• Crafts

    Scratch Art DIY

    When I was little I used to do a lot of scratch art. I just loved the surprise of which colors would peek through when I started drawing or writing on the black surface. Now they are selling scratch art notepads and craft kits, which my kids like to…

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    Tissue Paper Art

    A few weeks ago I fell in love with bleeding tissue paper art. It is easy to work with and the results are vibrant and fun. Bleeding tissue paper looks and feels like gift wrapping paper but it releases it’s color when made wet. You can purchase it in…

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    Fun Sticker Activities

    Kids love stickers. I have never met a child that didn’t love them. Stickers make things pretty, they are great as rewards, to help over a small injury, and to keep kids entertained for a few minutes. There are so many fun sticker activities you can do, the possibilities…

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    Straw Bracelets

    Straw bracelets are such an easy craft, even toddlers can join in without needing much assistance. The bracelets can be made in all kinds of patterns and colors, cost next to nothing, take a couple minutes to make and look so cute. And don’t forget fine-motor-skill development. This craft…

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    Craft Sticks Busy Bag – Shapes and Patterns

    Sometimes you just need a few minutes of peace and quiet to talk on the phone or you are sitting in a restaurant and the food isn’t coming and your four-year-old is getting antsy. This is when it is time to pull out a busy bag and most of…

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    Goldfish Math Cards

    A few days ago I posted a goldfish cracker game to practice addition. Today I want to show you another way to make counting fun: with Goldfish Math Cards. They are a great way to practice simple equations, number recognition and you can also make up your own math…

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    Goldfish Math Game

    When it comes to preschool and Kindergarten there are a ton of fun activities you can do to teach your child numbers and counting. My kids used to bring home math homework games in Kindergarten. Since neither one of them is a big fan of homework I tried to…

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    Bleeding Tissue Paper Art

    A short while ago I had never heard of bleeding tissue paper art before. I saw all this great artwork on Pinterest and assumed it was watercolor. Then a teacher friend told me about it and I was intrigued. I went home, collected all the tissue paper we had…

  • Parenting

    Keeping Your Kids Mentally Healthy In Uncertain Times

    Keeping your kids mentally healthy – 2020 has been the most challenging year as parents for my husband and me so far. Not only because there is a pandemic forcing us to isolate from others but there are worries about our financial situation, education, health, and now riots in…

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    Water Toys For Your Backyard

    Water toys and activities to stay cool while social distancing. – Summer is coming. Here in Tennessee we already had over 90 degrees this week and this is just the beginning of the hot and humid months to come. Due to COVID-19, all public pools in the area remain…

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    Rhyming Dust Bunnies Book Activities

    Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is another wonderful book by this beloved children’s book author. We meet Bob and his friends who love to rhyme. Bob though can’t find the right words and that upsets his friends. But Bob has a very good reason for his behavior: he…

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    Learning Activities With Dot Stickers

    Sticker learning activities – This afternoon, while I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers, I found a package of dot stickers. These little colorful stickers are not only good for yard sale price tags, they are awesome when it comes to keeping kids busy. There are countless learning activities…

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    Father’s Day Printables

    Father’s Day is coming up in a few short weeks and it’s time to think about what to give Dad. Moms get a lot of sentimental gifts like poems and handmade cards and it is often assumed Dads don’t appreciate these kinds of things but my experience is rather…

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    Playdough Monsters

    This post contains affiliate links. For more information read the disclaimer and privacy policy. We have monsters in the house! Playdough monsters that is. These silly creatures are so fun and easy to make, even for toddlers. They are also great for fine motor skill development and sparking imagination.…

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    4th of July Star Ornaments

    4th of July star ornaments are an easy patriotic craft and make a great decor for Independence Day. These suncatchers will look pretty in your windows. Make a whole bunch to decorate your home red, white and blue. Smaller kids will need help but are going to like sticking…

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    Froot Loops Activity Mats

    I designed six Froot Loops Activity Mats for preschoolers to practice color recognition, counting, and fine motor skills. They are free to download and for ages 2 and up. Young toddlers might not be able to count yet, but they can work on matching colors and the pincer grasp.…

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    Donuts for Dad Father’s Day Cards

    Father’s Day is coming up and that means making something cute and thoughtful for all Dads and father figures out there. Last year my preschool class made donut Father’s Day cards and they turned out adorable. They were a big hit at the “Donuts with Dad” breakfast. I made…

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    Mix it up!

    Mix it up! by Herve Tullet is a wonderful book for preschoolers. It teaches about primary colors and what happens when you mix them with each other. The book calls young readers to action: shake the book, squish the pages, mix the colors. It keeps even toddlers engaged and…

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    Become a Junior Ranger

    Did you know every child 5 years and up can become a junior ranger with the National Park Service? Almost all National Parks in the US offer a junior ranger program on-site. There are also a lot of activities available online. Become a junior paleontologist, archeologist, or cave scientist.…

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    Interactive Books for Busy Preschoolers

    Interactive books are great for busy preschoolers. Kids are always on the move. They jump and run all day, and try to figure out how the world works. They have a hard time sitting still and making them listen through a lengthy story can be a challenge, especially in…

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    Virtual Zoo Field Trips

    Is social distancing wearing you down? Are you looking for some fun indoor activities to get you through quarantine? How about taking virtual zoo field trips and visiting your favorite animals on live webcams? Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium is the third-largest aquarium in the world. It houses over…

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    2 Ingredient Cloud Dough

    2 ingredient cloud dough and the likes have always been a big hit in this household and especially when I taught preschool. It is not only fun but it also helps with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill development. Cloud dough is super soft and pliable and only requires…

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    Fortune Teller Cootie Catcher

    Fortune Tellers Cootie Catchers were very popular when I was little. According to my kids and their friends they still are. I will show you how to fold a cootie catcher and added a free printable for you to use. Or you can make your own with a square…

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    Felt Cookie Tutorial – Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cookie Series Part 2 After the Sandwich Cookie tutorial, I would like to show you how to make chocolate chip cookies out of felt. This post contains affiliate links which means that I will be paid commission if you make a purchase through my side at no additional costs…

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    Felt Sandwich Cookie Tutorial

    Cookie Series Part 1 I want to show you how to make felt cookies. They are so cute and pretty and great for tea parties, playing shop, or house. And they don’t take a lot of time to make, which is always a plus because you most likely won’t…

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    Books For Reluctant Early Readers

    Do you have a reluctant early reader in your house? We do. It took a long time for him to pick up the ability to recognize sight words, letter sounds, and how to pull it all together. With a lot of extra help, he is now able to read…

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    Pinwheels that really spin

    Pinwheels are pretty and versatile. They make great home and party decor, you can wear them in your hair, stick them in your yard or on a stroller to entertain your toddler. I am going to show you how to make pinwheels that really spin because they are so…

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    Bug Hunt and FREE Printables for Preschoolers

    Bugs are awesome! As long as they are not in my house, car, or in my line of view. They are fascinating and serve a great purpose but they can be slightly scary. Most insects in Tennessee are harmless but if you have ever been confronted with a TN…