Connie Deal


About Connie Deal

Connie is the mom of two toddlers and 3 dogs. When they're not doing activities, Connie and her kids are gardening, taking pictures, going for walks, or enjoying time outside. Connie left the classroom when she became a mom, but she's a teacher at heart and loves helping others.


Why I DON’T read to my kids every night (and the case for nonfiction)

One of the things that makes me proudest as a mom is seeing my kids sitting and reading books. Of course, they’re not really reading the words yet, but they’re looking at books, pointing out stuff they see, asking questions about what we’re reading, and “reading” to each other and […]


Edible Sensory Play

Scooping and pouring activities are a lot of fun for little ones. They’re also important skills to have and incorporate a little bit of math into their play as well as some experimenting and problem solving. This playful learning activity also allows the little one to make some choices, such […]


8 Tips for Teaching Scissor Skills

The thought of giving a 2-3 year old scissors can be just a TAD scary! Here are 8 tips to get you started. 8 tips for helping your little one with scissors 1. Thumb up! Always. 2. Wrist straight. 3. Help them by holding the paper taut or using thicker […]


Throw the week-by-week checklists out the window!

I felt like the worst mother on the planet when I was scrolling through Facebook, while nursing my youngest, and came across a post with milestones for toddlers and preschoolers. I clicked on it and saw that, according to their checklist, Sweet Pea should already be using scissors. What!? Hand […]


4 ways to Promote Kindness in Kids

Is it me, or are toddlers and preschoolers focused on themselves? Of course, this is 110% developmentally normal behavior, but it can be very frustrating to deal with. There are several strategies I have found to help my littles be kind and polite, so I’ll start by sharing 4 of […]


Easy and fun indoor water play for toddlers and preschoolers. Water play is a great sensory activity for toddlers and makes for fun scooping and pouring for preschoolers as well. It's quick to set up and a lot of fun when you're stuck indoors. Read more about it at Lessons and Learning for Littles!

Easy Indoor Water Play

Who doesn’t love playing in the water? There’s a reason they make those water fountains and often have them in waiting rooms- the sound of water is relaxing. Kids are no different, so when Buddy Boy wandered over to the dogs’ water bowl and started splashing around, I decided it […]


It’s worth it! You’re worth it!

Will it be more work? Yes, absolutely. Will you have more to do when you get home than if you would have just stayed home? More than likely. Will it be worth it? You bet it will! Taking time for ourselves is always worth it- no matter how much extra […]


Simple toddler science activity and an invitation to play for a whole-child based approach to learning for toddlers and preschoolers. STEM activity for toddlers. Preschool STEM doesn't need to be complicated to be fun! Try this simple color blending science activity for 2-3 year olds from Lessons and Learning for Littles.

Why is it purple? 2 ways to experiment with color blending (without paint!)

Color is all around us, but what makes each color unique? Sweet Pea is into ‘speriments (experiments) and colors (specifically matching), so I wanted to expand on that by having her see what happens when colors mix together. Buddy Boy enjoyed watching the fizzing (colored vinegar dropped into baking soda). […]


3 Simple Playful Learning Activities to do RIGHT now!

You know that look on a child’s face light up when he/she discovers something new and exciting? Playful learning activities help achieve that! Or when suddenly, something they’ve been trying for a while finally works? Isn’t it such a great thing to witness, especially after they’ve been concentrating or working […]


Will it fit?

The ability to make size comparisons is an important skill to have for success in math. It’s also important to be able to experiment, which also happened with this activity. Buddy Boy (1yo) was interested in seeing if things fit in various openings, so I made him a box to […]


How to Give Toddlers The Best Possible Start in Life

Could it be that we have it all wrong? Is America’s education system broken? Are American schools failing our youngest learners before they even have a chance to succeed? Just how broken is our education system? What can be done to fix it? Let’s take a look at Finland. Finnish […]

America's education system is failling our littlest learners. Montessori inspired activities to help toddlers and preschoolers learn at home. Kindergarten readiness for toddlers and preschoolers to help prepare children for kindergarten. Activities for toddlers and preschooler activities to help children learn at home from Lessons and Learning for Littles.