Fall Sensory Bin: Simple Play for Toddlers

Fall sensory bucket

One of my favorite sensory bins is a simple container full of beans. Of course fall is the perfect time to use nature to create a sensory bucket. All it takes is a quick walk around the neighborhood with a bag. You can take the collecting adventure on your own... or let the kids decide what to keep! Inside the Fall Sensory Bin Leaves. Collect as many different types, sizes and colors as you can. Pine needles. Pine cones. Sticks and twigs. Seed pods. Flowers. Along Side the Fall Sensory Bin Empty tissue boxes. Tic Tac containers. Toilet paper rolls. Yogurt containers. Measuring spoons. Making the Sensory Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 1: The Secret Garden

What a fun idea! I'm joining the Family Book Club

Are you as excited as I am? Judging by the awesome response I received when I announced the Family Book Club I'll assume you are! If you don't have your copy of the book yet, don't worry. It won't take you long to catch up. We're reading The Secret Garden, Classic Starts version. This is an affiliate link but as always, I recommend you try your local library first.  Every week I will post a new reading assignment along with some discussion questions or activities that match what we've been reading. If you need help remembering when to check in, I will share the posts on Facebook and through my Newsletter.   Reading Goal This week Continue Reading

LEGO Challenges for Junior Builders

LEGO Challenges for beginning builders... how fun!

This post is sponsored by LEGO Junior. LEGO is an exciting word at our house. My son discovered LEGO sets when he was around 5, and he hasn't stopped building since. Now that LEGO has introduced a new line I'm convinced that kids just like him will be building (and having success with building) even earlier. This new line is called LEGO Juniors and it’s designed for 4- to 7-year-old builders. The bricks are regular LEGO sized (which means they’ll fit right in with our ever-growing LEGO collection). We tried out LEGO Juniors Construction. I loved that the instructions were simple to follow and that each part of the set went together Continue Reading

15 Spooky Halloween Science Experiments & Activities

Halloween science experiments and activities for kids

If your house is anything like my house, Halloween talk starts happening in September. The kids (and hubby) have already decided what costumes they want and kid made Halloween decorations start filling the walls long before I'm ready for it. This year I think I'll play along (have you seen the printable Halloween lunch box jokes I made?) I'm rounding up a few Halloween science activities that I know the kids will love. I'll buy the stuff we need early... but I'm sticking to my rule that Halloween doesn't happen until October! 5 Spooky Dry Ice Experiments The only experience I have with dry ice is packing a cooler with it. I know it Continue Reading

The Way I Feel Activities and Reading Party

EVEREADY® Pajama Jam Reading Party

Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark! Today I've become part of the team. I'll be spreading the word and sharing with you some fun ideas for hosting a reading party of your own. I love the idea of hosting a reading party! Anything that encourages a love of reading and brings books to life is something I want to be a part of. By the way, have you seen our new Family Book Club series? Check it out and join in! EVEREADY® has made hosting a Pajama Jam Reading Party super easy. They've created a printable party toolkit with easy to follow tips and ideas. FUN! Reading Party Continue Reading

Creative Halloween Writing Activity

Halloween writing activity sheets. Easy to make and fun for the kids.

A while back I came across a really great idea for turning an old picture frame into a writing practice tool. All you do is put writing paper inside instead of a picture, offer your little one some dry erase markers and voila... they can write their little hearts out. (I think everything might be more fun with markers!) I've been working on adding Halloween everywhere. I've put Halloween jokes for kids in their lunch boxes and in the kids' art area I decided our dry erase board could use a little spooky writing practice! That is how this creative Halloween writing activity was born. Preparing this Halloween Writing Activity I used a Continue Reading

On The Go Writing Prompts for Kids

9 fun writing prompts for kids

This year we are doing a lot of running around after school. It's quite different than the downtime we're used to. With Big M playing baseball and Little M joining in a local play, we find ourselves rushing from school to activities. We also seem to have quite a bit of wait time for the kid who is not participating that day. I've been trying to bring along fun things to entertain them. When I came across this pretty little notebook, I knew it would fit perfectly in my purse. It has now been transformed into an on the go writing prompt journal for the kids. (I'm going to do my best to write the name and date of each stories author. When Continue Reading