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 […]

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 […]

Learning in an Instant- Snowball Fight Math

Looking for a quick, easy, and FUN way to teach math this winter? Just add marshmallows! This snowball fight math activity is a playful way for kids to practice their math skills. And who doesn’t love a good snowball fight? Snowball Fight Math Items Needed: marshmallows magnetic numbers Directions: Use the magnetic numbers (or a […]

Holiday Gift Kids Can Make — Peppermint Necklace

Here’s a quick and easy holiday gift kids can make using just a few materials, and you can even sneak in a pattern lesson while working on fine motor skills too! To make your own peppermint necklaces, you will need some string (or shoelaces), and cut up stripy straws to make beads that look like […]

Invitation to Explore Early Math Concepts

Recently inspired by the lovely Imagination Tree, I set up a simple invitation to explore early math concepts for Clara using some of her existing learning toys and other household items. This has been a HUGE hit with her, and I love how arranging the toys in this way helped to renew her interest in […]

Kid Illustrated Summer Memory Books

The end of the summer is bittersweet; it’s sad to say goodbye to the warm weather and time with the kids, but the new school year and upcoming seasons are wonderful things to look forward to. We celebrated summer’s end by creating Summer Memory Books, illustrated and put together by the boys! This post contains affiliate […]

6 Simple Discovery Bottles

I’m getting ready to start the homeschool year with my rising first grader and preschooler. I really needed a quick and engaging activity to keep the baby occupied for a few minutes while I assist my daughters with their schoolwork. These simple discovery bottles were the way to go! I already had all the materials […]

Learning in an Instant: Scissor Skills

I know many families are preparing for the upcoming school year by setting aside a little time to let their kids practice some of the basics before they go back. Practicing scissor skills can be one of the easiest activities to encourage. And it can be fun!  You don’t even have to have an end […]

How to Make Cloud Dough

Summer is a great time to get outside and play in the sand and water, but those aren’t the only sensory activity opportunities! The warm weather makes it easy to take a variety of activities outside, and that typically means less mess and more fun! So today we’re sharing a video tutorial on how to […]

How to Make Colored Shadows

Sometimes summer plans don’t go as we wanted them to, especially if we end up with rainy days! Last week, we ended up being stuck in the house when we really wanted to be enjoying the sunshine. We pulled out a few lamps and created our own shadows. To our surprise, shadows don’t always have […]

Pretend Cake Tutorial

It’s amazing how much learning actually takes place during pretend play. The first time I discovered that my son could add and subtract efficiently, without prior lessons and without prompting, was while playing grocery store. I was astonished as he added up my total! Thanks to several rainy days, we’ve recently had a great deal […]

Bubble Printing

 It’s summer and that means lots of fun time spent outside playing with bubbles. Want to extend your bubble play? Try these bubble experiments and discover new ways to play with bubbles. When you’re done experimenting, how about trying an art project with bubbles? Bubble printing is so easy and you get beautiful, unique results with […]

Bubble Science

Every kid has a fascination with bubbles.  There’s just something enticing about them.  We recently spent an afternoon playing with a bottle of bubbles, which led to lots of discovery about the science behind bubbles.  Here’s a few of the fun concepts we learned as we explored bubbles.    Does wand shape effect the bubble? […]

Salt and Watercolors Art

Process-based art is exactly as it sounds. It’s all about the process- the fun, creativity, and exploration that comes with creating art. And your kids will surely love the process behind this crowd-pleasing art project. In fact, chances are that they’ll want to do this again and again! You can watch the tutorial here: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56cZQZXXJCk] […]

Learning in an Instant- Letter Sounds Hopscotch

We’ve been talking about fun ways to play and learn with sidewalk chalk, and today we have another playful idea to share. Letter Sounds Hopscotch! Encourage your kids to practice letter sounds and their gross motor skills with this simple game.  Instead of drawing numbers in your hopscotch grid, draw objects beginning with the letter […]

Learning in an Instant: Simple Letter Writing Activity

For a super quick and mess-free letter writing activity for the kids, remove the label stamp from a zipper freezer bag using a paper towel and a bit of rubbing alcohol. The label will wipe right off leaving you with a completely clear bag! Next, fill the bag with some clear hair gel (from the […]