All in Holiday Activities

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.

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

Your Holiday Gift Guide; Toys that Grow WITH Your Kids

We've been there. 

Baby number one, buy all the things. 

Baby number two, buy some of the things. 

Baby number three, start giving the things away. 

Amiright? 

With three children ages almost 5, 3.5, and 17 months, I am here to show you the best of the best for you holiday gift list.

As a mom of three, I've had a chance to really see what one-year-olds love and what the four-year-olds still play with. 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS GIFT GUIDE!

Thanksgiving Breakfast Invitation for Kids

Move over spiders. Turkeys are finding their way into our play.

And who doesn’t need some turkey in our lives? Even us vegetarians can make room.

So let’s spice up with this super quick and easy Turkey Trot Breakfast Invitation.

There are SO MANY important math skills being introduced here:

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted.

I know this sounds like a simple concept. But this is something that must be taught and most importantly; practiced.

WHY?

Because number sense difficulty increases rapidly! Spend the first four years on numbers 1-10.

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.

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.