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July 8, 2017
Toddler schedule or routines during summer can be especially challenging. Learn tips and strategies for finding your groove and making this the summer you get stuff done AND have fun. Plus, surefire tips for helping you stick to your new routine and a FREE printable!

The Summer of Smooth Sailing: Tips for Balancing “Work” and “Fun”

The Summer of Smooth Sailing Tips for Balancing “Work” and “Fun” Summertime can mean so many things. For some of us, it simply means the weather is warmer (hotter?). For others, kids are home, so our entire routines change, making us wonder how to create a toddler schedule or routine, […]
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 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

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

Boredom Buster, Energy Eraser Activity

Getting cabin fever? Need something active, but easy for your kiddos to get some energy out? Try a game! If you don’t have craft sticks, use paper. It need to be usable, not fancy. Kids don’t care about fancy or “Pinterest Perfect.” They are happy that it’s done and they […]
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: […]
January 30, 2017
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 […]
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