How to Teach Your Phone Number

Want to teach your phone number?

Start with this simple and fun phone number activity!

I know the importance of my preschoolers knowing my phone number, and yet I continued to put it off.

Perhaps I was intimidated by the fact they would have to memorize a sequence of numbers, or if I felt like they weren’t ready. I am not sure why I was hesitant to start.

But you know what?

It literally took this introduction, plus a followup simple tactic to make it stick in a matter of days. Here’s what we did.

How to Train a One-Year-Old for Sensory Play

One-year-old sensory play.

Imagine an hour in your day that you can sit back, reheat that coffee, and finally get to read through that Athleta catalogue sitting on your kitchen table.

Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?

These are just some of the perks for mom after sensory bin bootcamp.

But it takes a couple training rounds before you can fully relax as couscous is being scooped and poured on your kitchen floor.

What’s involved in sensory play training?

Let’s dive in.

Hands On Counting Game for Kids

Ready to practice counting? Grab your dot stickers and markers to get started.

We all know that counting is important.

However, what is more important is that children are touching the objects as they count.

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

Beth, what does this mean?!

What this means is that we want preschoolers to practice pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.

How we do this, is we ask our children to TOUCH THE OBJECT as we COUNT ALOUD. You don’t want to miss this super fun Breakfast Invitation.


The Best Kid Activities for Valentines!

Hello, February!

I don’t know about you, but January seemed to zip right past me. Needless to say, January came and went.

So bring it on February! We are ready for all things Valentines, hearts, and pink.

Since Valentine’s Day can sometimes sneak up on us all, I wanted to make a Valentine Round-up for your every need.

Inside you will find Valentine games, Valentine sensory play, Valentine crafts, Valentine cards, and Valentine Treats. Phew! Something for every Valentine need.

Have a favorite? Leave it in the comments below!

Rainbow Valentine Hearts

Ready for a fun Valentine Breakfast Invitation?

Try this Rainbow Valentine Heart activity and create a handful more for classmates!

“Who wants to come play a game with hearts and rainbows?”

Rainbows and hearts. I had them at hello.

Once my boys, 3.5 and 5, heard rainbows and hearts they both came running. Bummer, I thought. I should have made more. Not a bad problem to have because you can whip this up in minutes!

Smart Playroom Ideas and Organization

It was time.

It was weeks after Christmas and the room looked more like a walk-in closet than a playroom.

Duplos lingered into the hallway, and pictures were beginning to hang sideways; mostly due to me haphazardly nailing them to the wall.

Now, I wasn’t about to fully Marie Kondo this room.

But I was about to go in strong. My goal was to get rid of things that have been lingering for years and have the room become more intentional.

2 kids ago there was a rhythm to this room that had been lost. Since then, we have been overloaded and it was time to get organized.

Time to seize the day!

Press restart.

And give this room a serious makeover.

Do all families need a playroom?

They certainly do not!

My intent is to help you organize ideas, share uses for storage and inspire design wherever that may be. Take this post and make it work for you and your space.

Find Your Name; A Simple Breakfast Invitation

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! I’ve got your Breakfast Invitation secret weapon.

Kids love seeing their name. Like, loooooooooove seeing their name.

And so do we. We use our names to mark our success at workouts, sign off on an email, and to simply identify which Starbucks frappacchino is ours. We find it especially funny when it gets written incorrectly.

Names are a beautiful representation of who we are.

Let’s use names to help our children grasp a marker, identify letters, and hold their hand steady to design a circle as they find their name.

Sand Sensory Play

We played with sand…and all is calm to tell you about it.

Now, I know. The majority of us believe sand should stay where it belongs.

THE BEACH. Amiright?!

But here is the difference when you bring sand into your home and use for sensory play. It does not mix with water. Keeping your sand dry makes it a lot easier to vacuum and carry on to cooking dinner post clean-up. You don’t want to miss this super simple sensory activity. Inside you will read WHY this is so important for development.

A Simple Indoor Math Game

Kids and Socks, Math and Graphs.

Anyone else seeing this powerful connection? They just go together.

Graphs are simple to make, and have a strong impact with learning.

Graphs offer a visual that shows your preschooler a clear understanding of how many, and which object has the most. - These are key concepts that will continue to be discussed throughout their life.

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.