Art Activity · Learning Activities

Cereal Box Shapes – Breakfast reused

Boston and I like to save boxes and make them into stuff.  Volcanoes, rockets, jails, superhero fortresses, the possibilities are endless.  This usually just entails some construction paper, stickers, glue, and scissors. However, we started getting a little on the “hoarder” side of things, so we came up with a different idea to knock out… Continue reading Cereal Box Shapes – Breakfast reused

Play Advice · The Educated Parent

How to Extend Any Activity

So you spent 20 minutes putting together an awesome activity for you child. You know they will love it. You took your time plotting and placing things just right. You introduce your child to the mind blowing activity you have for them…they play for 6 minutes and then declare they are done. Cue the tears… Continue reading How to Extend Any Activity

Outdoor Play · Play Advice · Sensory Play

Shaving cream hunt- Get what you want out of a planned activity

I have always loved textures.  Even as a little girl I hated the textures of towels, napkins, and paper towels.  I was obsessed with minky blankets, flour, and shaving cream.  I know, weird.  However, as a mom I get to pretend I am making activities for my children, when really I just love to play… Continue reading Shaving cream hunt- Get what you want out of a planned activity

Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Outdoor Play

My new FAVORITE phrase, the perfect summer book, and a fun summer activity

I have been reading a book that has really opened my eyes on the importance of nature in my boys’ life.  Learning Is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations (here) taught me that the comfort, learning, sensitivity for life, sense of wonder, and calming influence that can be gained from teaching our children about nature and encouraging… Continue reading My new FAVORITE phrase, the perfect summer book, and a fun summer activity

Art Activities · Learning Activities · Math

Rocket Engineer-Introducing Math

Supplies: Any and all craft supplies you have on hand Any little glueable items you have (buttons, pom poms, jewels, beads, popsicle sticks, etc) An empty butter box or toilet paper roll or something you can use for the body of the rocket (or car or monster truck…whatever your little LOVES) Mod Podge or glue… Continue reading Rocket Engineer-Introducing Math

Learning Activities · Play Advice · Sensory Play · Small Manipulatives

Outside Word Play (Take a Minute Tuesday…)

Alright guys, I think this is a spin off of some activities Kelsie has done in the past for a new SUMMER addition 🙂 What you’ll need: Chalk Rocks Permanent Marker What to do: Pick whatever you want to work on with your cutie (shapes, colors, math, words, letters)  I chose letter sounds and sight… Continue reading Outside Word Play (Take a Minute Tuesday…)

Dramatic Play · Imaginative Play · Learning Activities · Play Advice

5 Minute Camping Dramatic Play

Oh my goodness! We had SO much fun with this dramatic play.  It took me five minutes to set up.  I put the tent up, made a little fire, and put some sleeping bags in the tent. I made the logs out of rolled up brown paper, and the fire was just construction paper. We… Continue reading 5 Minute Camping Dramatic Play