Busy Play Activities for Kids

Busy Play on It’s Playtime!

After listing a bunch of toddler activities yesterday, I realized busy play is really good for them. Where it just opens up the door to exploration of materials or a new concept for them. Plus busy play has its advantages for the parent! It keeps them occupied while you can get something done [like laundry […]

Learning the ABCs

ABCs and Beyond on It’s Playtime!

Learning the ABCs are such a gigantic step for a preschooler! At least it was for me when Henry first recognized the letter M. After that, they fell into place really quickly! First there’s upper case letters, then lower case letters…. then its onto sounds [or sometimes sounds come before recognizing the letters]. And then […]

Creative Art for Easter

It’s Playtime! A Creative Easter

I’m finally getting into Easter mode. After making a collage cross with the boys, and working on the weeds outside. It’s made me realize that Easter is just around the corner. Easter has a lot of craftiness to it for some reason. So I thought I’d share a few ways to get really creative and […]

Outdoor Activities for Kids

It’s Playtime! Outdoor Activities

We’re outside all the time all of a sudden, and I feel so unprepared! I don’t have any activities in my mind yet for outdoors! Gotta start making a list I guess. So today I’ll start with some from It’s Playtime! Its crazy that this March weather has let us play outside everyday, and without […]

Shamrock Kids Crafts, Art, and Learning Activities

It’s Playtime! St. Patrick’s Day Shamrocks

I think St. Patrick’s Day if Henry’s favorite holiday. Why? Because everything’s green! Its his favorite color! He’s always super excited to make any shamrocks that we do. And I love the hanging shamrock craft we came up with this year too! Last year’s shamrock window decor craft was more toddler friendly, and I think […]

rainbow art, sensory, and even food

It’s Playtime! Colorful Rainbows

We had a lot of fun going on a hunt for toys in the colors of the rainbow. Henry knows the colors at time, usually he needs a little bit of reminding though. The rainbow sponge art had a lot of repetitiveness with applying the colors over and over, so that was a great way […]

It’s Playtime is Learning Time!

I love to find fun ways to teach new concepts to the boys.Henry’s been really into counting lately, so we’ve been doing a lot of things with numbers. [He's even adding and subtracting, and even sometimes dividing without even knowing it!]Here’s 4 learning activities for the kids from last week’s It’s Playtime! Above, clockwise from […]

It’s Playtime! Time to Recycle!

I’ve been on the lookout for some fun ways to get some use out of our recycling. The 34 Recyclables to Upcycle is only the beginning of what can be done with recyclables! Its so fun to see what everyone comes up with to do with stuff that most find as trash! Above, clockwise from […]

It’s Playtime! Get Moving Indoors!

  This time of year… Even though its been a mild winter in Iowa. We’re still itching to get outside more and run! We’re finding creative ways to burn off energy in the house. And so our some of our It’s Playtime playdates! I love the ideas that you guys have been coming up with to […]

It’s Playtime! The Heart Project Features

  The Heart Project has been kicked off great. A week into it and we’ve raised well over our initial goal over $1,000 for the American Heart Association. We’ve now re-evaluated our goal, and lifted it to $2k, will you help us make it? The Heart Project is a book [The Heart Book] full ofheart […]