It’s Playtime : Play Resources

I love a good round up of activities, art or crafts. A place where I can find a lot of play resources in one spot and go from there. [This also often introduces me to new blogs that I've never seen.] I do a round up each month on the topic I find most compelling […]

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 […]

Outdoor Play : Scavenger Hunt

It has been a while since I made a scavenger hunt for Henry. This time I wanted Henry to be more self-sufficient at it. So I made a scavenger hunt guide with pictures [as well as the word]. [Super easy to make, I just used Word, inserted some clip art of the items, and added […]

Raising Kids is Tough : At the Dinner Table

I announced the Raising Kids is Tough [RKIT] series on the blog and asked for your toughest questions.  Each Monday for the month of August, I’m going to focus on the battles of eating that every household has at one time or another. Very generously, the hands on experts have given their professional and personal answers […]

It’s Playtime! : Beat the Heat

I realize that we’re not the only people going through a heat wave these past few weeks. I’ve noticed in many posts linked up to It’s Playtime lately, especially last week, that my playdate pals have found creative ways to beat the heat too! [Come Together Kids, using the heat like an oven to melt crayons: Hot […]

Sensory Play : Frozen Excavation

In order to Beat The Heat last week, we froze some berries and excavated them out! Using tools to find hidden treasures is thrilling for a preschooler! Henry was so excited to dig out his buried treasure. We got started by making the buried treasures together. We had some leftover fruit in the fridge: blueberries, […]

A Mom with a Lesson Plan : Spotlight

Are you organized and have a lesson plan? I don’t. But, thankfully, Jill from A Mom with a Lesson Plan does! Head on over and check out the new sponsor on the blog, A Mom with a Lesson Plan! There’s Lesson Plans for every theme imaginable and it keeps growing! Just last week, Jill added […]

Raising Kids is Tough : Ask the Experts

  Raising a Kid is Tough. Teaching your children to become responsible adults is a lot of pressure for teachers and parents. To lend a helping hand, experts are here to lend you an ear along with their advice. The Raising Kids is Tough Series is a series of posts dedicated to help take the tough […]

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It’s Playtime! : Fine Motor Skills

Gross motor skills, Henry has down. He was an early walker, and always ahead of the curve for all the big milestones. Those tedious fine motor skills though, Henry has a little trouble with. Henry’s not the most patient little boy, so sneaking in some practice can sometimes be tricky. We have found a few […]

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 […]