All in Gross Motor

Apple Sorting Activity

Need a sorting activity your two-year-old will love?

I did too!

As my two-year-old begins to sort and classify by color, it is important for me to remember he does not need to start by organizing the entire rainbow.

In fact, color sorting can be practiced by eliminating the quantity of colors, and making the quality of the activity meaningful.

Remember that time we sorted the apples? That’s right! Some of the apples were red, and the others were green! Next time we go to the store, let’s see if we can find any apples in another color. Do you think we will find any?

Remember, what may sound ultra simple for us adults, is actually pretty complex for the two-year-old.

How to Paint with your Two-Year-Old; Toddler Art Supplies you Need

You want to paint with your two-year-old, and curious how to start.

You’ve come to the right place!

I’ve been there.

I know that painting is an important part of self expression and color exploration, yet questions such as the following stump the process.

What kind of toddler art supplies do I use?

Is there a special paintbrush?

How do I keep the mess contained?

Good news!

Over the last four years, we have painted plenty. No table has been harmed, and in fact, the painting has actually calmed the chaos. GASP! I know!

Inside I will show you how to paint with your two-year-old involving minimal prep, along with the best toddler art supplies.

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.

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!

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.