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Learning About Fall Colors + Free Color Sorting Printable

November 8, 2012 in All Posts, Colors, Toddler Activities

My favorite season finally feels like it’s here! It’s been like one crazy long summer season here in Northern California, but the air is getting slightly crisper and I smell Pumpkin Spice Lattes in my future, with Peppermint Mochas on their heels.  Homemade Peppermint Mochas, of course! To get your toddler into the autumn mood, […]

Halloween Themed Science: Witches’ Brew Color Mixing Activity

October 11, 2012 in All Posts, Preschool, Preschool Science, Toddler Activities, Toddler Science

Double double, toil and trouble… We’ve been mixing up batches of Witches Brew for some Halloween science! Join us over at Kids Activities Blog and see how you can mix up a dash of learning and a pinch of play for some Halloween-themed color mixing fun! LEARN! Colors, sensory play, dilution, science You Might Enjoy:{Play} Rainbow Squares Activity{Live} […]

Preschool Halloween Art: Shaving Cream Swirled Pumpkins

October 9, 2012 in All Posts, Preschool, Preschool Art

Ever since seeing this shaving cream Eric Carle seahorse from I Heart Crafty Things and this shaving foam leaf from Little Wonders’ Days on Pinterest, I have been dying to try out some preschool shaving cream art with my preschooler. I don’t remember doing this as a kid – do you? This is a super fun way […]

Preschool Art & Math With Strawberry Baskets

October 5, 2012 in All Posts, Preschool, Preschool Art, Preschool Math, Toddler Activities

Preschool art and math activities don’t need to be complicated: you can turn ordinary objects in your home into fantastic learning tools for your kids if you just look at them in a new light. Do you have any leftover strawberry baskets from this summer?  Then you have almost everything you’ll need for Strawberry Basket […]

Simple Classics: Pom Pom Transfer Activity

October 3, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

We’re back with another simple, classic play activity that requires barely any setup time and is just as fun as any newfangled game or activity on the market.: transferring pom poms with kitchen tongs. Materials All you need are baskets (bowls or trays – even a shoebox – will do) + pom poms + kitchen tongs. […]

{Play} Absorption Art: Tie Dye Paper Towels

July 23, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

This Tie Dye Paper Towel activity is another in our Accidental Art vault.  Read more about how we came upon this fun art activity that’s part of our Absorption Experiment Series and how to recreate it yourself at Quirky Momma here. Check out these other activities in our Absorption Experiment Series: Science:  Absorption Experiment with Sand & […]

{Play} Color Shading With Playdough

June 11, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Of course, just playing around and exploring play dough is enough in and of itself.  Just ask the kids, who like to smoosh, poke, prod, push, mold, and mix it any and every which way they can imagine. But, there are a lot of great teaching opportunities, too!  Here’s how we played with the concept […]

{Play} Fine Motor Skills & Sensory Play With Rainbow Rice

April 23, 2012 in All Posts, Fun With Food!, Play, Toddler Activities

We’ve really been getting mileage out of our first batch of Rainbow Rice, which we used to make Magic Rainbow Rice Letters.  The opportunities for play and learning are endless with this material, which makes it one of our favorites, even though it’s a hassle in terms of clean up. Here are some of the […]

{Play} Fun With Candy! Easter Candy Math

April 5, 2012 in All Posts, Fun With Food!, Play, Toddler Activities

If you don’t already,  you know you’ll have an empty egg carton and leftover Easter candy in a few days.  This is a great way to get a second life out of that carton and keep -at least some of- all that candy out of your kids’ bellies. Materials We just used a 30-egg carton […]

{Play} 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge | Days 1 through 8

November 10, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

If you aren’t already playing along, Jamie at hands on : as we grow and Anna at The Imagination Tree are co-hosting the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge:  thirty days of hands on play prompts for you and your children. Here’s what we’ve been doing over the last week: Day 1 – Develop A Mission Statement We […]