• Crafts

    Paper Roll Owls

    Paper rolls are great for crafting and these cute paper roll owls are easy to make without creating a mess. No paint or glitter involved unless you want to of course. Even toddlers can decorate these little critters with some help. Materials The only materials really required are toilet…

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    Haunted House Tutorial

    This haunted house is fun and spooky and combines everything Halloween is about. Bats, ghosts, witches and ghouls! This craft requires help from a grown-up but can also be changed up to make it easier for kids. The haunted house tutorial comes with a printable house template but I…

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    Paper Plate Bat

    Halloween is around the corner and we have been busy crafting during our Fall break. My son requested something with bats, so we made a paper plate bat that flies through the night. Paper plates are a great craft medium. They are versatile and cheap, paint and glue will…

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    Halloween Printables

    Halloween is just a few weeks ago and our neighborhood is going crazy with decorations this year. The kids are getting excited and beg me to drive through town to check out spooky front yards and store windows. I am glad people are going all out to bring the…

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    Potato Stamp Ghosts

    These little Potato Stamp Ghosts are so cute! They are super easy to make and a great Halloween craft for little ones. Their faces can be scary or friendly, however you prefer. All you need for this activity is a few common household items you probably already have at…

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    Halloween Scavenger Hunt

    October is just around the corner and my kids are getting excited about Halloween. Our neighbor has already decorated her front yard and down the street is a house all decked out with scare crows and lights. This year is going to be a little bit different with lots…

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    Fall Tree Paper Collage

    Inspired by Tracey English’s artwork I created a Fall Tree Paper Collage craft for kids and grown-ups. A few weeks ago I discovered artist and illustrator Tracey English and fell in love with her hand-painted paper collages. They are colorful, happy, and whimsy. She creates beautiful art by cutting…

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    Tissue Paper Fall Tree

    The leaves are starting to change colors soon and what better craft to do than a Tissue Paper Fall Tree! A simple activity to celebrate Fall and ideal for tots and preschool-age kids. This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission for purchases made…

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    Tissue Paper Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries

    Halloween is my kids’ favorite holiday and they love to decorate the house. Jack-o-lantern luminaries are a great Halloween craft and not a bit scary, which makes them ideal for little ones. This craft doesn’t require many materials and even toddlers will be able to help. This post contains…

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    Happy Pumpkins Stamp Art

    Have you ever grown pumpkins? A couple of years ago my son brought home pumpkin seeds and begged us to grow our own jack-o-lanterns. Little did we know that the vines would take over our yard, climb over fences, invade our neighbor’s property and suffocate our tomatoes and squash…

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    Kandinsky Pumpkin Art

    It is September and I have seen the first pumpkins being sold at farm stands. Fall is my favorite season and we usually go pumpkin picking and to Halloween events. This year is going to be a bit different since most farms canceled their Fall festivals. One more reason…

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    Fingerprint Birds

    Fingerprint art is an easy craft, even for the littlest artist, and makes great personal gifts for friends and relatives. I saved all hand- and footprint projects created by my kids, from tiny babies to elementary school and will hold on to them forever. As the kids are getting…

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    “Stained Glass” Apple Craft

    Fall is so close and I can’t wait to go pumpkin picking and decorating. Summer is long in Tennessee and October has become my favorite outdoor month. We will be going to an apple orchard next week and to get us in the mood we made a stained glass…

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    Dream Catcher Tutorial

    We started homeschooling a few weeks back and it has been an adventure so far. My kids are not easily motivated to do school work and I have been trying hard to make it entertaining for them. We have been talking about Colonial America and Native American history and…

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    Kinetic Sand Tutorial and Construction Site Sensory Bin

    Kinetic sand is wonderful! It is soft and pliable, holds it’s shape and doesn’t sprinkle all over the place. I like using it for sensory bins because it is not as messy and can be used for indoor play. Unfortunately kinetic sand costs a fortune if you buy it…

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    Easy Leaf Print Art

    I like nature crafts. They are unique, beautiful, materials are free and readily available. This easy leaf print art project requires little to no prep and uses items you already have at home. A great project when the kids are bored and it is too hot to play outside.…

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    Apple Crafts and Activities

    I love apple crafts and activities! Apples make me think about Fall, cooler days, and the first days of school. In preschool, we like to start out with “A is for apple” but this year I will be home teaching my kids and we will do our own apple…

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    Lunchbox Printables for Kids

    The first day of school is always a big change for kids and parents. Everything is new, kids are suddenly on their own and might miss home. To make separation a little easier you can put one of the lunchbox printables in this article into their bag. They will…

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    The Best First Day of School Books

    No matter if you are going to preschool or fourth grade, the first day of school is always a little scary. New teacher and a class full of kids you don’t know yet. Maybe even a different school or you have never been away from Mom and Dad before.…

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    DIY Walking Map For Kids

    DIY Walking Map for Kids, Guest post by Susanne Williams – When my kids were little they loved to go for walks with Grandma and explore the woods, fields, and wildflowers on the way. Now they are older and don’t want to go for regular walks anymore. With this…

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    12 Fun Science Experiments for Kids

    Science experiments are not boring at all. There are so many fun and hands-on activities you can do with preschoolers and older that will leave them fascinated and asking for more. Here are 12 experiments to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of science. 1. How to make…

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    How to Start Homeschooling

    2020 has been a challenging year so far. COVID, quarantine, the fight against racism, job losses, a tanking economy, and loss of countless souls. If you are a parent of a school-age child you are also facing the decision on how to continue their education this Fall. Is it…

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    Toothbrush Art

    I am always thinking about crafts I liked to do when I was a child and toothbrush art has always been one of my favorites. It is quick and easy and the results are beautiful no matter how young or skilled you are. We like to use leaves and…

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    Arctic Sensory Play

    If you read some of my past posts you might have come to realize that we love to make a huge mess in this house. As long as it doesn’t involve glitter I am perfectly fine with it, and the fun doing this activity definitely outweighed the cleanup time…

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    Night Walk Scavenger Hunt

    Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Maybe you are having a sleepover at your house and the kids need to blow off some steam? Or you are out camping and need some evening entertainment? How about a night walk scavenger hunt? This post might…

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    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…

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    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…