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Holiday Baking With Kids: Candy Cane Crush Activity

December 22, 2012 in All Posts, Motor & Physical, Preschool

Are your munchkins feeling the stress of the holidays instead of blissing out like they should be during the holidays? Have I got the BEST stress-buster for your kids – and you! Candy Cane Crush Activity Materials Candy canes Ziplog bag Rolling pin or pestle Wooden cutting board How To Fill a bag with candy […]

{Play} Flower Confetti

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

Here’s another Screen Free Week activity that will get your kids outdoors, playing with natural objects, and jumping and giggling until they fall down trying to catch their breath: Flower Confetti We have so many fallen wisteria blooms littering our yard that I’ve been meaning to rake up (Read: look at every day and walk […]

{Play} Pom Pom Bombs!

March 15, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

I was packing for my trip in my bedroom with the kids and they broke into my secret stash of Pom Pom Balls.  What ensued was pure pom pom bliss in a battle to dodge flying neon fuzzies! For some reason, they formed a team against me. After jumping on the bed, seeking cover behind it, and […]

{Play} Eight Indoor Hopscotch Activities

March 8, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

The game of hopscotch has been around for ages.  We played it as kids, our parents played it, our parents’ parents played it.  It’s fun.  It’s active.  And it’s as much a required childhood activity as jumping rope and patty cake.  But what to do when the weather’s wet, windy, or too cold?  Here are […]

{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} 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 […]

{Play} Painting With Brushes, Balls and Bodies

November 3, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

  The other day Jane looked up at me and said, “Mommy, I want to paint.” “What do you want to paint?” “Something HUMONGOUS!” My first thought was, “Where in the heck did she learn that word?” And my second was, “What humongous paintable thing do I have lying around the house?” Initially, I thought […]

{Play} Bubble Wrap Fun

August 25, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

As Jane and Sam found out after Hubby brought home a custom handmade double guitar stand swaddled in miles of protective plastic, it’s fun to snap bubble wrap! I know plastic is bad.  It kills our planet and can kill our babies.  But this swath of giant bubble wrap was headed straight for the recycling […]

{Play} Toddler Twister With Party Plates

May 17, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Even though April showers are supposed to be over by now, we’re still getting our fair share of dreary, drizzly weather.  Not being able to play outside is a bit of a drag, but not if you drag out your paper or plastic party plates from the Rainy Day Construction Paper Octopus project or your Special […]