Spider Babies Fine Motor Play

Whether you’re getting ready for a spider theme or planning some engaging Halloween activities for you kids, this spider babies fine motor activity is easy to set up and fun for kids. We did this as part of our spider theme lesson plans. The kids enjoyed that challenge, and they liked learning that many spider babies really are carried on their mother’s backs. Materials for the Activity Affiliate links Free Spider Babies Fine Motor Mat Jumbo Tweezers Plastic Toy Spiders Books {Read More}

Easy Candy Cane Ornament Craft

My girls love stringing beads. They make necklaces, bracelets and whatever else they come up with all the time. For Christmas we decided to make some new and easy candy cane ornaments for our Christmas tree. They can also  be used as bracelets. I’ll show you both ways to make them! We started with red and white chenille stems and red and white pony beads. Mix up the beads here and you can easily incorporate some basic early math skills, sorting and {Read More}

Fine Motor Activities with Recycled Materials

There are so many great fine motor activities to do with kids. I loved seeing all the ideas shared in last week’s Discover & Explore fine motor linky. These great fine motor activities can be made with recycled materials you might already have around your house. Fine Motor Fun with Recycled Materials Adorable mommy and baby bird fine motor practice from Powerful Mothering Feed the monster fine motor play from Powerful Mothering Stringing with cereal box beads from Sparkling Buds {Read More}

Fine Motor Activities for Kids {Discover and Explore}

If you’ve followed early childhood sites for even a short amount of time, you’ve likely seen a lot of fine motor activities. But you may be wondering, “What’s the big deal?” Fine motor muscles are those small muscles in the body that help us do things like pick up small objects, fasten clothing, tie shoes, and write. The more opportunities we give kids to practice using those muscles, the more small motor control they gain. As they gain more control {Read More}

Color Matching Christmas Tree Activity

Earlier today I shared some easy dot sticker Christmas crafts that the girls had fun making. Throughout the week we also used these same materials for learning activities. This simple color matching activity is meant for toddlers and younger preschoolers. Like before we started with a Christmas tree cutout and removable dot stickers. This time I placed dot sticker “ornaments” on the tree and asked Tinker to match the colors. It takes a lot of fine motor control to place those {Read More}

Easy Fall Bread Recipe-Cooking with Kids

This week’s theme for Discover & Explore is Cooking with Kids. When I originally started blogging I planned to share much more often about ideas and recipes for cooking with kids. Lovey and Tinker both enjoy helping in the kitchen, and very few meals in this house are made without their help. Somehow I haven’t shared much this past year, so I’m excited to share one simple recipe we found that works very well for cooking with kids. Easy Fall {Read More}

Fall Activities for Kids (Weekly Wrap-Up)

As you know so much can happen in one week. Although I would like to be able to post all of the great learning activities we are doing each week, I know I won’t be able to do so. Instead I will post a quick wrap-up of some of the highlights of our week. Some of them will be covered in other posts, but the wrap-up will be a place where you can get an idea of what our week {Read More}

C is for Cow: Shapes Craft

During our farm theme and letter C activities we made a cow shapes craft. I wrote before about the skills we are learning and the step-by-step directions we follow when doing a shapes craft. These posts may be helpful to you as you guide kids through these simple shapes crafts and give them the opportunity to explore making different designs with their shapes. We started with the shapes pictured below. For these shape activities I am still cutting out the {Read More}

G is for Goat: Shapes Craft

During our farm theme and letter G activities we made a goat shapes craft. I wrote before about the skills we are learning and the step-by-step directions we follow when doing a shapes craft. These posts may be helpful to you as you guide kids through these simple shapes crafts and give them the opportunity to explore making different designs with their shapes. We started with the shapes pictured below. For these shape activities I am still cutting out the {Read More}