Pine-cone Christmas Trees – Mess Free Preschool Activity!

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Now that I'm a mom, I see everyday objects in a different light. My hubby likes to playfully accuse me of being a hoarder, but I like to save things that would otherwise be discarded to use in fun activities for my kiddos. Free activities are the best ones, right? I just finished up a … Continue reading Pine-cone Christmas Trees – Mess Free Preschool Activity!

Reusable Advent Calendar – Dollar Tree Hack!

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Christmas is one of my favorite time of year - I think some of my best memories as a child are related to activities I did together with my mom. I wanted to continue this tradition with my daughters, and came up with this activity to make together. I love Advent Calendars, but they can … Continue reading Reusable Advent Calendar – Dollar Tree Hack!

Plastic Bag Lungs – Hands on Activity!

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Since my day job is to teach nursing students, I love finding fun ways to teach about the human body. I find it even more challenging to teach these concepts to a three-year-old, but this activity was a hit! Our last co-op with Mama's Happy Hive was all about the human body, and I had so much … Continue reading Plastic Bag Lungs – Hands on Activity!

My Blood & Kidneys – Sensory Learning Activity

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Water beads are my go-to for many sensory and learning activities. I wanted an activity to visualize the different parts of the human blood, and water beads fit the purpose perfectly. I used red/pink beads for the red blood cells, white for the white blood cells, crush yellow beads for platelets and water with a … Continue reading My Blood & Kidneys – Sensory Learning Activity

Famous Paintings Art Lacing Boards

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My husband and I love to travel, but unfortunately we've been on a wee bit of a hiatus due to having two young children. In our 11 years of marriage, we've had the privilege to fly around the world and see many famous sights in person. I look forward to continue this tradition with my … Continue reading Famous Paintings Art Lacing Boards

Alphabet Matching Activity – Upcycled Bottle Caps!

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This activity has been a HUGE hit with my preschooler - I have been saving random bottle caps from my Body Armor drinks (because breastfeeding, lol) and after months, I had enough to do this activity. I printed out the lower case letters of the alphabet on a sheet of paper (you can print off … Continue reading Alphabet Matching Activity – Upcycled Bottle Caps!

How to Make Sensory Windows: Diaper Wipe Upcycle

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I have two young children - the older one is *mostly* pottytrained, but still wears pullups for naps and bedtime. In the past three years I have gone through a LOT of wipes... I liked the hard plastic dispensers and hoped to make a fun activity with them. This activity worked well for both my … Continue reading How to Make Sensory Windows: Diaper Wipe Upcycle

Make Your Own Chalk Paint – Upcycle Old Chalk Sticks!

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I can't remember buying chalk for a long time, but somehow I have a whole box of it. Another mama suggested turning old sticks into powder and adding water to make your own chalk paint, so that is what I did! I used a cheese grater to turn my chalk into powder. I found the … Continue reading Make Your Own Chalk Paint – Upcycle Old Chalk Sticks!