10 easy tips to keep messy play - CLEAN!

10 Tips to Keep Messy Play Clean

Some tips for keeping it clean while having lots of messy play fun from Growing a Jeweled Rose. A messy way to play in the new year! Hello, my name is Crystal, writer and creator of the play based website Growing A Jeweled Rose. We share lots of sensory and messy play activities on Growing A […]

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A Clean Up Method: Blocks Transport

Does this look familiar to you? A tub of blocks, dumped out all over the floor? This constantly happens in our house. Any tub of toys gets dumped out in its entirety. Blocks are very common to be strewn about the floor. And this time it happened while I was trying to get dinner on […]

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Mud Prints: Animals, Feet and Handprints

The boys have been loving their dirt patch. Henry keeps talking about making mud and turning it to dirt and the other way around, not fully understanding it I don’t think. So I thought, what better way to show him what mud is exactly than making it! We turned the dirt patch into a mud […]

Free Play : DIY Road Map

Not sure why it took me so long to realize that I can draw on our play table. But now that I have, Henry and I have created many road maps! Roads are the biggest hit. And since Henry can’t reach across the table, the road always goes around the table. [Its a 4x8 piece […]

11 Fun ways for preschoolers to clean up too

11 Fun Ways for Preschoolers to Clean Up

Cleaning is a part of life, unfortunately. Why not start at a young age? I like to include clean up as part of the activity we’re doing. Making it fun makes it seem more like something we get to do, rather than have to. Henry usually goes with my ideas and generally loves the clean […]

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, […]

Henry’s First Egg Decorating

  This is Henry’s first year of actually trying to do some egg decorating. We tried some new [to me] techniques this year. I got inspired by the 26 Ideas and Techniques for Egg Decorating list that I put together earlier this week. Henry, my mom and I tried 4 techniques. ————————- Vibrant Egg Dye Aren’t these […]

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Building a Bird’s Nest : Outdoors in April

Henry and I have been talking about making a bird’s nest for a couple weeks now. This week it finally got warm enough to spend the entire morning or afternoon (or both!) outdoors. To make our bird’s nest, Henry and I headed outside to gather our materials for the nest: small sticks, leaves, dead grass I […]

Shaving Cream Eggs for Easter Tree

A messy messy activity ending with a beautiful craft for Easter Start by adding shaving cream to a pan. [Henry had troubles pushing it hard enough to make it come out.] Add food coloring. Swirl the colors around. Swirl some more [and end up with a not so pretty color] Build towers. Add utensils. [Henry […]

How a toddler helps

Toddler Talk : Helping

The one thing that lets me have some sort of order in this house, and keeps me sane, is that Henry loves to help me clean and do my regular household work. Dust mopping the wood floors has become a weekly necessity and this is Henry’s favorite! I shortened a Swiffer mop by taking out a couple […]