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}

Outer Space Play Dough Invitation

Since play dough is such a popular play activity for kids, we like to incorporate it into our learning activities often. This outer space play dough invitation is inspired by our space theme lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms. Set it out for kids to play with as they are learning about the night sky and the planets. Outer Space Play Dough Invitation Materials Affiliate links included. Black play dough-Buy some or make your own with black icing {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}

Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray

The girls have enjoyed using our play dough writing tray to practice forming letters and writing spelling words, so I thought we’d make a new tray with a holiday twist.  Sometimes changing just a couple of elements can give an activity brand new appeal. This candy cane play dough writing tray is perfect for writing activities during the month of December. Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray Materials Affiliate links included. Play Dough-We used red and white play dough with {Read More}

Shape Reindeer Collage Art and Math

After seeing how much fun my own kids and many of you had making shape monsters, we decided to continue the creative fun with a Christmas twist. We used our shape reindeer set and some collage materials we had in our craft stash to make some adorably unique reindeer collage art. Along the way we learned about shapes, and we’ll be continuing on with some literacy and math extension activities using our reindeer. Materials for Shape Reindeer (affiliate links) Take a {Read More}

Free Printable Christmas Tree Number Matching Math Activity

My kindergartener had so much fun with our roll and color fall leaves and our roll and color turkey feather sets that it just made sense to go ahead and make a Christmas version too. I think we’ll be making quite a few of these sets in the future.  Kids love them, and they are an engaging, hands-on way to practice early math skills. In this free printable Christmas tree number matching activity kids get the chance to practice number recognition as they {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}

Free Printable Thanksgiving Turkey Shape Matching Activity

Roll and color activities are engaging for kids, especially those who are kinesthetic learners. We had so much fun with our roll and color fall leaves set that we decided to make a Thanksgiving version too. In this free printable turkey shape matching activity kids get the chance to practice shape recognition as they color in their own turkeys. At home you can set this activity up as quiet work during rest time, a choice option on a home preschool {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}