St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher

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I love activities that allow me to upcycle or reuse things that would normally be thrown away. Instead of throwing away plastic straws, rinse them out and save to make colorful plastic "sheets" to upcycle into fun crafts. This month we are also studying Ireland, and as the shamrock is the national flora, this was … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher

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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!

Pumpkin Sensory Balls

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This is a super-easy activity to do with your little ones, and great for strengthening little hands and of course fun sensory play! Start with two orange balloons: I used two to make sure it is nice and strong (also if one breaks you have a spare. I put one balloon inside the other one: … Continue reading Pumpkin Sensory Balls

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

*Nature Fossils* w/Autumn Scented Playdough – RECIPE INCLUDED!

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I love the smells of fall. I also love spices and warm baked goods. My preschooler loves play dough and I make her a fair amount on a frequent basis. I started with this wonderful recipe I found at Domestic Superhero  - I absolutely LOVE this recipe and it turns out amazing EVERY time! I made … Continue reading *Nature Fossils* w/Autumn Scented Playdough – RECIPE INCLUDED!

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!