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}

Doreen Cronin Book Activities

Doreen Cronin has mastered bringing characters to life on the pages of her books.  In fact, she does it so well that readers are given first hand insight into their very deep, adventurous, and often hilarious thoughts.  Cronin’s books are a favorite among many children, including my own.  We love to laugh at the farm animals’ ingenuity in her “Click Clack…” books, and discuss our own day to day perspectives based on her “Diary of a…” books. What’s really great {Read More}

Beginning Sounds Alphabet Shopping Game

Any time that we can give new life to an old toy, hours of excitement and fun are sure to follow!  Our shopping cart toy has recently gone from a pretend toy to a baby walker.  To inspire some new fun and learning within my preschooler, we found a way to practice beginning sounds by shopping for the alphabet! This alphabet game will take practicing beginning sounds on a fun scavenger hunt throughout your home.   Beginning Sound Alphabet Shopping {Read More}

Name Recognition Scramble

Learning to recognize and spell your name is an exciting mastery skill for a preschooler. In fact, it’s the best place to start when beginning to introduce letters as the letters in their name make up a very special part of who they are. My preschooler jumps up and down with sheer pride and joy when she sees her name. We recently found a fun way to take our name practice outside, and it has been a big hit! This {Read More}

31 Healthy Halloween Snacks for Kids

Jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and candy, oh my! Halloween is an exciting time of year. From decorations and parties to costumes and trick-or-treating, there’s lots of fun to be had.  But it also brings plenty of opportunities for sugar overload.  Everywhere you look, candy and treats are just waiting to be devoured.  It’s nice to have healthy Halloween snack options that are fun treats, minus all the sugar. Whether you need a cute school approved snack to send in for the classroom {Read More}