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. 

How to Minimize Screens and Promote Playtime

We all seem to want it.

We want our children to spend less time on tablets, and more time playing.

But there are some struggles that come along for the ride.

How will I transition away from so much screen time?

How can I encourage child-led learning?

How do I get my children to stop arguing over the same toy?

After spending the week in NYC with Melissa and Doug, I’ve collaborated with a group of play experts, influencers, and moms that feel overloaded to discuss ways we can #takebackchildhood.

READ ALL ABOUT WHAT WE DISCUSSED HERE!

4 Words Will Change the Way Your Preschoolers Work Together

Have you heard of the cooperation shirt? 

This is the t-shirt that fits two kids inside when they aren't getting along. 

Well, here is another spin on how to reinforce cooperation, valuing one another's ideas and getting along. 

The Cooperation Sensory Bin. 

Seriously, have you seen multiple children work together with limited supplies? It can go really smooth, or be a complete challenge.

When the challenge presents itself, you need to try to reinforce these 4 words. They may help this week over Thanksgiving Break!

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Kindergarten. One of the first major milestones for your child.

They ARE our future.

How do I know? Because I still keep in touch with the first Kindergarten class I taught.

They are now about 22 years old and currently working as technical engineers and paving the way in medicine. They are doing things now that are way above my head. #truth.

But you know what?

Our preschoolers are not in Kindergarten yet.

So let’s take a couple of the core concepts they will need to master then, and allow our children to play, manipulate and learn on their own terms now.

How can we do this?

Simple setups called Breakfast Invitations.

Stop googling “kindergarten readiness” and invite your children to learn through the power of play now. You asked, I answered. Here are the most FAQ about Breakfast Invitations.

The Best Ideas for Thanksgiving

I see you over there searching your Pinterest looking for the best activities for kids on Thanksgiving.

What will we put on the Thanksgiving table?

What can the kids work on as we prepare this enormous meal?

How can we show our kids how to give and understand thanks?

Dont worry!

I’ve got you. I’ve done the Pinterest searching for you and have asked some of my best blogging friends for their great ideas.

Here it is in one wonderful Thanksgiving Roundup divided into 3 main categories.

  • Thanksgiving Games

  • Thanksgiving Art

  • Thanksgiving Ideas to Give Thanks