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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 closed and unless you have your own pool or an HOA that decided to open up for the season you are not going to go swimming this summer. For my kids, this is a bummer as they love our local pool. Thankfully there are a lot of fun things to do to cool off at home. Here is a list of…

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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 the opposite. I have never seen a father being disappointed receiving a handmade card from their child. Here are two Father’s Day Printables, a questionnaire, and a coloring sheet for young children to do. Dad’s Portrait Print out the coloring page, give your children crayons or markers, and ask them to draw a portrait of their Dad or father figure. The…

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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. There are no rules or instructions other than “Don’t eat the googly eyes!”. Create your own monsters with almost no preparation required and items you already have at home. Materials Playdough – homemade, store-bought, any colors, the brighter the better googly eyes in different sizes pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, glitter, buttons, straws …… anything you can think of and already have…

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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. They even have a program linked with NASA to become a junior space flight explorer. You can also find coloring pages, activity sheets, and booklets online. Guaranteed hours of fun! We went to Stones River National Battlefield which is basically in our backyard. Here is a list of parks that offer the program on-site: click here. How to become a Junior…

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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 a playgroup or classroom setting. I put together a list of interactive books that will keep the kids engaged, have them jump, press buttons, and save the day! They all have been tested and approved by my preschoolers and own kids. This post contains affiliate links which means that if you purchase an item through the link I will be paid…

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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 500 different species in over 10 million US gallons of water. The aquarium is dedicated to research, education, and conservation. The Georgia Aquarium offers several live webcams and also learning resources and videos. Visit the otters, penguins and majestic whale sharks for a breathtaking experience. San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo opened its doors in 1916 and houses over 4000…

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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 two ingredients that you probably already have at home: cornstarch and hair conditioner. It is quick to make, Gluten free and doesn’t require any cooking. How to make cloud dough You need: 2 cups of cornstarch 1 cup of cheap and preferable white hair conditioner food coloring (optional) mixing bowl Mix the cornstarch and conditioner together until it forms a soft…

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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 piece of paper. Print and cut out out the cootie catcher printable. Take your piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally, making sure the two opposite corners meet. Crease the fold with your finger, and open it back up. Then fold it in the opposite direction and open it. You should have an X showing on your paper. Then…

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    Let’s go on a Scavenger Hunt

    This post might contain affiliate links of items I use and recommend, which means if you make a purchase through the link I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Are you tired of social distancing? Are the kids driving you crazy with all their penned up energy and the constant demand for snacks and entertainment? Cabin fever is real. Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! Although it will be a while until we can socialize again, here is the good News: you can go outside and enjoy nature! It is good for mind and body and a fun experience for kids. There is a lot…