Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dr. Seuss Inspired ABC Sensory Bin for Kids

Want more ideas for spending time with your kids?  Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Pinterest and sign up for emails to keep up with all the latest crafts, activities, and kid-friendly recipes!

I have a whole host of Dr. Seuss activities that I have been sitting on and the more I see these photos staring at me on my camera card, the more I know I need to share them with all of you. With Summer approaching, lots of parents are thinking about ways to sneak in some fun learning activities and get their kids ready for preschool.  This activity was a big hit with my 2 and 3-year-olds!
Dr. Seuss Sensory Bin - Great for practicing letters and fine motor skills!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Preschool Learning Games with Goldfish® Crackers


Want more ideas for spending time with your kids?  Be sure to follow us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages and sign up for emails to keep up with all the latest crafts, activities, and kid-friendly recipes!

Being home with my kids means that I'm present for all the little moments.  I get to be the one to teach them and train them, and enjoy every smile along the way!  With the warmer weather, we're moving our learning and playful discoveries outdoors.  This week, we used some simple materials and our favorite Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers to create some fun learning and playing opportunities.
Preschool Learning Games with Goldfish® Crackers - Fun Learning activities and a chance to win $100 Visa Gift Card #ad
All we needed for our games were some paper plates, markers, and a few handfuls of Cheddar Goldfish crackers.  Of course, you could always use the color Goldfish crackers or even the S'mores variety (which are my son's current favorite!).


Monday, May 11, 2015

10 of Our Favorite Bedtime Books for Kids

Want more ideas for spending time with your kids?  Be sure to follow us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages and sign up for emails to keep up with all the latest crafts, activities, and kid-friendly recipes!

Lots of research has been done to show that children develop much of their capacity to learn in the first three years of life.  Parents can help this development by talking, singing, and reading with their children.  Literally, there is nothing better that we can do for our children's desire to read than just to read with them and to them.  Not only are we exposing them to letters, site words, and vocabulary, we are creating positive memories revolving around reading.

Our favorite times for reading with the kids are right before naptime and bedtime.  This is a great way to settle down, snuggle in, and spend time bonding over stories.  Over the years, our kids have definitely gravitated to certain favorites and today I'm sharing some of those with you.  Hopefully, you'll find some new ones to add to your collection:
10 Favorite Bedtime Books for Kids - This is a great list to save for the kids and gifts!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lego Water Sensory Play for Kids

Warmer weather means lots of water play at our house. There are few things that keep the kids more entertained than a container of water on a hot day. To this day, our favorite gift has been the Step2 Sand & Water Center for sensory play all year long. For this activity, I combined two things that my kids LOVE: water and Lego Duplo Blocks and let the kids direct their own play. 

 photo Lego Water Sensory Play_zpskxtpw5o7.jpg 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY Mother's Day Magnets for Kids to Make

Want more ideas for spending time with your kids?  Be sure to follow us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages and sign up for emails to keep up with all the latest crafts, activities, and kid-friendly recipes!

Mother's Day is just around the corner and there are so many fun options for gifts for kids to make. In the past, we've made potholders, flower-pots, fabric bags, and picture frames. This year, I have something fun up my sleeve for my daycare parents that I can't share just yet (in case they're reading), but I also let my older kids make these fun magnets and I was surprised at how much they LOVED the process.
Fun Magnets for Kids to make for Mom!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pizza Box City - Recycled Materials Small World Play

Want more ideas for spending time with your kids?  Be sure to follow us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages and sign up for emails to keep up with all the latest crafts, activities, and kid-friendly recipes!

In honor of Earth Day, I had to share this activity that my kids came up with all on their own.  After a particularly trying morning of, "Mommy, can we play on our Kindles?" (NO!) and "Mommy, can we play video games?" (NO!), my kids finally figured out that I really meant no screen time. Sometimes, you just need a detox, and this was the perfect activity to remind them that they really are creative, wonderful children.

I told the kids that they could use any of our craft materials and anything that they found in the recycling bin to create a project.

It all started with a pizza box...

 The kids cut the top off of the box and worked together to color it using crayons and markers.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Magnet Learning Activities for Kids

Want more ideas for spending time with your kids?  Be sure to follow us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages and sign up for emails to keep up with all the latest crafts, activities, and kid-friendly recipes!  

Since Christmas, we have been having lots of fun exploring with the magnets in my son's new Super Magnet Lab .  It was by far one of his favorite presents.  At first, I planned to write a separate post for each of our activities, but since several months have passed, I decided to give you all an overview of some of our favorite activities all in one place!