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!
Plant Stew - Great for #scissor practice for #preschool!  Get the kids #outdoors this #Fall!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Farm Book Sensory Bins for Kids

Sensory Bins have become my youngest boys' favorite things in the past few weeks. We have spent lots of time playing in the water table and creating our own sensory bins to go along with our farm theme. After seeing what a hit the mud sensory bin was, I was inspired by Little Bins for Little Hands to create sensory bins for some of our farm-themed books.  The boys spent hours playing with these and they really helped the books come alive for them.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

25 Steps to Potty Training

Potty-training, you either love it or hate it!  I have now potty trained over a dozen kids and I can say that this is usually pretty much how it goes for me.  There are those parents who never have to train at all and brag about how easy potty-training was...we secretly want to smack those people!  So, if you're one of those who successfully completely potty-training boot-camp in 24 hours or you happen to click your tongue and your infant pees in the potty, I'm happy for you.  No, really, I am!  But, don't bother commenting, I'm probably busy scrubbing the floor or singing the "poop goes in the potty song"!
25 Steps to Potty-Training - a humorous look at #potty-training {Mamas Like Me} - Yep, this is pretty much how it looks!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Farm Animal Sensory "Mud" Play for Kids

During my maternity leave, I discovered just how much time my youngest boys could spend playing with sensory bins. Since so much of that two weeks was devoted to nursing and newborn care, I found that setting up simple sensory bins made life much more enjoyable for my preschoolers (and kept them from constantly asking for their favorite television shows!).

This sensory experience, in particular, was a huge hit!  The kids loved the squishy mud play and even loved cleaning up with our bin of soapy water.
Farm Animal Sensory "Mud" Play - only 3 ingredients!  {Mamas Like Me}

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fabric Sparklers for Kids

We made these fabric sparklers for July 4th and I just never got around to sharing them with you. They were a great alternative to regular sparklers that can be dangerous for young children. My kids loved them and were thrilled to wave them at the 4th of July parades and celebrations, and they gave my 5-year-old some extra practice for that first step of shoe-tying!
Fabric Sparklers for Kids - Mamas Like Me #4thofJuly #patrioticcrafts #memorialday
For this project we used:
Chopsticks (Thank you Pei Wei)
Patriotic Fabric Scraps
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Baby Food/Applesauce Tops

My mother-in-law is a wonderful seamstress and quilter.  I have no idea how to use our sewing machine, but I do benefit from all of her leftover fabrics and those that she decides not to use.  After making a Patriotic rag wreath with some fabric she gave me, I realized that I still had a lot of fabric leftover and decided to make these for the kids.

I cut the fabric into strips for the younger kids.  My older sons were able to cut their own strips.

Then, each of the kids selected their favorite prints and created a pattern (face-down) of the strips.  I put a stripe of glue along the center and attached the chopstick to the center.

The kids tied each of the strips together.  This was a great fine-motor skill activity!

We attached an applesauce top to each of the sparklers to add an extra "pop" of color and to help protect the kids from poking each other with the chopsticks.  Of course, my kids still ended up using them as light sabers and swords!  Boys will be boys!

I packed them away for next year so we can take them to the 4th of July parade and keep the little ones happy!

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