Kids Art Supply Organization

Looking for a way to organize kid art supplies?

I was.

It was time to get the loose stickers off the ground and all the markers without caps thrown away.

You see, we once had an organization system for art supplies, and quite frankly, that system was no longer working. It was broken and needed to be fixed before someone slipped on a stapler.

So here we are, all tidied up and ready to rock and roll.

Quick and Easy Breakfast Invitation

You know when you have these moments where you preschooler REALLY gets it?

Like, adrenalin rush, super excited to complete the task?

It all began with Color Sort on our Breakfast Invitation Cards.

As my preschooler eagerly sorted shades of blue and different shades of green, it led to a couple questions.

“Which shade of blue is the darkest?”

“Which shade of blue is the lightest?”

And Whamo! - This quick and easy Breakfast Invitation was born. Quick and easy, use what you already own.

Fine Motor Game for One-Year-Olds

This toddler activity helped me multiple times this week!

I used it to prepare dinner, vacuum the living room floor, and take a shower. - You know, all normal activities that are a wee bit harder to do with someone pulling on your pant leg.

Under two-years-old can be a tricky age to entertain. They are typically in the I want to be older, yet I don’t have the momentum to play independently for long periods of time phase.

But no worries, I am happy to help.

Quick and easy toddler activities to help you make breakfast and blow dry your hair. #momlife

Cranberry Mix-Up; A Holiday Sensory Bin

Want to teach your kids how to pour their own milk?

Start with simple, super fun sensory play such as this one.

Scooping.

Pouring.

Even dumping are essential for child development.

These are concepts that unless someone sits us down and says, “Look, here is WHY you are getting your kitchen floor a little wetter than you’d like”, we may not be as accustomed to doing.

The side bonus is that water play typically lasts 3 times longer than it takes me to set up and clean up. Bonus if the kids think wiping the floor is a follow-up game. - But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

Light the Strand; a fun Winter Breakfast Invitation

Looking for an indoor activity this winter break?

Dot the lights is where it’s at.

We already know that dot stickers make crazy fun Breakfast Invitations.

Spider Webs crawled throughout the 7 continents on Instagram.

Christmas Trees raved on Busy Toddler.

And DIY board game helped keep us all going over Thanksgiving Break.

Bring out the dot sticker packs for the brightest Breakfast Invitation yet!

Gingerbread Man Sticker Match - a fun winter activity

Looking to introduce some key math concepts?

You know me. I am always thinking of ways to introduce those Common Core Math Standards now so when we all enter Kindergarten, it is a lot more head nodding than confusion.

I’ve been there. I’ve taught these standards. I assure you, they move FAST.

Here, I know that Kindergarteners will be asked to understand the terms match and pair. They are also asked to, directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common.

“You have a pair of socks. They are both the same.”

“These two stickers are alike because they both have 2 candy canes and a snowflake.”

“These objects are different because one of them roll and the other will stack. They are not the same.”

We can begin to introduce Kindergarten topics in an age appropriate way that is enjoyable.

Holiday Sticker Cups

Pick the ONE thing you want to improve, and focus on that ONE skill.

What I mean, is if you want to focus on fine motor skills, stay focused on task at hand.

Here, it is to strengthen the little muscles so that down the line your child can correctly cut and hold a pencil.

You want to stay focused with your goal.

If the goal is fine motor grip, try not to also throw in letter recognition and sequencing. You can keep the brain power to a minimum so that your reluctant toddler or preschooler can really zone in on what they need to work on.

Here, it is fine motor.

Boy's Birthday Party at LEGOLAND

Last week we celebrated Grey’s fifth birthday.

“I can’t believe that birthday was so special!” squealed a newly five-year-old from the back seat.

Can you believe that? The second we were all buckled up headed home, I hear him say this.

Total #momwin!

Another perk? All I did was invite friends and show up. See how we celebrated here!

Indoor Play Using Washi Tape

Need a quick indoor activity? Try this Breakfast Invitation!

This Breakfast Invitation is super simple to set up that’s packed with a punch of foundational skills.

One of the best ways to learn is through exploration.

Taking pieces, and moving them around for intentional, hands on learning.

This indoor game was great for my five-year-old, and also perfect for my 3.5 year-old.

Different ages, and different personalities will extend in different ways. This is exactly what you are looking for.

Shape Pictures; A fun Math Breakfast Invitation

Shapes; one of the most fun ways to watch your preschooler's development unfold. 

Working with shapes will begin with shape identification, develop into spatial awareness, and continue on to understanding how shapes fit together in our world. 

Why Manipulate Shapes Now? 

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:

  • Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

  • Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.

You do not have to master this in Preschool, but this is a FUN way to begin the introduction now.