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
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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
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!
I love making things either for free or minimal expense. This is why I was so excited when I got this idea off Pinterest to make these cute little coasters out of Dollar-Tree flip flops. Now is a perfect time to buy flip flops because they are on sale and the large ones are usually … Continue reading Flip Flop Coasters
I always am looking at ways to upcycle stuff around my house into fun projects or toys. My baby (10 months) is always looking to pull things out of other things, and I created a fun little toy for her to do just that! First you need a jar - I used a peanut butter … Continue reading Peanut Jar Upcycle: Infant Pull Taggy Toy