Pigs in the Mud Sensory Play and Song

Tinker gets home about two hours before her older sister this year. I’ve been asking her what kind of things she’d like to do this time. Most days she enjoys tinkering by herself with Legos and puzzles to unwind after a busy school day, but she has also asked to “get messy.” I was happy to oblige and set up this fun sensory play invitation after school one day. It certainly is messy! Don’t worry it’s pretty easy to clean {Read More}

Three Little Pigs Books

“I’ll huff and puff and blow your house down!” This is a classic line from a classic tale that we have probably all heard. How would that line change if the wolf was a space robot, he used simple machines to catch the pigs or he was simply misunderstood? The story of the Three Little Pigs has been told in many different ways. Below is a list of books that tell the story in their own special way. Different Versions {Read More}

Mini Pumpkin Name Game

Whether kids are learning their names, sight words, or math facts, it’s always a bit more fun with hands-on games and tangible materials. This real mini pumpkin patch name game is something Tinker requests almost daily, and she always notices if I forget to set it out for the day. I love it because it’s super simple. Just grab one pumpkin for each letter in your child’s name. Write each individual letter on an individual pumpkin. Then set up the play invitation. I decided {Read More}

Penguin Books

There are so many terrific books about penguins. Between our collection at home and the choices at our library, we had so much fun reading during our penguin theme. This list includes some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction books for toddlers and preschoolers. Books About Penguins This post contains affiliate links. Board Books That’s Not My Penguin was my toddler’s decided favorite in our penguin book collection. Each time I went to read it I found it had been {Read More}

Penguin Math Game

Last week I shared the tutorial for this recycled penguin craft and a few ideas for using it for play and learning. We also used this little guy for some toddler and preschool math games. Materials for Penguin Math Game Penguin container-Use the tutorial or another container that you have available Number cube-Use one with dots or numbers depending on your skill focus Goldfish crackers Toddler Play Younger toddlers will be very happy feeding the penguin. This is great fine motor {Read More}

Penguin Sensory Play

This week I’m excited to be joining some great blogging friends to bring you an awesome collection of winter play ideas. In the past we’ve shared fall, Halloween, and Christmas activities, and this time we’re working on giving you some fun ideas to try on these cold winter days. This series is hosted by Nothing if Not Intentional, Fun-A-Day!, Play Trains!, My Nearest and Dearest, Buggy and Buddy and our site. Penguin Salt Tray We don’t have snow, but we like to {Read More}

Police Officer Activities for Kids

It was neat to see all the creative ideas shared for the Discover and Explore community helper theme last week. Today we’re featuring ways to help kids learn about police officers.   Featured Posts This collection of Free Police Officer Printables and Montessori-Inspired Police Activities from Living Montessori Now is amazing. There are tons of creative ideas for teaching young kids about the role of police officers. The P is for Policeman community helper post from Life with Moore Babies includes some great {Read More}

Panda Books

As part of our P is for Pandas week we read many books about pandas. These are some of our favorites. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction. It is mostly comprised of picture books, but there are also a couple of chapter books to use as read alouds or to help with teaching multi-age groups. Giant Pandas (Bears) by Marcia S. Freeman is a simple nonfiction text that shares one sentence per page. It is a terrific introduction to pandas {Read More}

Panda Small World Play

When P was our letter of the week, we were also reading books about the animals of Asia. It worked out well that we could study pandas at the same time. We found some great envelope boxes from a local office. They go through them often for mailing purposes, and we are able to get new ones when ours start to wear out. They are sturdy and the perfect size for our small world play scenes. Plus, they come with {Read More}