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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.