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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 […]

{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} Bathtub Painting

January 9, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

On the days when the screeching and screaming won’t stop, the t.v. no longer holds their interest, Hubby’s not home to help me round up the rebels, and I just really really really want to get rid of them, I throw Jane and Sam in the bathtub with some shaving foam and a few drops […]

{Play} Best Toddler Activity Of 2011

January 2, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

For someone who’s so nostalgic about everything, I’m surprised at how much I’m looking forward to 2012.  But before I get busy jumping ahead, here’s my favorite play post from 2011: Colorful Ice Cube Painting   We got so messy, but we had so much fun! Jane was in heaven with the different textures and […]

{Play} Painting With Winter Leaves & Needles

December 12, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

  A few weeks back – before it turned really cold (well really cold to a Californian) – we gathered some pine needles and other winter leaves for a painting experiment. At first, Jane wasn’t quite sure what to do when I put out the paint and leaf collection, but she quickly realized she could […]

{Celebrate} Homemade For The Holidays | Menorah Handprints

December 8, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, Play, Toddler Activities

Here’s a super easy Hannukah gift that your child can make in just a few minutes.  Jane made them as teacher’s gifts.   Materials Blue and yellow paint (or any other colors you wish) Paper Step 1 Using the blue paint, have your toddler make a handprint with each of her hands, with the thumbs […]

{Celebrate} Homemade For The Holidays | Fifteen Easy Ornament Ideas

December 2, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY, Toddler Activities

This holiday season we’re focusing more on being together with family and friends than on the commercial aspect of the month, which is our usual tradition.  A lot of the gifts we’re giving are homemade and as fun to put together as they are to bestow on our loved ones.  Every year we normally buy exquisite […]

{Play} Pipet Painting

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

For Day 8 of the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge, we came up with this colorful pipet painting activity!  I would have called this “Dropper Painting,” but Grandma and Jane quickly corrected me that what we were using was a pipet, not a dropper. Materials baby food jars or clear cups a pipet (otherwise […]

{Play} Guest Post | Fingerprint Fall Trees

November 8, 2011 in All Posts, Guest Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Fall is most definitely here, folks!  If you haven’t started your fall-inspired arts and crafts projects, here’s a superfun one from Vicky at Mess For Less! Living in California, I don’t get to experience the gorgeous Fall foliage as much as those of you in other parts of the country.  I used to live on the East Coast, so […]

{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 […]