Anderson was the type of kid who put EVERYTHING in his mouth. So in those early days, I was worried about buying play dough in fear he would put it in his mouth. So instead I whipped up a batch of taste-safe play dough and was floored by how easy it is! Continue reading “Color Mixing Experiment with Homemade No-Bake Play Dough”
So I am very, very mess adverse. Yet I love art, and so does Anderson. It is a huge conundrum over here. Thankfully, several years in the classroom have taught me a few tricks to get creative, while keeping the clean up to a minimum. Continue reading “How to Paint with Your One Year Old & Several Creative Activities to Try”
For a mere $6 you can order a bag of pompoms off Amazon. The ability pompoms have to keep your toddler busy is rather impressive. And you can sit back, relax, and know that your kid is building developmental skills from fine motor to object permanence. It is a true win for everyone.
These Print & Play Alphabet Cards are a super easy way to start building foundational literacy skills. Whether you’re a teacher using them as a whole class or Center activity, or a mama building skills in your little, they’re a fun, play-based way to grapple with letters.
The activity on my Teacher Pay Teachers store has the introduction for Seven Activities. Including Memory, Snap, Hide & Seek, Sequencing, and Mystery Letter. While this blog post gives you three more ways to use these cards! 10 activities. 1 quick download. Continue reading “Literacy: Print and Play Alphabet Cards with Ten Gameplay Options”
In response to our post on our favourite (developmentally appropriate) toys, I had a few of you asking what we wound up getting Anderson for his first birthday. It sounds like a lot of your littles are quickly approaching the one year mark as well. CONGRATS! Continue reading “Developmentally Appropriate First Birthday Gifts”
We’re keeping the travel with kids vibe going. A bunch of you loved the Print & Play Travel Activities I posted. But you were asking for what other tricks I pack along to keep Anderson from running up and down the aisle like a lunatic, wreaking havoc. Continue reading “Kid Travel: 6 Tools for Keeping Kids Busy On the Go”
Contact paper offers endless activity opportunities. Once I do one sticky paper activity I leave it up for a few weeks, and cycle through different activities until the stickiness finally gives way. Continue reading “Sticky Wall Mosaic”
Anderson is a seasoned traveller. I mentioned in his 1-year post that he’s been to 21 cities in his first year of life. We’re about to set off on yet another jet plane in search of some sunshine. Many of you asked how we keep him busy on all the plane, train, boat, and car rides he’s been on or how we make travel with kids seamless (FYI: it’s not. But, to us, the chaos of travel with littles is worth it in the end).
So I figured I would share these Print & Play Travel Activities that I made for a dear friend who is about to get away with her niece and nephew for spring break. These activities are for older kids, but if you have kids who are at the colouring, bingo-playing, scavenger hunting age, these are for you! Continue reading “Kid Travel: Print & Play Travel Activities”
I’ve been getting messages asking about developmentally appropriate toys for babies. Everything seems to be geared toward toddlers. Most boxes proclaim everything is for 12m+, leaving parents scratching their heads on what to get to entertain their littlest ones. Continue reading “Our Favourite Developmentally Appropriate Toys for 6-12 Months (& How We Use Them!)”
This time-buyer came about as I stood in my kitchen with Anderson pulling at my hem wanting to be in the meal prep action. I grabbed the elastics from my veggies, stretching them around the center of my loaf pan. Dinner gracefully made it to the table that evening as he plucked away at the strings, experimenting with the different sounds each elastic made and exploring the sensation of the tension and release as they snapped into place.