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Easy Paper Bag Puppet Craft

August 16, 2013 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Craft, Preschool, Preschool Craft

Here’s a quick and simple paper bag puppet craft that you can set up in two seconds and let the kids enjoy for hours. This easy puppet craft for kids was a perfect boredom solution for a week of no school, mommy working from home, and daddy traveling. Materials Paper bags Self-stick googly eyes Self-stick glitter foam […]

Exploring Open-Ended Pretend Play

August 5, 2013 in All Posts, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Craft, Play, Preschool, Preschool Craft

When we received a box of craft supplies to make our own DIY Costumes from Chica at Sprout’s The Chica Show, the kids nearly died from excitement! (After regaining their composure there was a very serious discussion about the difference between chicks, roosters, hens, and chickens). For my part, I was looking forward to spending […]

Simple Classics: Mirror Play

August 13, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

I love a simple, classic play activity, like playing with a mirror, that requires little or no setup time and is just as fun as any newfangled, intricately creative, modern game. Mirror Play is not just for babies; your toddler or preschooler will really get a kick out of it, too. Materials A mirror (handheld, […]

{Play} Toddler Tissue Paper Spring Flowers

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

It’s a bit rainy, but it’s still starting to feel a bit like Spring! We’ve been busy planning for my mom’s birthday party – which Jane insisted be rose-themed. To make our table a little more festive, we made these cute, scrunchy “roses” to attach to the chairs – basically the toddler version of these […]

{Play} Tinkerlab Challenge #9 | Egg Carton Boat

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

It’s that time again.  Time to raid your recycling bin and get busy creating for Tinkerlab’s Creative Challenge #9: Egg Cartons For the last challenge, we had a lot of fun making a Paper Bag Fan and I knew we’d have fun trying to create something out of an egg carton. The difference this time […]

{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} Segmented Coffee Sleeve Snake & Paper Roll Puffy Caterpillar

March 14, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

I’m what you might call an upcycling hoarder.  I can’t throw out anything that might have a second – or third or fourth – life.  If it can be repurposed, it will be stored.  Somewhere.  Regardless whether we have room for it.  I’m always glad when I pick through my stash to find something I […]

{Play} Tinkerlab Challenge | Paper Bag Fan

February 5, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

You’ve probably seen some of the fun challenges put on by Rachelle over at Tinkerlab. If you haven’t, check them out here.  For her latest Creative Challenge – Paper Bags – we made a Paper Bag Fan! Materials paper bags anything to decorate your bags:  markers, paint, pencils, or glue + gems/feathers/any small objects a round […]

{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} Free Play Fun

October 13, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

I love that being home with the kids gives me more time with them, but sometimes I need a little time for myself while I’m with them. The Painted Toast activity is great for a few extra minutes in the morning, but when they’re done eating the toast – and that’s usually pretty quickly – my […]