Mystery Book Basket!

This mystery book basket was so simple to set up and we used books we already had on-hand. It added a lot of fun and excitement to our usual story time! The idea is to wrap up books you already have as though they are presents, but leave them completely unmarked so that the kids don’t know […]

Simple Winter Matching Game

Here is a cute free printable Winter matching game to keep the kids busy on a snow day, or anytime you need a quick little activity! This game works well for a wide age range of kids. Younger kids may enjoy matching the cards while they are shuffled and facing up, and older kids can […]

5 Little Snowmen Finger Puppet Craft

This 5 Little Snowmen craft and action rhyme was such a hit with my kids! They have been singing the song and playing with this cute puppet set all afternoon! It is such an easy and quick craft to do, especially on a cold or snowy day. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in […]

Martin Luther King Jr Crafts and Activities

Are the kids home from school for Martin Luther King, Jr Day? Looking for something artsy and fun to do?? These Martin Luther King Jr crafts and activities are a great ways to promote peace and diversity. You’ll also find a list of recommended books for kids to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Crafts […]

Books About Camping for Kids

These books about camping for kids are sure to inspire plenty of outdoor fun! From making s’mores around a campfire, to putting up a tent, here is a great collection of camping books kids will love even if you’re camping in your own backyard (or living room). Be sure to check out the camping activity […]

Creating an Ocean Sensory Table

Sensory tables are incredibly popular with preschoolers.  They bring a tactile experience to a lesson that is often remembered long after the book smarts have made their way in one ear and out the other.  Creating an Ocean Sensory Table is easy and inexpensive to do at home. Here is how we created an Ocean […]

Five Amazing Hikes to Take With Kids

These five amazing hikes to take with kids weren’t a conscious thing at first… it just started with a walk in the woods, which then turned into a weekly walk in the woods, which then turned into a hike with friends out beyond the confines of cellphone reception and into the world of “leave only footprints, take […]

Patriotic Parade Craft to Make for the Kids

4th of July is around the corner and perhaps your family is planning to attend a local parade! Parades are a great way to teach children about holidays, music, community, and patriotism. Shared below are directions to a bright red, white, and blue Patriotic Parade Craft that children will enjoy shaking, swaying, and holding during the parade […]

Ways to Play and Learn with Water Outdoors

These creative ways to play and learn with water outdoors are sure to delight kids of all ages! When the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want to refer to this list to keep cool and have lots of ideas for good clean fun on-hand.    Here are 10 of our favorite ways to play […]

Simple Fine-Motor Activity for Preschoolers

Here’s a simple fine-motor activity for preschoolers that is easy to set up, and develops important “pincher grasp” muscles. All you need is a basket and some clothes pins! Invite your child to attach the clothes pins to the outside of the basket! Other options: Count the clothes pins as your child attaches them to […]

Learning in an Instant- Colors of the Rainbow

Did you know that there are actually seven colors in a rainbow and they are always found in the same order? Learning the colors of the rainbow can be a great starting point to understanding the science behind rainbows. This free printable coloring activity is a great way to learn the seven colors of the […]

Fine Motor Craft – Winter Snowflake Ornaments

This fine motor craft to make Winter snowflake ornaments can be set up as a quick and easy “invitation to create” while celebrating Winter with the kids! Added bonus — some unique snowflake ornaments that are sure to add a little sparkle to your home. To make the Winter Snowflake Ornaments, you will need: craft […]

Valentine’s Day Montessori Trays

Valentine’s day is a time of giving and a time of love.  Getting our kids into the spirit of the holiday is often hard without a moose-sized dose of sugar.    But we can easily turn the things they normally do into special holiday crafts that create adorable keepsakes (and even better memories) with a […]

Books about Animals in Winter

Does your child want to learn more about animals in winter? Reading is a wonderful way to obtain new information and encourage children to use their imagination. Here are ten of our favorite children’s books about animals in winter. Books about Animals in Winter Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean […]

Birds in Winter

Last weekend, our region experienced extreme sub-zero temperatures. While outside watching bubbles freeze, my youngest son noticed a fluffy bird shivering on our neighbor’s air conditioner. “Mommy,” he began, “I feel so bad for that little bird! It must be cold!” His empathy and curiosity led him to a series of excellent questions: How do […]

My Year in Review Free Printable

It wasn’t until the other day that I realized how much my son’s interests had changed from the beginning of the year.  In these past twelve months, he’s grown from a 4 year old preschooler to a 5 year old little boy.  The past year went by like a blur, making me realize that I […]

Sight Word Ornaments

Last week, Colin received his first school report card. He is doing very well and I am so proud of him! In the narrative section of the report card, his teacher encouraged us to continue practicing sight words at home. I have been using the classic method of folding in, but he has become incredibly bored […]

Thankful Turkeys

Thankful Turkeys are a classic Thanksgiving craft for children I never grow tired of. This year, I’m especially fond of our turkeys because for the very first time, Colin wrote every single word independently using phonics, visual clues, and his sight words.    To make Thankful Turkeys, you will need: colored card-stock scissors glue, tape, […]