Are your kids just as obsessed with these flips sequins as mine? Everywhere you look there are shirts, pillows, backpacks, pencil pouches, etc. with this awesome fabric. So I thought, why not make a quiet book page?! It's so simple, yet the mesmerizing mermaid sequins (as they are also known as) will keep your little on...
Do you have a pet fish? We don't, but now my kids can feed this fish! They can also play with the finger puppet and sing songs such as "Slippery Fish" by Charlotte Diamond. Get the free template and instructions to make this Quiet Book page.
When my kids were little, I would plan pot-luck style themed play dates with our friends (moms need play dates too!). The kids weren't in school yet to have all of the fun activities, so we created our own!
We found a new back to school tradition! Have you ever heard of a Books and Bites party? It is such a fabulous way to end summer, get geared up for school, and celebrate our love for books with friends and family! Of course, I added my twist to it by making it a swap style play date with book themed snacks, activities, and eve...
Plan a fun filled last day of the year for your kids and spend time together. There are crafts, games, coloring pages, science activities, and more! You will start a New Year's Eve tradition that everyone will look forward to. See our exact schedule with links to plan your own!
Here's a vertical wall activity perfect for Thanksgiving. Have your toddler or preschooler make a turkey on contact paper using paper scraps and feathers! When something is hanging up on a wall, children are required to stand or kneel and raise their arms often. This strengthens their muscles, especially their shoulders. These vertical activities also help with b...
Get a group of friends together for some St. Patrick's Day themed food and fun! Everyone who comes will bring the supplies for one activity or snack (use my free sign up sheet with a list of ideas). Then you will have several fun crafts and yummy food for a few hours of play. I'm a believer that play dates are...
Could Blue Light Be the Cause of Bedtime Struggles?
June 10, 2019
Ahh the bedtime process. Sometimes it can be quite an ordeal. And by the end of the day, I. am. done. Many times kids are tired, they just like to hold out as long as they can with the bedtime shenanigans. But if your little one has had screen time right before nap or bedtime, this may actually be the problem and your child can't help it!
New Study Links High Levels of Screen Time to Poorer Performance on Development Screening Tests
March 18, 2019
Parents this is BIG! This study just came out from the Journal of American Medical Association of Pediatrics (JAMA), and is "the FIRST to provide evidence of a directional association between screen time and poor performance on development screening tests among very young children".
It's so easy to let screen time fill the voids of those long summer days. You have to try hard not to fall back on that temptation. Kids need to play, create, get tired out, and even get bored (it's not a bad thing). I've compiled a list of 50 screen free activities for you to reference all in one spot. Next time you're needing an activity to pass those summer ho...
This stand is the perfect little set up for dramatic play in your classroom or home. I love how versatile it is - going from farmer's market stand to lemonade stand to pizza shop with just a change of fabric or signs. I also love how it can easily be taken apart for transport or storage!
Sounds too good to be true right? Those black ugly lines from a marker seem to never go away, no matter how much you keep cutting in on them. And then those special pens that aresupposedto disappear on their own?! Don't get me started. They are better than a marker, because you can at least get them off with water. But disappea...
Chocolate anyone? Use this free template to make a fun learning activity for your felt board just in time for Valentine's Day! Toddlers or preschoolers can match the loose felt shapes to the ones attached to the heart. You can also work on identifying the names of each shape.
Felt boards are such a fun, interactive, and SCREEN FREE activity for children of all ages. Felt naturally sticks to felt, so you can use this board for so many activities. One year olds may just like to stick felt pieces to it, while 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+ year olds can create imaginative stories, play learning games, or just have some creative fun with pieces!
Here's an idea to spruce up those fake pumpkins you see in all the stores! It's not quite kid related (although they can definitely help you make it!), but I just have a love for felt decorations. Not only is it very simple to make, it's also a nice fall theme that can last from September to November.
This activity has entertained my kids each year for quite a while, at all different ages (1-5). It's simple and inexpensive to put together - who doesn't have an abundance of plastic eggs and felt at home?! Maybe the felt is just me, but it is only about 40 cents per sheet to buy.
This is a fun, versatile way to incorporate crafts and learning! Not to mention that it is super EASY to make. You basically cut hearts. Want to make it even easier on the preparation side? Just trace hearts and have your child practice their cutting skills.
Do you ever drive around neighborhoods looking at all the lights and decorations? It was a tradition with my family when I was kid, and I have continued it with my own family. Last year was the first year we made it a scavenger hunt, and it was so memorable. Get your free printable of the Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt here so you can make your own traditions!
Traditions are EVERYTHING, especially during the holiday season. Elf on the Shelf is fun and all, but I didn't want the pressure on me to be creative and move it every night. I also wanted to do something a little more meaningful.
Enter the Kindness Elves! They bring an activity card every morning for something we will do that day. You can make it be from Sa...
Gel sensory bags are so simple to make, but provide so much entertainment and learning through play! When you tape them to a surface like a counter or a table, they can keep babies to adults busy and having fun without the need for screens. Here I added a Halloween twist to practice colors and fine motor skills!
Scavenger hunts are so appealing to young kids because it creates a game. Anything is more fun if you make a game out of it! I have created two different scavenger hunts for you - one for when you are home in your neighborhood and another for when you are in nature camping, hiking, or even just going to a park! Get them down below for FREE!
Notepads make a great personalized gift and are very inexpensive to make. Think of the teachers or co-workers in your life! This is my go to Christmas gift or Teacher Appreciation gift. Attach some nice pens or a gift card, and it's thoughtful and usable!
You can also take the same idea and make a receipt pad or order form pad for children's pretend play! I ...