Explore Textures on an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

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We went on a scavenger hunt as a backyard exploration. We've done outdoor scavenger hunts quite a bit. This time we made it a learning experience inspired by a Playful Learning eLesson [who has sponsored this post], Backyard Science, as well as a way to explore our backyard in a different way. This time we set out in our backyard to explore textures. The Backyard Science eLesson ...

Fall Leaf Collage made with Bubble Wrap Art

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I feel like a successful hands on mom when my preschooler runs to me with bubble wrap in his hand and says,  "We have to save this and paint with it later!" That's how this fall leaf collage came about. We made bubble wrap art prints first in beautiful fall colors. Henry started with dumping red, yellow and orange paint onto a sheet pan. Then pressing his saved bubble ...

Simple Obstacle Course for Crawlers

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Louis is mobile now and almost walking, so he's crawling like a maniac, and stairs are not an obstacle anymore...so its time to have some fun! Creating an obstacle course seems kind of crazy to do with a baby... but it really isn't! It's a great way for babies to work on their already building gross motor skills! While this is a very basic obstacle course, it seems like ...

Slimy Spaghetti Sensory Activity for Toddlers

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Sensory activities are always fun for toddlers to do. They get to explore, and there's never a right or wrong way to do it. A spaghetti sensory activity is perfect for Halloween because it's oh-so-slimy! We turned The Imagination Tree's bug slime spaghetti [eww!] into a sensory activity especially for Halloween with just a few colors! I simply cooked up a package of spaghetti ...