Water Play Sensory Bin with Colored Ice

Water Sensory Play With Colored Ice

We’re trying to save money this summer by using the air conditioner less, so finding cool-down activities is at the top of our to-do list everyday. A few days ago, we headed out to the deck with a bin filled with water, a few of kiddo’s bath boats and some toy fish. However, our water sensory play activity quickly turned into a science lesson!
Water Play Sensory Bin with Colored Ice

Ice Activity for Kids

Ice Painting Activity

It was so hot last week. If you knew me, you’d quickly realize I’m not a hot weather gal. At all. So I do what I can to stay cool. The kiddo, on the other hand, loves being outside no matter what the weather. So in an effort to keep him happy and outside (and me happy and cool), we’ve been doing lots of fun ice and water play. Here’s one of our ice painting activities… He really loved it!

Painting with colored ice - a fun summer kids activity!

Kids books about dads

16 Fun Kids’ Books About Dads

When I was a kid, there was no one cooler than my dad. He knew everything and could do anything. I still think he’s pretty great, and I want my son to feel the same way about his dad. Here are some of our favorite kids’ books about fathers and their children.
Kids books about dads

Handprint Crafts for Mother's Day

20 Handprint Crafts for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Handprint Crafts

With each passing year, I get misty-eyed over how much my son is growing. He’s three now, and he’ll be four in a few months. When I say that it feels like yesterday that he was a little 5-lb baby in my arms, I’m not kidding. The years have flown by no matter how hard I try to slow down and savor them. That’s why handprint crafts are a favorite of mine.

letter activities with pipe cleaners

Letter A Activity With Pipe Cleaners

Letter A Pipe Cleaner Activity

We have loads of pipe cleaners. Loads. On a whim last year, I bought several bags of them to use in crafts and as manipulatives, and we’re still working our way through the first bag. We’ve been working our way through the letters again, and a few weeks ago, we reviewed the letter ‘A’. Since the kiddo enjoys making letters with different things, here’s our Letter A activity with pipe cleaner pieces.

manners collage withtext

17 Brilliant Books for Teaching Kids Manners

manners-collage-withtext

Have you ever seen a child (or heck, even an adult) treat others rudely in public? I know I have. And while we may not have impeccable manners–I’m still not sure which pieces of silverware go where at a formal dinner–I’d like to think that we’re polite people. Teaching our son manners is very important to us. At three, he’s great with please, thank you, and you’re welcome. But we still have some work to do, especially with regard to sharing and interrupting others. If you’re trying to help your child be more polite, here are 17 brilliant books for teaching kids manners.

Rabbit Paper Bag Puppet

Bunny Paper Bag Puppet

Bunny Paper Bag Puppet for Easter

My kiddo has been obsessed with the paper bag puppets lately. He asked for the leprechaun paper bag puppet long after it had been thrown in the trash, so I decided that it was time to make one for Easter. And that’s how we arrived at this Easter Bunny paper bag puppet.

10 Easter Sensory Activities for Toddlers

10 Easter Sensory Activities for Toddlers

10 Easter Sensory Activities for Toddlers

If you’ve been following for a few months, you know I’m all about sensory bins, play dough and other sensory activities. But I’ve been short on time lately, so I haven’t been able to put my own bins together just yet. If you’re looking for some inspiration, though, you’ll find plenty in this list! Here are 10 fun and educational sensory activities for toddlers from members of the Kid Blogger Network!

leprechaun paper bag puppet square

Leprechaun Paper Bag Puppet for St. Patrick’s Day

One of my favorite activities to do with my son is making paper bag puppets. We used to make them when I was a kid, and he thinks they’re just as fun as I do. For St. Patrick’s Day, we made this fun leprechaun craft to put on a little skit. It’s super easy to make, and you have to admit, he’s pretty cute!

leprechaun paper bag puppet

10 Easter Books for Preschoolers

10 Exciting Easter Books for Preschoolers

10 Easter Books for Preschoolers

To say that I’m a book addict would be underestimating my love for books. I have shelves full of them, and that means that my kiddo does, too. But reading stories to him has been a tremendous aid in helping him understand what the holidays are all about. Here are 10 Easter books for preschoolers that you need to check out, including some of our favorites!

St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bin

Sensory Bin for St. Patrick’s Day

If you're looking for fun indoor activities for kids for St. Patrick's Day, you'll love this sensory bin. It's festive and educational!

As you know, we’re big fans of sensory bins. They can keep my little guy occupied for 30 minutes to an hour or more, and it lets him touch, smell, see and hear new things. This is a simple sensory bin using St. Patrick’s Day decorations from the Dollar Tree. Here’s how you can put your own together!

Edible Playdough for Valentine's Day

Edible Play Dough for Valentine’s Day

Edible Pink Play Dough for Valentine's Day
Recently, I searched for an edible play dough recipe. I didn’t just want something taste-safe… lots of homemade play dough recipes are safe to taste, but you’ll end up with a stomachache if you eat a couple mouthfuls of it. And that’s when I stumbled on an idea so obvious that I literally slapped myself in the forehead. Use bread dough! We have loads of fun things to do in February on our February Bucket List for Kids, so stick around!

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin

Since it’s been too cold to venture outside much for the past couple of weeks, we’ve had to resort to good old fashioned rainy day activities to keep the little guy busy. One of our favorite activities are sensory bins. The kiddo can play with one for hours pouring, shaking, sifting, driving his trucks through the materials and feeding them to his toys. Loads of fun! Since Valentine’s Day is only a month away, I decided to go with a Valentine sensory bin.

How to Make Noisemakers for New Year's Eve

Easy Noisemakers for New Year’s Eve

Ever since the holiday season started, our three-year-old has turned into a little party animal. He wants to stay up late and sleep in late–pretty much a teenager in a three-year-old’s body. So, before we get back to our normal routine, we decided to let him ring in the new year with us this year. And you can’t ring in 2015 without making a LOT of noise. Here’s an easy New Year’s Eve noisemaker using materials that you already have on hand from the holidays.

Easy New Year's Eve Noisemaker

Peppermint-scented green rice

Bells, Bows and Peppermint Christmas Sensory Bin

Our son is really into musical sounds lately, so I knew that I wanted this Christmas sensory bin to include something that makes sounds. What’s more appropriate during the month of December than some good old jingle bells? So, with a little inspiration from my fellow bloggers’ peppermint sensory bins, I created this Bells, Bows and Peppermint sensory bin. It was a big hit.

Check out this Christmas-themed sensory bin that includes bows, jingle bells, large bells for scooping and pouring and peppermint-scented green rice.

Paper Bag Turkey Craft

Easy Paper Bag Turkey Craft

Paper Bag Turkey CraftThe leaves are nearly gone from all the trees here, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So I thought we’d take advantage of all the leaves in the yard (since it’s sadly too cold to jump in them) and make a craft. Here’s a traditional paper bag turkey puppet with leaves for feathers. You can easily cut out all the shapes from construction paper yourself, but if you’d like a template for the little ones to use, I’ve included one below. Just cut out the pieces and trace them onto construction paper. Older kids may just want to color the pieces themselves.

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