Traveling Activities

This past weekend the boys and I went traveling with Grandma and [someday] Aunt Kim to visit my other brother’s family. How to entertain the boys during our travels? I packed bags of activities to do! Imaginets – a magnetic white board case with magnet shapes to create. [Included some of Henry's Crayola washable markers […]

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 […]

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It’s Playtime! : Sensory Activities

We don’t set out to find ways to play with textures and do sensory activities. Usually, they find us in our own everyday play – whether you know it or not, your child is exposed to sensory type play every time he touches, eats, smells, or makes a mess with something! This week alone, Henry […]

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 […]

Cardboard Box Ramps: Trial & Error

Henry [along with most preschool boys] loves things that move. These cardboard box ramps were no exception.   The ramps are leftover cardboard box flaps [from the Box Flap Bridges] that I hot glued inside another cardboard box. I cut a square hole in the lower end of each box flap for the ball to fall through, […]

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 […]

Craft an Airplane : from Green Kid Crafts

Here’s a simple, quick airplane craft from Green Kid Crafts. I was pretty excited when Penny from Green Kid Crafts contacted me about reviewing her products – the only subscription-based, earth-friendly craft kits in the states. I was even more excited when I got the crafts! They were sent to me packaged in completely recyclable materials: […]

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 […]