playful learning activity

July 8, 2018
Can you teach your toddler? Can you prepare your little one for kindergarten? It's easier than you might think! Find out if you're qualified to skip sending your toddler to preschool! #homeschool #preschool #motherhood #toddlers #parentingtoddlers

5 Simple Things to do NOW to Prepare your Toddler for Kindergarten

5 Simple Things to do NOW to Prepare your Toddler for Kindergarten… no preparing or special books or stuff required! 🙂 Plus, why homeschooling your little one is easier than you might think!   There’s no denying it. Being a mom is hard work! Being a mom in the 21st […]
June 25, 2017
Preparing your toddler for school is easier than you think! Learn simple things you can do at home to prepare your 2-3 year old for school!

Preparing Toddlers for School

We have something special this week- a guest post by Ashley Millar of  First Belle! Ashley is a  “TeacherMom.” By day, she’s in the classroom with kiddos, and by “night” (ok, late afternoons and evenings too!), she’s home with her almost 2 year old daughter. Ashley has made it her […]
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 […]
April 9, 2017

15 Things to do with Easter Eggs (besides finding them!)

  Easter is almost here, and there’s a lot more we can do with eggs than “just” find them! Here are some other things to do with the eggs: 1. Match them (same color/design, same part of the egg, same size). 2. Stack them (and knock them over). 3. Sort […]
March 6, 2017

Balance Beam Fun

Have you ever noticed that kids enjoy walking along things- lines, curbs, etc.? Whenever we go to the open gym at the gymnastics center, Sweet Pea enjoys doing the balance beam, so I thought it would be a good addition to our “toys.”   Fortunately, my dad had some scraps […]
February 24, 2017

Rainy Day Fun and a Great Learning Opportunity

How we made the best of a rainy day, learned about gutters, storm drains, made comparisons, and used our 5 senses. Did anyone else grow up hearing that playing outside was “good for you”? We LOVED to be outside as kids. It was the one time we consistently didn’t listen […]
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 20, 2017

6 Simple Indoor Party Games for All Ages

  Planning a party doesn’t need to be pricey or complicated! It doesn’t need to be fancy to be fun. Here are 4 easy games you can set up for your next kid party!   Tic-Tac-Toe. These games are a lot of fun and involve throwing accurately (or spinning). While […]
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: […]
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