Water Play Table for Pouring

Have a child that likes to pour the milk? Start with this pouring station to help practice!

Children want to become independent.

Kids love to feel in charge.

Children need a chance to practice in an open environment without feeling like they may make a mistake.

Even better?

This pouring station is legit. All three of my boys (ages 2, 4, 5.5) wanted in asap - and it lasted until dinnertime. SCORE.

The Beginners Guide to Having a Food Allergy

Your child has a food allergy.

Your world just turned upside-down, and you may be feeling like you have no idea where to start.

I’ve been there too.

I remember the day the allergist confirmed my son had a food allergy.

I was so confused as to what a food allergy would even mean to my child. To me. To our family. What in the world is a food allergy and why am I now carrying this thing called an EPI pen?

I was so confused that I didn’t even notice the car backing out of a parking spot behind me.

That’s right. Just diagnosed food allergy, EpiPens, and now a fender bender. I was literally walking in circles trying to understand my next step.

And the good news?

I found the next step. And the next one after that, and I want to share these steps with you to help you feel less confused and less overwhelmed.

It may never become easy, but having a child with a food allergy will definitely become more manageable over time.

This guide will help you find your next step, and the one after that, upon learning your child has a food allergy.

Back to School - How to Celebrate the Teacher

Last week as my boys and I were shopping for back to school supplies, I found myself daydreaming about how fun the paperclips and new color selection of PaperMate pens looked. (None of which I needed.)

And that is when it hit me!

I placed the items in a basket, and included a simple note for the new teacher.

Thank you for taking care of Greyson this year. I appreciate all you do.

And that’s all I needed!

A small little something to help begin the new school year with a smile.

Scoop the Limes - Toddler Water Play

Scoop the Limes. - Also known as Grandma Bought too Many Limes at Costco and Now we Need to Find Some Uses.

It’s true.

Sometimes the best activities come from ideas that happen organically.

Here, my mom purchased more limes than she could account for.

Since the mission was to scoop and transfer, I also knew that no limes would be wasted. After water play, we used the limes in our next 37 glasses of soda water. 😆

Even better?

What happened as my boys played, was simply magical. We began the water play using a ladle, and finished up with some other fabulous variations. All taken from our outdoor storage bin, of course!

A Fun DIY Game

Let’s bring back the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe!

My rising Kindergartner loves strategy games.

He loves to think about his next move, and he also loves to win. - Which means he could use some practice losing.

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great way to practice both!

Road Trip Activities for Kids

Road trip activities for kids

Traveling with kids?

Gasp! Traveling with kids is a task that needs to earn a badge upon arrival.

Road trips with kids can be messy.

Road trips with kids can be long.

But before you wave the white flag and surrender, I have some simple tips to help your next road trip be as peaceful as possible. - You may even get to press play on that podcast you downloaded weeks ago. ;)

Inside has my tips and tricks for traveling with kids on road trips. Take what works best for you and your family and try something new the next time you pack the car.

Inside you will find:

  • Packing snacks - what to pack and how to pack it

  • Packing toys - what to pack and how to pack it

  • Unique rest stop ideas

  • Down time in the car

Domino Addition Track

Have a child ready to add? Try this domino addition track!

I know my rising Kindergartener is ready to add because he is beginning to automatically recognize “groups of” numbers.

This means he sees a group of four dots and automatically recognizes it as a group of four.

I know my newly four year old is not ready because he is still understanding that the number five actually means FIVE objects.

Even when you think your child has this down, I urge you to keep at it.

Number sense and truly understanding quantity is the foundation of all future math concepts.

Do not rush to addition.

I urge you to take the time touching and counting manipulatives prior addition. The counting bears, pom poms, and magnetic tiles are great tools for this!

So now after that PSA, let’s dive in!

Fill the Line - A Measurement Game

Grab the masking tape. It’s time to get measuring!

Measurement activities are simple to create at home, and can also be very hands-on.

This means that your child is touching the materials, learning by doing, and testing out new ideas. Boom. All powerful ways to remember what we practice.

And fear not!

I am about to show you just how quick and easy hands-on learning can be for you, and how entertaining it will be for your children.

My two-year-old, my four-year-old, and my almost Kindergartener scooped and measured for a long time.

So grab the toddlers and the big kids, and let’s get started!

Can You Build It? Great Way to Repurpose Wooden Tracks.

Dig out your wooden toy train tracks!

It’s time to get thinking about lines and shapes.

There was a time when wooden train tracks wrapped themselves from the playroom, straight into the kitchen, and back again.

And guess what?

I kinds miss that. I miss tripping on tracks. I guess in the same fashion that I will also miss stepping on LEGOS. (well, maybe…)

Find the stash of wooden tracks for your next Breakfast Invitation!

LEGO Organization Closet

Legos had taken over our dining room. 

Multicolored little bricks were now more predominant than our bold curtains. 

Half opened bags exploded onto the floor with the manual laying helplessly upside-down. 

Legos. were. everywhere. 

Something had to be done to help organize all of these parts and pieces that were taking over the one room I had left in the house to claim as my own.  We had to think of a better way.

A Color Words Breakfast Invitation

Grab your white paper roll and markers. We are going to learn color words by moving!

Yup! That’s right!

Your next Breakfast Invitation will get the little people moving as they learn.

Just like going to a brisk walk fires up our thinking, so does hands-on learning for children. The more we get them moving, the more we can engage and rev up the exploration of new ideas.

And the truth is, doing so is easier to do than you may think! And this color words game is a hoot!

Googly Eyes Count Up

Grab the googly eyes from the Dollar Store. It’s time to get counting!

Lately googly eyes have been following me everywhere.

I found them calling my name at Office Depot, and then again at Dollar Tree.

Well, googly eyes, I see you. I want you. You are now set up for a Breakfast Invitation on my kitchen table.

Apparently this is how marketing works. Welp, they found their target audience and now I am here to pass on the love.

This googly eye preschool counting game is a hit!

Magnetic Measurement for Preschoolers

Find those magnetic tiles! Let’s get measuring.

Sometimes the best Breakfast Invitations are the ones with the least amount of supplies. Here, we are grabbing what we already own (or what we will soon own and have countless amounts of independent playtime with) and setting up in a flash.

Measurement is an important skill that can be practiced now and have a HUGE impact for later.

So grab those magnetic tiles and let’s get started with this preschool measurement activity!

Simple Birthday Party Idea for two-year-olds

Looking for a simple birthday party idea?

I was!

We like to keep birthday parties for two-year-olds very simple.

We invite some family, create a theme for excitement, and celebrate with dinner and cake.

Everyone gets in on the setup. Even better? We try and keep decorations to items we find in our home, or something that will serve a purpose once the party is over.

Get ready to blast off into space with this quick and easy two-year-old birthday party idea!

Noodle Sensory Play

Last week we added noodles into our sensory play.

If you follow us on Instagram, you saw that the noodles we used were cooked, squishy, and a whole lot of messy, sensory play fun!

The boys pressed the noodles through the garlic press and sliced them through the egg cutter.

Although this cooked noodle sensory play was win, it was pretty much one and done. The cooked, colored noodles were tossed in the garbage shortly after the boys were finished playing.

So this time around, I was looking for something a little more sustainable for future use.

This time, we colored dry noodles and it was just as successful!