Mystery Shapes!

Looking for a way to add some excitement with shapes?

There is something about a sense of prediction and surprise that makes learning shapes a lot more fun than what may be drawn on a worksheet.

In fact, a lot of activities are better off not on a worksheet, and it is my mission to help you create more hand-on learning opportunities in your home.

Truth is, setting activities like this one are even faster than pressing print and waiting for it to come out the printer!

What's in Our Outdoor Bucket?

Ready to power up your outdoor play area?

This does not mean you have an enormous fenced in backyard with 3 swings, monkey bars, and a slide. 

What this means is that you have 5-10 items you store in a container to keep on the fly for pouring, mixing, and transporting.  These items can be used on the back porch, or driveway. It is an "anything goes" type of bin which is incredible for child development. 

Does your child like potions? We've got the tools for that too. 

Come step inside our Outdoor Area Supply Bucket!

You will be geared up until the first snowfall! 

A Breakfast Invitation for Two Year Olds

Your two-year-old doesn’t know all their colors?

Guess what?

That is completely okay!

Whether your child can identify colors at 20 months, or begin to catch on at 2.5+, the most important thing to remember is that all children learn their colors over time.

It is also important to understand that even within the same family, you can see large differences on who learned what when.

So do me a favor, and not sweat it!

Instead, join us here to begin to implement fun, hands-on ways to help make learning colors stick and get reinforced.

Hungry Caterpillar Count Up for Your Three Year Old

Need a simple activity to count to ten?

This hungry caterpillar game is a great way to reinforce counting, and gain a better understanding that a group of objects are represented by a number name.

Sounds simple, right?

Not really. The truth is that many times we rush preschoolers right on through rather than taking the time to understand quantity.

We assume just because they can count to ten, they also understand what ten really means. But they don’t always truly understand. And without a solid foundation in how a group of ten is made, taken apart, and built back up again, we are doing a disservice for our children by not taking the time to do this.

So, I am here to help bridge the gap.

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!

Your Breakfast Invitations Startup Guide: Cranky to Creative in Six Steps

Looking for a way to begin your day with less morning television and more creative kids?

Getting our children to play more on their own can be a challenge. We wake up and are immediately on with a million tasks.

What if it didn’t have to be that way?

This is a startup guide to better understand how to plan your day, minimize screen time and roll out your next ten Breakfast Invitations. Because like bread and butter, these all seamlessly fit together.

I am a mom of three little boys five and under. Mornings were not my favorite and I felt overwhelmed by cranky kids watching morning television. TV seemed to zap their imagination for anything that followed.

Truth is, I just wanted to wake up being able to drink my tea HOT, and have children that were able to use their imagination and play.

So I dug deep into my teacher brain and found a solution.

We all crave balance between being able to take on parenthood, and enjoy the days that come with that tall order.

I am here to help you achieve this balance with this startup guide.

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!