Baby Block Box Breakfast Invitation

Okay, here we go!

A Baby in a Box Breakfast Invitation.

Wait, what? A Breakfast Invitation? What is that? READ HERE.

If you are over there nodding your head like, “Yes!, Yes! I need this! Give me all the baby Breakfast Invitations!”, You are going to LOVE this.

Providing your one-year-old (this includes all babies under two) a border may just buy you a little more time. I say may, because they are under two. They just learned to walk. Chances are, they don’t want to sit still. - and they shouldn’t.

But sometimes, mom needs a minute and Baby Block Box will do the trick.

Check out our Peanut-free, Preschool Halloween Party

It can be confusing to know how to prepare for a nut-free class party. Inside are allergy friendly snacks, along with non food treat ideas.

Ah, Halloween.

Your Reeces Peanut Butter Cups and Snicker Bars used to tempt me every time. Like every. single. time. 

But not anymore.

The site of a peanut makes my heart skip a beat and the thought of hidden peanut content sends me on high alert due to our preschooler's peanut allergy.

Did you know that 1 in every 13 children have a food allergy and a grain of sand amount of peanut could put some children into anaphylactic shock?

The statistics are frightening. 

ADIOIS peanut products.

Cheers to a reinvented, stylish, peanut-free, Preschool party that will entertain your preschooler so well that they will go home and nap. - I made that last part up. But we can all hope...

A FUN Breakfast Invitation

We are grabbing October by the skeleton bones.

Apparently, mom needed a change of seasons to recharge creativity.

This fall we have created pumpkin faces, counted ghost eyes, stuck sticky squares on a pumpkin, and grasped little erasers . We even created a memory game using little pumpkins. The best part of all of these activities is that they can all be tossed into a giant bin to make the Ultimate Halloween sensory exploration.

October, you have been anything but boring.

So now, let’s time to take out all the Halloween stickers (thank you Target Dollar spot and Amazon) for a simple, yet SUPER engaging Breakfast Invitation.

Easy Toddler Activity

So what’s the BIG idea?

Here, your taby, toddler, or preschooler is working on a vertical surface. This is strengthening his core and arm muscles for future skills such as throwing and swinging.

Your child is also discovering new textures.

According to, Loose Parts 2 , “Touching is the most fundamental means of contact with the world.”

The book continues to state, “Since our skin is one of the most sensitive parts of our body and provides much information about the world and it’s messages, it makes sense that young children spend so much time exploring how touch feels to their bodies”

Isn’t that powerful?!

Sounds like touch and texture needs to be integrated into more daily preschool activities.

Make this easy taby, toddler, preschool activity for fall today!

Fine Motor Game for Pencil Grip

Save the pumpkins with this super easy fine motor activity.

Alright, Target Dollar Spot. I came. I saw. I conquered. These little erasers screamed my name all the way from the diaper aisle.

Last week we shared some tips about pencil grip. One of the most important ways to help how your child holds a pencil is to strengthen hand muscles by using tongs, scissors and movements with pliable textures such as playdough.

Save the Pumpkins forces your child in a playful way to use a pencil grip to save the pumpkins from hot lava.

Of course, right? Please tell me everything your child does also revolves around not stepping on the hot lava?!? Remember, speak their language. What makes your preschooler tic?

For us, it was hot lava and they were ALL OVER this game. My almost five year old wanted to count how many he grabbed, and my three-year-old wanted to make sure none of them fell into the gooey mess.

It was easy, and it was awesome.

Breakfast Invitation to Begin Counting

Something interesting has happened since my oldest started preschool.

What happened, is that my middle guy (three-years-old) has come out of his shell and is beginning to take risks with his learning at home.

You see, my 4.5-year-old means EVERYTHING to my three-year-old. According to him, he’s the coolest, smartest best friend a brother can have.

But something happens when the two of them are learning together.

My oldest takes the lead and my middle guy follows along not ready to take chances with his learning. He doesn’t want to get it wrong in front of his biggest idol.

So where multi-age learning is important, it is also important for me to check in with my three-year-old and create simple set-ups that we can do together to reinforce some basic skills for Kindergarten Readiness.

Pumpkin Ideas for Kids

Ready for some pumpkin fun? Make this fall Breakfast Invitation!

Guess what? Breakfast Invitations do not have to take hours to set up.

In fact, this fun pumpkin prep took exactly 7 minutes. (Yes, I time them so I can tell you exactly what to expect.)

And you know why it took 7 minutes to set up?

Here’s the secret. - You don’t have to cut perfect pumpkins. Cut quickly. Cut two at a time. Your preschooler will still adore this Breakfast Invitation. Read how here.

A Fun Game for Fall

Little Pumpkins are everywhere, and little chubby hands cannot resist.

With this preschool pumpkin alphabet activity, you have a win.

A true, "I can smell fall in the air", WIN.

Inside shares FIVE variations to this pumpkin memory game.

25+ Activities to Improve Pencil Grip

“Help! How can I help my child hold a pencil?”

This can be one of the trickiest habits to correct.

WHY?

Because children do not always want to be helped.

Go figure. Here we are, teaching them to be independent thinkers, and then swooping in to correct everything.

My three-year-old is full of independence and absolutely does not want mom to rearrange his marker. GASP! Doesn’t he know I am a preschool mommy blogger?!

So what do I do? I find subtle ways to have him practice. These activities suggest he rearrange his grip to create lines and movements in order to complete the task.

And you can do this as well.

Here’s How.

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.