Do you ever need just a couple of minutes…right now? When my toddler dumped our LEGO bin all over the playroom floor…right before his brother’s birthday part. When my 3rd grader needed reading homework help…but all my toddler wanted to do was grab his pencil and draw all over his homework. When I really needed to finish a phone call. That’s when I use this bin.
Do your kids love stars and all things space? They can create their own constellations with this simple fine motor activity. You can even sneak in some science and history with a little constellation info: The stars we see at night (mostly) stay in the same position compared to each other. People used these groupings of stars (or constellations) to tell stories. The constellations illustrated
This farm activity for preschoolers combines animals, tape, and (washable!) ink. So basically, it’s my son’s new favorite activity. I love how quickly I can set it up. And I really, really love the tea I’m drinking while I sit and watch him play! How To Set Up Farm Tracks You’ll need: masking tape (we used different colors) farm animal toys (we used ones from a
Acting like animals is a classic way to play! And in addition to the guarantee of giggles, this animal game doubles as a gross motor skill boost. We made a fun printable full of cute animals for this activity – your kids will slither like snakes and roll like puppies and get in lots and lots of laughs! No yoga today? No problem. Take a turn yourself, and
Sidewalk chalk tops the list as an outdoor activity! Kids love it, no matter their age. It’s bright, and fun, and there’s no wrong way to play with it. Once it’s warm enough outside, bust out that sidewalk chalk. We have lots of simple play ideas and easy learning activities for you to try. Grab your chalk (or check out our favorite sidewalk chalk paint
Pink lemonade play dough is so pretty to play with and smells yummy! This dough was a fun burst of color on a day where we are surrounded by snow – especially because we played with it while it was still warm! It would also be fun in the summer – cooled off in the refrigerator, it would make a nice break from the heat!
My good friend Megan from Coffee Cups & Crayons is sharing a guest post today. She is sharing a fun way to play with science – something she does a lot of! Be sure to head over to her site for fun and useful ideas for modern parents. And print out her super cute – and free – 100 (easy!) acts of kindness for kids!
After watching Frozen last weekend, we decided to make a shaving cream-based dough that looks like snow. I started making this a few years ago because whenever I got shaving cream out for play, my son would refuse because he doesn’t like the way the shaving cream feels. So I thought about what would make him get some of the sensory benefits, without the feeling
This year at our Halloween party, we gave out pumpkin play dough kits as party favors. I’m so glad we did, because my 3 year old has been making pumpkin families ever since! Pumpkin Play Dough Kits (Affiliate links used below) orange play dough (buy it or make your own) pipecleaners – black and orange googly eyes cellophane bags i made about 6 batches of our favorite
Do you love the way gingerbread smells? Give this gingerbread play dough a try — our recipe uses molasses and spices and smells amazing. Playing with your gingerbread play dough Once you have your dough (scroll down for the recipe), there are so many ways to play! (affiliate links below) Get out rolling pins and cookie cutters if you want to make some gingerbread patterns. This one