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}

Free Printable Christmas Ornament Play Dough Mats

We’re admittedly play dough fanatics around here. There is always at least one play dough invitation out and ready to play with at our house. They get a ton of use, and there is so much potential for learning that I’m always inspired to create a new version. Although we’ve made reindeer play dough, gingerbread play dough, peppermint play dough, and more over the years, we’ve never made Christmas ornament play dough. Clearly it was time to give it a try, and {Read More}

Ocean Small World Summer Sensory Play

If I could I would spend every single day of summer at the beach. Unfortunately it’s just not possible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a little bit of ocean inspired play into our days at home. These creative ocean small worlds are great inspiration for creating your own pretend play invitations this summer. Use them as part of an ocean theme, or just set them up when you’re wishing you were at the beach instead. They’re sure to {Read More}

Patriotic Star Craft Suncatcher or Wand

Planning a trip to a holiday parade? Looking for a pretty way to add some red, white, and blue to your windows for the Fourth of July? Or maybe you’re making a big display in your classrom? This patriotic star craft is an easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers, and you can use it in many ways. Materials Affiliate links included Sticky contact paper Silver glitter Red and blue tissue paper squares Ribbon (we used silver) Wood Dowel (optional)-We used square {Read More}

Red White and Blue Process Art

We’re seeing red, white, and blue everywhere we go, and Tinker has been especially fascinated with learning how to make stars. One afternoon I set up a simple process art activity to help her practice making her own stars before diving in to create her own red white and blue masterpiece for the Fourth of July. Materials (Affiliate links included) Large white poster board or paper Patriotic washi tape Tempera paint Assorted paint brushes Glitter glue Create Your Own Process {Read More}

Easy Starfish Craft

We are only a few weeks away from summer! We’re already daydreaming about days at the beach. Whether you’re heading to the beach soon, teaching an ocean theme, or learning about starfish together this is an easy starfish craft that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Materials Affiliate links included. Tempera paint-We chose orange and yellow Potato masher-Grab one from Dollar Tree or your kitchen stash Cardstock Scissors Blue paper (optional) Glue (optional) Nonfiction book about starfish-We read Star of {Read More}

Jumping Jelly Bean Painting

After a couple of not so great visits to the dentist we’re working on cutting out unnecessary sugar from our diet. So far that’s going well, and my girls are on board. But have you noticed alllll the candy that comes home around the holidays? I know you have! We’re finding creative ways to put some of it to use. By using it for fun activities like this Jumping Jelly Bean Painting, the girls aren’t quite as sad about not eating {Read More}

A to Z Guide to Play Dough Activities

We share a lot of play dough activities on this site, and we do even more here at home that don’t get published. Today I want to take a second to share a little bit about why we use play dough so frequently. I’ve also gathered a huge list of play dough activities…one for every letter of the alphabet in fact! Use it as a handy resource to find play dough activities that match your child’s interests or the current theme you are {Read More}

Healthy Valentine’s Day Snack

While I like making special snacks for my girls, I also need for them to be super simple to make. This healthy Valentine’s Day snack is perfect. We used ours for an after school snack. They’d also be great for kids to make during a class Valentine’s day party, or you can prepare them ahead of time for any Valentine’s day gathering. Ingredients Strawberries-Use a sharp knife to cut a small V in the top to make them look like {Read More}

Puffy Heart Craft

Arts and crafts with simple materials are the best! Today’s project is just that! You’ll only need a few basic craft supplies to make this puffy heart craft. Paint them anyway you like. Then use them for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or just because. Materials Affiliate links included. Grab some cotton balls, cardboard, glue, and paint. Cut the cardboard into any shape you prefer. We chose hearts because we’ll be displaying these for Valentine’s Day. Create Your Own Puffy Heart {Read More}