Halloween Sensory Play

Get ready for some super fun Halloween sensory play! 

We all know that kids and water are like beans and rice. They just go together! 

We also know that change and variation are great for the mind.  I have always loved a change of seasons. It keeps things fresh and exciting and I am sure this is how kids feel as well with learning. 

Change up your water play by adding these fun plastic eyeballs for Eyeball Soup! 

You will Love this New Bedtime Routine Idea

My 4.5 year old was a reluctant writer.

So I took a step back.

I knew my preschooler would write when he was ready.

I also knew that I could begin to teach him letter formations and important prewriting skills using using magnets, going outside, and using highlighters. I didn’t push the pen and paper and you don’t have to either.

You know the saying, "Your preschooler won’t go to college in diapers?

Allow this to apply with learning.

Slow and steady, keeping in mind that preschool is not a race. Your job as the parent or educator is to integrate smart opportunities to play and learn which will act as building blocks to the final goal.

Your child will use the potty and your child will also learn to write.

9+ Stress Management Ideas

Oh, hey there! Guess who else sometimes feels defeated and exhausted?

ME!

That's right. Some days get the best of me.

I am tripping over Picasso Tiles , the boys are on their 12th snack of the day because they are staaaaarviiiiing and laundry is on its third wash. Nope, no mildew smell over here. We are smooth sailing. (Don't tell my husband I admitted that.)

Sound familiar? 

Most of these things can make me want to hop in the car and peel out of the driveway.

I wouldn't even go very far. Probably just around the block a couple times listening to the birds as the windows let ALL the air in. 

But we all know. That just isn't possible.  

These little people inside need me to be home. They need me to be present.

And so, I try to find little ways that I can make myself happy so we can all hang together in harmony.  A little for me, and a piece for them. 

I call these, "Mom Needs a Minute" stress-free life hacks. 

Bring the Bears Home - Simply the best Breakfast Invitation

Inside: Left to right progression activities for children. 

These color counting/sorting bears are a hot commodity. 

Sorting? Grab the bears. 

Counting? Yup, bears again. 

Left to right progression? Boom. Bears again.

Bring those little guys home. 

My point is, these bears are in our top ten supplies for kids. 

And that doesn't surprise me. When I was a teacher, these counting bears were also a power play when it came to learning. Counting and sorting is just a little more fun when these bears are included. 

So here it is. Our most popular Breakfast Invitation for left to right progression.

Breakfast Invitation for fall

Here's WHY this game is so valuable. 

There is a difference between counting and understanding what the numbers stand for.

COUNTING is one of the first concepts to master. You will notice that your preschooler can count fairly early on and that counting has to do with memorization. 

BUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THIS PICTURE IS QUANTITY. 

QUANTITY is the concept of understanding how many. 

It may also include concepts such as more than, bigger than, less than, and same as. 

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

This visual allows your preschooler to touch the objects as they count and add one more.


Not only will you get a new Breakfast Invitation here, but you will also better understand how to handle when things go a new direction.

Inquiry, Balance, and Impulse Control

Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of Fall. 

Chances are it is either apple or pumpkin spiced latte. Being a tea drinker, I tend to fall (unintended pun!) into the apple category. They are crisp, delicious, and everywhere. Plus my three-year-old gobbles them up so I knew he would be instantly hooked. 

We know that balancing our bodies can help improve reading skills. So let's take a look at how balancing objects can benefit learning as well. 

Button Push For Hand Eye Coordination

Why is Button Push so important? 

For starters, the SIZE of these buttons is perfect for your four-year-olds, great for your three-year-olds and even better for your one-year-old

How do I know this? Because I have all three ages that seem to swarm around these giant colorful buttons. They do fit into mouths, so stay close and make sure any of these ages do not choke. 

Educationally speaking, your child is also working on: 

  • Fine motor grip 

  • Hand-eye coordination 

  • Repetition which serves as building blocks to learning and establishes play patterns 

  • Movement

  • Prediction 

  • Transporting - mathematical and language concepts as they investigate space and weight

  • Empty vs. Full

What's in Our Outdoor Bucket?

Ready to power up your outdoor play area?

This does not mean you have an enormous fenced in backyard with 3 swings, monkey bars, and a slide. 

What this means is that you have 5-10 items you store in a container to keep on the fly for pouring, mixing, and transporting.  These items can be used on the back porch, or driveway. It is an "anything goes" type of bin which is incredible for child development. 

Does your child like potions? We've got the tools for that too. 

Come step inside our Outdoor Area Supply Bucket! You will be geared up till the first snowfall! 

For Fine Motor Development Sensory Play

If there is one thing we know, it's water play! 

Water play is hands down, my saving grace to motherhood.

It gives my three and four-year-old time to explore transporting, measuring, and pouring as I wash the dishes after breakfast. I know, how exciting, right? #momlife

So after almost 44 days of summer and water play fun, we spiced things up.

Move over primary colors, we've found NEON! You don’t want to miss this.

Rainy Day Activity for Kids

Does it rain near you? 

Of course, it does!

And doesn't it seem like when it rains for one day that typically leads to three?

Have no fear! This rainy day indoor activity will help get everyone moving. Remember, I have three active boys. Rainy days are fun for the first 3 hours. After that, it is a little bit of "Who's on first?!". 

This rainy day indoor game will wake up their brains and you can also sneak in some important terms such as spheres and three-dimensional shapes. Read more here.