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November 7, 2011
You are probably familiar with musical chairs, the game where you scramble for a coveted seat as the music stops knowing there will be one fewer seat available each time. Well games like that are generally torture to play with preschoolers or toddlers like my daughter for good reason, it's no fun. This is in the same genre, but with more learning and less feeling left out. You will need some painter's tape and hula hoops although you could just have the kids touch thr letter to be "safe". Make some letters out of the tape on your floor. Place the hoops around them. Put on...
November 6, 2011
Having worked with preschoolers both in camp settings and as preschool teacher I am often shocked by the things parents hate like playdough! Ok maybe I shouldn't be too shocked because I loathe bubbles but still playdough has been such a fixture in my life that I think all these little tips and tricks are obvious and not worth sharing until I hear a mom at church or a playdate say " Oh wow I never thought of that!"  So here goes... my tips for playdough. 1. If the thought of making your own is overwhelming don't do it. Unless your child has a gluten allergy or...
November 2, 2011
Halloween was fun at our house and today we used our candy for learning! You will need some paper, markers, and of course your candy! Write out some answers for your little ones to answer.  Ours included : How much candy do you have? How many suckers? How many candies are square? How many have the letter m in the wraper ? My son loved this and it gave him a chance to play with his candy even though I only let him eat 2 when we were done.
October 30, 2011
I love teaching about shapes using art. Halloween is a great time to make shape monsters like this one , but they work all year round. Ha! All year round. Sorry couldn't help myself. You will need some construction paper, round collage materials like pompoms, or even circles cut from paper, round stickers, and sequins are all great options. Also some round stamps or paint markers and of course google eyes. You will also need scissors and glue. Start by making a round body with the paper and gluing it on another sheet. Use the paint markers ( these are similar to bingo daubers but the...
Monsters, shapes
October 30, 2011
Learning to read and getting your kids to practice doesn't have to rely only on books. Activities where they need to do some reading is a great way to teach kids how reading is more than simply for books, we use the skill all day every day...even when playing games. You could do this with anything but we decided to do a Halloween themed photo safari since most every conversation my 5 year old starts includes Halloween as the subject. Grab a note book or a clip board , markers and a camera. Make a list of items for your child to find. Review the pictures together. Skeleton! This isn...
October 29, 2011
My son is generally a very confident little guy and can talk his way out of a paper bag. Since becoming a big brother in June 2010 he's been very insitant on his place as a "big" boy. Part of that has been his desire to not show fear. He finds excuses not to go to our neighbors house because he is afraid of their dogs. He won't tell you that but he is. According to him he is "Just not too sure of what they will do next, but not afraid." One thing he is openly afraid of are mascots... so as you can imagine we have not had a family trip to the "Happiest Place On...
Fears, Halloween, Kids
October 28, 2011
While my son is at preschool I love taking the time to do more complicated activities with my daughter who at 16 months sees her brother making things and wants to join in. So a few days ago we make this spider which is now scaring people in our foyer. Obviously with toddlers you need to help a lot but it's all a learning process, which is why I like including lots of learning opportunities about colors, and textures. You will need some paper in spider/ Halloween colors , felt and streamers. Like I said above I like mixing textures because at 16 months they may not be wondering about...
October 27, 2011
We have had very busy days here and last week we finally had a "stay at home day" with nothing planned just lots of play and luckily my camera was close by for this. I was cleaning out our supply closet when my son grabbed some extra party cups. Being an almost 5 year old boy who loves to break, bust and generally act as a wrecking ball he immediately started to knock the cups over. Then I suggested he build them into a wall... and he was off. He created an all red wall, and all blue... even patterns. All to be knocked down by his fire truck. I just thinks it's a great reminder...
October 26, 2011
I know that I normally link to blogs with kids crafts, post about early learning and fun things to doi with your kids but sometimes I see so many awesome ideas I need to share. Halloween isn't just for the kids so check out these ideas to get your house Halloween ready.   Aren't those wooden pumpkins from Crafty Chic Mommy awesome?! The tutorial on her blog takes you through the steps perfectly so you can make some for your porch too!   I love how simple this wreath from Something To Do  is, but even more I love how it looks. Even the busiest parent could make this!...
October 24, 2011
Playing and exploring and yes making a mess is fun for infants and toddlers. My daughter's favorite thing to do every day is to empty the dvd from a drawer and then refill it. Doesn't seem too exciting to those of us who can read, watch tv and write but for littles it's teaching them spatial awareness, hand eye coordination and using their senses to explore. If like me you are ready for something less destructive try this with remnants of ribbons. The main warning is of course make sure to supervise at all times but also to keep the ribbon pieces too short to wrap around a neck...
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