Alligator Small World Play

When possible we like to get a closer look at the animals the girls show an interest in. We’ve created habitats for roly-polies, snails, and a variety of other bugs. We dig for worms and watch the life cycle of butterflies up close. But aside from visiting our local zoo, I’m not quite ready to let the girls get up close and personal with an alligator. We do live in an area where alligators can be seen sunning on the {Read More}

River Play Dough Invitation

Help kids learn about river animals and habitats with this river play dough invitation. Preschoolers will have fun with the sensory elements of the dough and engaging in pretend play. But don’t leave out the older kids, they can model what they learn about river animals and habitats as they build their own river life model. Materials Play dough-We used homemade blue and brown play dough Small plants-We gathered ferns from our yard Driftwood pieces Blue glass gems Small pebbles River {Read More}

Frog Life Cycle Small World

In preschool and early elementary kids learn a lot about the different animal life cycles. The transformation of a frog’s life is often fascinating to young children. For years we’ve been trying to find our own little frogspawn to watch this all happen, but we haven’t had any luck finding one yet. We’ll be on the lookout again this spring, but for now we set up this frog life cycle small world for some pretend play. Materials Affiliate links included. {Read More}

Pretend Snow Arctic Small World Sensory Play

One morning before school Tinker announced “Mommy, I’d really like to do a project when I get home.” I asked her whether she wanted to play a game, make something, or get messy. The way her eyes lit up at the “get messy” part of my question was adorable, so I gathered a few items and made some pretend snow.  Since it’s finally colder where we live, I thought she’d love it. Originally I planned to only have the pretend snow in a sensory {Read More}

Duck Pond Sensory Play

We are lucky to have a ton of ducks near the ponds in our neighborhood. Recently we spotted some new baby ducklings, and it has sparked a renewed interest in ducks. This simple duck pond sensory play is a fun way for kids to engage in pretend play and water fun with a duck theme. Find more pond theme ideas in our printable lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms. Last year we had fun with duck pond fine {Read More}

FROZEN Sing-Along Pretend Play Theater

We love to sing and dance together as a family. There are countless videos of the girls and me belting out silliness to prove it (but they are well hidden—so don’t even ask!). When I found out about this sponsored opportunity to learn more and share about the new full-length Frozen Sing-Along Edition, I knew it would be something we’d be thrilled to share with you! When we first watched this NEW version of Frozen we all had fun following the {Read More}

Flower Garden Play Dough

We’re back to share another set of spring play ideas along with our friends from Fun-A-Day!, Nothing if Not Intentional , Buggy and Buddy, and Twodaloo. Earlier this week I shared about the flower sensory play that was inspired by Lovey’s birthday flowers. Well since then we’ve had a lot of fresh flowers around the house, and after a few days of admiring we’ve been putting them to good use. Today for the Spring Play Days series, I’m sharing how we created {Read More}

Flower Petal Sensory Play

It’s almost spring. Actually it has felt like spring around here for a few weeks now, and I’m loving it. This week I’m joining up with some of my blogging friends from Fun-A-Day!, Nothing if Not Intentional , Buggy and Buddy, and Twodaloo to bring you another series of play days. In the past we’ve shared our fall invitations to play and our winter play ideas. This week we’re bringing you some fun spring activities for kids. Flower Petal Sensory Play Water {Read More}

Discover and Explore Pretend Play Activities

As a parent and a teacher one of my favorite things to observe is children engaging in pretend play. Whether kids develop an elaborate play scenario on their own or become engaged in a play invitation that has been created for them, it is always wonderful to see how their stories unfold. Pretend play activities are great for language development,  story telling, practicing social skills, and developing creativity and imagination,  Kids may not realize all the benefits of pretend play; {Read More}

Mouse Mask Craft

Yesterday we shared an easy cat mask craft. To expand our pretend play options we also made this mouse mask craft. Materials for Mouse Mask Plain party masks-Ours came in a pack from Walmart. They are cardboard. Felt in two colors of your choice 2 chenille stems trimmed into thirds Hot glue gun Scissors Assembling the Mouse Mask Cut a basic mouse face out of one color of felt. I drew an oval that was just a bit larger than {Read More}