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Earth Day Activity for Kids Using the Outdoors

Need a quick and easy Earth Day activity?

You’ve come to the right place.

Truth is, I was trying to get a multitude of ideas your way, but they had me all thinking. - Are these Earth Day ideas actually taking care of the Earth? Or are they cute ideas that use toxic chemicals that pollute the Earth? I am not anti paints. But on Earth Day, that just didn’t feel like the right choice.

Allow me to simplify things.

Color Words Drive Up

It’s a preschooler’s dream color game activity!

Hot Wheels and bright colors make an excellent combo for learning.

In fact, my five year old ATE THIS ONE UP and the younger guys eagerly followed along.

My five-year-old is in a young fives class and I knew they have been learning color words. Since I haven’t done much reading with him at home, I was interested to see what he was retaining. Sure, I have a Masters in Reading, but I wanted this year to be a year of discovery at home as he received phonic instruction at school.

Come to find out, my five-year-old has nailed color words and this Breakfast Invitation was such a fun one to play with all my boys. See how I added variety for my three-year-old and one-year-old inside!

Hilarious Game for Active Preschoolers

Need a new game for your active preschooler? Try this hilarious large motor activity.

We all know children learn and play in a variety of ways.

When planning simple games, I want to make sure I am touching on all of the different categories of play and integrating a variety of concepts that prepare our children for life. Kindergarten topics are important, but life skills are essential.

So what better way to get kids taking turns, using descriptive words, and improve arm strength than using one giant claw similar to what they watch on Toy Story Three. I’ll admit. I joined in on the fun as well. Who can resist a claw game?!

This game had us all laughing!

51+ Things to do this Spring

Hooray! It is officially spring. Smell ya later, winter.

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly ready to get outside again to see the sunshine. We’ve had a lot of rain here and that has kept everyone inside a lot more than we’d like. On the bright side, I can see signs of spring everywhere so warm weather must be getting close.

With that, I created this roundup to give us all some more spring in our step as we go from puffy coats to zip ups!

This spring activity roundup is organized into five main categories. Find a category that best fits your style and get ready for some fun.

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!

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!

Rainy Day Activity for Kids

Does it rain near you? 

Of course, it does!

And doesn't it seem like when it rains for one day that typically leads to three?

Have no fear! This rainy day indoor activity will help get everyone moving. Remember, I have three active boys. Rainy days are fun for the first 3 hours. After that, it is a little bit of "Who's on first?!". 

This rainy day indoor game will wake up their brains and you can also sneak in some important terms such as spheres and three-dimensional shapes. Read more here.