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 […]

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 […]

Free Play Activity : Stirring and Mixing

Henry is sometimes all business and no play. He thinks a lot of things are ‘his job’. As he often says, ‘It’s my job’ in his bestman’s voice. This day was no exception. [His facial expressions in all of the photos show exactly his seriousness of the day. No smiles.] Time for some free play.  I set […]

Exploring Baby Food

Last week on It’s Playtime! I featured some baby things to do. The pudding fingerpaint [from Girl in Air] stuck in my mind. A friend of mine commented on Facebook about using baby food, too! That’s just what I did. George was fussy one afternoon while Henry was napping. After failing all attempts to make him happy […]

Stacking : Trial & Error

As we were playing the other day,  I looked over,  and saw Henry building this: I was quite impressed! Those are skinny blocks and they stood as tall as him! I’m not quite sure what they are exactly, or where we even got them. But this could easily be done with any kind of box.  […]

Homemade Play Doh : It’s [much] Softer!

As I’ve mentioned a few times already, Henry is on a huge layDoh kick lately. One day last week, Henry and I were with his Grandma. He wanted to play with PlayDoh. Grandma’s PlayDoh had gotten kind of hard and crumbly. So we set off to make our own. I’ve seen many of you guys […]

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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 […]

Cupcake Masterpieces by the Future Baker

I had some work to get done at the Bakery this morning, Henry tagged along. [That's something new for me.  Henry tags along with Dad to work at the Bakery quite often. But never with me.] I wasn’t sure how it’d go. Then I thought maybe he could make his own cupcakes while I’m decorating […]