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Independence Building Boredom Busters

December 18, 2015 in All Posts, First Grade, Kindergarten, Play, Sponsored Posts

In our house there are a few “bad” words that the kids are absolutely and completely forbidden to say, like “I hate,” “I can’t,” and “I’m bored.” But that doesn’t mean they don’t ever say say it – in other creative ways – or feel that way when we don’t have scheduled activities. How do […]

Easy Homemade Play Town

February 27, 2015 in All Posts, First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Art, Kindergarten Craft, Preschool, Preschool Art, Preschool Craft, Sponsored Posts

Glitter, upcycling, and independent play:  these are a few of my favorite things. When we received a box brimming with Glitter Glue, Painters Markers, School Glue and Glue Sticks from Elmer’s last weekend, I knew EXACTLY what we would do – get our craft on and create a homemade play town with items straight from […]

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 […]

{Play} Easy Ways To Encourage Free Play

June 17, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

I wrote a post about Jane’s Free Play Fun activity a while back when I needed an easy way to give myself a few extra minutes of downtime and make sure Jane was actively occupied with something she was interested in (that wasn’t television). I’m writing about it again because a friend mentioned to me the other […]

{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 […]