Read Play Create Summer Activities for Kids

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean learning stops. Sure the schedule might be a bit more flexible and we may not plan full theme weeks for preschool time, but we can do a lot of playful learning with summer activities inspired by picture books. On days we stay home we love to read a story at the beginning of the day and then do an activity or two related to the topic of the book. And because I know you’d rather be {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}

Water Balloon Parachute

Most of our after school time is spent on unstructured outdoor play. Once the girls quickly finish their homework they head outside to see who in the neighborhood can play. And there’s a good reason for that! Although I can provide them with meaningful learning and play activities, they are even more likely to come up with their own amazing ideas when given the time to explore and create independently. This water balloon parachute was the result of one of those {Read More}

Fun Summer Activities

It’s is absolutely unreal to me that summer is almost here! We officially started our summer vacation on Saturday, and we’re looking forward to a long summer of relaxing, weekend trips, and playing. Along the way we’ll also  be doing some fun summer activities, and we want you to have a resource to find some great ideas, too. Today we are launching a summer long linky for Discover & Explore. We’ll be taking a break from the weekly linky throughout the {Read More}

Shell Activities for Kids

Earlier this week I shared our shell snack and seashell painting. While we were learning about shells, the girls also enjoyed these three invitations to play with shells. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you probably already know that we’ve been doing more and more invitations to play. The kids and I are really enjoying a shift to more child-led learning, and these open-ended activities have been a large part of {Read More}

Egg Carton Sea Life Recycled Craft

The theme this week for Discover & Explore is Sea Life. We made a recycled egg carton coral reef play set. Read below for the simple how-to. Then we’d love for you to share your favorite activities, crafts, tips, and resources about ocean creatures at the end of this post. My oldest is fascinated by ocean animals. She has been since she was an infant. This summer she’s sure that we need to have a pet orca, and she’s eagerly awaiting {Read More}

Coral Reef Sensory Play

We’re off to the lakes of Minnesota this week, but we spent most of the months of  May and June playing at the beach and exploring different aspects of the beach and ocean. Later this month the Poppins Book Nook members will be sharing some fun book-related ideas and activities for the beach and ocean theme. We prepared for this theme by reading some terrific books about coral reefs and playing with this simple coral reef sensory bin. Most of {Read More}