Conversation Starter Sticker Activity

Are you drowning in stickers?

Try this fun activity to use up all those half used sticker sheets stuffed in your junk drawer.

One of the main reasons I love stickers so much is that each one prompts my boys to tell a funny story. The boys are quick to tell me what’s on the sticker, or how they plan to use it. Stickers offer opportunity for conversation and this Breakfast Invitation is sure to get them talking.

It’s quick. It’s fun. And it offers an opportunity for a quick chat at breakfast that may surprise you, like it did me!

Rethink Your Playdough

Ah, Playdough.

We've all been here, right?

Mixed colors being stuffed back into containers, texture hardening because it was left out from the night before, and little fingers forcing endless amounts of Playdough into the cracks of our kitchen table. 

"Do we really want to take out the Playdough again?" 

Consider this.

What is a childhood without Playdough?

In my opinion, it is the foundation of every young blooming mind. I am not here begging you to mix your colors. To each their own on that. But what I am asking you to do is to break out your playdough and consider integrating some every day items to the mix.

Perhaps playdough needs a makeover.

Here's how to use it to boost creativity.

Build Your Name

Here is a fun, sorting activity that will also help your preschooler better understand which letters belong in their name. 

Why Practice Name Construction with your Preschooler?

  • By Kindergarten, children will be asked to write their own name, recognizing that it must begin with a capital letter.

  • They will also be asked to recognize (and print) upper- and lower case letters.

This is a great game that you can use to work with your preschooler when recognizing the letters, and order of letters, in their name. 

Begin to practice name recognition with this DIY Name Construction Game. 

The Sweetest Books for Spring

Yep, I heard it as well. The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter for us in the southeast. (sigh)

But who else has hints of spring trickling in their backyard?

Tulips are blooming, and the cherry blossoms are brightening up our walks. 

Those of you in snowboots, spring is coming! 

So, what better way to get excited about the warmer weather than to start reading about Spring?

Hot Lava Game for Kids

What do you do when your children love hot lava as much as they love snacks?

You make fine motor hot lava games, of course.

My boys love hot lava.

I find that it can sneak up into our living room, and also make it’s way into the cracks of the parking lot. Hot lava seems to be everywhere. And who knew? I am thinking that hot lava and kids seem to be this unspoken language that unites them all. Apparently, it’s a thing and I am determined to run with it.

How to Teach Your Phone Number

Want to teach your phone number?

Start with this simple and fun phone number activity!

I know the importance of my preschoolers knowing my phone number, and yet I continued to put it off.

Perhaps I was intimidated by the fact they would have to memorize a sequence of numbers, or if I felt like they weren’t ready. I am not sure why I was hesitant to start.

But you know what?

It literally took this introduction, plus a followup simple tactic to make it stick in a matter of days. Here’s what we did.

How to Train a One-Year-Old for Sensory Play

One-year-old sensory play.

Imagine an hour in your day that you can sit back, reheat that coffee, and finally get to read through that Athleta catalogue sitting on your kitchen table.

Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?

These are just some of the perks for mom after sensory bin bootcamp.

But it takes a couple training rounds before you can fully relax as couscous is being scooped and poured on your kitchen floor.

What’s involved in sensory play training?

Let’s dive in.

Hands On Counting Game for Kids

Ready to practice counting? Grab your dot stickers and markers to get started.

We all know that counting is important.

However, what is more important is that children are touching the objects as they count.

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

Beth, what does this mean?!

What this means is that we want preschoolers to practice pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.

How we do this, is we ask our children to TOUCH THE OBJECT as we COUNT ALOUD. You don’t want to miss this super fun Breakfast Invitation.