. Color of his ...

12 Sight Word Activities with a Lot of Hands on Learning

12 sight word activities - hands on learning

Henry is a first grader this year and came home with a letter about their expectations for learning sight words. Call me crazy, but I was so excited! That means we get to do all these fun sight word activities to help him learn them! Sight words are all about memorization and recognition. Not about the spelling or sounding them out. Seeing the sight word and knowing what it is ...

Yarn Apple Craft for Kids to Make

A yarn apple craft for kids to make in the fall

Yarn crafts always make for fun crafts for the kids. And its apple season here, the apples are just about ready, so I thought it was the perfect idea to make a yarn apple craft. We've done this yarn technique many times in the past. So I won't get into huge detail of how to do it, you can read more about any tips I have in these other yarn crafts: Yarn circle garland Yarn ...

Display Kids Artwork from School in One Spot

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Back to school is here! And I'm determined to find some way to display the kids' artwork that gets brought home from school. I always have every intention of scrapbooking. I always have every intention of doing yearly folders of keepsakes for school. I always have every intention... Oops. Well, my intentions sometimes don't go very far. I'm worried about artwork and ...

Simple Baby Activities to Do This Week

Plan a week of baby activities to do

A simple, but fun, week of baby activities! After sharing the four general weekly planners with my incredible newsletter subscribers, I asked if they had any suggestions for new weekly planners. By far, everyone wants to know what to do with their one year old, so I shared a week of activities for one year olds last week. And then there's baby activities. Everyone wants to ...

Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers To Do with a Plastic Bottle

A fine motor activity to keep toddler busy using a plastic bottle

I always love to figure out what to do with a plastic bottle. There's always so many options when upcycling plastic bottles! I usually tend to thing crafty things can be made from plastic bottles, but they're also great for doing things for activities with the kids. Such as our sand and water scoop, or the catch the ball toy. Louis got a chance to get in on the action this ...

Fort Magic Obstacle Course for Kids in the Backyard

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I have been dying to make an obstacle course for kids in the backyard for years. I just never really had any spectacular ideas of what to make it with, even though we've made a simple crawler obstacle course, and even a learning obstacle course inside... taking it outdoors daunted me. I knew it needed to be simple for the kids to understand, because making a map of what they ...