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 […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers – Montessori Trays

These Montessori trays can cover any subject you would like.  They are the most versatile and also the least expensive Montessori idea to set up, as you often have these things laying around your house.  Homeschooling with a toddler in tow can be the biggest homeschooling challenge we face day to day.  Trying to find […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers — Sensory Bins

Moving on to the next item in our Montessori inspired classroom with toddlers in mind.  This one takes a little bit of discipline for the child and a little patience for the homeschooling mama because it can be messy until they understand the rules.  Homeschooling with toddlers in tow can be the biggest challenge we face […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers – Magnet Board

Homeschooling with a toddler in tow can be the biggest homeschooling challenge we face day to day.  Trying to find things for kids too young for school but far too awake to be quiet (or if they are, it is cause for alarm and not peace) is a huge challenge.  In this series I will […]

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 […]

Life Skills for Kids: Sandwich Making

Developing life skills for kids is a great way to encourage independence, practice fine-motor skills, and foster self-confidence. Kids can do so much if only given the chance! Sandwich Making is an important life skill that children as young as 3 can do with assistance. Once mastered, kids will enjoy feeling the success of making their own […]

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 with Lego Bricks

For generations, Lego Bricks have been applauded by teachers and parents as one of the best toys for learning, building creativity, and strengthening fine-motor skills. Lego Bricks are an open-ended toy, meaning they can become just about anything a child or adult imagines, including an educational tool. Listed below are 3 creative ways to use […]

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 […]

Map Learning Activity for Kids

Teaching your children about map skills starts with knowing the basics.  So I start with the cardinal directions!  A simple game of Simon Says can turn into a wonderful treasure hunt with a bonus of always knowing which direction to point to find the North Star! This map learning activity is sure to teach your kids […]

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 […]

Invitation to Learn: Valentine Patterning

Whether studying cultural traditions or origin, manipulating food, toys, or other festive trinkets, holidays are brimming with learning opportunities for children. In this post, I will share how to arrange a simple invitation to learn that uses festive Valentine M&Ms to learn about patterning. What is an Invitation to Learn? An invitation to learn is […]