Art : DIY Tie-Dyed T-Shirts

Guest Post by Welcome back, Jane from Mama Pea Pod! Way back, when It’s Playtime was new [this week we've done it 20 times already!], I found this fun filled blog called Mama Pea Pod and asked her right away to guest post on hands on : as we grow. It was around Easter, and […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]

It’s Playtime! : Paper Play

Last week on It’s Playtime, I featured all about colors. This week, its all about paper. Sometime to do with both paper and colors: A Color Collage! I’m over at Mama Pea Pod today sharing about this fun learning activity! As for some play ideas with paper? My play pals punch, fold, rip, glue and […]

Crafty Art : Eric Carle Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is probably the most well-known, and popular, of his books. At least it is to me. I asked Henry if he’d like to make a caterpillar out of tin cans. He jumped at the chance and wanted me to read the book constantly while he painted. Tin cans […]

Music Art : Tin Can Drums

We’ve been on a tin can binge, so Henry and I had to make these drums from tin cans, too! During my hunt for balloon ideas, I found this tin can drum idea from both Quirky Momma and Mini-Eco. Since Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, and his Dad used to be a drummer, I […]

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry and I made a real forest with upcycled tin cans, tree branches and a few plants. Henry loves picking up sticks at Grandma’s house. So that’s just what he did. While he added the biggest branches he could find to Grandma’s twig pile, I gathered some small sticks for our project. I snapped the branches to […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s Playtime! : Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day, Henry and I created a fun and very playful bouquet of flowers together for my mom and for his late Grandma. Here’s a sneak peak. [Full post here!] Play based ideas preschoolers can do for Mother’s Day: Clean the house, preschooler style [very appreciated by mom]. Make the Yarn Circle Garland into a bouquet of […]