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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} Tinkerlab Challenge #10 | Flower & Bead Wire Bracelet

June 4, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

It’s time for Tinkerlab’s Creative Challenge #10! Rachelle‘s challenge this time around was all about flowers. I had envisioned a contact paper flower collage or some kind of glued flower medley, but as things normally go around here: I am not in charge. So, I followed Jane out to the “garden” with some scissors to […]

{Play} Cup & Ball Toss

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

Yes, this is a kid-friendly blog with ideas for preschooler and toddler play. Yes, I realize the dangers of adolescent drinking. Yes, I know I have a sometimes adolescent sense of humor. No, I did not tell my daughter she was learning how to play Beer Pong. No, beer was not consumed during this activity. […]

{Play} Valentine’s Day | Lacing Hearts Activity

January 30, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

We had some leftover Elmer’s foam board from the Pottery Barn Woodland Tree Wall Decal knockoff I made last month, so I broke out the X-ACTO knife and cut out some hearts, thinking we would make Valentines.  But while I was sawing away, I inadvertently made some nicks at the edges, and realized I was […]

{Celebrate} Homemade For The Holidays | Toddler Thumbtack Ornaments

December 22, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, Play, Toddler Activities

We’ve been having lots of fun making ornaments, like these Recycled Paper Ornaments, these Sequin Ornaments, and these sparkly, painted, and filled ornaments, and we’re still on a roll! I’m sure you’ve seen this stunning thumbtack wreath from Madigan Made Source: via TheOutlawMom on Pinterest  or these thumbtack trees around blogland. As an experiment, I wanted to see if Jane […]

{Play} Fun With Food! Marshmallow Snowflake Craft

December 19, 2011 in All Posts, Fun With Food!, Play, Toddler Activities

Jane is too young to cut out intricate paper snowflakes (trust me, we tried).  So we tried to have some snowflake fun another way:  with marshmallows and toothpicks! Materials Mini-marshmallows Toothpicks How To This is similar to our Gumdrop Sculptures activity, except instead of standing the sculptures up on their own, we just made little […]

{Play} Crayon Bowling

November 29, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

We’ve been indoors so much lately and the cabin fever is starting to set in.  While it seems like Jane would love to color until the end of time, we seem to reach that point more quickly if that’s all we’re doing.  So we grabbed our crayons and turned them into bowling pins! Materials Avocado […]

{Play} Alphabet Sticks and Pencil Holder

October 6, 2011 in All Posts, Play

When I was growing up, the little wooden sticks we used to craft with were called “tongue depressors.”  My parents would bring them home for us to play with and they were sturdy, smooth and free.  Nowadays, there are these things called “craft sticks,” which you not only have to pay for, but have to […]

{Play} Fun With Pasta! Pasta Necklaces

August 18, 2011 in All Posts, Fun With Food!, Play, Toddler Activities

Fun With Pasta! is our latest installment of the Fun With Food! series. What do you get when you mix pasta + paint + a toddler?  Painted pasta necklaces and a whole lotta messy fun along the way! Here’s what you’ll need to make your pasta jewelry (think bracelets, headbands and crowns, too): Materials paint […]

{Play} Themed Sticker Books

August 4, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

In the middle of Week One of my adventures as a working mom staying at home, I stood in the middle of our kitchen/family room scanning the busy counter spaces and heaving bookshelves, waiting for inspiration to pop out at me.  Luckily, it did. “Let’s make a book!” I exclaimed to Jane, who was supposed […]