Fine Motor Skills

July 6, 2017
Busy bags are easy activities for toddlers and they're fun activities for preschool too. Busy bags can be simple and easy to set up, if you have the right materials. They're great for fine motor skills practice for 2 and 3 year olds and incorporate lots of creative play and STEM for toddlers and preschool STEM, plus alphabet activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Learn how to make over 60 activities from $12 worth of stuff from a dollar store. Easy DIY activities and easy set up. Great for road trips, airplane rides, and anywhere else you need to occupy your 1 year old or your 2-3 year old.

How to EASILY Make Over 60 Busy Bag Activities for $12

Busy Bags for Toddlers and Preschoolers are Simple AND Fun!   What can we do with $12 in items from a dollar store? Lots! 😉 But, we’ll focus on busy bags for toddlers and preschoolers today*. 🙂  What are “busy bags?” They’re portable activities that keep little ones “busy” or […]
July 2, 2017
What is a toddler activity kit? How do I make a toddler activity kit? What else should I get a 1 year old for a birthday present or Christmas? Gift ideas for Big Brothers or Big sisters when a new baby arrives too! Could be used as a preschool activity kit too!

How to Make a Toddler Activity Kit

Do you have a Toddler Activity Kit? First, what is a Toddler Activity Kit? A Toddler Activity Kit is a collection of supplies and “stuff” to use for toddler activities. It can be a bin, box, bag, etc. And, everything in a Toddler Activity Kit would work for a preschooler too. […]
June 8, 2017
How to make using crayons and markers more fun

Art with a Twist

Now, I don’t know about you, but markers and crayons can get pretty boring for me (which is the reason behind art with a twist). Fortunately, my kids seem to enjoy them. One loves actually “drawing” with them while the other is more interested in taking the caps off, but […]
May 25, 2017
Taste-safe sensory play for babies and toddlers, ,simple science experiments for toddlers and preschoolers

Frozen Fun (Part 1)

Rising temperatures are the perfect excuse to get outside and have some fun!   But, let’s put a little sensory twist on it and use something common, that requires almost no preparations or preplanning for the adults, but is something that kids enjoy. Ready for it? Ice. Yup. It’s that […]
March 6, 2017

Starting Seeds

Spring is almost here! Yay! And, that means we need to get our seeds going or we won’t have a garden. Ok, that’s a bit extreme because we can go buy starter plants, or whatever they’re called. But, I want Sweet Pea to see how plants form and watch them […]
March 4, 2017

Sorting Fun!

We haven’t done sorting activities in a while, so I started setting up an activity for both of them (3yrs and 17 mo), but Buddy Boy came over and started playing before I could finish setting up. So, missing from this activity are tweezers, other bowls (plain, not colored), and […]
February 24, 2017

12 Benefits of Marble Runs

      Marble runs are great for open-ended building. They’re an example of a STEM toy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). And, they’re a lot of fun, both for the kids and the adults. But, what are the benefits to marble runs, besides fun the whole family can enjoy?   […]
February 12, 2017

What is a playful learning activity?

A playful learning activity occurs when children learn through play. It’s something children enjoy doing and are able to explore and be creative on their own. There are often very few directions or guidelines because it’s an open-ended activity. The activity in this picture is a playful learning activity because: […]
February 5, 2017

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 […]
February 5, 2017

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 […]
February 5, 2017

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 […]
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