St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock and Gold Coin Sensory Bag

When introducing a new topic to toddlers and preschoolers, a concrete learning tool is a great way to help solidify new information.  A fun way to achieve this is by involving the senses through sensory exploration.  With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to introduce my little ones to some traditional symbols and colors of the holiday.  A St. Patrick’s Day sensory bag filled with shamrocks and gold coins seemed fitting! A sensory bag is a mess {Read More}

Science Experiments with Ice: Videos for Kids

When exploring the properties of matter, ice is a fun way to introduce solids as you can manipulate it to a liquid, gas and back to a solid. We don’t get the chance to experience much of an icy white winter here in Florida.  The closest we’ll get to ice is from our freezer!  Whether you step outside to grab some ice or just walk to your freezer door, you are in for some fun hands on ways to explore {Read More}

14 Love Bug Crafts and Activities

Every February we seem to get bitten by the love bug.  Love is in the air and we start seeing in hues of red, purple, and pink!  One of my favorite things to do with my girls to celebrate a holiday is create some handmade crafts or keepsakes.  And if there is a craft to capture their hand prints or remember those sweet little finger prints, you bet we’re doing it!  Recently, my oldest daughter has developed an interest in {Read More}

ABC Sensory Bins

Exposing preschoolers to the alphabet is an essential part of early childhood learning.  In my classroom and at home, I like to encourage this in an exploratory hands-on way.  An ABC sensory bin can provide this and so much more.  One of the best added benefits to sensory bin exploration is strengthening fine motor and vocabulary skills and letting those imaginations grow!     ABC Sensory Bins When practicing the alphabet, there are a variety of extensions to build upon {Read More}

14 Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks

Valentine’s Day is a fun time to show your love to the ones you love most.  But too often that comes in the form of sweet and sugary treats.  I’m always looking for a way trade in the artificial flavors and sugars for a healthy alternative.  With just a little bit of planning and lots of fruits and veggies, you can provide healthy Valentine’s Day snacks that will still hit the sweet spot! Whether you’re looking for something school approved {Read More}

Hot Chocolate Sensory Activities

We had so much fun trying some of the Hot Chocolate Math and Science Activities that I wanted to build on the enthusiasm and continue with this fun theme.  As delicious as hot chocolate and marshmallows smell, I thought- why not involve the senses with some hot chocolate sensory activities?   Hot Chocolate Sensory Play Whenever we are stuck inside on a cold or rainy day or just looking for a boredom buster, I love to grab a sensory bin {Read More}

Hot Chocolate Math and Science Activities

As soon as the temperature starts to drop, we love to welcome the seasonal change with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Recently, as we were pouring our marshmallows into our cups, it turned into an impromptu counting game.  My preschooler insisted that she wanted the most, so we compared the numbers in each cup to make sure that she had the largest amount.  Whenever a favorite tasty treat can take on different forms of fun and learning, it’s a winning {Read More}

25 Healthy Christmas Snacks

The holidays are a busy and exciting time of year filled with to-do lists, gatherings, and lots of sugary treats!  But holiday cheer doesn’t have to be found in a baked good or piece of candy. You can serve festive and healthy Christmas snacks that are low on sugar and high in nutrition.  Whether you’re looking for a healthy and fun holiday snack for after school, a party, or the classroom, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the very {Read More}

Christmas Photo Ornament Crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree is one of our family’s favorite holiday activities. We crank the Christmas music up loud and truly make it a team effort with Dad in charge of the lights and the girls trimming the tree in everything shiny and bright. It’s exciting to pull out all the ornaments and reminisce on times when one was purchased or created. Some of the most treasured ornaments on the tree are those that were handmade. Christmas photo ornament crafts {Read More}

Christmas Advent Calendars and Activities

Christmas is a special time of year when little eyes light up at the wonder and excitement of the season.  Anticipation builds as each day passes and sometimes it can help to have a visual countdown.  Advent calendars can make the countdown to Christmas fun by providing special treats, surprises, or family activities. For our advent calendar, we have a variety of ways to celebrate the countdown.  I’ll often try to simplify things by including activities we keep as a tradition {Read More}