It’s Playtime! : Gardening

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My Mom, Henry and I planted our garden last week. I'm curious how Henry will react when he sees the first seedlings of peas. Or when the pumpkins are large enough to carve! And when we can make cucumber salad with fresh, from the garden, cucumbers. The experience ofgrowing a garden to a preschooler has lots of possibilities. Getting the kids ...

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 ABC blocks and drew one block at a time. On each side of the blocks, ...

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 garden, especially at first. [When there's big machines also at the farm, planting a garden isn't the first ...

Thank You : Sponsor Spotlight

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I want to give a huge thank you to Fudoo Boards for sponsoring me. Fudoo Boards is a fun, interactive way to learn about and maintain healthy eating habits as well as a healthy lifestyle! --------------------- I also want to thank my blog friends by giving a shout out to my top ten referring blogs for May. I recommend any and all of these blogs for you to follow. They ...

It’s Playtime! : Big Art Edition

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Creating Art while sitting just doesn't do it in this house. To get Henry the most involved [and happy while doing it], I come up with ways to make art that gets him moving as well.The best way to do this? Make the art big! The It's Playtime posts that catch my eye the most are the ones with Big Art!  More specifically, Big Art that uses body ...

Baby Play : Block Towers

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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 finally ...

Playtime Series : Messy Kids

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------------ Meet Rachele from Messy Kids! [This is part two in a series of features on the play based hosts of It's Playtime!] ------------ Messy Kids is a play based blog written by Rachele, and is focused on thecreative process of art.Rachele lives in San Diego and sidekicks her blog as a clown!    This canvas art that her son, Michael, made is outstanding and really ...

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, no dish soap? So, I substituted with hand soap. Without really ...

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 marks, or doodles, in the carpet rugs! This lead to some ...

Playtime Series : The Imagination Tree

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------------ Meet Anna from The Imagination Tree! [This is part one in a series of features on the play based hosts of It's Playtime!] ------------ The Imagination Tree is a very creative, play based blog written by Anna Ranson from the UK. She currently stays at home with her two little girls, but professionally she's a primary teacher. Throughout Anna's posts, she has ...

It’s Playtime! : Upcycle before Recycle

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Recycling versus Upcycling? I'm still unsure of the differences, so I had to look it up and found this article from Intercon. How I understand it is to upcycle means you give new life to or reuse items without degrading it. Recycling degrades the item and turns it into something new again.So my advice: Do both! Upcycle the item as many times as possible. Then recycle. And start over ...

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 that easily wipe off with baby wipes.] I Spy ...