Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Create an After-School Schedule

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The school year has started back up, and with that comes a whole new dimension of "busy" for our household.  This is a crazy time for families with only one or two children, but having five children and a handful of daycare kids means that we especially have to be on our game to keep things running smoothly!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A is for Acorns and Apples Sensory Play for Kids

As part of our Apple Theme, we created an "A is for Apples and Acorns" sensory bin!  The kids have been playing with this bin all month long and have not gotten tired of it yet!  Even the big kids have been playing with it after school.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Recycled Apple Craft for Kids

September is the perfect time for apple crafts and activities!  Recently we've been having fun with our apple water bin and cooking up some new apple crafts!  One of our favorites were these fun apples out of recycled beverage carriers!  They are going to be so cute on my Fall dining table!
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People often ask me how I can afford to constantly be crafting and creating sensory bins for the kids.  It's simple really.  I re-use and use as many free materials as possible!  My husband and I have a bit of an obsession with coffee drinks and whenever he goes to get us some, he comes home with beverage carriers.  I hate to throw things away so I've started saving them for our daycare crafts.  Last time, we made recycled green sea turtles with our ocean theme.  This time, I pulled them out for some apple fun.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Easy Apple Water Bin Sensory Play for Kids

Have you noticed a lot of sensory bins on the blog lately? I have a confession to make. It's not completely because I've discovered how wonderful they are for fine motor skills and developing language (they are!), or because they can lead to some fantastic pretend play (they can!).  It's because my kids love them and because they'll play with them for HOURS!  They're also cheap to put together (compared to what you could spend on toys) and they allow me to get some other work done or take care of the baby without feeling guilty!

I put this bin together shortly after I came home from the hospital with Kate and it was so loved by my youngest boys that we did it several times that week!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hey Diddle Diddle Nursery Rhyme Mini Sensory Bin for Kids

If you have fun with this, you may want to check out our other Sensory Activities for simple play ideas!

Today, we're participating in a Classic Nursery Rhymes Crafts and Activities series hosted by Sugar Aunt's.  The kids love when we do a craft or activity with a specific book so I knew that they'd love this nursery rhyme activity.  In fact, they get excited every time I break out the chart paper.  There's something magical about chart paper and smelly markers !

Friday, September 12, 2014

Farm Animal Painting for Preschool

Since the kids had so much fun with our dinosaur prints awhile ago, I thought I'd try the same activity with our plastic farm animals.  The kids have really enjoyed these animals and they have been so much fun to use in our various farm sensory bins.  They were a great addition to our painting time and really sparked the kids' imaginations.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Plant Stew - Scissor Practice for Preschool

With Summer winding down, my flowers are starting to wilt and look a little worse for wear. Actually, truth be told, I'm probably the worst gardener around so the plants always look like they could use a little love!  Maybe one day, when the kids are grown, I can focus on the roses and hydrangeas.  For now, if Mother Nature doesn't provide enough water for them, they're certainly not getting it from me!  That's why they made the perfect specimens for this activity!
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