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, […]

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 […]

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Playtime Series : The Imagination Tree

———— 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 […]

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It’s Playtime! : Upcycle before Recycle

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 […]

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 […]

Baby Play : Mirror Reflections

Mirrors are fascinating to a baby! George is no exception. I sat George in front of a full length mirror. [the closet doors at the hotel we were at this past weekend] He had a blast exploring his reflection! Can I touch the reflection? What will it do? Turns out the reflection can do everything […]

Outdoor Play: Dandelion Picking

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 […]

Sensory Play : Flour Piping Activity

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.Henry […]

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 […]